TexasB-roll HD Rides Again, Supports Texas Motion Picture Alliance, Launches CityB-roll.com

30 06 2009

Please visit TexasB-roll and CityB-roll online today.

“It’s been a long time coming” – David Crosby

Yes it has! In 2002, we started offering stock footage of Texas for sale in broadcast quality standard definition formats. Now our stock footage is fleshed out in true HD (1080-24p) and we are excited about our Industry Sponsor status with Texas Motion Picture Alliance. We have dropped prices on our footage to be competitive in a tough economy, and are now donating $5.00 for every HD clip sold on our sites to TXMPA.

If you are looking for stock footage for your next production, I hope you will check with us to see what we have, and know that your purchase is helping support an independent media professional and the excellent work of the TXMPA. If we don’t have the footage you seek, we will kindly refer you to other vendors who may be able to help.

Please view this YouTube video demo, a selection of footage available now at TexasB-roll.com and the new sister site CityB-roll.com >

There are a lot of opportunities to purchase stock footage on the Internet, and from the big providers (read: big corporations), the guy who actually went out and produced the footage only gets a small portion of the purchase price. We personally spun the wheels on thousands of miles of pavement to bring this footage to you, in a professional manner, at a reasonable price. If you have a question about a location or any other details regarding this footage, you can call and talk to us directly. You won’t get that from some of the “firms” that market footage online.

From camping out in the Palo Duro Canyon to hoofing it down the beach in Puerto Rico, I personally shot every frame offered for sale on these sites, and appreciate your support.

Please visit TexasB-roll.com or CityB-roll.com today. Thank you.

Tracy Ready
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Press Release 07/01/09:

Texas, USA and a Whole Lot More – Pro HD Stock Footage available online now at CityB-roll.com and TexasB-roll.com

Largest Selection of Texas stock footage in HD – anywhere!
Plus – Puerto Rico, New York, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Florida, Cities, Small Towns, Wind Energy, Electric Power, Oil, Skylines, Destinations, and Historic Sites … more HD added monthly.

Unique Pricing – Personalized Service
Have a cool shot at the Color Bar, the online store! Unlike many stock footage providers, CityB-roll and TexasB-roll doesn’t require you to purchase a pre-determined collection to get a discounted price. The store is structured so that you can mix and match clips from any category into a collection of footage that works for you. There are price breaks for quantities of clips purchased, all designed to fit your individual needs.

In the News
In Dallas, Texas, Director of Photography Tracy Ready is hosting a re-launch of the stock footage resource TexasB-roll.com and the official launch of the sister website CityB-roll.com.
His primary company Trace Productions provides professional video production services to a wide client base including major US corporate clients, broadcast and cable television outlets, and independent documentary producers. In 2002, Tracy created TexasB-roll.com providing royalty free broadcast quality stock footage online. Since then TexasB-roll clips have been used in productions for Sea World of Texas, Wachovia Bank, The Salvation Army, Cadbury Schweppes (Dr. Pepper), Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, University of Texas at Arlington and many more.

In 2007, the focus shifted to high definition acquisition, using the Panasonic HVX-200 P2 camera, and rebuilding the library in HD. Additionally, the CityB-roll.com domain was acquired, as a sister site to TexasB-roll, reflecting the diverse nature of the ever expanding library. Web Designer Clay Meyers, owner of CDM Grafx, began a complete overhaul of the existing TexasB-roll site and the creation of the CityB-roll site, creating a common database of clips to be offered on both websites. Tracy Ready worked closely with Creative Editor David Henson, owner of Distilled Images to import, archive, create previews of the significant amount of new HD footage in the database, and to create a new demo for the sites in HD. Freelance Production Assistant Jason Meyers tackled the job of clipping and logging the new footage.

In addition to Texas locations (every major city in HD) CityB-roll and TexasB-roll now offer HD clips shot in several other U.S. states, plus a nice variety of other non-location specific scenes. More than eight hundred HD clips are now available with new footage added monthly, so please check back often. Still looking for broadcast quality, standard definition 4:3 aspect ratio footage? We have it, at drastically reduced rates. Don’t see what you are looking for? Call for quote on production, or visit Trace Productions online.

True HD – Royalty Free
TexasB-roll and CityB-roll HD collections are composed of true 1080 High Definition footage, not HDV! Be sure to know what you are getting when shopping online – there is a difference!
This footage is professionally shot (tripod, static shots and smooth moves, sequencing) with the Panasonic HVX-200 P2 HD camera in 1080 24p (except where noted).
All TexasB-roll and CityB-roll clips are royalty free, meaning your purchase allows usage in local commercials, corporate communications, marketing, tourism, electronic press kits, industrial films, independent short films, and more. For usage in national commercials or feature films, you must contact TexasB-roll for pricing and individual release. You may not resell TexasB-roll or CityB-roll stock footage, except for as part of your finished edited program, and credited to TexasB-roll.com.

Questions? Call 972.437.4433 or email footage@texasb-roll.com

Every HD Purchase Supports the Texas Motion Picture Alliance
TexasB-roll HD is an Industry Sponsor of Texas Motion Picture Alliance. This organization is playing a pivotal role in bringing video, film, television and gaming business to Texas. Beginning in June 2009, for each HD clip purchased, TexasB-roll will donate $5.00 to the TXMPA, as part of this sponsorship agreement.

Buy from the ones who shot it!
Your purchase of CityB-roll and TexasB-roll footage supports the independent media professional and Texas Motion Picture Alliance, not a faceless corporation.
For links to all professional and social sites related to Tracy Ready visit TraceTV.tv
Visit the TraceTV Blog for current articles, items of interest, ramblings about Footage, Travel, Music, Food, Documentaries, more…

All images and video on this site are the sole property of Trace Productions. ©2009 Trace Productions. All rights reserved.
Unauthorized download and / or reproduction are strictly prohibited.

Tracy Ready is a Director of Photography / Writer / Producer / Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas.

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What’s Swimming in Your Aquarium?

16 02 2009

This dude has one awesome “real” aquarium >>

The Aquarium Concept.

Pretty sight, isn’t it? It’s not mine, in fact, I have never had success taking care of tropical fish. It’s just not my “thing”, even though I enjoy scenes like this. I do have an “aquarium” of sorts, but it has no glass, rock or water, only thoughts and dreams. My aquarium was a total mess for a long time, until I came to terms with this:

In order for things to flourish, they must have a good environment. This goes for people and fish and ideas too. You can have an aquarium, with some beautiful young fish but if you don’t take care of them (as I found out at age 10) soon algae grows in the tank, the fish start looking sickly, and then die off. Sounds simple, and it is, but looking at your life and your goals this way takes a little practice. It’s the same with ideas, projects, art, poetry, music, film, video, job search, family relations; whatever the passion, the aquarium concept holds true.

Once you have begun a project, if you don’t take steps to complete it, eventually it gets forgotten, goes away, and becomes something you just thought about a long time ago. Anyone who raises beautiful aquatic life successfully will tell you to start small, take care of a few guppies, then add more life, which requires more attentive care. Over time you can build something of true beauty share with others, like in the video posted here. The more you think about the fish you could have, and visualize their beauty, the more you “see” them in your mind, the more effort you will put into making that vision happen. It’s the same in life; I proposed to my wife because I could visualize the wonderful life I now have with her. But you have to feed the fish! If I spent every night out at the bar and ignored my family, the marriage would falter, eventually.

Also in business; I can talk about an intriguing or technically proficient video with a client, where we can both visualize it, but unless there is a budget, and then we step through the production process and edit and produce a final product, it doesn’t mean a thing to anyone. It would be akin to having a buddy who always talks about the amazing aquarium he will someday have, but never does anything to make it happen; years go by and you get sick of him talking about it. He has an aquarium but forgot to feed the fish.

It’s only real to you until it’s “real” in the world.

One of the most difficult things for me to absorb, ego-wise, is that an idea, however great my visualization of it is, means little to anyone else, and never will, until I do something about it. Ideas are common, the execution of ideas is a rare commodity. Personally I have identified several projects, including three documentary films and a music release for my band, and I can see them clearly, because I have identified them as projects I am committed to complete, and am taking steps to make them “real” in the world. But for years I went through life bewildered when friends didn’t react much when I spoke of my ideas, my dreams. Sure they were polite, but generally just gave me lip service on the subjects. Now I realize that I am the same way about a lot of what others talk about, because really that’s all it is – talk. There is no way anyone else will be able to visualize my ideas like I can, because they are mine, not theirs. It’s natural. Only when I complete steps to produce evidence of my work (trailers to the films, demos from the recording sessions) can those things start to become “real” to others. So I stopped expecting others to “get it” about what I do, until I have something to show. Even then, I expect it to take time, and that I will learn and adapt based on other people’s reactions along the way.

Again with the aquarium analogy:

Just because you have a clean tank, doesn’t mean it’s good for all fish. A freshwater fish won’t last long in saltwater, and some fish are predators, gobbling up weaker ones. Likewise, not every idea you have is suited for the business you are in and therefor should just remain an idea. Sometimes you get started on a project or quest for information, and discover you don’t really want to pursue it anymore, and that’s OK, just clean out the tank. Identify projects that you are truly passionate about, and focus on those. If you really want a tank with a beautiful coral reef, and pretty little clown fish darting about, then create the environment for it. Yours will be a very different tank than one created by someone who wants to raise aggressive creatures to watch them eat goldfish. Same in life, if you desire to be a nature photographer, but live in the city with no means to be in the wilderness, you could study and learn the craft, then take steps to move into an area more suitable to your dream. If you want it bad enough, you will work for years to achieve that goal. If, after taking some steps and researching the subject, you decide that the life of a nature photographer is not for you, then no problem, just flush that fish, and find one that will thrive where you are. So many people think they can’t achieve something, only because they only want to think about the end goal, but never really visualize it, and never identify steps to make it happen. Once again, they forgot to feed the fish.

Check out my tank.

Over the coming months, I will be posting to this blog about these individual projects, my efforts to make them “real” in the world. For now here’s an overview of our projects and an idea of what kind of fish they would be. It’s been fun to think of these things in this way, and I think fun is what Internet marketing and social networking should be all about.
A trio of Lion Fish:
Three documentary films in various stages of production with support of The Still Kickin’ Foundation, a 501C-3 non-profit organization. See Trace Documentaries Page
A hermit crab, getting bigger and more bold to venture out, day by day:
Trace Elements – Studio CD – see Trace Elements on MySpace – check out a few advance mixes from the CD
The Grouper:
Trace Productions – online since 1998, my core business site – see TraceProductions.com
Two Electric Eels:
CityB-roll and TexasB-roll – HD stock footage business – got the first eel in 2002, added second in 2008, they are also getting bigger, bolder day by day.. soon to make a big showing out of the rocks. See CityB-roll.com

I try to feed the fish everyday, whether that is adding more connections in Linkedin, FaceBook and MySpace, publishing posts to this blog, working on documentary treatments, whatever, I just keep feeding the fish. I am confident that if I keep it up, chances of them all dying off and going away are negligible. One of them might get sick sometime and die off, or one might gobble up another… But I will replace them, and learn from my mistakes. My desire is to have them all thrive, and to be in need a bigger tank.

What’s in yours?

Subscribe to this blog, we appreciate your interest in our aquarium! Also, if you want to show me your tank, sign up to Facebook and request me as a friend. Mention that you read this blog and I will be sure to add you. Then you can post articles, pictures, videos, related to your projects, your passions, your fish tank, and I will be sure to check them out. My email address is tracy@traceproductions.com. Thanks.

Wordle: The Aquarium Concept