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

Website : www.gcv.co.za

 

 

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 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

video production company Durban – video as a training tool

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from video production company Durban. Today lets talk about how video is used as a marvellous training tool. I should know because 50% of my work is training videos.  So lets look at …why

  1.  Video is visual.  Personally I would much rather watch a video than read a manual.  Manuals have language limits as well as some learners might not be able to read.
  2. Look at the popularity of You Tube today.  As much as there is entertainment there are many many videos training or instructional.      

4.  The limitations of video 10 years ago was the size of a video file and the difficulty to use online.  Nowdays with Fibre 1 or 2 GB video files can be sent in minutes.

5.  videos can be enhanced with music or voice to reinforce what is being taught.

All companies today need to look at the advantage of video.

Some statistics from You Tube…

Learning is important for human growth and development, and training is certainly an integral part of workplace learning. But a constant challenge for workplace learning professionals is creating training programs that captivate the learner audience and cause learners to sit up, take notice and, well, learn.

Effective use of video in training can be an extremely powerful. The “Pictorial Superiority Effect”* indicates that using pictures and words together promotes greater information recall. Specifically, after 3 days, we tend to remember 10% of the information we saw in word format whereas we tend to remember 65% of the information we saw in both picture and word formats.

 

Video Makes Concept Visualization Easier

Videos can transport the learner to places where he or she could not physically travel, or travel in a reasonable timeframe. Need the learner to travel around the globe, to a distant part of the universe, back in time, or to the ocean depths? Use video as the transportation vehicle.

When you are asking the learner “travel someplace else in their mind” and to visualize a concept, but you only describe that concept in words, it may be difficult for some learners to make the required intuitive leap. For example:

    • If you want a learner to understand, you could describe the process in words: “Stellar black holes form when the center of a very massive star collapses in upon itself. This collapse also causes a supernova, or an exploding star, that blasts part of the star into space.”
    • Or, you could show a video of the process:

So many advantages

Thank you for reading

 

For more info please contact Guy Crosbie

video production Durban – the year 2019

Hi guys

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 guy@gcv.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trail of Lights, Durban Botanic Gardens

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.

Thank you

Regards

Guy Crosbie

http://www.gcv.co.za

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 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 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