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
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 wrapping final advert sequence as mentioned in the blog before. Its very important to check the broadcast requirements.
What has become of PAL and NTSC when using MP3 or MOV? Its a good question. Please send me a message as to what is happening with the two video formats. I know videos shot on my Sony NX3 camera are still PAL but I am sure these can be converted to NTSC if need be.
I am not an aurthority on the subject so would love feedback on the subject.
So the edit is done and all broadcast requirements have been checked so now its a case of handing final video over to the client. Thanks for reading and staying in touch
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no 1 video company Durban is on the post production stage for the project. Voice Over has been recorded and a song has been selected online from a copyfree site because of budget.
We have edited the prject with which we think are the best shots visually to tell the story. This can be viewed differently from the client because they might view it from a personal side and look at who appears in the video and who doesnt.
The final ad is 40 seconds, this needs to include quite a long contact list as the very last frame in the timeline. It is a requirement from the client so it must get included.
The edit right now is in the first draft stage, this means that while I’m typing this the client is looking at a draft version of the advert and deciding what changes need to be made. We have to still finalise the last title and we not happy with 1 video in the advert but that most probably requires 3D animation to fix.
We are now in the waiting stage, we waiting for feedback from the client so that we can go ahead and edit Draft 2 .
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.