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This calculator is only used to estimate pricing and is not a binding quotation. Actual pricing will vary based on many factors that cannot be included here. Please contact us so we can get you an exact quotation -- the final rate is often less than is quoted here.

At first glance this may seem overly complicated. We'd like to simplify it too. But the complexity of this page is to your benefit -- the goal is to only include the things you need so you don't have to pay for those you don't, unlike package deals which generally aren't in your favor.


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This is only an estimate of pricing and is not binding. Actual pricing will vary based on many factors that cannot be included here. Please contact us directly for an exact quotation.

My event lasts calendar days, with hours of it being recorded/streamed.

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A Switcher is the device that allows selection of video from multiple cameras while your event is going on.

The Director is the person telling the camera operators what shots to get, and selecting which shot is going to be recorded, broadcast, or projected. On small productions the director will often operate the switcher as well. When working with more than about four cameras, or for events that are highly technical in nature, a Technical Director often steps in to operate the equipment so the Director can focus on watching cameras and giving the crew direction.

The Engineer is in charge of making sure the equipment is setup, configured, and working properly, and making sure that the images coming from all of the cameras match and look their best. Our engineer is required for all multi-camera productions, but is often available to fill in another role during the event.

Both the equipment and an engineer to set it up and run it are required for most multi-camera jobs. If you are on a tight budget the supplied engineer can act as Director or perform any other job.

This equipment fee includes all of the equipment to switch multiple cameras -- the switcher, routing equipment, cabling, display monitors, video recorders, any necessary converters, and an intercom system to talk to camera operators.

We proudly use Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K switchers with custom control software.

A director of some kind is required. However, for lower budget projects the Engineer can step in and assume the Director role.
A technical director is not required, but is recommended for projects involving more than 4-5 cameras.
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We recommend a minimum of three cameras of some kind for all events. In most cases the majority of these are tripod-mounted cameras. Having three cameras gives us enough flexibility to make a production look as if it has been professionally produced. At any given time one camera is live, one is ready to go live, and one is positioning for a new shot. It also gives three different perspectives, which adds variety and makes it easier to make sure that everything happening is covered.

Shooting events with just two cameras is possible, but it limits the variety of shots and is difficult on camera operators.

The camera equipment fee includes the camera, tripod, intercom, and display monitor for each camera operator. In most cases you'll want to have DJP provide the camera operators, so make sure the 'Crew' value matches the 'Equipment Quantity' value.

We proudly use the Sony PXW-Z150 Ultra HD 4K camera as our standard camera, which provides excellent image quality, excellent low-light handling capabilities, and 24X zoom as standard, with the option to extend to 48X zoom when needed. This is a great general-purpose camera that is perfectly suited for live events.

The premium camera is a Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini. It requires a more skilled operator and very controlled lighting.

These types of cameras are not well suited to long-form events due to the physical demand of holding a camera for long periods of time. To reduce the physical demand on camera operators we typically use the lightweight but high quality Sony HXR-MC2500 1080p FullHD camera. If a higher-end camera is desired the equipment rate and operator rate will vary.

Wired mobile cameras usually require a helper to wrangle the cable. If DJP provides a cable wrangler the rate is $150.00 per day.

A maximum of two wireless cameras can be used at one time. Wireless range may be limited, and the signal usually will not travel through walls or other obstacles. Wireless cameras work best outdoors.
Robotic cameras are desirable in places where it is impractical, impossible, or dangerous to have a camera operator. They also can produce a smoother shot than a human operator. One PTZ operator can often control several cameras, though we don't recommend more than about three or four at a time. Our standard PTZ camera is the Sony SRG-300SE, using proprietary control hardware and software.
These are unmanned, motionless, small cameras that can capture a static shot and are often tiny and are hidden. This can include document cameras, overhead cameras, and more.
A jib is the crane you often see being used at concerts. The shots that they create are very dynamic and really make a video feel high-end and professional.
These are what are often called Steadicams, and while our stabilizer is similar, it is made by another brand. The rate includes the stabilizer, camera, and an operator.
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These add-ons are optional, but can really step up the game and make you stand out.
Connecting to a customer-supplied external laptop for a presentation or video playback via HDMI or VGA is included with the base package.
No more than four cameras can be given slow motion capability. Only one Slo-Mo operator is required.
We have PowerPoint, Keynote, and video playback capability, as well as software to generate basic sports score graphics and title screens. For other types of graphics we will need to coordinate with a graphic designer.
DJP offers full-service lighting for most smaller events. Our rates are competitive, but we'll need to discuss your needs prior to providing an estimate.
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A great video requires great audio to go with it. This can be as simple as supplying the presenter with a microphone, or as complicated as dozens of microphones with towers of speakers to fill the room with sound.

We're happy to supply audio equipment, but if you elect for someone else to do it we'll need an audio feed from them to include in the video recording.

Connecting to a venue or customer-supplied audio feed is included with the base package.
Please contact us if you are unsure what types of microphones you will need.
A pair of these speakers are large enough to fill a room of approximately 25x25 feet with spoken material, and light music. Amplification is included.
A pair of these speakers are large enough to fill a room of approximately 50x50 feet with spoken material and music. Amplification is included.
A pair of these speakers are large enough to fill a room of approximately 100x100 feet. They are stackable to accommodate larger rooms, and are powerful enough for full-volume voice or music reproduction. Amplification is included.
Audio production really requires an estimate of its own, so this is just a really rough guess. Full audio capabilities are available.
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How would you like the finished product delivered? We can connect to projectors, stream over the Internet, and provide a copy of the recording to you on hard disk drives or memory cards.
Projectors:
Projectors are nice to let a local audience see everything that is going on.
Live Internet Streaming:
Live streaming is available at up to 1080p via a huge number of online services, including YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, Ustream, Wowza, and many others. Data rate is approximately 2.5 GB per hour for 1080p streams. A sustained minimum upload rate of approximately 6 Mbps is required for reliable 1080p streams. Please contact us for more information on streaming options.
Finished Media Delivery:
If you provide all of the required recording media your finished product will be available minutes after the event is over. If DJP provides a drive it will take approximately 3 hours to copy the files.
Miscellaneous Options:
Select any options you'd like to apply.
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Everything else not covered above.

Gofer $150.00
A Gofer is an additional helper to run things around and make sure that equipment and crew are getting the required attention. One gofer is recommended for events longer than 2 hours.
Travel Expenses: Event is Located In
There is no travel charge for events in Utah County, or for events two days or longer in Salt Lake County. Charges are based on the number of crew members and number of days that they have to travel.
Setup and Tear-down fees are waived for events of one full day or longer.
Post-Production Hr $50.00
/Hour
Post-Production refers to any work done after the video has been shot. In this case, that usually means additional editing. Video editing times can vary greatly, but as a general guideline you can assume two hours of editing for every finished hour of video for events where camera shots aren't changed frequently (like a business conference), up to two hours per minute of video for fast-paced cuts like a music video. Usually when an event is switched live post production is minimal, if any is needed at all.
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