Less Junk < More Journey Finishes Production on Season 1 ENTV Show

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Less Junk < More Journey Finishes Production on Season 1 ENTV Show

Post Production Begins for the Epic Ten Episode Season

(QUARTZSITE, AZ) – EPIC Nomad TV today announced all footage for the upcoming episodic program titled Less Junk < Even More Journey is in the can and ready for post production. Once complete, viewers can expect to be taken on an incredible journey through Alaska as it is seen from the perspective of Nathan and Marissa Moss of YouTube fame Less Junk < More Journey.

We’ve started going through the footage, and watching the story unfold in beautiful 4K resolution is nothing short of awe inspiring,” said Eric Odom, President of Programming for EPIC Nomad TV. “Seeing Alaska through Nathan and Marissa’s experiences while there is extremely entertaining. It will make you want to drop everything and head to Alaska tomorrow. We can’t wait to share this story with everyone!

RVing in Alaska is becoming increasingly more popular. As more content creators begin exploring Alaska in their RVs, more information gets out there that helps RV nomads know how to do it right. Armed with this knowledge more and more RVers are making plans to head that direction.

ENTV’s own Gary and Stacey Quimby of Pau Hana Travels have spent enormous time documenting their adventures in Alaska, for example, and host live videos on their Alaska Facebook group of 2,000+ members designed to help RVers become familiar with the journey. Gary and Stacey say they are seeing surges in interest on RVing to Alaska.

Less Junk < Even More Journey, a ten episode show airing exclusively on the Epic Nomad Life platform, builds on this energy and brings it all to life in a visually stunning format. It proves that even families can explore Alaska in an RV, and does so in a compelling way.

Nathan and Marissa Moss are arguably some of the most influential and successful YouTubers in the RV nomad movement. Their YouTube channel has surpassed the 100,000 subscriber mark and their videos generally see no less than 50,000 views each.

Season 1 of their show on ENTV’s Epic Nomad Life platform will make its debut in spring of 2019.

For more information visit EPICNomadTV.com.

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ENTV Announces EPIC Roll Out of RV Nomads Co-Lab & New Content Creator Alliance Leadership

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ENTV Announces EPIC Roll Out of RV Nomads Co-Lab & New Content Creator Alliance Leadership

Tony Flammia Of Hippie & The Tech To Lead New Creator Alliance

(QUARTZSITE, AZ) – Today Epic Nomad TV announced the roll out of its long awaited RV Nomads Co-Lab project, a massive network of nomadic content creators that has been in beta phase while being developed since early 2018. The network, located at RVNomadsColab.com, will begin serving as the collaboration hub for EPIC Nomad TV and its content platform at EpicNomad.Life.

The new alliance will be led by content creator Tony Flammia of HippieAndTheTech.com. Tony and Melissa Flammia in many ways represent a new era of content creators in the nomadic movement. Their content brings about a new style of family oriented storytelling through their blog, YouTube channel and Facebook group.

Content creation and those creating it are really at the heart of everything we do at EPIC Nomad TV,” said Eric Odom, President of Programming for ENTV. “Tony brings incredible organizational talent to the Co-Lab network. He’s an idea cannon and he’s already thinking of ways to help keep the alliance positioned as the most prominent network of nomadic content creators online today.”

Stacey Quimby, Director and organizer of the NomadFEST gathering scheduled for the fall of 2019, vlogs at PauHanaTravels.com and introduced Hippie & The Tech to the ENTV team. “Tony and Melissa get the vision. They get the importance of the nomadic life story and they full time RV themselves,” said Quimby. “They are an enormously talented couple and their leadership for the Co-Lab network is welcomed on all fronts.

The RV Nomads Co-Lab alliance rolled out with nearly 50 content creators as part of the group. They include:

There are now thousands of RV Nomads collaborating, sharing their story and connecting through the EpicNomad.Life social platform,” said Laura Hebard, vlogger at HebardsTravels.com and Community Director for the My.EpicNomad.Life app. “The roll out of the Co-Lab network helps take it all to the next step and we can’t wait to reveal what’s coming next with the network!

Several members of the RV Nomads Co-Lab alliance will attend the ENTV Film School scheduled for April of 2019 and will take part in production of the RV Nomads movie sequel.

For more information visit RVNomadsColab.com.

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Three Video Editing Workflow Tips For Full Time RV Vloggers

Now that I’ve spent several months traveling in and living in a recreational vehicle I have a perspective that I think, when combined with my experience on the video production front, might prove useful to others. Especially those who also live in an RV and Vlog or work on video projects of their own.

As Producer for the upcoming movie RV Nomads I plan on putting up a series of these kinds of posts and I hope you find them useful. As always, if you have questions please feel free to post them below in the comments section and I’ll do my best to address them.

Before we get into the guts of today’s three epic tips, let me say this is by no means a one-size-fits all set of solutions. Different methods, software and scenarios may be more fitting for different uses and purposes. And different budgets. Additionally, this is not what I assert is the answer to some of the most commonly asked questions. These are simply what I have found over the years to be the best solutions for me personally and professionally.

The three topics I want to cover today are three that I have been asked about by multiple full time RV vloggers in the past two weeks. They include:

  1. How do you keep track of your media and what is the best method of storage?
  2. My computer is freezing up while rendering and I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong. Any advice?
  3. What’s the best editing software and what are the best formats to work with?

Full time RV life presents a few challenges that aren’t traditionally experienced. In my previous employment I had a huge office with space for a ton of external storage, multiple monitors, multiple computers running different editing programs and yes… I even had a full scale green screen studio. But in an RV I have a shared space that puts my entire editing suite on the top of a table designed for small dinners to be served on.

With this being the case it’s important to operate my editing suite with a minimal amount of space. And do so can be quite a challenge. Let’s jump in and take a look at my own personal setup I use to edit all media for Nomadic Life Films and EPIC Nomad TV.

Media Libraries & Storage

During the past two weeks I had two different vloggers describe to me scenarios in which their media libraries are a complete mess. They both have stacks of 1tb or 2tb USB disk drives containing an unorganized mashup of all content filmed over the past few years.

NoJust no.

Now I realize that living in an RV often creates scenarios where you have to work in cramped spaces while on the move. But keeping your media organized on reliable devices is an absolute must. Time is precious, and while it may be temporarily convenient to just dump all of your media cards into a USB drive, this will end up costing you significant time later on in the creative process.

It takes discipline to keep your media organized from day one, but that discipline will pay off ten fold in the long run. How you organize may end up different than how I organize. But organize it from day one! Don’t ever take files off your memory cards and dump them into USB drives without an organized file structure.

In my case I have media coming from a plethora of devices.

  • GoPro (Karma Drone)
  • DSLR
  • Black Magic Cinema Camera (SSD)
  • Tascam 60D (Audio)

Sometimes I’ll have additional media sources, but these are the four primary sources of media that I use. So what I do is I create a folder for each project or shoot. Under that folder I create four folders, one for each media source.

For the RV Nomads Christmas Trailer, for example, my folder/file structure looked like this.

Under this structure I know where everything is at all times. It doesn’t matter if I edit the night of the shoot, the following week or even months later. I know the date, project and location, and therefor I can get right to all media needed for the project I’m editing.

If I were using USB storage disks I would immediately replicate the date/project/location folder to a second drive to make a backup. I don’t primarily use USB drives (more on this later) but if/when I do I also have an exact copy of my file structure on at least two drives.

I might even add multiple folders in each media type folder depending on the size and scale of the day or projects shoot. In the drone folder, for example, I may have multiple folders breaking up the footage with multiple shoots. One folder might be “AMFarmFootage” to note the morning shoot with another being “SunsetOverCampground” to notate the evening portion of the shoot.

I do all of this to simplify my search for footage or audio when it comes time to edit. It’s extremely time consuming to have a folder filled with 100+ files and have to sit there watching each of them to find what you’re looking for. The more you properly file your media from the beginning, the less time it will take when the editing fun begins.

Besides, when you’re editing you want the process to be as smooth as possible. When you’re editing video you want your creative side to have freedom to flow through the timeline without having to spend a ton of time watching media files and flipping around in your finder or file folders.

Now getting back to the storage devices…

I have a stack of 1tb, 2tb or 4tb USB drives. If that is what your budget provides for these can be a tremendous help. Just keep in mind these are terribly unreliable for backup and are extremely resource intensive during the editing/rendering process. I’ve had multiple USB drives fail, rendering all media on them obsolete. If you use USB drives to store your media, always have one to keep copies on to ensure you always have a backup.

My preferred storage device is the G-Raid Dual Drive Thunderbolt disc drive. They make them for PC but I’m not sure of what kind of connections they work on as my editing suite is all Apple. The G-Raid dual drive is extremely reliable. And incredibly fast.

My mobile/RV editing suite consists of the following:

  • Mac Pro – 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 – 64GB Memory – AMD FirePro D500
  • 27 Inch 4K LG Ultra HD Monitor
  • 8 TB G-Raid Dual Drive
  • Two 4TB USB Drives. One for Backup and One for Finished Files

The G-Raid storage device will have an initial shock factor on price. A new one will run you $650 – $800 with certified refurbished between $450 and $500. But considering you have dual driven 8TB of storage this price isn’t much different than buying 8 single 1TB USB drives. Or 4 2TB USB drives. The difference, of course, is that you have to pop for the full price all in one go.

There are other advantages of a G-Raid device that I’ll talk about in the next section. But the important takeaway from this first part is organize, organize… ORGANIZE! And always have backups.

Speeding Up Video Editing & Rendering

If I had a dime for every time I’ve seen a vlogger complain about editing speed and render times I would be rolling in a Prevost. 🙂

If you’re facing slow render times or freezing screens while editing video you’re not alone. We all go through this. There are a wide range of reasons this can happen but I’m going to focus on the two most common in my own experience.

  • Data transfer speeds
  • RAM/Memory

Data transfer speeds are often times overlooked when trouble shooting slow render times or freezing timelines during the editing process. You may have a fast processor and plenty of RAM, but still experience a bogged down system when creating video. If so, are you working on media on USB devices? This is a huge no-no. This because USB is just not fast enough to transfer data in a real time rendering environment.

In other words, if you’re using Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere (or any editing software for that matter) and you’re editing media located on a USB storage device this is likely at least half of your problem. Your computer is working with data that has to transfer back and forth through a USB cable/connection, a connection that isn’t designed to handle that kind of workload. So it may not be that your computer can’t handle the work. It may be that your computer is waiting on the data to transfer back and forth between the two devices.

One work around on this is to move the media you want to edit from your USB devices to your desktop temporarily while you work on your video project. When you’re done with the editing, you’ve rendered and exported your finished product, you can move all the files back to the storage device. This way your computer is working with media on its own hard drive and doesn’t have to wait for data to change from an external device.

Now in the previous section I mentioned an advantage provided by a G-Raid thunderbolt storage device. Because these utilize Thunderbolt and not USB the data transfer rates are incredibly fast. Meaning, I can edit media located on a G-Raid without having to move it to my desktop. There is no real noticeable slowdown because a Thunderbolt cable/connection is able to handle the transfer rates needed to edit/render files in real time between the two devices.

The second common issue is RAM. If you have 8Gb or 16GB of memory, you’re probably going to struggle to render in real time. Especially when it comes to large projects with a lot of media. And definitely if your project contains 4K or RAW footage.

RAM is not super cheap. But if you’re going to be doing a lot of editing it’s an area you want to save for and invest in. Having a PC or Mac that can be easily upgraded on the RAM side is an extremely good investment. Or if you’re buying a new system just bite the bullet and max out on RAM from day one. You’ll be doing yourself a huge favor by doing this.

Right now my Mac Pro runs 64GB of RAM with 8TB of storage working through a Thunderbolt connection. I can run Photoshop, Lightroom, Apple Motion and two different browsers with multiple tabs all while my timeline renders in Final Cut Pro with no decrease in overall performance. Granted, my Mac Pro is a commercial grade $5,000 Apple computer, but I didn’t buy it this way. I bought it with 16Gb of RAM and initially ran USB drives. The performance, even on a $5,000 system, was sub-par at best until I put in the new RAM and switched to Thunderbolt storage.

Editing Software

I live and breath Final Cut Pro and Davinci Resolve for color grading. But not because I believe it is the superior editing suite. No, this is just my personal preference. Adobe Premiere has advantages that friends of mine swear by. On the software side I say to each his/her own. Whichever timeline works best for you is what you should use.

I will say, however, that in my experience Adobe Premiere is a little more complex than FCP. And, for me Premiere uses a lot more of my computer’s resources. I don’t know if this is unique to me and I know people who claim the opposite. But it has been my own experience and that is the primary determining factor of staying with Final Cut Pro.

If you’re looking to upgrade from iMovie or other limited editing systems to something more robust with more capabilities, but you want to minimize your learning curve and keep resource usage to a minimum, I would personally recommend Final Cut Pro. The timeline is pretty streamlined, the third party plugin market is vast and affordable and FCP is beautiful in terms of the front end user interface.

Conclusion

With a little discipline on the organization side, better data management and the right editing software you can create amazing visual stories with far less headaches. Time is money. And more time is more journey. Don’t waste any of it and don’t give up more than you have to. A few small changes to your production workflow can make a world of difference.

I hope this helps!

-Eric Odom