Hi guys, welcome to video production durban no 1 blogger. Whats news today…lets have a look at a recent video we shot.
Let me give you the lowdown on how this video came together. It was shot in a small studio with a mixture of studio still lights and video LED light. Background was composed of framed pictures on Easels. We shot on a Canon 550D, sound was recorded using a Sony lapel mic plugged into an Zoom H5.
The camera was locked off for the entire shoot and all that was done was to hit record on the camera as well as the audio recorder. The shoot lasted roughly 90 minutes with takes being repeated sometimes just for safety. Cutaways in the edited version were jpegs that were imported from still images supplied by Matthew Willman.
So yes pretty much a straight forward video shoot using video basics to get the final product. Below is a link to the video on youtube….
So the above video is very basic. Make sure your settings are correct from the beginning and go ahead and shoot.
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Hi all, welcome to another blog from no 1 video production Durban, today lets talk about property videos.
GCV Productions films property videos on a DJI Osmo camera, its a walk through video of the property for sale. The DJI Osmo can film as well as take photos. Below is a video sample of a property we filmed recently in KZN.
please watch the above video to give you a good idea how a property video is filmed.
The property takes roughly 30 minutes to film. Photos and video are taken at the same time from the exterior working our way through the property to the bedroom.
Make sure you have fully charged batteries and a SD card. Complete videos should be roughly 2 minutes. Have 30 usable photos by the time you done. Photograph wide angle shots of the rooms. Switch on lights and put down toilet seats.
There is no need to clean rooms or pick stuff up, its not for you to neaten a property. You are there to film and photograph.
Communicate with the estate agent. There will be dos and donts you need to know.
For more information regarding video production please call us on 0721281823 or www.gcv.co.za, contact Guy Crosbie.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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….
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.
A recce gives you an idea of the location layout, lighting, whether it be natural daylight or indoor artificial lighting, shadows.
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?
Are there noise distractions eg…traffic, sirens, drilling or any noise that might occur from filming.
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.
Today I’m going to share with you the basics of video production. The basics are roughly 4 elements that need to be correct for an effective video. These elements remain the same whether you are making a video for yourself, your friends or doing an instructional video for a company, organization or YouTube. I am talking about the very basics here, I know there is a lot of progress with video production and equipment but lets break it down to the VERY BASICS.
Lets start with the CAMERA.
There has been so much advancement in camera technology in the last 10 years it is quite incredible. 15 years ago when I was studying Video Technology we had to book the cameras when a project was required from us. Back then the cameras were S-VHS Panasonic cameras that would take a VHS cassette. View Finders were black and white and these cameras were quite bulky and designed to sit on the shoulder to stabilize the image.
These were very good cameras at the time and were available to the students from the Technikon but we had to book in advance to use the camera and gear to put together a production. But there was a difference between this Panasonic VHS camera and a Broadcast quality camera.
Today that has all changed as even cell phones can now film in True HD quality (1080i) and cameras are generally filming to memory card now.
This blog is not about the technology of cameras but about how to use the camera for basic video production.
So lets start by saying we don’t have any preference what camera is used provided you have access to the camera and it is able to film for a few minutes without interruption. I will give video demonstrations below.
What is very important is a tripod for your camera to be placed on to keep a very steady picture (remember people…basic production here) We are looking to create a visual that is comfortable to look at and not jarring on the eye. Using a tripod is getting the basics right, however if a tripod is not available look at using something for the camera to rest on. Action shots do not necessarily require a tripod but lets talk about an interview situation or training video. A subject professional cannot be filmed for 20 minutes while trying to keep a camera steady. It is very simple to place the camera on a tripod, press the record button and relax while the subject professional does the work. Another reason for a steady is tripod is so the camera operator is able to zoom in without the picture getting shaky. The more you zoom in the more unsteady the visual becomes.
Have a look at these examples below of an interview with a tripod and an interview without a tripod.
I remember back to the days at Natal Technikon studying Video Technology, the biggest issue students faced with their projects was getting sound right. We did have microphones available but it was still difficult recording good audio in difficult conditions. Lets look at our interview situation and see what is required.
Most cameras out there have a built in microphone but these microphones aren’t always sufficient depending on the programme content. An interview situation will require a lapel microphone while a drama production will require a boom microphone. A journalist standing in the middle of a busy city street will need a hand held mic so although cameras do have the microphone its not always used.
A lapel microphone is an awesome piece of equipment to secure good quality sound provided it is used correctly and for the right circumstances. Lapel microphones might need to be hidden completely or the actual microphone attached to the jacket lapel or shirt. lets look at a short interview with and without the lapel microphone and you will realize the importance of good sound during a video production.
Lighting, like audio is generally not taken into consideration when on location. You lucky if you want to film outdoors and all that is required is natural lighting, but at times extra lighting is required on the subject. Lighting can be used to create mood but lets stick to the basics and talk about lighting as a requirement to avoid a dark picture and to be easy on the eye. Lighting today is generally LED (light emitting diode) but a few years ago and now it was called a Redhead or Blonde light, these were lights with a tungsten bulb and barndoors to direct the light. The Redhead used a 800W bulb while the Blonde was a very strong 2000W bulb and was quite often bounced off a wall or ceiling or the light was used to light a very big area.
Generally anything filmed indoors requires extra light to create a visually appealing image. Provided light like a lampshade can be included in the background for creative effect but this should not be used as your light source.
Lets look at an example of a video clip without and with light.
Clearly you can see with the above video example what adding light to your video production offers. The light used in this production is a tungsten light with a blue gel over the light to match the white balance of the light coming through the window.
Modern lights today have an adjustable switch that allows you to adjust the colour temperature of the LED. If the switch is not available then a gel is used in front of the light.
The elements come together to make a quality video production. The above is the absolute basics but these basics need to be in place for an effective video production.
Thank you for watching and I do hope this blog has been able to provide valuable information.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.
GCV Productions and McDonald’s SA have been working together creating training videos since 2010.
The RSG (Restaurant Solutions Group) Team at McDonald’s SA is made up of Michele Oosthuizen, Willem Potgeiter, Winnie Nyapisi and Deirdre van der Merwe.
A training video at McDonald’s will take roughly 3 days to film. Quite often a new restaurant will be selected so that equipment is up to date. The pre production phase can be applied to the McDonald’s team – the team will make sure the restaurant is well briefed on the video shoot, all equipment is clean and in good working order and all utensils are available in the restaurant. Crew will need to be informed that a video team will be at the restaurant so they will most probably have to share their kitchen with a cameraman and the RSG team.
Filming often commences roughly around 9 am after a good hearty breakfast. The team will follow a basic time schedule of what department is presenting what. Time is also given to viewing footage at intervals to make sure correct procedures are followed. Either interviews are done first or build procedures in the kitchen. The training video begins with an introduction from a Marketing member, new products are introduced to the crew as well as new procedures for the quarter ahead. Menu boards at front counter and drive thru are discussed in detail. After Marketing has done their part the RSG team takeover. The camera moves into the kitchen and a new build procedure is filmed. A ‘build’ is the makeup of a burger-the exact ingredients used and procedures followed to make the burger.
Measurements and procedures are exact so quite often this procedure will be filmed more than once! A dedicated crew member will work with the RSG Team performing the demonstrations for the camera. Filming will often continue until a lunch break is taken at 1 pm, the team order off the menu and lunch is served in the restaurant. Lunch is also the time allocated to viewing footage from the morning session.
The afternoon session will quite often start with Build procedures or the introduction of new equipment or procedures. The dedicated crew member is rehearsed with the new procedure or equipment before the camera rolls. Sometimes IT Department is brought in if till procedures are filmed. Footage will be viewed again in the afternoon in case anything needs to be reshot. Filming day ends roughly 4 pm.
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GCV Productions is a video production company based in Durban KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. For more information please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Video Productions cell: 0721281823 email: firstname.lastname@example.org