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Drone + Donut = Dronut (VIDEO)

Drone + Donut = Dronut (VIDEO)

It's not every day you see a donut flying over the treetops.

For a while now, our friend Danny and I have been thinking about how much fun it would be to use the drone to deliver a donut to our friends who live down the street. We had some time last Sunday and the weather was perfect for a late afternoon dronut delivery.   

The rig was a simple frame and hook contraption formed out of stiff electrical wire attached to the landing gear of the DJI Phantom 4. A chocolate frosted donut with sprinkles from Dunkin' Donuts (Henry's favorite) was securely loaded onto the hook and away it went, over the treetops.

All was going according to plan, that is until the iPad that was controlling the drone suddenly shut down and went black! I no longer had any visual from the camera, but thanks to it's advanced features, the drone was fine, just hovering in place waiting for instruction. I swapped out the iPad for my phone, and we were back in business.

Overall, our first dronut delivery was a success! Now to figure out how to attach a cup of coffee...

(song by Matt Chaney, re-worked and performed by Emma Charette and Daniel Castro)

(VIDEO) Martha's Vineyard From Above

(VIDEO) Martha's Vineyard From Above

A beautiful weekend on Martha's Vineyard was the perfect occasion to test out our new drone. We sent it out pretty far over the cliffs of Aquinnah and also got some nice shots of the Gay Head and East Chop lighthouses. It's really exciting to see things from this unique perspective!

Here's a short compilation of some clips we filmed from the air. Make sure to watch in HD.

New Video - SoClean 2 Go

New Video - SoClean 2 Go

We recently created this commercial for the launch of SoClean 2 Go, the new portable CPAP equipment sanitizer from Better Rest Solutions.

Twilight - Performed by Paweł Sawicki

Twilight - Performed by Paweł Sawicki

I have never filmed a music video before, so I offered to practice on my super talented guitarist friend, Paweł Sawicki. We shot several scenes throughout Kraków of him playing Twilight, by Kotaro Oshio. I used a camera mounted external microphone to pick up the audio and in post production, synced the clips with Paweł's studio recording. Enjoy!

Filming a Lamborghini Gallardo

Filming a Lamborghini Gallardo

I never thought that one day I would be in Poland filming a Lamborghini, but yet it happened. Since living in Poland, I have been partnering up with a friend, Jacek Sopotnicki, on some video projects here in Kraków. We received a call a couple of weeks ago from another mutual friend and manger at Hotel Witek asking if we could create a short film to promote his hotel as well as some special guests. The auto tuning team of Suhorovsky Design and their exotic cars, including a beautiful Lamborghini Gallardo, were in town for the Kraków Moto Show. What better place to stay than Hotel Witek! Despite the challenges of a last minute shoot and filming outside in direct sunlight in the middle of the day, we made it work and had a great time.

Chemicals and Electronics (Video)

Chemicals and Electronics (Video)

We just finished editing a couple of videos that I shot while we were back in the US last month. They were pretty interesting as we were able to get a glimpse inside of a chemical laboratory and manufacturing facility, Thor Chemicals, as well as another company, IN USA, that makes electronic components to measure and monitor ozone levels. The purpose of the videos was to highlight those two companies as well as the partnership they have with their Microsoft accounting software providers, CAL Business Solutions and Altico Advisors

Honey Harvest - Video

I finally got around to editing some footage from our honey harvest back in September. It was a beautiful morning, but we (meaning my wife and our friend Josh) had to work quickly to remove and clean the frames and make it to our extraction appointment on time. It's much easier to bring the frames to a place that already has all the equipment and knows what they are doing. Plus, they do all the cleanup. We brought them the frames and they cut off the capped combs and spun out the honey for us. We ended up with about 65 pounds of honey which we took home and bottled ourselves. The honey tasted a little different this year, kind of like apricot and pumpkin. Who knows were those bees had been!

Hope you enjoy this short video!

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Honey Harvest from Jeff Baumgart on Vimeo.

New Video - The Human Sinuses

I recently finished a new video for Better Rest Solutions. This one highlights the importance of keeping our sinuses free of germs and how this is harder for people who suffer from sleep apnea and need to use a CPAP mask at night. Their product called SoClean easily and effectively disinfects CPAP equipment.On this video, we utilized some green screen techniques as well as some animation. This was also the first time I got to try out the video capabilities of my new Nikon D600. Make sure to select the HD option! Enjoy!


Québec City in 2.5 Minutes

We visited Québec City, Canada for the first time last week. What a great city to visit! One of the nice things about Québec, is that after only a 7.5 hour drive (from MA) you can experience an old world European feel.

The Old City where we stayed is filled with historic architecture, quaint shops, and great restaurants. 15 minutes outside the city are the 275 ft high Montmorency Falls. These impressive falls are 98 ft higher than Niagara. Also nearby is the beautiful farming island, Ile d'Orleans. A single main road takes you around the perimeter of the island passing spectacular views of the St. Lawrence river, farm stands, cheese shops, and even a Creme de Cassis cellar.

If you are looking for a great place to stay, I highly recommend Hotel Maison du Fort. The hotel was very fresh and clean and the owner was super friendly and helpful. Located right in the Old Town near the Citadel, we were able to leave the car parked and explore the whole city by foot.


(Video) Staplers Galore - Part 2

A few weeks back I posted some behind the scenes photos on the latest video I was working on for CAL Business Solutions. They wanted a case study video on one of their clients, Amax Incorporated. Here is the finished film. [youtube=]

Staplers Galore

I'm currently in the editing stages of a new video about a distributing company who deals exclusively with Stanley Bostitch office products. They had a nice product display rack with loads of colored staplers which looked great as a backdrop for the interviews. Here's a screen grab from the video and a behind the scenes shot. Staplers