Video Production Company Durban

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.

Viewfinder of the Cinema Blackmagic camera

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.

Feedback on the advert would be great.

For more information regarding filming please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions on +27721281823  www.gcv.co.za email: guy@gcv.co.za

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Video Production Company Durban video shoot

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.

Viewfinder of the Cinema Blackmagic camera

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.

 

 

Lighting
The lighting setup for the ad shoot.

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.

Guy Crosbie

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Video Production Company Durban – Property filming part 1

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.

 

The exterior of the property including the swimming pool, A nice and clean pool always adds attraction to a property photo

‘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.

Main bedroom.
Very open plan lounge with dining room, bar area as well as kitchen. An office is attached

SA Hollywood Directors

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.

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Tsotsi - South African Oscar winner feature film

If you have not seen this film make a plan to watch it, its excellent and well deserves the Oscar.

It really did put South Africa on the map

 

 

 

Thats the end of part 1.  Please join us in the next Blog for Part 2

If you have queries regarding video please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions guy@gcv.co.za, www.gcv.co.za 

 

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Durban Video Production Company – the video interview part 3

Hi guys, welcome to the 3rd part of the video interview from Durban Video Production Company.  Lets talk about directing the interviewee.

  1.  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”.
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The video interview. Lights, sound, camera and crew make it very tense for the person being interviewed

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: guy@gcv.co.za

Durban Video Production Company – the video interview part 2

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

That is the end of part 2, join us for part 3

video production durban blog – the video interview part 1

Welcome to another blog from Durban Video Production Company, today lets talk about the “video interview”.

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.

For video information or filming please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions www.gcv.co.za or email: guy@gcv.co.za 

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GCV video company Durban update 2

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from video company Durban.  In the last blog we updated you as to what GCV Productions has been up to.  We have been busy in JHB filming videos as well as Durban.  The next couple of blogs we will update you guys.

Video number 2 was a short video representing finance department wanting to display their upgrade software that makes working with finances and suppliers more efficient and productive.  A video had been created using animation but this video belonged to another company.  We were to use same video but swap out the animation with actual footage of the staff.  Footage was filmed at the business Head Office in Sandton.

No challenges were faced except to get all the staff together at the same time to film.  The final video was then edited together and a voice over was included to swap out the

 

existing voice and to include a locally recorded voice over that will include the business name change.

Time was tight to get the video but worked in our favour was the structure of the video was in place because we were copying an existing video and therefore fairly simple to edit.

McDonald’s Head Office at 85 Grayston Street Sandton

 

 

 

Above is the location from where we filmed the video.

I hope you enjoyed watching the video.  Please leave any comments you may have and please contact us should you require any filming or editing.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have

Guy Crosbie

GCV Productions

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Video Company Durban – Update

Hi everyone, welcome to another blog. What has Durban’s best video company Durban been up to.  It has been a busy 3 months with quite a few videos being produced.  I will list the links below.  GCV was in JHB producing videos for McDonald’s.   Some videos are still being produced so should hopefully be done soon.

video 1:  A team of 4 at Boxer requested their project be made into a video.  McDonald’s is looking at petrol free delivery vehicles.  Have a look at the video link for what we were able to come up with.   Below are pics taken from the video shoot at  Kyalami McDonald’s in Gauteng.   The delivery vehicle is a trike, runs on battery, no fuel, no exhaust fumes and very very quiet on the road.

Filming took a few hours with pics on a canon 60D, action movement filmed on the DJI osmo and a sony nx3 for the customer interview.

Have a look at the video below :

We hope you enjoyed the video above.  The video went on to win best presentation.  Well done Anesa and her team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading my blog.  We will keep you updated to all our news in KZN

The vehicle you will be seeing on the roads soon delivery your ymmy Mcdonalds order.

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Durban video production – Matching video cameras

Hi guys, welcome to another great Durban video production blog.  Lets talk about matching camera settings for filming a project.  What goes into picture settings?  Often video projects will require more than 1 camera to cover the event.  What you want is cameras all recording a similar image in screen size, colour and attributes.

  1.  video format.   You want all cameras to be filling the same amount of screen, in other words make sure all setting match eg HD or 4K.  Set your cameras to HD 1o80i or 1080p.  Interlace vs Progressive.
  2. White balance. Make sure your colour temperature is matching. Check white balance settings which is…outdoor, indoor, tungsten, shade etc…
  3. ISO   if possible film with a low ISO and avoid automatic settings.
  4. Match shutter speed as much as possible
  5. ND filter. Check ND filters are matching.

What settings above can be adjusted in the edit?

  1. An HD size video can fill a 4K screen but there will be quality loss.  An untrained eye will most probably not see the difference between 720 and 1080 HD
  2. White Balance can be adjusted in Colour Balance effect.  Reds or Blues can be added to a video image.  But please be careful that the extremes are not too much.
  3. ISO cannot be fixed in the edit. Grain in your visual is not going anywhere.  Please check ISO settings befor efilming.

 

the cameras below all have different looking visuals.  The cameras can blend in to look very similar if a bit of work is done in the edit.  The DJI has a flat sharp image, same as drone looking.  Very clear.  No focus issues.