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 email@example.com
Hi guys, welcome to the 1st blog of video production durban for the year 2019. I hope everyone has a great year ahead. Towards the end of last year I filmed the Trail of Lights at the Durban Botanic Gardens organised by The Event Company, all lights provided by Magic Company.
Here is a link to the video, enjoy viewing it. I will discuss the video after the link
Did you enjoy it? The video was filmed on 1 evening, 14th December 2018. The purpose of the video is to promote the evening for the next 2 weeks to all public to visit the venue and support the charities represented.
Filming the event has its challenges, nearly every shot needs to be lit which meant bringing an assistant, thank you to Kerry Phillips for her helping hands with the lights and choosing the right locations to film.
Another challenge is to make sure the ISO settings on the camera is not too high creating a grainy shot. I set the DJI Osmo to 800 ISO, this allowed enough light without too much movement in the shot.
The event began at 18:30 until 21:30, the first hour is still in sunlight so I waited till after sunset for the majority of the filming.
Once the sun went down it was rush rush rush. there was so much to film. We had to have the video done by the end of the evening as the edited video would be used to promote the event the very next day.
The footage was then edited to music that evening and presented to the client the very next day . The client was extremely happy with the video with only one request…to swap the logos at the end of the video.
I hope you guys like watching the video. Please support GCV Productions for any videos you may require.
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.
GCV Productions is a video company based in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Please call us for any queries you may have.
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.
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 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 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
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, 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.
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