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.
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, no 1 video company durban needs to discuss the second half of lights on set, when how and why.
Now of course we all know we need to use lights if a room or set area is too dark. But we can also create mood using lights. Harsh lighting might be used for action sequence where there is flashing bright lights. Soft lights can be used for a drama or romance where we want faces lighted bringing out nice features that is soft on the eye.
Have you ever seen a face lit with harsh light creating shadow to create a mean look or evil.
Lighting alone can set the mood for a scene or kinda make you judge the character without even the person speaking yet. Look at the above? Do you trust the man? Do you think he is likeable or approachable? I wouldnt like to be dealing with him. Half the face is in darkness and there is harsh shadows, dark lines across his face. I
Now look at the image above. Nice soft light is used to light the character, gives it a nice soft approachable look.
This is the basics of how lights create mood in a scene and the creative control we have to set the feel we want from a scene.
Documentary lighting might require you to light a scene because its too dark without light but give a thought to getting creative with your lights. Cameras today can operate much better in low light conditions as compared to 15 years ago. But that does not mean you don’t want lights at all.
Well thats it for now guys, hope this blog helps you with your next video production and the creative ability lights offer for your production.
Welcome to no 1 video company durban, www.gcv.co.za, lets talk video lighting. When are lights used and for what purpose? How has lighting on set changed over the last 20 years?
I will tell you when I was studying 1997 – 1999, there were 2 lights available for us to use, Redheads and Blondes.
A redhead is a 800 watt tungsten light with barndoors, a very sturdy light that was used wherever a shoot was going on. Adjustments allow movement for the light as well as a bulb adjuster which moves the bulb forward and back therefore more / less spot.
Now, if a stronger light was needed we used a Blonde, this was a bigger light, brighter and heavier than the Redhead.
The Blonde is a 200 watt tungsten light ideal for stage lighting or needing to light a big area. It has a similar design to the Redhead with barn doors, adjustable parts and both lights mount onto light stands.
Now I am sure you can figure out the names given to the lights…red for the red casing and blonde for the blonde / yellow casing. I dont recall using the Blonde too much, our video shoots were smaller and more intimate. These lights are still used on sets to day but over time lights have made advancement with LED (light emitting diode)
So the above is typically what is used today, LED panel on a light stand either plugged into power or battery operated.
The lights brightness can be adjusted as well as the colour temperature (outdoor / indoor light). These lights can run on battery which means no cables which is a big positive. And they last very long due to LED low power usage. So today LED is the way to go. Another positive for LED is they emit very little heat compared to Redhead or Blonde. LEDS seldom ever need to be replaced unlike tungsten bulbs.
I hope the above helps when you deciding what light to use. We will discuss using lights in the next blog.
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.