Video Production Durban and the Blackmagic Cinema 4K Camera

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from the no 1 Video Production Company Durban. In the previous blog I mentioned a very exciting project currently being filmed in KZN. I am happy to say its done and I am posting the video below.

GCV Productions and Pixel Craft Training filmed last week Wednesday at Durban Botanic Gardens. We wanted to try the new Blackmagic Cinema 4K Camera. We approached Caitlyn Grunewald, a young artist at Westville Girls High School. The concept is a small promotional video for Caitlyn. Location would be the lovely pond at Durban Botanic Gardens. A lovely location but close to a busy road so we knew the interview with Caitlyn would need to be done somewhere else.

We posted the behind the scene photos last week.

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Nice sunny weather, awesome location, and good help meant we produced a lovely video. Please have a look below and tell us what you think.

GCV Productions and Pixel Craft Training working together with Caitlyn Grunewald

Video Production Durban in pre-production for new exciting project.

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from Video Production Durban. Today I am excited to announce an awesome project commencing soon in collaboration with Pixel Craft Training.

Together we will produce a short promo video using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. We are excited to see exactly what this camera is capable of doing. The location is Botanic Gardens, Durban at 12 pm. On set will be Manosh Seetherem and his assistant (PixelCraft Training) myself and Tristan Ambross (GCV Productions). The talent is Caitlyn Gronewald who is a young aspiring artist from Durban.

Below is a few photos taken from a preproduction location visit. We are looking at angle of sun, amount of people in the area and ambient noise. We are not closing the area off to the public so we need to visit with the public visiting the area during the shoot.

12 pm Winter in Durban means we have about 4 hours of good light but realistically we might only start filming at 1 pm. Pixelcraft will supply lighting but these are battery operated therefore we have 1 hour of actual filming time.

Location – Deck overlooking pond
Looking at the deck where the Talent will be positioned
Location – Low angle camera view on the deck.

Location Recce is extremely important to get a feel for the environment and look for anything that can be a challenge when filming. Ideally visit the location at same time of day of filming. Look at angle of sun, shadows. Listen to ambient noise such as traffic noise, even the wildlife in the area. Loud birds such as the notorious Hadeda can interrupt an interview (if recording audio)

Our talent will be painting a pond scene, seated next to the pond and painting. We will work towards a similar image with the below….

Our artist will paint a picture similar to the above. We need the bright colours to bring out the Blackmagics capabilities

So our location is ready, lets look at the camera gear.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera on the Zhiyun Crane 2 ready for production. Small and steady movements are required.
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera on a Zhiyun Crane 2.

So guys that’s a wrap for the pre production, we look forward to a very exciting day ahead and lets hope for a very awesome video to come. Watch out for the next blog and my youtube page to see the final video. And please visit www.pixelcrafttraining.co.za for their amazing work done, photos and videos.

For information regarding video please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions, visit www.gcv.co.za

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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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video production Durban – the year 2019

Hi guys

Happy new year, hope you all had an awesome New Years Eve, here is to a great 2019!!!

What is GCV Productions plan for the new year???  To make great videos of course.  What needs to be done to create videos?  A great creative mind for editing and filming.   The best equipment would also help of course.   Lets make the year 2019 the year for DSLR and lots of motion.

I am hoping to have a bumper year, lets chase the goals yet always be in the moment, do not do things as a means to an end, the fun is in the journey…be here now.

I will load some pics here of the equipment we use for the videos we make .

Above is the gear we use.  Lights, tripods, cameras, cranes, lapel mics, Sony camera,

We are a video production company specialising in the filming and edit of corporate and training videos for the video Durban market.

Have a look at my youtube page for more info regarding the videos I have made

Above is a short showreel of the work done in the last year or two.   view it and contact us

 

for more information regarding videos call gcv productions on 0721281823 or email guy@gcv.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Production Durban and property videos

Hi guys, my apologies for video company Durban been away for so lng.  Lots to talk about so lets gets going.  Whats new at GCV Productions?  We are now filming property videos for an auctioneer company called In2Assets.  They are based in Umhlanga and they buy / sell / auction properties all over South Africa.

GCV has been filming properties for them for 3 months, the equipment used is the Osmo and we cover a property in about 20 minutes.  Music and titles are added in the edit.  I will insert a video for you guys to have a look at as I now have the permission to show the videos online.

They use the videos to market the property for the auction date which is a month or two after the filming is done.

I am not sure if the videos play on a loop, I must ask them next time I see them on location.   Videos are sent via WeTransfer to their Head Office in Umhlanga .

I spend approximately 30 minutes at the location, often I meet the agent in charge of selling the property or a representative from In2Assetts.

In2Assetts, property auctions

 

We are filming property number 7 tomorrow in Umdloti, KZN North Coast.  Always a pleasure working with the guys at In2Assetts.

 

Guy I will load some demo videos in the next blog for you to watch.   If you have any questions regarding filming or editing please call me :  Guy Crosbie  0721281823

Thank you for reading my blog, all the very best

 

Regards

 

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

no 1 video production durban TV shoot update

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.

 

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no 1 video company durban – Report back after Recce

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.

 

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no 1 video company durban – Recce

Hi, welcome to no 1 video company durban.  Today I am about to do a Recce in Springfield KZN.   So lets talk you through the schedule.

12pm – Pick up my colleague and cameraman.

12:10 pm – Arrive at location.  Meet the person in charge and brief them on what our plan of action is.

12:20 pm – take pics of the rooms we would like to film and create a shotlist together neat enough for the client to look at.    Check lighting and time of day.  We are not recording sound so it definitely makes it easier while on recce.

Take pics, take pics, take pics.  Very important to get the best visual representation of the location layout.  Brief staff that are available on what we need on the day of filming.  Check cleanliness of floors, walls and furniture.

We will take some video as well for test footage.  This will give our editor an idea of the footage we will give him after the filming.  The editor will treat the footage and most probably apply effect to all the shots so they match.

The idea of a recce is to relieve the pressure on filming day by doing as much prep work before filming.  Visualisation works very well with video and let me remind you we are a visual industry.  We speak using pictures and sound.

Thats it for now guys, will give you a post briefing later after the recce and a visual breakdown.  Hope the client does’nt mind pics of their location being uploaded, I will most probably check with them first.