Video Company Durban and Kennedy Road Informal Settlement

Hi all, welcome to another blog from the no 1 video production company Durban. Today we talking about our next project which is a documentary in the Kennedy Road Informal Settlement. Government housing has been granted to residents, buildings are currently under development and the first key handover will be early 2020.

GCV Productions visited the settlement for a recce and a visit to a few of the councillors.

We will start filming on Wednesday 9th October 2019 with residents interviews and then move from there. We will also attend a community meeting the following week.

Below are a few photos from the recce visit.

Pre School at the Community Centre @ Kennedy Road
Kennedy Road Informal Settlement along N2 Durban
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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 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 company Durban – A Message to Students

Hi all, welcome to another blog from the no 1 Video company Durban, we talking to students going out into the video or film industry.

A question I have looked at very carefully is…was it worth studying video, is someone at an advantage with 3 years of film school behind them?  Personally I have never been asked to provide a CV except to lecture at DUT and Damelin.  How do I differ from the video guy that buys a nice camera and calls himself a cameraman?   I did learn a lot at DUT Video Technology but I do believe a youngster can learn just as much assisting at a video company or a cameraman.  Video is practical, all the theory cannot get you ready for the shoot that happens live or a wedding that you have one shot at getting right.

Studying video / film / TV gives the student good exposure to the different aspects of production.  Careers are created from writing scripts, looking for talent, recording sound, editing  and video marketing.   Its not all about filming and editing.  Imagine the career of a Focus Puller, his job is to adjust the focus of a camera during filming…that’s it.   But it is a very important job because if it is wrong you cannot fix it in the edit.  Focus and over exposure are generally two things you cant fix in the edit.

Personally I don’t believe video needs 3 or 4 years of study.

Get good experience working in the industry assisting the cameraman or editor or location manager.  Don’t believe if someone tells you you must study or get some sort of diploma or certificate.  You can learn so much involving yourself in the work or a company of what it is you want to do.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries regarding video.

Regards

Guy Crosbie

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Video company Durban – Can I shoot a movie on my phone?

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from the no 1 video company Durban.  Today lets talk about making movies on your phone.

“Can I make a movie on my phone?”   The answer is Yes. But remember the most important thing when making a movie is the story.  You can have the best movie equipment in the world but it wont matter if your story is flat.

I have seen movies shot on very expensive video gear but the acting was so poor I could not carry on watching.  So please bear that in mind.

Lets say you have a good story.  Now you want to film using your phone.   You would have to really know how to use your phone well to use it for filming.  There will be no way you can record good sound.  Cell phones can record sharp HD or 4 K images but sound recording is very poor.  Recording sound would have to be done separately.

No I would also say other equipment will be needed for the phone.  Keeping the phone steady will be important.  A small tripod can be used or a gimbal.

The visual look the camera gives you will be very different to film.  Zero depth of field.  Images will appear flat but technology is improving so this will definitely change in the near future

Lenses are not interchangeable.  This limits the filmmaker to very narrow selection of shots.  I suppose there will be extras you can buy for phones to change this but they will be very limiting and gimicky which wont give your production a professional look

Phone footage wont allow for any grading in the edit, colours will look washed out with very little dynamic range.

GCV Productions is a professional video production company.

For further information please call Guy Crosbie on +27721281823.  email:guy@gcv.co.za

 

Video Production Durban careers in video: part 2

Hi guys, welcome to part 2 of video careers in Durban brought to you by the no 1 Video production Durban.  In the last blog we spoke about the student production Police Reservist.  If you have seen it great, if not here is a recap

I noticed views on You Tube are very high.  Excuse the quality but it was filmed in 1999 on SVHS cameras.

So lets now chat about the production.    First day of filming was a Saturday morning 7 am.  Andrew Mills and Brad Pandy got their uniforms and equipment ready at Pinetown SAPS.  There is a shot of them in the video with voice over from Andrew explaining that there is nothing they wear that makes them stand out from ordinary police officers.

To be honest I cannot remember too much after that, I do watch the video to recall what happened.  We had a brilliant time filming call outs in Pinetown and surrounding areas…amazing memories.

What happens a lot with video is quite often tings that seem interesting to the police officers may not be interesting on camera.  That’s just the way things go.   Some action shots were done specifically for the camera….meaning if the camera wasn’t there the guys would not have responded to the incident.

I think the production took roughly 2 weeks for filming to be complete.  Interviews were done last.  I viewed the footage and designed the questions around the footage.  Interviews were done at SAPS Pinetown and Lahee Park in Pinetown.

For more information regarding video please call GCV Productions, Guy Crosbie on +27721281823 or email : guy@gcv.co.za

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video production company Durban Careers in video :part 1

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from the best video production company Durban. Today lets talk careers in video. My focus will be in Kzn.  I will also talk about my own experience…you do know every experience is different.

I finished my studies at DUT Natal in the year 1999.

Below is a project I worked on in my final year at Video Technology.  I have pulled the video off Youtube, please watch and let me know what you think.

It was great fun working on it.  It was filmed over a period of about 6 weeks.  How it exactly came about….my brother was a police reservist and I told him I wanted to film a reservist video for my final production at Video Technology.  He told me to call ‘Andrew Mills’, Andrew at the time was also a reservist with Pinetown SAP .  I called Andrew and got a very enthusiastic “Yes, lets do this”  As a student I didnt expect such an enthusiastic response.  We were normally told no or to call back another time so I was amazed this was where we were at.

To start we had a meeting where I told Andrew exactly what it was I was looking at making and how we shoud have the final video.  Andrew, in return, gave me a few videos to watch from footage they had filmed over the years.

In part 2 I will talk about the production and the involvement with the SAPS Pinetown to get the production done.  Andrew and any individuals taking part in the production needed to sign Release forms which allowed me to film them and use the footage for any purposes to promote the video.

I in turn needed to get permission from Pinetown SAPS to film on their property and in the police cells if need be.

For more information regarding videos please call me on +27721281823   Email: guy@gcv.co.za   Website:  www.gcv.co.za

 

 

Video company Durban – Today…4K or HD

Hi everyone, welcome to another blog from the no 1 video company Durban.  Today I would like to talk about 4 K vs H D, how has the progression been in the year 2019?

Lets start off with what is 4 K?  Basically in a nutshell 4 K is HD x 4

 

The above diagram explains the resolution of 4 K vs HD

Top of the image left hand side shows the size taken by DVD, 720 lines of resolution by 480 lines of resolution.  the next size is HD 720p, this is the smaller HD screen size, in South Africa DSTV broadcasts in 720 p H D.  This gives us an idea of why 4K in South Africa can still be early days, SA is not even close to broadcasting in 4 K, and even though TVs are 4K quality they very seldom playing in 4 K mode.  TV in SA is not 4 K, Blu Ray DVD is not 4 K. Even seldom are you playing a video on Youtube because of bandwidth required to play 4 K

Netflix suggests bandwidth of between 15 mbs to 25 mbs to support  4K broadcast.  There isn’t many homes with that amount of bandwidth are out there.  And  that also means not having any other devices using the bandwidth.

This means the 4 K resolution is maybe too high for South African viewers right now in 2019.

video production company Durban part 2 – cameras in action

Hi guys, welcome to video production company Durban.  In part 1 we spoke about video cameras progression in the last 20 years.  We ended in part 1 with the Panasonic 3CCD .  The next camera to follow was the Sony PD170.  This was an awesome camera.  This was the move from 4:3 to 16:9 screen ratio.  Still the mini DV cassette was used.

If ever there was a workhorse this was the camera.  The Sony PD 170 was tough!  It was an awesome camera to have and it got the job done.

Next on the list for GCV Productions was the Sony Z5.  Here was the slow change to card format and HDV.  HDV stood for High Definition Video.   The dimensions were 1440 x 1080. HD is 1920 x 1080. The Sony Z5 was tape based but there was the option to attach a card reader on the back.  The cards were an awesome change from the tapes as they could be used over and over again.  The picture was also clearer from the card compared to the tape.

The Sony Z5 was great. I recently sold the camera so it still has a place in the market today and like the Sony PD 170 it was a great workhorse.  I loved the quality from the Z5 , was an awesome camera.

 

Last but certainly not least is the Sony NX3, a lovely camera in HD and card only.  By now the DV cassette is long gone.  Card is the only way forward with the NX3.  The camera looks identical to the Sony Z5 but really the only difference is it shoots in HD unlike the Z5 which is HDV.

Today we are still using this camera, awesome piece of recording machinery.  I have been very happy with it for the last year now and hopefully many more years to come.

For further information regarding any filming or editing please contact Guy Crosbie on +27721281823 @ GCV Productions

video production company durban – the road so far in video

Hi guy, welcome to another blog from the best video production company Durban    Today lets talk about video and its progression over the past 20 years.  When I was studying in 1999 the camera to use was the Panasonic SVHS

SVHS stood for Super Video Home System, a very good camera at the time with a black and white viewfinder and cassettes loaded into the camera.  One tried to find SVHS cassettes to match the camera but you could use an ordinary VHS cassette.

Next on the list was cameras going digital with a mini dv cassette.  We used a panasonic 3 CCD camera that filmed a really nice visual.

These cameras produced a very nice visual provided the lighting was of good quality.  Everything had to be lit for it to work well.  Battery life was good, mini DV cassettes worked well except for the ocassional ‘drop out’ that happened on the odd ocassion.  Drop out meant a piece of the magnetic tape had fallen off causing the video to jump or have a black spot on the screen.  But besides that it was very good to use.

The camera was small and at that time we still wanted cameras to be bigger because it looked more professional.  There were ways of hyping the camera up with a bigger  microphone that slid into the horseshoe on top of the camera.   I think cameras could have bigger, longer lasting batteries which was always nice to work with.

End of part 1

For more information regarding filming or editing please contact Guy Crosbie on +27721281823