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.
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.
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.
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’s blog is all about no 1 video company durban and Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Youve seen the pics and the video so all you need to do is get yourself to the market and experience the awesomeness