Backups and Archiving

In today's digital world, so many of our important assets are stored digitally. For our business that creates digital multimedia as one of our primary services, digital storage and backup is a huge project and is extremely important to us. We have harped for years about storing your digital assets correctly to prevent disaster. Most of your personal multimedia is your family's precious memories, such as photographs, videos, documents, and more. We're going to talk today about how we store and backup our huge archives.

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Live Sports Video Production @ Antler Stadium

When the news broke that Antler Stadium in Kerrville, Texas, would be home to a brand new "jumbotron" video screen, I knew we wanted to be a part of it. I contacted members of the Tivy Antler Booster Club to let them know that they had my full support and I would be on hand if they needed anything. Soon, they let me know that they wanted our team to produce the shows at the new and improved stadium for the 2014 Tivy Antler Football season. We were thrilled. This was a great opportunity to challenge ourselves and create content that would be seen by up to 4,000 fans each week. Of course we accepted the opportunity!

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We Know Events: Chilifest

In 2003, an Aggie friend of mine was involved with the planning of Chilifest in College Station, Texas. This is an event that brings in anywhere up to 50,000 people to see big name artists such as, this year, Hank Williams, Jr., Randy Rogers, Roger Creager, Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Johnson, Whiskey Myers, Band of Heathens, etc. Anyhow, my friend was on the organizing body of this event, and he was out in the middle of a huge field trying lay out over 400 team spots using a rolling measuring wheel and some measuring tapes. The year before, in 2002, it took the committee four days to properly lay out the venue.

See the photo below. Each little team booth is 20' x 20' and has to be staked out before teams arrive. Also, you'll see the different vendors and special sections that have to be planned out, too. We only have 13 acres inside the fence, so every foot matters.

So, in 2003, my friend called and asked if I'd bring some surveying equipment and come and lay out Chilifest. Since he'd worked with us at the family surveying business a couple of summers, he knew we could do it much faster.

That year, instead of taking four days, we laid out the entire event in four hours.

We've surveyed the site every year since 2003 with the exception of 2013 (conflict that year). But we were back in 2014 and the site layout went flawlessly.

How it works

  • Using an official map prepared by Chilifest according to the number of teams that have registered, Aaron prepares an AutoCAD drawing with a perfectly accurate layout to include all teams, all VIP sections, all vendor spots, and all corporate spots.
  • Using the CAD map combined with Trimble GPS Real Time Kinematic surveying equipment, Aaron and staff literally walk the entire site and set control/grid points for each and every row and column for each team.
  • Using that grid, the Chilifest committee strings twine up and down each row and column, and a stake is set at every twine intersection.
  • The map and grid layout has been tweaked and perfected every year according to the number of signups and attendees.
  • The main grid system can now be established in less than two hours.
  • Notes are made and passed along to next year's organizing committee

Surveying your event

If you are in charge of a large event and need assistance with layout and planning, call Aaron Yates at 830-955-5510. Aaron has 11+ years of experience in land surveying and site layout as well as extensive event experience. Call for a free consultation.

Bullfighter GoPro Action

A busy weekend for us here at KerrvillePhoto.com... Not only did we shoot Kerrville's Fourth on the River, but we also had a GoPro working out at Crider's Rodeo and Dancehall in Hunt, Texas. Our pal Jason Lackey is a "cowboy protector" (otherwise known as a bullfighter) out there, and he had the idea to wear a GoPro in the arena. This was the first time we'd done this particular type of setup, so we learned some lessons, and the footage turned out pretty cool for the first time.

Peak Fitness Tours

Peak Fitness, located on Bandera Highway in Kerrville, Texas. Owned and operated by Mr. Duane Shortt and Pete Moore, Peak was opened in 2013 after the old Family Sports Center building closed. The new facility offers an indoor heated pool, aerobic/fitness rooms, spin rooms and spin classes, a giant cardiovascular exercise room, huge weight lifting room, and "The Box" -- a special facility for Crossfit and other specialized training regimes.

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