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Robotic Cameras Now Available to Rent.
Communications Concepts, Inc. of Cape Canaveral, FL is going robotic with new self operating high-tech video cameras.

“We are excited to have two of the first newly released SOLOSHOT3 Optic 65 video cameras and one Swivel C video camera available for rent.” says CCI Operations Manager Robin Champagne. “It’s a robotic camera that will record action without a camera operator. Our clients will able to just take the camera and then step into the picture and participate in the action. It’s that simple.”

The SOLOSHOT3 is perfect for action sports such as surfing, soccer, etc. because the camera will accurately follow the subject matter without someone having to be behind the camera. It works with a waterproof and shock-resistant “Tag” which is worn or mounted to the subject being recorded and the tracking and recording is controlled with the press of a button. The camera processor technology automatically pans, tilts, and zooms as it tracks and films the subject from up to 2,000 ft. away for up to 4 hours.

The SOLOSHOT3 provides top quality 4K images as well. Each of CCI’s robotic camera systems has a 65x optical zoom lens and will capture 1080p images up to 120 frames per second and 4K images at 30 frames per second. Live streaming to the SOLOSHOT app and Facebook is also possible.

The Swivl C captures indoor events such as weddings, lectures, presentations, conferences, training, focus groups and more. Swivl is already being used in over 30,000 schools worldwide. Tracy Kreppel, a math teacher at Burlingame High School explains, “Swivl has revolutionized my teaching. It is so easy to record one lesson, and then play it back to all of your classes, or assign it as homework.” The Swivl is powered by an Octa-Core driven tablet with a five-mega-pixel autofocus camera, as it rotates and tilts to follow a Marker worn by a subject. Then the system automatically records video in full HD. Each Marker also includes a wireless microphone. While one Marker is designated for video tracking, up to three markers may be used to capture three independent audio tracks simultaneously, such as voice of the bride, the groom and the minister at a wedding.

Jim Lewis, President of CCI says: “For the most part, I don’t see these robotic cameras displacing camera operators. What I do see is that a lot more people will be able get video recordings of events, where in the past, they perhaps could not afford to hire camera operators. CCI’s robotic cameras make recording any event really affordable. They are perfect for getting great video of your child in a gymnastics competition, a Little League game or even a football demo for college review. Now people will be able to capture every presenter at a conference, even those in breakout rooms or record the precious moments of a wedding, the wedding reception or the whole wedding weekend. They are that affordable, a real game changer.”

In addition to providing these robotic cameras for rental, CCI plans to use the SOLOSHOT3s in conjunction with the robotic aerial drone that CCI acquired last year, to expand video possibilities for clients to capture more creative footage than ever before. Call CCI at (321) 783-5232 for more information and find out how this amazing robotic camera system will make sure you never miss a shot again! www.cci321.com.

Heard Construction Inc. of Merritt Island, FL renovated and repaired many of Brevard County’s Public Schools with new air conditioning systems, roofs and more. Much of this work was far above ground and could not easily be seen from the ground. So, using CCI’s 4K Robotic Drone and 4K Panasonic GH4 camera, Producer Matt Melton was able to capture every detail of the work that was accomplished this past summer. CCI’s FAA 107 licensed remote pilot was onsite supervising all the drone operations to assure video was captured safely at the five different public schools. Andy Day, President of Heard Construction said: “Being a construction company, we give many presentations every year to Clients for prospective projects. Recently, we had the idea to add a video showing our Past Performance on difficult jobs. CCI did an amazing job creating a video with drone footage, photos and quotes. We were able to win the first job we presented with the video included. Thanks Matt and team for this incredible addition to our Marketing package.”
You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/htsRpDMJlrA

Digital marketing expert James McQuivey estimates
that a single minute of video content
is the equivalent of 1.8 million words.

Safran USA at NBAA Las Vegas
A crew from CCI was in Las Vegas to record a video for Safran-USA at the National Business Aviation Association convention where Safran promoted a selection of state-of-the-art products from across its businesses. This marks the third time CCI has been to the NBAA for Safran USA. In addition to interviewing key Safran executives in the convention center, CCI also went to the NBAA second location where the various large business aircraft are on display. This year’s show celebrated NBAA’s 70th Anniversary with aviation leaders and legends such as Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger and Capt. Jim Lovell. Communications Manager of Safran USA, Christelle Kinkead said: “We thoroughly enjoyed working with the CCI crew in Las Vegas for NBAA, the industry’s leading business aviation trade show. As usual, they were responsive, creative, and professional, delivering an amazing video in the end.”

You can see this video and more of the trade show videos that we have created for Safran-USA at: https://www.safran-usa.com/media/photos-videos/videos.

The Florida Historical Society
hosted their second annual Florida Frontiers Festival on October 21st, 2017 and CCI was there to provide A/V equipment and technical support. CCI’s PA system with powered Mackie speakers, a mixer, and microphones provided the sound from the main stage. Performers on the stage included the Willie Green Blues Band, Frank Thomas, Chris Kahl, Mike Garcia, Bob Lusk and The Native Rhythms Festival Ensemble. And just for fun, CCI also captured a 360 video, you can see it here: https://youtu.be/XvdoxISfQPU. The event was held at the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science in Cocoa, FL.

Benefits of hiring IT and AV equipment with the technical support:
1 – Saves you time,
2 – Insures that everything works properly.
3 – Allows you to concentrate on your event without stress.

CCI was pleased to provide AV support for the Missile Space and Range Pioneers Fall Event on Oct 30th, 2017 which featured Astronaut Nicole Stott. The panel discussion included launch photographers Michael Seeley and Mike Killian, as well as artist and mission patch designer Tim Gagnon which highlighted how Art and Science come together in Space. CCI provided PA gear and technical support at the Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach.

Learn more about CCI’s AV Rental, Tech Support and pricing at: https://cci321.com/av-video-production-rentals/ or call (321)783-5232.

Requests for Proposals or RFPs are released daily with schedules that seldom consider holidays. Often times, RFPs come-out for some of the most important projects with the start of the government’s fiscal year in October and continue being released until the start of the new calendar year in January. This can put a real strain on a company’s capture and proposal development departments.

When this happens, there is just one place to call – CCI. Our proposal experts will help you put together the right pitch, the winning pitch. We get your project planned, staffed, organized, and mobilized within days, not weeks. Through our network of professional managers, writers, and graphics designers, CCI provides just-in-time resources to cost-effectively support proposal and document development projects. And if you really want to increase your win probability, find new business revenue and control your capture costs, CCI can make the difference.

Check out our Elevator Pitch at: https://cci321.com/proposal-capture-services/. Contact CCI today to see how we can help you achieve more with our proven capture and proposal process support.  Email us at info@cci321.com or call (321)783-5232.

WHITE PAPER – Vet before You Share or Do Not Share At All!
There is more and more concern about the impact on the general public’s thoughts, ideas and beliefs on any given topic which then creates either negative or positive emotions. And many times it’s because of what they have read, which may or may not be true. Seriously, are we so easily manipulated? And because of technology, this then becomes a security matter because the false information can come from anywhere in the world. That has itself been a major news story in the media.

Former anchor for MSNBC, CNN and Fox News, Greta Van Susteren, has been named one of Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in the World six times. In November 2017, she published a book entitled; “Everything You Need to Know about Social Media (Without Having to Call A Kid)“. She says: “…social media is changing our very definition of news. Social media sites are becoming the newspaper front page and the nightly newscast. An October 2016 Rasmussen poll found that almost half of all adults age 40 and under get their news primarily or exclusively from the internet and social media – and more than two-thirds of those age 40 and under have their views heavily influenced by what their family and friends post about politics on social media sites.”

Since technology enables us to get our news from more than TV and newspapers, and because technology can be abused, please be aware:

Many of the fake news stories come from sources that have copied the logo of a major news source and have a slightly altered website address. A prime example is abcnews.com.co which at first glance, appears to be abcnews.com. How about cnn-trending.com? This is not CNN and they published the Hawking code scam.

Fake news uses names which sound credible. Just a few examples are: The Boston Tribune which was founded in 2016 and has become very popular, but full of hoaxes. American News published a false story in 2016 claiming actor Denzel Washington endorsed Donald Trump for president. The fictional headline led to thousands of people sharing it on Facebook. Bizstandardnews.com is similar to the unrelated Indian English language daily newspaper called Business Standard. But if you pay attention, the disclaimer says “the stories could be true because reality is to strange nowadays”. I could go for pages and pages, listing examples such as these.

In a 2016 article on “How to Spot Fake News”, FactCheck.org has these suggestions to help you know what is real and what is not:

• Read beyond the headline. If a provocative headline drew your attention, read a little further before you decide to pass along the shocking information. Fake news, especially satirical news, can include several revealing signs in the text.

• Check the author. Another tell-tale sign of a fake story is often the byline. The pledge of allegiance story on abcnews.com.co was supposedly written by “Jimmy Rustling.” Who is he? Well, his author page claims he is a “doctor” who won “fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes.” No one by the name of “Rustling” has won a Pulitzer or Peabody award.

• What’s the support? Many times these bogus stories will cite official or official-sounding sources, but once you look into it, the source doesn’t back up the claim. For instance, the Boston Tribune site wrongly claimed that President Obama’s mother-in-law was going to get a lifetime government pension for having babysat her granddaughters in the White House, citing “the Civil Service Retirement Act” and providing a link. But the link to a government benefits website doesn’t support the claim at all.

We’ve received several questions about a fake news story on the admittedly satirical site Nevada County Scooper, which wrote that Vice President-elect Mike Pence, in a “surprise announcement,” credited gay conversion therapy for saving his marriage. If you Google this, the first link that comes up is a Snopes.com article revealing that this is fake news.

• Check the date. Some false stories aren’t completely fake, but rather distortions of real events. These mendacious claims can take a legitimate news story and twist what it says – or even claim that something that happened long ago is related to current events.

Since Trump was elected president, we’ve received many inquiries from readers wanting to know whether Ford had moved car production from Mexico to Ohio, because of Trump’s election. Readers cited various blog items that quoted from and linked to a CNN Money article titled “Ford shifts truck production from Mexico to Ohio.” But that story is from August 2015, clearly not evidence of Ford making any move due to the outcome of the election.

• Is this some kind of joke? Remember, there is such thing as satire. Normally, it’s clearly labeled as such, and sometimes it’s even funny. Andy Borowitz has been writing a satirical news column, the Borowitz Report, since 2001, and it has appeared in the New Yorker since 2012. But not everyone gets the jokes. We’ve fielded several questions on whether Borowitz’s work is true.

Among the headlines our readers have flagged: “Putin Appears with Trump in Flurry of Swing- State Rallies” and “Trump Threatens to Skip Remaining Debates If Hillary Is There.” When we told readers these were satirical columns, some indicated that they suspected the details were far-fetched but wanted to be sure.

The posts by Horner and others – whether termed satire or simply “fake news” – are designed to encourage clicks, and generate money for the creator through ad revenue. Horner told the Washington Post he makes a living off his posts. Asked why his material gets so many views, Horner responded, “They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything anymore.”

• Check your biases. We know this is difficult. Confirmation bias leads people to put more stock in information that confirms their beliefs and discount information that doesn’t. But the next time you’re automatically appalled at some Facebook post concerning, say, a politician you oppose, take a moment to check it out.

Try this simple test: What other stories have been posted to the “news” website that is the source of the story that just popped up in your Facebook feed? You may be predisposed to believe that Obama bought a house in Dubai, but how about a story on the same site that carries this headline: “Antarctica ‘Guardians’ Retaliate against America with Massive New Zealand Earthquake.” That, too, was written by the prolific “Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers.”

We’ve seen the resurgence of a fake quote from Donald Trump since the election – a viral image that circulated last year claims Trump told People magazine in 1998: “If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.” We found no such quote in People‘s archives from 1998, or any other year. And a public relations representative for the magazine confirmed that. People‘s Julie Farin told us in an email last year: “We combed through every Trump story in our archive. We couldn’t find anything remotely like this quote – and no interview at all in 1998.”

• Consult the experts. We know you’re busy, and some of this debunking takes time. But we (FactCheck.org) get paid to do this kind of work. Between FactCheck.org, Snopes.com, the Washington Post Fact Checker and PolitiFact.com, it’s likely at least one has already fact-checked the latest viral claim to pop up in your news feed.

Wikepedia also provides a list of fake news sources as well. Hopefully, these tips may help you before you hit the “share” button.

Realistically, most of us don’t have the time to research the legitimacy of what we read. Maybe it’s best to err on the side of caution and if you don’t recognize the news source as common major media, delete it and don’t share it. If everyone did this, then we would drastically reduce our chances of being mislead, prevent our emotions from being manipulated up or down, and perhaps there would be more peace amongst us all and especially within ourselves. The first line of defense is the person reading it – you, the reader.