video production durban – how important is voice over

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from the no1 video production durban.   So…lets talk voice over.  How does voice over affect your video production?   why not record your own voice and place in a video.  There are a number of reasons why your voice might not be the best move

  1.  You are not a voice artist and will not sound like one if you use your voice.
  2.   Voice carries the video and its important the voice used is the best quality and the right voice for the video.
  3. There are trained artists out there that have an exceptional voice that adds quality to a video production.

Never let a video play too long, attention span doesnt last much longer than 4 – 5 minutes.

To keep attention you need the right shots and the right sound.   Certain voice styles suit certain videos.  cartoons wont sound right with Sir David Attenbrough and vice versa.  There are certain videos that require a male voice over and some require female.

 

This link takes you to the artist I use:

 

Right voice or not, I welcome honesty.  I will send a blog about editing a voice and how it works to use a voice.  Thank you for reading my blog, I hope you can learn from it

 

For more information on videos please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions  @ www.gcv.co.za

Video Production Durban – TeamCare Advert

Hi all, welcome to another video production durban blog.  Thank you for reading this. Today I’m proud to show off the very exciting tv advert GCV Productions produced a month ago.  I am not actually sure what tv station the advert is playing on.

Below is the link:

 

The client is Teamcare, we had great fun putting it together for Roseanne and the team at Teamcare.

The advert is filmed on a Panasonic GH5 and a Zhiyun Crane 2 :

The advert was shot in one day from 9 am to 5pm.  Manosh at Pixelcraft Training,  www.pixelcrafttraining.co.za was cameraman and editor so well done Manosh.  A great video was produced  and I hope Teamcare and their wonderful staff go from strength to strength.  Editing took roughly 4 days to put together.

The advert is 45 seconds long, voice over is done by Michelle Driman, please feel free to contact GCV Productions for voice over advice.  Michelle Driman is a true professional and adds quality to any video production with her awesome voice talent.  Editing was done at Pixel Craft Training School in Overport KZN.  A radio advert has also been produced using Michelle Driman’s voice for a length of 30 seconds.

 

For more information regarding a video please call Guy Crosbie@ GCV Productions

 

video production durban – the interview

Video Production Durban welcomes you to another blog.  Lets talk about “lighting for the interview”.  So why is a light needed?   Either a light is used so that the viewer can see the interviewee or light can be used to create effect.

Documentary style video does’nt always require lighting, lots of interviewers are done with the natural ambient light.   But if the light is too low and cause a grainy visual then we suggest putting up a light.

Todays lights are usually LED, easier to use and more versatile.  Power cables are a thing of the past and the light can have different kelvin readings…ie it can match tungsten or daylight.

Lets look at a picture of the old school redhead and an LED

The LED is an awesome light and very robust.  I have had an LED for 6 years and it still works great.  I run power but you can use battery instead to avoid the problem of cables on set .

Lighting with LED also means less heat, less sweat and the interviewee does’nt feel put on the spot .  Remember, your interviewee must be relaxed for the best answers

For more information contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions on 0721281823

 

video production durban, the interview part 2

Video Production Durban discussed in part 1 the correct interview setup on camera.   Now lets talk about the microphone and lighting.   What is the ideal microphone to use?  We at GCV Productions love the lapel mic, and specifically the Sony UWPV1  is an excellent microphone.  I bought the microphone from B&H in New York 2010, 18 years later and that mic is the best damn thing Ive ever bought.  Excellent sound quality!

Sony lapel radio mic is great, good range, tough and small mic head for inconspicuous lapel placement.  It is our only choice of lapel and has never let me down.

The mic is placed on the lapel, either hidden or revealed.  That is a choice you need to make.  Personally I dont see the need to hide the mic as it is very small to begin with.

The range of the lapel is usually very good.  We have filmed from 20 – 30 meters away often with clear radio range and good quality sound.  What is between the transmitter and receiver is very important, do a sound check to make sure you getting good quality sound.

That’s all for part 2, please look out for part 3 Interview filming in our next blog.

For more information regarding videos please contact Guy on 0721281823

 

video production durban whats on this week

Another exciting blog from video production durban.  Whats been happening this week guys?  Well we are on a exciting shoot for a medical establishment in PMB. look forward to showing you the final product soon.

the shoot has led me to a question….Interviews, straight to camera or just off?  Both approaches has its positives and negatives.  Personally I like subject looking just off camera.  For me it relaxes the subject, makes it a discussion rather than a presentation to camera.  You always want the subject to relax in front of camera and be comfortable.  Nerves show on screen and through the voice.

We place our subjects looking just off camera, screen right or screen left.  Make sure eye line is level and that the subject does not look at the camera or operator.  I can promise you it is not easy at all.

Sometimes the most relaxed and best answers happen only after a few takes so make sure you have enough battery and tape ( memory card space)

Remember we looking for genuine from the heart answers so we need the atmosphere to be relaxed and the subject as ease.  Even turn off the red tally record light if it helps.

Join us for part 2 later

video production durban, whats news

video production Durban, hi guys.  Its been ages, how are you all?  Bet you all wondering what we been up to.  It’s been a great few weeks guys, lots of good videos to report back on.  I will send a few links for you guys to look at what we been working on.

Two weeks ago I was down at the Wild Coast filming the Boxer Golf Day Video.  How does it work you may ask?  Have a look at the links below for an example of what we do.  Here is a you tube link :

The above you tube link is for day one.

The event was so busy they had to have 2 days

Day 2 is:

 

Fun hey?  The cameras used are the Sony NX 3 and the Osmo.  The interviews are done on the Sony NX 3 with the on board mic.   Editing happens throughout the day and the finals videos are ready to be shown 1 hour before prize giving.  Thanks to Wade from DUT for his awesome video edit skills.

Enjoy watching the videos.  Please look out for the videos I load on You Tube weekly.  Leave comments and share, thank you.

 

For more info contact:

GCV Productions, Guy Crosbie

video production durban golf day

video production durban started a blog last week about filming a golf day.  Lets conclude the blog by wrapping up the fundamentals of filming a golf day.

Quick editing means the client receives the video ready for presentation at prize giving.  This is always a fun way to show the video and create laughter and excitement.  Editing is straightforward .  Look for the fun on the course and the action, throw in a couple of interviews and you have yourself a fun video.  Dont get in the golfers way when filming and dont take up their time away from the game.

Everything is happening for fun, stick to the plan, dont deviate.

Have fun

 

 

 

video production durban – whats news

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 – the cutaway

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.

See you then.

 

video production durban – todays shoot part 2

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.

 

For more information regarding video or you need a video made please contact Guy Crosbie

GCV Productions