video production durban has had a great few weeks and now we are filming a golf day next week. What goes into a golf day? You should have a 2 man crew, one person films while the other edits. The best approach is to try get yourself around the golf course as quickly as possible so that you cover all the action. Action is the golf, activities, player interactions and competitions. Video needs to capture atmosphere, and quite often there is so much more going on at a golf day than just golf.
Speak to the coordinator, find out what time the golf starts. A shotgun start means everyone tees off at a certain time on a certain hole compared to people teeing off at hole no 1 or 10. How many players in a group? Are the golfers walking or using carts?
Get footage of the golf course before the game starts. In South Africa we often have wildlife roaming the course which is always nice to see. Sprinklers with the sun low can look amazing and a view of the untouched golf course can look fabulous.
Please join us for part 2 to learn more about filming a golf day.
video production durban relies on the cutaway so much its vital to be included in a video. What is a cutaway? A cutaway is a video clip that is inserted into a interview replacing the visual but still keeping the interview audio. Example…a policeman is interviewed regarding a car accident. During his interview visuals of the accident are shown, these are often a quick succession of visuals.
Reasons for cutaway. Cutaways are used to add substance to an interview. Sometimes a talking head can get a little boring for the viewer. The cutaway livens up the video. Cutaways must always relate to what is being said in the interview. Cutaways can also be used to cover a certain part of the interview you wish to remove ie the interviewee rubbing his nose. Audio can be edited during the cutaway such as a “ummm” taken out.
Cutaways are very important for any interview and must be filmed before or after the interview. Short video clips that relate to the interview. No audio required…most of the time. But always make people talk to each other naturally otherwise it looks fake.
The cutaway will save your interview. Its very important you consider the cutaway for your interviews. In the next blog we will show examples of the cutaway.
video production durban yesterday spoke about the interview and getting smooth transitions from 1 shot to the next. We had a transition that went from a wide shot to a close up. Feedback was the transition was too abrupt. So…how does one go about fixing it. Lets look at the options. 1. Reshoot the whole interview. 2. Reshoot part of the interview or 3. Cutaway.
If you chose option 1 you in for lots of work. Its not easy for the person in front of camera to do the whole interview again without a mistake. Option 2 is workable but make sure the original reasons for the bad transition dont come back again. The part has to be presented perfectly and everything in the shot must remain the same. For example we had small amount of light coming through the window. Time of day means different amounts of light. We dont want from very bright to no sun at all. Props on the set change or the camera position changes. These are all obstacles to getting a great interview. Yesterday we decided to go with option 3. Welcome to the cutaway.
Read part 3 to learn more about the cutaway.
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video production durban was involved in a short video interview today. A client was given two minutes to present why he should be the next recipient for an award. So the requirements were…video must be 2 minutes or less. The award recipient must appear on camera. So we set up a small studio look in the training room. One Sony NX3 on tripod, sony lapel mic and an LED on a stand.
Rehearsals were done and then we went live. We did a couple of takes. A few suggestions I made is:
Remember to smile, its not easy because we don’t always naturally smile all the time so its easy to forget. Keep calm and relax. Speak with a normal tone and keep your eyes on the camera. He did suggest an auto cue but there is no budget. He easily pulled it off without an auto cue.
We did make attempts to break the presentation into sections but proved difficult to pull off. The transitions looked jarring. Jarring is not good and not comfortable on the eye. Read part two to find out how we fixed the transition.
For any filming or editing please call Guy Crosbie for your video needs.
Video production Durban is happy to announce the ad is done. We have wrapped thank goodness and all is good. I will upload the video once the client goes live on TV. And the client wants another project done so that’s great news.
So the ad is 45 seconds long in “MOV” format, we have more than 1 version depending on what the broadcaster wants.
My very next blog will definitely include the advert as well as photos. I hope you look forward to it as much as i do.
Call GCV Video productions for any video requirements you may have. Guy Crosbie and his team will deliver anything you may need, from filming and editing to script writing.
video production durban is wrapping final advert sequence as mentioned in the blog before. Its very important to check the broadcast requirements.
What has become of PAL and NTSC when using MP3 or MOV? Its a good question. Please send me a message as to what is happening with the two video formats. I know videos shot on my Sony NX3 camera are still PAL but I am sure these can be converted to NTSC if need be.
I am not an aurthority on the subject so would love feedback on the subject.
So the edit is done and all broadcast requirements have been checked so now its a case of handing final video over to the client. Thanks for reading and staying in touch
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video production durban is wrapping up the advert for tv we have been working on for the last 3 weeks. It is looking great but I cannot show it just yet until the client has it broadcast on tv.
I feel it was smooth sailing. We had a good idea of what we wanted going into the production. That makes it much easier to get the shots you need. Have them written down on paper available to read at the shoot as well as visual images .
Editing is all about timing of the visuals to the voice over. The advert went from 30 seconds to 45 seconds but most of this extra time was made up of titles at the end of the video.
Please check with the broadcast company that you are delivering a final advert programme that matches the broadcast requirements. SD, HD, MPEG, MOV, PAL, NTSC are all different broadcast requirements. Some of these are no longer required with new technology
no 1 video company Durban is on the post production stage for the project. Voice Over has been recorded and a song has been selected online from a copyfree site because of budget.
We have edited the prject with which we think are the best shots visually to tell the story. This can be viewed differently from the client because they might view it from a personal side and look at who appears in the video and who doesnt.
The final ad is 40 seconds, this needs to include quite a long contact list as the very last frame in the timeline. It is a requirement from the client so it must get included.
The edit right now is in the first draft stage, this means that while I’m typing this the client is looking at a draft version of the advert and deciding what changes need to be made. We have to still finalise the last title and we not happy with 1 video in the advert but that most probably requires 3D animation to fix.
We are now in the waiting stage, we waiting for feedback from the client so that we can go ahead and edit Draft 2 .
no 1 video production Durban had a fantastic day on Friday. GCV Productions and Pixel Craft Training teamed up to produce an advert for TV that should be aired in a few weeks time. Wow what a day we had.
The day began at 8 am collecting the camera man and assistant / actor from Pixel Craft in Overport, Durban. We arrived on location at 8:30 am and offloaded all our gear. The equipment we took for the shoot was the Panasonic GH 5 Camera, Zhiyun Crane, Sony NX3 camera, LED lights and a reflector. No audio was being recorded…what a relief. The GH5 camera on the Zhiyun Crane is phenomenal! We got some amazing shots, well done to Manosh Seetherem from Pixel Craft Training for the incredible shots gathered. Filming went on throughout the day until 4 pm. The advert will be 40 seconds and we must have had at least 80 minutes of footage, you can never have too much. I will upload pictures in the follow up blog.
Now the approach is to edit and make sure the visuals tie up with the voice over already created as well as titles and background music. We have all those in place so theoretically the edit should be quite straight forward. The edit already began yesterday with a very rough outline edit. Timing needs to be worked on and the last closing title. A final master will be uploaded when complete.
Guys, thats it for now, we need to edit and get a finished product to a customer.
no 1 Video Company Durban has just returned from a Recce so lets chat about what occured so that you can learn and be prepared for the following:
We arrived at the location a little early. Made arrangements with the client to do a walk through together. We discussed the very first opening shot which is the reception area. We decided who the actor was going to be (All staff and residents who appear in the production must sign a release form). We have given the client the release form and have left it with them to sign.
The cameraman and I, and the client walked from room to room checking the lighting coming through the windows. Remember time of day will determine the amount of light coming through.
We also looked at props required for the production. Most props were available but there were a few things we needed to find. A recce gives you great start to the production allowing you to iron out and foresee any problems before production.
Make sure if the client has any queries that you able to assist them. Everyone must be happy before production starts.
Well thats it for now , hope this blog helps you with tackling a recce on location. Be thourough.