video production durban – video presentation

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.

 

Regards

Guy Crosbie

guy@gcv.co.za

Video Production Durban – filming properties

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.

 

 

 

Video Production Durban – TeamCare Advert

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 – the interview

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, the interview part 2

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

 

video production durban whats on this week

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.

Join us for part 2 later

video production durban, whats news

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.

 

For more info contact:

GCV Productions, Guy Crosbie

video production durban – todays shoot part 2

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

GCV Productions

video production durban – today’s video

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 – edit part 2

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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