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 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 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, 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.
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 .
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.
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.
Below is a few of my favourite photographs I have taken over the years. There is no specific subject and the photos are taken for amusement only. My cats feel like celebrities because there is always a lens in their face.