Washington Hospital - DC RNs Unite for Rights!

Jan 16, 2011 BY Administrator

Planet Vox recently sent a crew to Franklin Square Hospital near Baltimore, MD to help Fenton Communications boost awareness of a sidewalk demonstration organized by National Nurses United in front of the hospital. Approximately 50 nurses wearing red scrubs marched, sang, carried signs, and passed out leaflets to urge MedStar Health, the hospital administrator, to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a new contract that would improve patient care and treat nurses with respect. Our two-person crew was tasked to document the union demonstration and capture some "nurse on the street" interviews, then quickly edit a short video highlighting the event for posting to YouTube as soon as possible. Our rig was a Panasonic HPX-500 with Canon HDGC lens, Sound Devices 442 Mixer, and Sennheiser MKH416 boom in a Rycote zeppelin with windjammer. The MKH416 is a recent upgrade from our older Sennheiser model, the ME80, and we were very impressed by the mic's ability to feature rich voices without too much traffic noise.

One of the challenges of completing the project we faced was the weather. The morning opened with rain and dark cloudy skies. We arrived on location with our rain gear ready to rock it. Fortunately for us, the clouds broke as soon as the nurses arrived and then came back as soon as we wrapped. With video production, you are almost never that lucky.

With the clock running down to get an edited video delivered, we high-tailed it back to our office in DC and quickly began the editing process. One of the key components to complete the project on time was our ability to record the event using today's tapeless video production technology. We used Panasonic's P2 solid-state memory cards for the video shoot, which allowed us to skip the step of waiting while footage is digitized into the computer. Instead, using a third-party plug-in called Calibrated, we could instantly start editing the raw MXF files on our P2 cards using our Final Cut Pro 7 system.

Click here for the video.