no 1 Video Company Durban, lights part 2

Hi guys, no 1 video company durban needs to discuss the second half of lights on set, when how and why.

Now of course we all know we need to use lights if a room or set area is too dark.  But we can also create mood using lights.  Harsh lighting might be used for action sequence where there is flashing bright lights.  Soft lights can be used for a drama or romance where we want faces lighted bringing out nice features that is soft on the eye.

Have you ever seen a face lit with harsh light creating shadow to create a mean look or evil.

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Lighting alone can set the mood for a scene or kinda make you judge the character without even the person speaking yet.  Look at the above?  Do you trust the man?  Do you think he is likeable or approachable?  I wouldnt like to be dealing with him.  Half the face is in darkness and there is harsh shadows, dark lines across his face.  I

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Now look at the image above.  Nice soft light is used to light the character, gives it a nice soft approachable look.

This is the basics of how lights create mood in a scene and the creative control we have to set the feel we want from a scene.

Documentary lighting might require you to light a scene because its too dark without light but give a thought to getting creative with your lights.   Cameras today can operate much better in low light conditions as compared to 15 years ago.  But that does not mean you don’t want lights at all.

 

Well thats it for now guys, hope this blog helps you with your next video production and the creative ability lights offer for your production.

 

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no1 video company durban, lighting on set

Hi guys

Welcome to no 1 video company durban, www.gcv.co.za, lets talk video lighting.  When are lights used and for what purpose? How has lighting on set changed over the last 20 years?

I will tell you when I was studying 1997 – 1999, there were 2 lights available for us to use, Redheads and Blondes.

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A redhead is a 800 watt tungsten light with barndoors, a very sturdy light that was used wherever a shoot was going on.  Adjustments allow movement for the light as well as a bulb adjuster which moves the bulb forward and back therefore more / less spot.

Now, if a stronger light was needed we used a Blonde, this was a bigger light, brighter and heavier than the Redhead.

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The Blonde is a 200 watt tungsten light ideal for stage lighting or needing to light a big area.  It has a similar design to the Redhead with barn doors, adjustable parts and both lights mount onto light stands.

Now I am sure you can figure out the names given to the lights…red for the red casing and blonde for the blonde / yellow casing.  I dont recall using the Blonde too much, our video shoots were smaller and more intimate.  These lights are still used on sets to day but over time lights have made advancement with LED  (light emitting diode)

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So the above is typically what is used today, LED panel on a light stand either plugged into power or battery operated.

The lights brightness can be adjusted as well as the colour temperature (outdoor / indoor light).  These lights can run on battery which means no cables which is a big positive.  And they last very long due to LED low power usage.  So today LED is the way to go.  Another positive for LED is they emit very little heat compared to Redhead or Blonde.  LEDS seldom ever need to be replaced unlike tungsten bulbs.

I hope the above helps when you deciding what light to use.  We will discuss using lights in the next blog.

Until then guys…happy filming

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This week at GCV, no 1 Video Company Durban

Hi guys, welcome to no 1 video company durban blog of whats coming up this week.

Well what a week coming up, video shoot for TV…very exciting.  I wont mention names right now but on Thursday we shoot a television advert for a retirement home in Durban. Its going to be very exciting because we have new gear.

Firstly, we shooting on the new Panasonic GH5 camera, this is a beaut, crazy 4K capability and steady shot that will give us amazing visuals.

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You know the say…Dynamite comes in small packages.   GCV, Durbans no 1 video company is teaming up with PixelCraft Training to shoot and edit this amazing advert.   We have also got some really cool lighting….

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These lights are gonna be so much fun.  Always have lights in your shoot, they offer so much creative control of your production.  I cant wait to show you guys the finished product…please be patient while we edit and fine tune the visuals.

The voice over has already been done as well as the titles for the production.  Timing is on 40 seconds which includes quite a long title at the end of the advert for contact details.

Recce of the location has been done but a 2nd one will happen this monday.

While we on the subject…What to look for on a recce visit.

  1.  A recce gives you an idea of the location layout, lighting, whether it be natural daylight or indoor artificial lighting, shadows.
  2.   What areas to shoot and how to get power and lights to those areas eg…are there plugpoints for lights, plugging in camera or monitors?
  3.   Are there noise distractions eg…traffic, sirens, drilling or any noise that might occur from filming.
  4.   Are all areas accessible for filming?  ie a factory might have certain departments not accessible to film crew at certain times such as lunchtime.

 

Those points above are just a few pointers to look for on a recce.

Please feel free to send any extra info you have regarding recce shoot that we can to our next video blog.

 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/341550059224455/videos/1291104727602312/

 

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

The opening title for the Shongweni Farmers Market Video
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.