‘GCV Productions‘, the no 1 video production company Durban has been working very closely with ‘In2Assets‘ creating property video walk throughs for homes and businesses in KZN. A video walkthrough allows the interested buyer to get a good feel for the property as though they are actually in the building. A friend of mine says that when looking for a property he first looks at the photos, if the photos appeal to him he will then view a video if there is one and then finally the next step is contacting the agent.
‘In2Assets’ video walk throughs are not long, roughly one minute in length with the property address at the beginning of the video and then auction details at the end. The main focus of the video is for the potential buyer to see size of property and condition. Quite often the properties are empty, and sometimes derelict. The owner would need to visualise what can be done with the property.
View the video above, video walkthrough filmed a property in Durban Central Business District. Short opening title of the property, rough description included. End title includes the auction details.
For more information regarding any filming you want done please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions, cell: 0721281823. email: email@example.com
Hi all, welcome to another video production company blog. Today lets talk about whats been going on for the last few weeks. Well its been a very busy 3 weeks. Jhb has been the venue for 2 video shoots for Mcdonalds and Boxer Superstores. Day 1 was a video shoot for a training video for McDonalds new app which will be released in South Africa soon. It was a very fun experience with Michele Oosthuizen, Willem Potgieter and Sanet Roodt at Brackenhurst McDonald’s South Africa. Filming started at 9 am and finished at 2 pm. Editing is still on the go and next step will be recording of the voice over with Michelle Driman.
The next day was a very early start with Boxer Superstore Housebrands shoot at different locations in JHB. It was a very busy 3 days but succesful filming with Boxer Superstores and Two Old Dogs.
Hi everyone. Welcome to another video production company blog from GCV Productions. It has been a while from hearing from us. My apologies. Well lets not delay and lets get on with it. So the last few months we have been busy busy busy.
Two weeks ago I joined Tyrone Crossman Photography to film a company graduation conference ceremony for SASA (South African Sugar Association). We filmed a short graduation ceremony which included speeches, award presentation and entertainment. Two hours of footage was edited down to 7 minutes. I will upload the video to the Video Production Durban You Tube page.
Thanks must go to Tyrone Crossman from Crossman Photography for the support.
Next week we will talk about other projects on the go.
GCV Productions, Durbans no 1 video production company
Video Production Company Durban. The video in its entirety above. Short video getting the message across and filming the bottle in the best creative light. Short 20 second duration. Note how the bottles edging stands out from the background using the lights on either side of the bottle.
Great music track is added which can only enhance the product. Movement of the product and music beat match. End titles brought in at the end of the ad advertising the training school involved.
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Hi all, welcome to another top blog from Durban’s no 1 Video Production Company Durban. Today we would like to show you a short video we put together to test out some of our new gear. We preparing the new Blackmagic Pocket for filming.
Its small, simple and packs quite a punch with its very high quality video capabilities. So lets have a look at the video we created using the camera and some creative lighting to maximise the product.
Below is the easy to use viewfinder on the Blackmagic Cinema camera which is large enough to check what you filming. You can see the bottle we are filming.
The back screen is essential to check what you filming is correct, in focus and framed correctly. The screen does not flip out making it difficult for youtube vloggers.
Very creative lighting used to emphasize the colour and shape of the bottle as well as the label which is always important. The use of black backdrops prevent the reflection of lighting and overexposure. Lighting is very important as it creates the mood and atmosphere
In part 2 we will look at the final advert for the product using the Blackmagic Cinema Pro.
Please contact Guy Crosbie should you have any enquiries regarding filming or editing.
Hi guys, welcome to another blog from Durban’s no 1 video production company in Durban. Today lets talk about filming properties. We at GCV Productions have been filming properties for about a year now. We call it a video walkthrough. We use the DJI Osmo and a Canon DSLR for the photos. The idea of a video walkthrough is for the property to be viewed by a potential buyer looking at photos and video. I believe the photos are the first sell. If a potential buyer likes the photos they will then move onto the video.
And obviously the photos and video must show the property in the best possible way. I will attach some pics and a video of a recent property we filmed and photographed in Cowies Hill KZN.
‘Time of Day’ can be very important when filming a property. What is the sun doing at the time of filming or photographing. Are harsh shadows developing, is the outdoor light too bright creating a silhouette?
Make sure all lights are turned on in the property (if possible) and toilet seats placed down.
Lets have a look at a few photographs taken last week.
These pics are of a 3 bedroom house for sale in Cowies Hill. Time of day was about 10:30 am. About 20 photos taken overall and a video showing the property. A canon dslr is used to best show the property. We could use a wider angle lens to possibly show off the size of the rooms.
Hi, welcome to another blog from no 1 Video Company Durban. Today lets talk about 2 very big Hollywood Directors…Gavin Hood and Neil Blomkamp. Gavin Hood is on a very good role directing top films in Hollywood while Neil needs to prove himself with his next venture…Robocop.
Official Secrets is Hoods new film, here is a short synopsis…”Based on the book The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War, Official Secrets tells the true story of British secret-service officer Katharine Gun, who during the immediate run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq leaked a top-secret National Security Agency memo. The memo which exposed an illegal U.S.-U.K. spying operation against members of the United Nations Security Council proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war.”
We are looking forward to Neills attempt at another Robocop. This movie will skip all the sequels that followed after the firs Robocop. It picks up from Robocop 1 which was my all time favourite. But it is make or break unfortunetly as Neills last film, Chppie was a bit of a flop, although Neill insists the audience didn’t understand it. His claim to fame was definitely “District 9” a Oscar nominated movie.
Hoods claim to fame was Totsie, and this film won Oscar for best Foreign Movie. It was an excellent movie, well shot, good acting and well directed.
Relax the person, make sure they at ease. Understand it is difficult for them to talk on camera as they become very aware of what they saying and hoping what they say makes sense. Seat them down and tell them to forget about all the goings on around them. Know there will be lighting, sound and camera people getting equipment ready for the interview. Make sure a glass of water is ready for the “dry mouth”.
All the activity on a video set can be very daunting. It is very important to make the interviewer comfortable for filming. Nothing happens straight away, it can be up to an hour before filming actually happens. Be a good baby sitter and keep the environment calm. It depends on you whether you want to show the questions beforehand. Sometimes the interviewer would prefer to not reveal the questions. Personally we always show questions, we want the best answers possible. Brief the interviewee that retakes are possible. Mistakes will happen and this can relax the person.
End of part 3
For further information regarding filming please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions email: www.gcv.co.za email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi guys, welcome to the Durban Video Production Company 2nd part of the blog regarding video interviews. Last blog we looked at the microphone. This blog lets look at the framing. and operating the camera.
No 1: Hold the camera steady or use a tripod. An interview shot will go on longer than 15 seconds so make sure your arms are strong enough to support the camera. A tripod is a safe bet, no need to have strong arms and more time to work on the interviewee and monitoring what they say.
No 2: Make sure lighting is good, don’t have an interviewee too dark or silhouetted. Look at the background, avoid too busy or objects that may distract the viewer. Book shelves may cause the viewer to see what books are being read. Animals or sport in the background can be a distraction. The background can tie up with the subject being discussed.
No 3 : Frame the interviewee so that the screen position is comfortable. Make sure there is enough head room. Don’t cut the subject off at irregular parts. The screen position must be comfortable.
Have a look at the interview, this is a medium shot cutting the subject on the chest. No need to be closer or further away, it is comfortable on the eye
Now with You Tube today and a lot of people filming their own interviews the biggest problem limiting a good interview is the sound. Sound is always a challenge. Whether a poor microphone is used, no microphone or ambient sound interfering with the sound.
Lets look at each part in detail.
Poor microphone : Quite often the wrong microphone is used. The best microphone can be a lapel microphone provided ambient sound is not too loud.
The Sony range of radio lapel mics are excellent quality used for interviews and tv. GCV Productions has used a Sony lapel mic now for 10 years, never once filmed a poor interview. However the lapel mic is not for every recording environment. If an interview were to be filmed during a sports match the lapel mic could be lost in the crowd noise. Never depend on the edit to try fix sound, it will not work. Record the best possible sound on location, please do not rely on the edit suite to fix poor sound. If a lapel microphone is to stay out of shot either you can hide the lapel mic under clothing or use a rifle mic. Both work well but the lapel is designed for one person only whereas a rifle mic can record a conversation or a group.
No microphone: There are so many videos on you tube using the camera mic to record. This is generally bad quality unless the camera is close to the sound source. “On board mics” as they call them or built in mics are generally poor quality with a tinny sound. DSLR cameras do not have a microphone designed for good quality. A mic too far from the sound source does not sound good. You want to get the camera close to the source.
In part 2 we will discuss setting up the framing for the interview and how to film it. Thank you for joining us.