|R & B Communications, Inc.
R & B Communications has produced and videotaped thousands of
hours of television programming and video productions since 1982.
Below, you can read about some interesting and noteworthy
productions we have had the pleasure to work on. Please check
back as we continue to update our news of fun and recent
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Nike Introduces New Lebron James Shoe with Live Broadcast
R & B Communications recently provided a complete video production team to assist Nike in the introduction
of the new Lebron James basketball shoe. After months of planning, the event took place in the Ed Davis
Community Center in Akron, Ohio, where a young Lebron James played basketball as a child. Nike required
satellite uplink production capabilities for a live webcast to the world. While Nike created a sort of museum
environment of the history of Lebron James Nike shoes, R & B Communications provided all the necessary
video crew and equipment including an on-site production truck with uplink capabilities. In the end, the
broadcast was flawless and everything went off as planned.
R & B Communications, Inc. Adds New High Definition Camera to Equipment Inventory
R & B Communications recently took delivery of a Sony HVR-S270. It represents Sony’s most advanced
broadcast HDV format camera. The camera features an interchangeable lens system, native progressive
recording, and solid-state memory recording and supports standard-size cassettes for extended recording
times. This new camcorder features 1080/24p/30p HDV native progressive recording modes as well as 1080
interlaced HDV and DVCam recording.
The HVR-S270 camera represents a significant value for productions requiring high definition production at
standard definition costs. In the 24P and 30P modes, using the cinema gamma settings, the camera
effectively simulates the qualities of film in color saturation and exposure latitude. The camera is now
available in our equipment inventory including other broadcast HD and SD camera and lens packages.
Click on images below to view photos of the HVR-S270 HD camera
R & B Communications Configures New Production Studio for Avon Lake High School
Recently, R & B Communications was commissioned as a consultant for the installation of a completely new
production studio for Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, Ohio. The design and installation of the new high
definition facility took place over the course of eight months. Bob Matzen from R & B Communications wrote
the specifications of the project for bid preparation. The studio included a complete renovation of a former
production space, new 220 volt AC power, a new lighting grid including all new fluorescent and tungsten
instruments, 36 channels of 2.4Kw dimming capability, curtains, track, drapery and green screen, a sound
booth, and three new HD studio cameras with prompters on pedestals. The control room included a new HD
switcher, character generator, audio system, teleprompter system, and camera CCU's. All of the video
signals were networked via fiber optic cable to ingest and output servers provided by Apple. Post-production
is accomplished using six Apple Macintosh work stations running Final Cut Pro software which are networked
to the servers. The control room can playback and record to the servers as well. A complete ENG package
was also specified that includes a camera, tripod, lighting package and remote audio for news gathering in
the field. R & B Communications worked closely with the school to configure the entire system and oversaw
bid specifications, equipment acquisition and installation.
Pepsi Teams Up with R & B Communications for Refresh Production
R & B Communications provided a production team for Pepsi's Refresh Project at Progressive Field in
Cleveland, Ohio recently. Cleveland Indian's center fielder Grady Sizemore was the on-camera talent
selected by Pepsi to help get the word out about the Pepsi Refresh Project. R & B Communications provided
production support including a teleprompter, and an audio and grip package. Lighting included several large
HMI's in order to shoot outdoors on the field. Video was recorded in high definition using Canon 5DII
cameras. Audio was recorded onto a Zoom H4N and later synced in post.
R & B Communications Provides Jib for Steel Drum Concert for PBS
R & B Communications recently provided camera jib services for a 30th anniversary concert of the University
of Akron Steel Drum Band concert. The production took place at EJ Thomas hall in Akron, Ohio and was
recorded with five high definition cameras. The concert will air and a special program on PBS later this year.
R & B Communications Covers Essa Trial for CBS' 48 Hours
CBS News called upon R & B Communications to provide a production team to cover the Essa trial in
Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Yazeed Essa was accused of killing his wife with calcium pills laced with cyanide. The CBS
news magazine program 48 Hours covered the trial which took place over a period of 8 weeks. R & B
Communications provided equipment, ENG crews and production personnel to record in-court camera feeds
during the trial. Dr. Essa was found guilty of murder and is now serving a 20 year to life sentence.
R & B Communications Adds New Camera to Equipment Inventory
R & B Communications announced that the company took delivery of a new Canon EOS C300 35mm digital
cinema camera system. The Canon EOS C300 cinema camera features a super 35mm sized CMOS sensor
and broadcast quality 50 Mb/s 4:2:2 MPEG-2 codec. The camera provides the look of film without the high
cost of film processing and post-production. The system includes a Canon lens package with a 16-35mm,
24-105mm, and 70-200mm EF series zoom lenses. In addition, the camera includes a 15mm rail system with
shoulder mount, a matte box with multiple filters and a follow focus control. Media is recorded internally onto
32 GB CF cards or can be recorded at higher bits rates and various formats onto an optional Sound Devices
PIX240 digital recorder.