EMA Video Productions, Inc.

Portland, OR

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How does your business stand out?

We pay attention to audio and proper color correction. We are not just a guy with a camera. When you get a quote from Thumbtack you are getting quotes from many different types of video people with a variety of equipment capabilities. We have the technical and creative experience to give you the best of both. Our goal is to make sure the purpose of the video recording is always kept the number one priority. When you hire EMA Video you are getting 30 years of experience in shooting and editing media. The owner, Ed Mellnik has produced the most detailed marketing and training material to the very simple interview. He has taught video editing and computer animation for many years as well. Our award winning Oregon Travel programs have been aired on The Discovery Channel and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Every job is different. That makes it interesting. We like that part of the job that allows us to plan in a way that will give the client the best experience and helps them get what they need.
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Portland, OR 97239

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11 Reviews
  • Michael B. Aug 13, 2017
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Ed did a first rate professional job.
  • Hiroko F. Aug 23, 2016
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    We asked EMA to take video of the concert and make a promotional video. Ed was very reliable and professional and know what he is doing. I will use EMA again if we need to video other events.
  • Katrina H. Apr 4, 2016
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    We hired EMA to record and produce a DVD for our performance of the Nutcracker. Ed was wonderful to work with. I couldn't have asked for a better experience with him, very professional. The DVD turned out amazing all our parents were extremely happy with the finished project! All the years I have been involved with this project with our dance company EMA was by far the most professional, easy to work with and had the best finished product.
  • Cindy M. Feb 7, 2016
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Elementary school Christmas Program
  • Hollywood D. Feb 5, 2016
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    We have used EMA Video Productions to video our spring recital for the past two years. We do three separate shows and require a back stage monitor for the dancer to watch. He has accommodated all of our requests. His work is very professional and we have had no complaints from the parents who purchase the videos. We have used several other companies in the past, but look forward to using Ed again this year. His work is great and his fee is very reasonable.
  • Drea D. Nov 21, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Ed was wonderful. He was timely, supportive and very nice to deal with. Having my mom's celebration of life on disc brings me comfort.
  • Danna M. May 21, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Very professional, punctual and good follow through. Extremely please so far. Still have editing to complete, but expect the same level of professionalism. I would recommend Ed's work for any occasion. Danna McNeese
  • Shravankumar D. Mar 24, 2015
    Event Videography
    Verified Review
    Ed was amazing, he was on time, he did a great job in recording our biggest event of the year, everyone loved the HD recording and the sound quality, would definitely recommend this man. Thank you for an amazing capture.
  • Meg T. Mar 24, 2015
    Video Filming
    Verified Review
    Ed was very accommodating and punctual. His employees were courteous and very professional. He provided the end result as we agreed. There were a couple glitches, but that's to be expected with a live event and Ed handled them swiftly and with the best solution.
  • Cindy N. Nov 13, 2014
    Ed has filmed and live streamed a couple of events for us now, and he has done a beautiful job on all of them. He is extremely professional and cares deeply for making sure that we have a perfect final product and has gone out of his way to meet deadlines and customer requirements. I would highly recommend Ed to anyone, and I look forward to working with him again.
  • Lucas W. Oct 17, 2014
    I had the opportunity to hire Ed and his EMA Productions to broadcast a locally produced live production to a high profile hospital in the NW. Throughout the experience Ed exhibited consistent professionalism, knowledge of his craft and was, without a doubt, crucial to our project’s success. If you are looking for a broadcast professional who is easy to work with and can bring invaluable experience to a project, I wholeheartedly recommend Ed Mellnick and his competent crew of professionals. Together, they helped us make our broadcast better than we ever thought it could be while still delivering on time and on budget.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Every job is different. Does a day of shooting happen in one place or is it a dozen set ups. Do we need a crew of three or four or can it be shot with one videographer? Are there sound issues that need to be taken into consideration? What are the Lighting needs? The length of the finished work effects the time it takes to edit. Is there a script? It is best to sit down and get the whole picture so we can quote the project correctly.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Ed Mellnik has degrees in Communications and Electronics. He has taught video production for many years through the NW Film Center, ANd SW Oregon Museum of Science. He goes to NAB every year to stay up on the latest equipment and techniques.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
From University radio and TV I then started shooting and editing news for KVAL in Eugene. Been born a broadcaster. With both technical and creative background I found the electronic medium of video very rewarding.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Shooting interviews for web sites Business video for web sites and YouTube Training media for employees and customers Recording and Streaming conferences and other events Dance and Theater performances Authoring and Duplicating DVDs Weddings
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I enjoy helping others make their dream a reality. Recently helped a county create an informational video on proper recycling for their web site.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Many videographers are just editing your content on their laptop. Here at EMA we have more robust editing capabilities and always invite the client to sit and help make the important edit decisions. Look for seasoned pros who have kept their overhead down so they can be competitively priced.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Most don't realize how much time editing takes nor do they appreciate the cost of high quality equipment.