GCV Productions, video company durban and Trail of Lights

Hi guys

Today’s blog is all about no 1 video company durban and Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights.

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This is a very special event that has an awesome cause sponsoring selected charities that attend the event.  Trail of Lights runs for 7 nights at Durban Botanic Gardens from 6 pm till 9 pm.  GCV Productions, video company durban,  was asked to cover the event to use for marketing the event and spreading the word something special was happening in Durban.  My blog will be from a video point of view and not an organisational one so guys I’m talking about the good and few challenges we experienced making a video.  I will include the video so that you can see the final awesome product

 

The biggest challenge is filming at night, not an easy feat when you are on the go over a few acres of land.  Settings on the camera must be so that gain is not coming into the video.  Yes the trees are lit but with small fairy lights, not big floodlights.  Durban was also experiencing heavy rain for the few days before the event so there was lots of water around which is difficult to see at night.

I decided to shoot the whole event on the DJI Osmo and the Z Axis which gives the awesome feel of the camera flying through the trees

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The Osmo and Z Axis were awesome to use and made the job very easy.  Shots were quick and I got to move throught the Trail of Lights very quickly so that a couple of runs can be done.

I decided against interviews….not sure why but just felt that we can do a video without talking heads and the organisers were happy to leave them out so as to not steer towards favouritsm for some charities and not others.

 

Welcome to 2018

Welcome to the 1st GCV Productions blog for 2018.   It has been a while since I last blogged so its good to be back and blogging.  Hope our readers have been good and hitting 2018 hard.  Whats new in 2018?   No new gear as we speak but there will be purchases soon.  So we still running with the DJI Osmo, the Sony NX3, the H5 Zoom recorder.   We will load a video for you guys to look at on this blog.   The video was filmed for the client Boxer, at Seula Zimbili, KZN North Coast.   The Boxer Youth Leadership gives children the special experience of learning together, growing together while building friends and teammates.

GCV Productions is priviledged to film them and join them for the 5 days at the camp.  What a wonderful experience, I hope every child realises the gift they been given.  A memorable video is created for them to not forget the awesome experience

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The approach is to use the osmo for the action shots and the Sony NX3 for the interviews.

 

THE year 2018 marks the 16th year of the Boxer Superstores annual Youth Leadership Programme. We have had hundreds of scholars who have been fortunate enough to have been selected to attend this ‘once in a lifetime opportunity, fully paid for by Boxer Superstores. “This Programme is a life changing experience for the pupils and many of our past graduates have gone on to become leading role-players in society. A decade of success made possible by Boxer Superstores,” says Andrew Mill, Director of Boxer Superstores. With this year marking the 10th anniversary of this initiative, the selected pupils should expect 10 times more of everything they have to offer. The 45 winners will spend a week at the Suela Zimbili Adventure Centre in Zinkwazi, KwaZuluNatal, where they will participate in various activities such as abseiling, wall climbing and raftbuilding, as well as attend the talks and discussions on life skills, career opportunities and leadership. Successful candidates will participate in discussions surrounding current affairs, attend career guidance presentations delivered by tertiary institutions as well as motivational talks from well known personalities. Candidates interested in being chosen for this exciting leadership course should be enthusiastic, determined go-getters between the ages of 16 and 18, from anywhere in South Africa and Swaziland. Entrants need to write a 500 word essay on the following topic; “10 years from now, how will you as a young adult shape the future of South Africa?” Entry forms are available at all Boxer Superstoress, and more information is also available from the Boxer Superstores Customer Care line0860 02 6937.

 

 

 

GCV Productions Update

What has the no 1 Video Company Durban been up to for the last few months?  Lets start by mentioning its been crazy with video productions happening all over the show.

We have been in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town for the last few months and its been an awesome ride.  Corporate shoots in Cape Town and training videos in JHB.

We have added new camera gear and sold some of the older cameras which is sad to see awesome cameras leave us but also refreshing to shoot on new gear.  GCV Productions, the best Video Company Durban must evolve and that means camera gear has to be replaced.

The new cameras are …

Sony NEX3 / 1 a full HD ENG camera…very good reviews so will see how it goes.  Run and gun cameras suit GCV Productions just fine.sony nx3

Lets show you what we sold.  Included is a Sony Z5 HDV camera, batteries and a cables.  A recording device was also added to the mix with 3 x 16GB recording cards…these are excellent for recording clear video and good clean audio.

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The Sony Z5 HDV are great cameras and I was very sad to see it go but it has been bought by a friend to record weddings and corporates so not all lost thank goodness.

We also sold a Canon 550D DSLR camera, camera bag and 2 batteries.  DSLRs are great cameras to shoot creative videos or short films…gonna miss the camera.

So its new gear for GCV Productions which is very exciting.  We will keep you all updated as the year goes on and look out for our monthly blogs on whats happening in Durban.

Please send us any requests for video info on any subject you want to discuss.  Ask Guy Crosbie what it is you want to discuss

 

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Guy Crosbie

GCV Productions, Kwa-Zulu Natal

www.gcv.co.za   email: guy@gcv.co.za  +27721281823

IS SA READY FOR 4K?

Hi everyone, its been ages since a blog has been put out there by the best Video Company Durban.  My apologies for that, its been a busy few months.  Lets not waste any time and get on with it.  Lots of videos have been shot and a few photos have been taken.  New equipment bought and lots of gear has been sold.  Video is always adapting…HD being replaced by 4K although it still might take a while in South Africa.  4K TVs are pretty much standard dont you think?

Its been a subject I have been dealing with…is it time to go 4K camera?  Am I needing to future proof myself?  Does the best Video Company Durban need to get with the times and go 4K?  Well guys…this is my thought…

South Africa is not ready for 4K broadcast or upload, too much data to handle.  And I dont believe we will broadcast in 4K for the next 5 years to come.  so I see no point right now to shoot in 4K unless you want to downscale 4K footage to HD as well as future proof your footage.

I had to tackle this topic as I needed to buy a new camera and the topic of 4K was a major factor.  And what did I decide on….   Well this wasnt an overnight decision, it took 2 weeks to decide.

My first step was to see what was on offer…and cost.  SA 4K cameras for a decent camera workout out roughly R60000.  Thats quite a bit for any South African to spend on something that has no need for right now but “should in the future”  I do believe we are going 4K but how long will this process take…

So a good HD camera was the way to go but no doubt the next camera will be 4K even if the HD gets sold for 4K soon.

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The Osmo Z axis by Durban’s no 1 Video Production Company

Hello all.  Welcome to another blog from the no 1 Video Company Durban.  Lets talk about the new Z Axis for the DJI Osmo.

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The DJI Osmo Z Axis unboxed

Below are a few examples of the Z Axis in operation…you can be the judge of how effective the device is.

Okay, so the reason for purchasing the Osmo Z Axis.   I looked online for the pro’s and con’s of the DJI Osmo camera.  One flaw the camera seem to have was that there was a slight vertical movement when used while walking.  It was a noticeable movement which took away the fluid motion.

Have a look at the video example below:

You can definitely see the slight bobbing up and down while moving forward.

So lets attach the Z Axis and now compare the footage.  Lets look again at the footage without the Z Axis followed by a shot using the Z Axis and then both video shots alongside each other

After viewing the different comparisons above you can see its very clear there is quite a difference between using the Z Axis and without.  Z Axis will definitely bring very clear and fluid movements to your footage from the DJI Osmo.  Easy to use, no battery required, it definitely is an added advantage to include the Z Axis to your camera gear.

Remember the Z Axis is eliminating the one flaw with the DJI Osmo, that is the slight bounce in the visual while operating a DJI Osmo.

update from the no 1 Video Company in Durban

Hello.  Lets continue with whats new from the no 1 Video Company Durban.  Lots of shoots have been on the go since I last blogged at the end of last year.  I’ve been very busy with Boxer doing some great work for their Boxer B 40 campaign which got underway at the beginning of 2017.  Below is a link to the awesome video introduction designed on Fiverr.com

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The campaign involved the filming of Boxer outlets up the north coast of KZN including their Meat Factory in Ballito and their Distribution Centre in Cato Ridge.  GCV Productions approach to this was to bring in a drone to cover the large scale buildings.  Filming occured over three days.

The drone offered a brand new experience for GCV Productions, it was quite daunting controlling a drone in a very busy shop.  Well done to Andrew Martens @ Helicam Productions for his very good drone operating skills.

Below is the very awesome that was designed on Fiverr.com.  I recommend this site to anyone in the design and media industry.

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I will definitely be calling on Fiverr.com for more logos and animations.  They offer superb work.

Well thats it folks for another blog from the no 1 Video Company in Durban.  I will be back with another blog on the new DJI Osmo camera so please look out for that.  Have a great weekend everybody and enjoy creating.

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Osmo Camera Update from Durbans no 1 Video Company

Sorry for the long delay between blogs…been quite busy this side.  So whats new, what can I tell you guys…we have a lot of catching up.  Let me update you with what has been happening with Durbans no 1 Video company

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The opening title for the Shongweni Farmers Market Video

First up is I would like to post a few links on this blog to videos I have been making

Video links at bottom of page.

So Durban’s no 1 Video Company was very busy filming the Shongweni Farmers Market in Kwa-Zulu Natal.  The video summarises the experience at the market, from the delicious food, fresh farm products to the home made products.  The video is edited to Qadasi and Maqhinga music as well as has a few visuals of them performing to guests at the market.  The filming happened over 2 Saturdays from 6:30 am till 11 am.  Interviews were conducted with guests and store holders but the store holders were taken out during the edit as this could prove to be an unfair advantage for those storeholders that were interviewed.  It was a bit of luck that out of 7 visitors interviewed at the market 2 families were from overseas.

Some pics of the very talented band at the market

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Youve seen the pics and the video so all you need to do is get yourself to the market and experience the awesomeness

Have fun guys, see you soon.

The new DJI Osmo – Video Durban

Hi everyone

 

Last week I purchased the new DJI Osmo camera. What is the DJI Osmo…

 

Motion without blur. Action shots without shake. Perfect video even when you move. Thanks to advanced technologies specifically designed to keep the camera flat no matter how you move it, the DJI Osmo helps you record videos and take photos like never before. It is much more than just a camera. It helps you create with more freedom than ever.

From www.dji.com

 

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So I’ve had the DJI Osmo for a week now and have tried a couple of practice shots….very impressive using it video durban.

First up was filming at the local running club.  The Osmo comes in a very protective case with 2 batteries and my purchase included a microphone which definitely helps with our video production.  Your cell phone acts as a viewfinder and connects to the Osmo via built in wifi.  A DJI app needs to be downloaded before operation.

Without searching for any operation techniques I switched the Osmo on, attached my phone and presto…ready to film.  The shot I got was filming my friend run a lap around the field.  I literally ran behind him, no special technique.  Have a look at the attached video sample:

 

Pretty good don’t you think?  The Osmo seems to steady out the faster it goes.  Very easy to grip and operate.  I still need to view videos on how best to operate the Osmo.

Another example we have was done a few days ago.  A friend and I used the camera while on a roadtrip, it got some steady shots

 

The camera will be used professionally next week so we looking forward to seeing the results.  We will definitely keep you all posted with the results.

If we do not send out another blog this year we wish everyone a Happy New Year!

 

Durban’s no 1 Video Company and Boxer

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I must make mention of the awesome things Boxer is doing to uplift the community.  Not only are they doing great things with their Youth Leadership Experience which uplifts the youth of South Africa and develops leaders in business but they are now making dreams come true with their great initiative, “Make Dreams Come True” with Boxer

The no 1 Video Company Durban, GCV Productions, was priveledged to film behind the scenes of their new tv advert to announce this great initiatve at their Sundimbile store on the North Coast.

Fun was had by everyone involved and we got to see what goes on behind the scenes to make a television advert.  Well done to Andrew and his very professional team for pulling off a great TV advert

In the video filmed by no 1 Video Company Durban is Andrew Mills – Marketing Director for Boxer.  Marketing Brand Manager for Boxer – Lee Ann Padayachee, video crew from Red Cherry Productions and staff from Boxer.  As well as Rockey and Janet doing makeup.

Please call GCV Productions for any filming you may require in the Durban area.  GCV Productions is the no 1 Video Company Durban for filming and editing.

The best video company durban would like to thank Boxer for being able to share this great initiative with Boxer and look forward to the next initiative

Whats new at the no 1 Durban Video Company

Hi all

So the guys at GCV Productions have been buying a bit of video gear to make sure the no 1 Video Company Durban offers its clients the best possible service at the best rates.

Lets see what is new @ GCV Productions, the no 1 Video Company Durban.

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DJI Osmo

Motion without blur. Action shots without shake. Perfect video even when you move. Thanks to advanced technologies specifically designed to keep the camera flat no matter how you move it, the DJI Osmo helps you record videos and take photos like never before. It is much more than just a camera. It helps you create with more freedom than ever.

We tried the camera last night at the local running club.  I switched the camera on, attached my cell phone to the holder (your phone acts as a viewfinder)  The camera connects to the cell phone via wifi built into the Osmo.  Below is an example of the footage taken (this is without applying any special techniques)

Next up is the Zoom H5 Audio Recording Device.

The H5 Handy from Zoom is a compact, portable handheld digital recorder that is capable of four-track recording and features an interchangeable, modular microphone system. The recorder ships with an XY microphone capsule and is compatible with the existing line of H6 modules including the optional shotgun mic and XLR/TRS input modules.

The included XY stereo mic module provides two matched unidirectional condenser microphones set at a 90 degree angle, and features a built-in shock mount system and a maximum SPL of 140dB. Additionally, the recorder is equipped with two inputs for external sources, allowing you to record simultaneously with the included stereo XY mic for a total of four input channels. Each input is controllable by its own analog gain knob, and also has a -20 dB pad.

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