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07/21/2014

Blog News Keying and Rotoscoping: An Editor’s Toolbox   

  Working in the post-production phase of video production, Word Wizards often receives projects with major editing problems and no budget or time for a reshoot. In a recent TIVA meeting held at RHED Pixel, Rich Harrington presented a first-hand look at two essentials of the video production industry, keying and rotoscoping, which can be […]


06/03/2014

featured Future Media Concepts Presents: Editing Tech 101   

Heavily involved in many aspects of post-production, Word Wizards realizes that editing is where the magic begins. And choosing the right editing software for your project—Adobe Premiere, Avid or Final Cut—is essential. A huge thank you goes out to TIVA who recently sponsored an incredibly informative panel discussion at Future Media Concepts, Comparing Editing Platforms, […]


05/22/2014

featured 48-Hour Film Project 2014 – Reflections from the Pros   

  When my friend Tim Flaherty came shopping for a location for his entry in the 2014 48-Hour Film Project,  I was intrigued and wanted to help him. He is a former President of TIVA, and I know him to be a rock solid television and industrial producer.  His co-leader was Ishu Krishna, another former […]


05/09/2014

featured NAB Show 2014 – Trade Show Tech   

Tech Nirvana   Word Wizards lives on the cutting edge of technology.  As a matter of fact, we first exhibited transcripts with time code at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in 1998.  Since then we have continued to innovate using the latest technology. We pioneered new methods of transcription, developed advanced audio […]


04/08/2014

Community Outreach The Art of Selling Yourself – Through Your Resume   

There were valuable resume and interview tips aplenty at an informative presentation on resume building, hosted by Women in Film and Video (WIFV) and Women in Cable Television Communications (WICT), at Interface Media Group on April 2, 2014.  The panel discussion was scheduled just ten days before the ever-popular WIFV job fair, so these important […]


03/28/2014

featured The Science of Good Story Telling   

Producers and reporters of science programs for film and television are always looking for engaging, compelling stories to teach and motivate and to open our minds to infinite possibilities. Scott Gordon, C.E.O. of Word Wizard, is addicted to scientific programming and watches very little else except the News.  That’s why he joined me as we […]


03/17/2014

Documentary Film DC Premiere of CinemAbility   

Expanding Minds: At Word Wizards we are all about accessibility.  Our 508 compliant transcripts meet federal standards for multimedia on Federal websites that are accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as to the blind and low vision individuals.  That is why we want to shout out about the screening of the […]


03/14/2014

Blog News New Address   

Attention! Word Wizards HQ has moved. Our new address is 8609 2nd Avenue. Unit 406B. Silver Spring, MD. 20910.


03/04/2014

featured Celebration and Cinema – 2014 DC Independent Film Festival   

One of the most successful and enduring film festivals to call DC home, the DC Independent Film Festival celebrated its 16th year as one of the area’s longest running festivals. The DCIFF mission includes supporting and showcasing talented filmmakers from around the world. And by exhibiting world premiere screenings, hosting timely seminars and workshops, as […]


02/17/2014

featured A TIVA Era Begins   

A TIVA Era Begins Following the successful TIVA presidency of Jerry Griffith with many innovations and a record membership, Brian Grundstrom now steps into Jerry’s shoes and takes over the reins. Formally Vice President of TIVA, Brian offers an insider’s view and super-charged ideas for growing Television Internet Video Association to the largest affiliation of […]


01/30/2014

Blog News Women in Film and Video Kicks Off A Revolutionary New Year   

WIFV Kicks Off a Revolutionary New Year Picture taken from WIFV Website A Truly Grand Start to 2014 The DC chapter of Women in Film and Video kicked off their 35th year in style with a holiday party at the offices of the nonprofit organization 1776. Located at 1133 15th Street, Farragut North, 1776’s workplace—and […]


12/14/2013

Blog News Napa Valley Film Festival – The Highlights   

Film Tasting Napa Valley known as wine country once again magically transformed into movie country with a touch of “Hollywood.” The third annual Napa Valley Film Festival—November 13-17th 2013—showcased 125 independent films to enthusiastic audiences. A gathering of 300 varied filmmakers attracted high-profile celebs like Colin Farrell, original Batman Adam West, Karate Kid’s Ralph Macchio, […]


11/26/2013

Blogging DIY Network – Four Legged Fashion   

Video production professionals are used to finding that perfect look for themselves; why shouldn’t that extend to man’s best friend? Take a look at this new infomercial by the DIY Network, starring Word Wizards Operations Manager Ben and office support dog Heather. Now pooches can get some high style of their own to match their […]


11/12/2013

Featured Video Translation Services Video   

The new commercial for our translation services to be shown at the 2013 TIVA-DC PEER Awards.



Documentary Film 2013 Peer Awards – $500 Prize for Best Documentary Film   

    The annual DC Peer Awards is always a special event, celebrating the best artists in the DC production community and bringing them together to reward their hard work. Word Wizards Inc. has been a proud sponsor for many years because we believe they honor the absolute best in the field and encourage aspiring professionals to […]


10/24/2013

Technology Video Tech – Flying And Moving Camera Rigs   

While the good old fashioned tripod is a tried and true method for getting talking heads footage for that documentary you’re working on, it’s not as ideal for getting other types of footage. Say you want a more exciting moving shot that captures action or want something really impressive like a great aerial shot but […]


10/09/2013

Blogging Social Media and Sangria Panel   

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a very enjoyable panel, presented by Women in Film and Video and hosted by Interface Media Group, that was all about taking the plunge into social media and how to fully utilize it. Here at Word Wizards Inc., we know that getting the word out about your film can […]


09/13/2013

Documentary Film Funding Your Film Into The Marketplace   

                 I recently ran across an interesting little article, written by Kathy A. McDonald, which was all about prepping your documentary for the market place and some basic tips to follow. Each year the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund holds a number of labs or discussions, one of which is the Sundance […]


09/04/2013

Graphic Design Photoshop Now Subscription Only – Impact and Reactions   

I recently stumbled onto this article entitled Picture This: Is There Life After Photoshop  by Ian Hardy, on BBC news and thought it was a great piece that touches upon an important segment of the production community. Over the past 23 years Photoshop has become a cornerstone of the graphic design world. Some estimate that nine […]


08/20/2013

Video Production How News Archives Are Reaching Out   

Earlier this year, I wrote an article about how the National Archives is a treasure trove of stock footage for films and documentaries. Just the other day, I was reading a documentary magazine and happened to come across an article that serves as a perfect companion piece. The article, titled “The Past Is Never Dead: […]


08/07/2013

Community Outreach Documentary Filmmaking as the Ultimate Cultural Ambassador   

Documentaries are a great way to be introduced to new ideas and learn about important issues, but they can also serve as a bridge to other countries and communities across the world. They excel at allowing the viewer to travel to another place without having to leave their couch or seat. No one understood this better […]


07/24/2013

Social Media Using The Right Etiquette On LinkedIn   

While the world of social media encompasses a dizzying number of different networks, with more showing up all the time, one in particular, LinkedIn, stands out as the most professional.  While sites like Facebook and Twitter are often seen as being more fun, relaxed and unfiltered, LinkedIn is known for getting right to business in […]


07/16/2013

Documentary Film AFI Docs – Behind The Scenes   

A New Layout The “SilverDocs” film festival has become AFI Docs, and shook things up this year with a completely new format. With a luxurious new sponsor, Audi, and a substantial reworking of the festival organization, AFI Docs made a big impact in its first year. Instead of being concentrated in Silver Spring, this year the majority of […]


Technology Password Security and Management   

The Setup In 2010, several popular web sites were hacked and their password data stolen. If you were part of one of these sites, you may already know about this since emails warning of the break-in were sent out to users. If not, then why worry, right? Why worry, indeed. The Problem The problem is […]


07/09/2013

featured Summer Sale – Save 15% on Transcription   

Give your budget a break! Save big this summer on your next transcription project. Word Wizards is offering a 15% discount on transcription services from July 4th through Labor Day in 2013. This limited time offer wont be around for long, so call or e-mail us today to get started. Click the advertisement below for […]


07/02/2013

TIVA-DC TIVA Talk: Pitching To The Networks Workshop   

Since we here at Word Wizards Inc. go through hours of transcription each day we know that while making film and video is hard, the toughest part is actually getting someone to green light your pitch so you can actually get the chance to make it. We all know that making that pitch can be difficult, awkward and just plain […]


Web Design Willoughby’s New Web Look   

While many people think of Word Wizards, Inc. as just a transcription and post-production company, we also have a very accomplished graphic design and website wing that’s responsible for some very impressive work around the web. Our latest project had us working with the The Willoughby of Chevy Chase Condominium and designing a brand new totally re-designed […]


06/25/2013

Technology Tech Time With The RollerMouse Free2   

While there are many who think that professionals in the media-and-video-production industry don’t spend much time behind a desk and computer, they could not be more wrong. Media professionals can end up spending just as long as any information worker, and often even longer, slaving away on a computer behind a desk. And as some […]


TIVA-DC TIVA Talks: Program Finishing   

 TIVA recently presented an incredibly informative panel at Henninger Media Services  that was all about program finishing, a vital part of any film or video production. While a plethora of topics were discussed, they mainly centered around the areas of color correction, conversions, captioning, audio, delivery formats and disc authoring. The panel, consisting of Henninger employees, included Senior Editor Joe Bridgers, Colorist Loren Masheter, Audio Engineer […]


06/07/2013

Blogging Avoiding Legal Issue With Freelancers And Contractors   

With the economy still in a rough spot many employers are turning to a work force of contractors and freelancers to round out their workforces, with many companies in the media and video-production realm following suit. And while it may seem more financially efficient to have a smaller number of full time workers and more freelancers for whom you don’t have […]


06/04/2013

Community Outreach Unacceptable Levels   

The Power of Documentary Film We here at Word Wizards inc, love documentary film because it makes up so much of the work we do. However, we also love it because it has the power to really change people’s perspectives on important issues. It brings these important issues, that many people would know nothing about otherwise, […]


05/31/2013

Tips & Tricks Keeping Your Budget Under Control   

Getting That Green As we all know, budgeting your work, especially documentary film work, is not easy.  You must first secure the money, not an easy feat mind you, and then be extremely careful to utilize it to its fullest extent. The still-shaky economy makes it even more difficult for production professionals to secure budgets, since people are still hesitant to give money to anyone even if […]


05/29/2013

Video Production Importance of the Peers   

Honors in the DC video production community don’t get much bigger than the annual TIVA Peer Awards. These awards, which have been around since 1997, pay tribute to excellence in local media and are one of the most sought-after awards in the area. Every November the TIVA community comes together at the National Press Club to give out this honor in a […]


05/24/2013

Community Outreach Returning Marines Find New Careers In Media   

With Memorial Day soon upon us, our thoughts go to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to defend our country. I’ve also been thinking about those other brave individuals who fight in combat and are wounded but are able to make it home back to the U.S. What are they supposed to do when they get back […]


05/21/2013

TIVA-DC TIVA Talk: Monetizing Online Video And Creating a Video Network   

We here at Word Wizards, Inc. love social media because it provides us with a great way to reach out to our customers besides the traditional e-mails and phone—which is so 20th century.  One of its strengths is the ability to reach out to so many by giving professionals of all types, and especially video professionals, multiple outlets to show their work and […]


05/16/2013

Social Media How To Talk Back On Social Media   

The Beauty Of Social Media As I’ve said quite a few times in this blog, one of the best things about social media and the way it’s changed the nature of business is the relationships that it sets up. Gone are the days where customers could only get messages to their favorite brands via old […]


05/13/2013

Video Production 48 Hour Film Project   

Just A Weekend As most of us know creating a film, even a short film, weather it’s a documentary or something more fictional, takes a lot of time. First you have come up with a concept, get funding somehow, get a crew, shoot the production and then edit and do the rest of post-production. This whole process usually takes a minimum of several […]


05/10/2013

Equipment Comparing Affordable Cameras and Camera Rigs   

The Fab Five Since Word Wizards, Inc. often deals with new technology, we definitely know how it changes quickly, especially in the realm of video production. While the video production community in DC is incredibly talented and forms an amazingly supportive community, we are also dependent on the equipment we use. It’s not easy to […]


05/08/2013

graphics TIVA’s 3D Animation Panel   

Talent on Hand Recently at Resolution Post, TIVA held an informative and interesting panel about 3D graphics and animation. The panel’s main speakers were Scott Stewart, owner and creative director at Resolution Post, Robert Cloutier from Digital History Studios,  and Christian Flores from Beatmap Animation. Some of the topics that were discussed included what types of […]


05/06/2013

Technology The Little Camera That Could   

Built for Adventure While cameras are great at capturing a story for film and showcasing someone’s vision, they are not usually known for their durability and tend to be pretty fragile machines. It’s tough to take them under water, on a bike or car, or just any place where you’d be moving a lot and […]


05/02/2013

Media News Silverdocs No More   

A New Partner Silverdocs, the premiere documentary festival in the Washington DC area, as well as a huge boon to the Silver Spring area, is getting some major changes. Its new iteration, which was announced just last week, will be known as AFI Docs Film Festival and will be backed by car manufacturer Audi instead of […]


04/26/2013

TIVA-DC TIVA’s Tapeless Workflow Panel   

Recently TIVA, the television, internet and video association, held an incredibly informative panel at Henninger Media Services that was all about tapeless workflow and the pros/cons of going into the tapeless world. Henninger moderated the event and supplied the speakers for panelists Sam Crawford and Sue O’Hora. The areas covered included the three main stages of production and […]


Technology 3 Big Standouts from NAB 2013   

NAB 2013 Digital Media Industry Event While the National Association of Broadcasters early event in Las Vegas may not have quite the same buzz as the Consumer Electronics Show, its still a big deal in the production industry and a regular trek for many members of the local community. While Word Wizards, Inc  primarily focuses on transcription work, light […]


04/24/2013

Tips & Tricks Insurance for Freelancer and Production Companies   

Recently at Interface Media Group, Women in Film and Video held a great presentation that was all about insurance for both freelancers and production groups. The main speakers were Kelly Ann Dixon-Nachodsky from GBS HR & Benefit Solutions and Richard Gottlieb from Woodhome Insurance Group, Inc. Some of the topics discussed included the effects of the […]


04/19/2013

Documentary Film Social Justice and Web Series at Filmfest DC   

If your looking for a fun little excursion and have a hankering for a different kind of cinema, check out the Filmfest DC. They’re collection, which plays till Sunday the 21st, is pretty impressive with over 80 features, documentaries and shorts from all corners of the earth. Word Wizards, Inc. of course loves docs, since their […]


04/05/2013

Marketing Marketing Documentaries to Academia: The Perfect Recipe   

One of the obvious reasons why Word Wizards, Inc. loves Docs in Progress (DIP) http://docsinprogress.org/ is that they coach for projects with tons of interview footage.  We at “The Wiz” thrive on transcribing dozens of hours of talking head interviews per week. Transcription is very important to any documentary film maker, whether they use Word […]


04/03/2013

Community Outreach Grand Movie Palaces versus Big Bad Multiplex   

I recently volunteered at a panel, at the DC Independent Film Festival, about the history of movie theaters and palaces in the city of Washington D.C. During this panel, several images of old movie theaters that have been torn down were shown and their details discussed. I was struck by the individual beauty of these […]


04/01/2013

Social Media 10 Commandments of Social Media Interaction   

I recently ran across an insightful little article on Mashable about the 10 Commandments of Social Media for Brands, http://on.mash.to/13W2XWi, and with the two major holidays, I thought it seemed topical. This info also applies to people and their social media interactions, not just companies or brands.  Word Wizards, Inc follows these ideas and encourages others […]


03/29/2013

Documentary Film Need a Little Help With that Documentary?   

While to many outsiders i.e. people not in the media or video production biz, making a documentary or any kind of media production may seem like fun, we video professionals know just how much hard grueling work is involved in even the most basic media. Not only are there a seemingly impossible number of steps […]


03/27/2013

Community Outreach Annapolis Film Festival Wrap Up   

This past weekend the Annapolis Film Festival kicked off to some pretty critical acclaim. The festival, which ran from the 21 – 24, seeks to establish the city of Annapolis as a prime breeding ground for different filmmakers to come and show different perspectives through their work to hungry audiences. A previous incarnation actually existed […]


03/22/2013

TIVA-DC TIVA’s Contract Panel   

  On Wednesday night TIVA, the Television, Internet and Video Association, held a panel at Video Labs focusing on contracts and specifically how they pertain to the video production business. While contracts are something that most of us in the media and video industry are something most of us don’t like to think about, they are still a […]


03/20/2013

Transcription The National Archives, an Underappreciated Resource   

When most filmmakers, and people in general, think of the National Archives, they think of that beautiful building next to the mall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are on display. What they don’t realize is just how much of a treasure trove of historical footage and media is right under their noses. Not […]


03/15/2013

Community Outreach Silver Spring on Screen   

The local DC production and video community is responsible for some truly terrific programs that come out of this area. The big question that comes across many people’s minds is how will the next generation of professionals learn vital film making skills? Luckily there are quite a few organizations such as Docs in Progress that are […]


03/11/2013

Video Production Word Wizards Salutes Richard Harrington, A Wizard of Digital Video   

Every once in a while Word Wizards likes to shine the spotlight on some of our fellow video professionals in the DC media community to showcase some of the truly talented individuals we have around us. Today we’re going to be taking a look at Richard Harrington, CEO of RHED Pixel, editing expert, producer, prolific writer […]


03/07/2013

Community Outreach A Festival Orson Welles Would Be Proud Of   

Most people have seen the film Citizen Kane and know of the famous director Orson Welles who was known for both his talent and his sometimes erratic behavior. He is however still regarded as one of the greatest film directors, one who had an absolute vision of what he wanted and was usually not open […]


03/06/2013

Video Production Guggenheim Productions, Giants in Docs City   

While some big hollywood films and productions have come to Washginton, D.C. to shoot big blockbuster fare, the real work has to do with all the docs that come out of here. The capital city should really be called doc’s city because of the sheer number of documentaries that our amazing film community produces. Lots of […]


03/05/2013

Social Media How Not To Promote Your Work in the Digital and Social Media Realm   

  In making any kind of media, there are two main stages. The first is actually making the thing which involves pre-producton, shooting it and then having it transcribed and put into post production. That’s where Word Wizards comes in, we’re happy to work with you on the transcription and conversion side. We want to […]


03/04/2013

Community Outreach DC Independent Film Festival, one of the longest running festivals in town   

  Starting a film festival is no easy feat and keeping it going for a successive number of years is downright extraordinary. That’s why the DC Independent Film Festival which will be celebrating it’s 15th year later this week, from March 6 – 10th, is darn impressive. While most film festivals would be resting on […]


03/01/2013

Media News The Art of Reviewing Film Festivals   

  We’re all used to seeing movie and film reviews but reviews for film festivals are not quite as frequent. What if your a die hard movie junkie who needs their fix of fresh indie cinema but don’t know just where to turn? Well film festival maven Christina Kotlar has got you covered. Her blog […]


02/22/2013

Tips & Tricks Getting Started in your Media Career   

  Last night at American Universities School of Communications,  several media professionals gathered with TIVA to give out some very valuable information about how to get your foot in the media industry whether your a college student or a seasoned professional looking to switch careers. The panelists included:   Jason Villemez, Production Assistant at PBS Newshour http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jason-villemez/10/a27/594 Kristen Edgell, Marketing […]


02/20/2013

GSA Building Government Contractor Relationships   

A special thanks goes out to Tanya Spann Roche,  for giving us this great info.  Tanya is a producer, writer and editor making her a triple threat. Her website is www.thinkspeakact.com So you want to do some video or production work with the US government. Building a work relationship with them can lead to some lucrative […]


01/11/2013

Politics Going Postal – Financial Troubles Ahead For U.S. Mail   

In the wake of the Fiscal Cliff fiasco, a smaller, but still important, financial issue remains under the national radar. The U.S. Postal System is rapidly running out of cash, and they are almost out of options. Even worse, the legislative branch is completely distracted from this problem with the looming debt ceiling and sequestration […]


01/09/2013

Documentary Film Yes We Did: The People’s Inauguration – Free Documentary Screening   

Yes We Did: The People’s Inauguration is the story of the pandemonium surrounding the inauguration of the first African American President of The United States of America. Next Wednesday, January 16th, our friends at Docs In Progress have teamed up with We Are Takoma to provide a free screening of this insightful documentary film. The […]


Social Justice AIG vs The US Government – Thanks For Nothing   

What are they thinking! Insurance giant AIG is considering whether to join a lawsuit against the US Government for “human rights violations incurred during the financial crisis bailouts. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you, it is a shock that the company would even consider such a move. The Huffington Post Reports the following: […]


01/08/2013

Technology Twitter Reaches New Heights – @LibraryOfCongress #Archive   

In April of 2010, The United States Library of Congress signed a deal to gain unrestricted access to all public tweets since 2006. Since that deal was made, 170 Billion tweets have been archived by the library. The question now is how to make this resource available to researchers, institutions, and the public? The Social […]


01/04/2013

Media News Consumer Electronics Show 2013 – 5 Technology Trends   

Next week marks the beginning of The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) In Las Vegas. CES is the worlds largest gadget conference, where the big and small names of the tech world gather to show off their newest toys. The 2013 show seems to be all about innovation through integration, prepare for a world […]


01/03/2013

Politics The 113th United States Congress   

Today, The United States of America officially welcomes the 113th Congress. Each of these legislative representatives is tasked by their constituents to address the serious issues our nation currently faces. Sadly, many citizens of this great nation have become skeptical of the integrity of our congressional body, and worry that the bitter rivalries and negative […]


01/02/2013

Media News Happy New Year: Top 10 Stories From 2012   

Congratulations, another year has come and gone. As we prepare ourselves for 2013, lets take a look at the top 10 most important stories from the year prior. #10: 2012 Faux-Pocalypse I remember many years ago when I heard that the world would be ending sometime in December of 2012. Now that we have passed […]


12/20/2012

Media News Video Tech in Business – Foxconn Buys Big Into GoPro   

Over the last few years, GoPro has become a standard term in the extreme sports lexicon. If you don’t know GoPro yet it is defiantly something to investigate. GoPro cameras offer a rugged, mountable video camera solution to help capture life on the go. Waterproof, shockproof, idiot-proof… Put one on your surfboard and watch yourself […]


12/07/2012

Community Outreach TIVA-DC Holiday Party: Food, Fun, Drinks, and Prizes!   

The time has come for holiday party season! Tonight, TIVA will host their annual holiday party, this year at The Wisconsin Place Community Center. It looks like the prizes for the raffle and open table auction are better than ever. So put on that corny sweater, and come on out tonight for a ol’ good […]


12/05/2012

SEO WordPress Development: WordPress SEO Plug-In One Month Later   

After a month of using the “WordPress SEO Plug-In” by Yoast, I am happy to say that we have had some very positive results. In this article, I just wanted to elaborate on why I think this plug-in does such a good job. Now let me just clarify, we have had some progress, but we […]


12/04/2012

Technology Version Control: What it is and Why it’s a Good Idea   

Part 1: Overview Maintaining and keeping current project files is a pain. Over the course of a typical document lifetime—which can be years in many instances—a file can undergo many transformations from one iteration to the next. Clients will have edits or completely new content that they want to insert into a document, whether it’s […]


12/03/2012

Transcription Transcription Services 101 – Communication and Organization   

A professional transcription business is about one thing, words on a page. It’s simple, right? Just plug a media file into your transcription software and bang… Well, as you might know, its a lot harder than that. In this brief article, I want to cover two basic components of the operation that separates the professional […]


11/30/2012

Sponsors and Partners Trade Show – GV Expo 2012 / GovComm12 Exhibition Recap   

As expected, The 2012 Government Video Expo was an all out success. The exhibition floor was teeming with top of the line tech and the biggest names pulled out all the stops to showcase the latest and greatest. I took a little time to document some of the stuff that caught my eye, so lets […]


11/27/2012

Technology Going Google – Word Wizards Explores Google+ Social Networking   

Word Wizards is now in the process of setting up Google+ for our organization. Google+ for companies seems to be a bit different than Google+ for individuals. As our online marketing expert, I am eager to finally expand my efforts to Google’s social networking baby. Getting started, there was only one concern, and it looked […]


11/26/2012

TIVA-DC Government Video Expo 2012 – Behind The Scenes First Look   

The time has come to take a first look at this year’s Government Video Expo (G.V. Expo) hosted at The Washington Convention Center from November 27th – 29th. It looks like this year is going to be bigger and better than ever before, thanks to a co-location deal between The GV Expo and GovComm 12. […]


11/19/2012

TIVA-DC 2012 Peer Awards – Award Show Recap and Winners   

Last Saturday night at The National Press Club, TIVA members from all around the area descended upon the red carpet for a night full of food, fun, and award show dreams come true. TIVA-DC (Television Internet and Video Association of Washington D.C.) pulled out all the stops this year and put on another event to […]


11/16/2012

Media News Google Fiber Goes Live – Kansas City Gets Gigabit Internet   

Kansas City just became the fastest gun in the west when Google flipped the switch to turn on their new “Google Fiber” internet service. Google Fiber can deliver screamingly fast internet speeds of up to one Gigabit. Reports on the ground say that connections are consistently between 600 and 750 Mbps, with Wi-Fi speeds of […]


11/15/2012

Graphic Design Keynote Pro Tip – Export Animations to Video in Full HD   

Have you ever tried to export an animated Keynote presentation to video? If so, you have probably been a bit disappointed with the quality of the final video. As the integrated marketing manager here at Word Wizards, part of my job is to deliver professional quality media presentations. My software of choice for multimedia slide […]


11/14/2012

Community Outreach TIVA-DC Peer Awards 2012: Hosted by Arch Campbell   

Roll out the red carpet, the time has come for The 2012 TIVA-DC Peer Awards. Word Wizards Inc. has been a proud sponsor of TIVA-DC for over 15 years and we are happy to continue our support at this year’s Peer Awards. The stage is set for a media industry extravaganza, all in the spirit […]


11/13/2012

Web Design Website Design – Developing The Back End   

The back end is a mysterious and dangerous place. Well, only if you don’t know the landscape or the language. Doing work on the back end of a website without proper training can feel like traveling to a new country without a guide or translator. Things may look familiar, but you don’t know where your […]


11/12/2012

Politics 2012 Presidential Election – Top 10 Funny Viral Memes   

Another presidential election has come and gone. At this point, your either pissed, happy, or generally indifferent… Whatever your thoughts on the outcome, I bet your glad its over. As we prepare for whatever the future will hold for this great nation, lets take a look at the top 10 viral images that were floating […]


11/05/2012

Blogging Election Day Countdown – Presidential Politics and Winner Takes All   

The cards are dealt, the candidate’s are all-in, and winner takes all in the last hand of this high stakes game of Washington D.C. Hold’Em. Less than 24 hours from now, the voting booths will open for the 56th time in our great nation’s history. As political tension reaches its four year zenith, we reflect […]


10/24/2012

Media News Online Piracy – ISPs Develop New Weapon Against Copyright Infringement   

Batten down the hatches! Major content distributors and internet service providers (ISPs) are preparing to turn up the heat with a new weapon targeting users who stream or download content illegally. Roll out the secret weapon, also known as, “The Copyright Alert System” developed by The Center for Copyright Information. This impressive new content monitoring system […]


10/23/2012

SEO WordPress Development – WordPress SEO Plug-in First Look   

Another week, another experiment in the latest SEO technology. Yesterday, we installed the WordPress SEO Plug-in by Yoast and began to use it to help optimize our website and blog. In the past, we have tried playing with some other SEO plug-ins but have never been completely satisfied. It seems that this plug-in is different […]


10/19/2012

Acrobat Software Upgrade – Adobe Acrobat XI: Product Review   

It works, finally! When Acrobat Pro X was released, we bought it without a second thought. Acrobat Pro 9 was such a nice improvement over Pro 8 we thought X would bring even further refinement of Acrobat Pro’s features, and hoped that the accessibility components, in particular, would be improved. We were disappointed on both […]


10/18/2012

Transcription Transcription Turnaround – Honesty, Responsibility, and Accountability   

When it comes to the professional transcription services arena, Word Wizards is known for maintaining the perfect mix of accuracy, speed, and price. There seems to be a lot of scammers out there these days claiming to be champions of low price, fast turnaround transcription. There’s an old adage to remember, if it seems too […]


10/16/2012

ePub Strong Armed – Customers Win After eBook Price Fixing Settlement   

In April of 2012, The United States Department of Justice filed a law suite against Apple, Amazon, and five prominent publishers with the claim that these media moguls were illegally inflating the price of eBooks. This week, affected customers of Amazon and Apple received a notification that they would be compensated with credits after a […]


10/15/2012

Blogging The Scribe’s Press – Now On Technorati.com   

Technorati is one of the worlds most popular social blogging sites. The following verification code will put us on their blog-o-sphere for good! 4X8HCH9PZRC4 Its not easy to get on Technorati.com, fortunately I have been a member since before they stopped accepting applications. As they say, Snooze you Loose!  


Media News Hacker’s Bounty – $60,000 Reward For Chrome Hack   

Think you have what it takes to find a security hole in Google Chrome? If so, you might earn yourself some serious cash. Last Wednesday, a teen hacker operating under the alias, “Pinkie Pie,” took home a $60,000 reward for exposing a big security issue in Google’s golden browser. The media giant has offered a […]


10/12/2012

Media News News Media – Technology and Election Season News   

Last night’s Vice Presidential Debate seemed to leave both parties satisfied. Relax, the purpose of this article is not to argue about who won. I want to take a close look at the technology behind how the big news networks cover these elections. Just think about whats involved when you have 5 HD cameras and […]


10/11/2012

Graphic Design New Website Launch – WordWizardsInc.com Gets a Facelift   

Just about a year ago, we launched a completely new design for our website. Our website development team decided to take wordwizardsinc.com and spice it up a bit,  focusing on ease of use, cleanliness, and simple functionality. Most of the structure and features are the same, but this time, our graphics design team has perfected […]


10/10/2012

Community Outreach Malala Yousafzai – Appreciate The Freedom of Blogging   

Today, I became aware of the story of Malala Yousufzai, a 14 year old Pakistani girl who lives under the unrelenting oppression of Taliban extremism. Malala and two other girls were ruthlessly attacked on Tuesday by Taliban militants for the crime of blogging about what her life is like under their rule. I extend my […]


10/09/2012

Extreme Red Bull Stratos – Leap of Faith   

This time Red Bull has really taken the love of extreme sports promotion to the edge, of space! In an amazing combination of science and spectacle, Felix Baumgartner will risk life and limb to break two long standing records of human capability. 1st of all he will be free falling from 120,000 feet, higher than […]


10/08/2012

CloudScript Transcription Technology: CloudScript On The Front Page   

CloudScript, our new transcription workflow solution, was featured on the front page of TIVA-DC Magazine for the September / October issue! Recently, we sat down for an interview with Gale Nemec, TIVA-DC Publications Chair. The finer points of this interview appeared on the front page of the most recent issue of TIVA-DC magazine. Gaining Momentum […]


10/02/2012

Graphic Design Call Today for 20% Off Graphic Design Services!   

Hello, my name is Ilana Gordon and I am the President and Creative Director at Word Wizards, Inc. Our company has been producing professional quality print and digital-media design for over 30 years. We are located in Silver Spring, Maryland and serve many government and private-sector clients in the DC metro area and beyond. The […]


09/28/2012

Blog News Transcription Tips – Transcriptionist Best Practices   

Hello out there in cyber space! On this wonderful Friday at the end of September, I want to share some tips that will help you be a more professional and trusted transcriber, whether you’re working for a company, or you’re a freelancer. Business, government agencies, private institutions and everyday citizens rely on transcriptionists to get […]


09/27/2012

Blog News 5 Websites With Amazing Graphics   

Word Wizards has provided graphic design services for over 20 years. The following is a list of some sites with amazing graphics that we want to share with you. These days graphic designers have better tools and technology than ever before. Thus, we present to our loyal bloggers and readers some amazing examples of graphic […]