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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no 1 Video Company Durban, lights part 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.

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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

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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.

 

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Welcome to 2018

Welcome to the 1st GCV Productions blog for 2018.   It has been a while since I last blogged so its good to be back and blogging.  Hope our readers have been good and hitting 2018 hard.  Whats new in 2018?   No new gear as we speak but there will be purchases soon.  So we still running with the DJI Osmo, the Sony NX3, the H5 Zoom recorder.   We will load a video for you guys to look at on this blog.   The video was filmed for the client Boxer, at Seula Zimbili, KZN North Coast.   The Boxer Youth Leadership gives children the special experience of learning together, growing together while building friends and teammates.

GCV Productions is priviledged to film them and join them for the 5 days at the camp.  What a wonderful experience, I hope every child realises the gift they been given.  A memorable video is created for them to not forget the awesome experience

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The approach is to use the osmo for the action shots and the Sony NX3 for the interviews.

 

THE year 2018 marks the 16th year of the Boxer Superstores annual Youth Leadership Programme. We have had hundreds of scholars who have been fortunate enough to have been selected to attend this ‘once in a lifetime opportunity, fully paid for by Boxer Superstores. “This Programme is a life changing experience for the pupils and many of our past graduates have gone on to become leading role-players in society. A decade of success made possible by Boxer Superstores,” says Andrew Mill, Director of Boxer Superstores. With this year marking the 10th anniversary of this initiative, the selected pupils should expect 10 times more of everything they have to offer. The 45 winners will spend a week at the Suela Zimbili Adventure Centre in Zinkwazi, KwaZuluNatal, where they will participate in various activities such as abseiling, wall climbing and raftbuilding, as well as attend the talks and discussions on life skills, career opportunities and leadership. Successful candidates will participate in discussions surrounding current affairs, attend career guidance presentations delivered by tertiary institutions as well as motivational talks from well known personalities. Candidates interested in being chosen for this exciting leadership course should be enthusiastic, determined go-getters between the ages of 16 and 18, from anywhere in South Africa and Swaziland. Entrants need to write a 500 word essay on the following topic; “10 years from now, how will you as a young adult shape the future of South Africa?” Entry forms are available at all Boxer Superstoress, and more information is also available from the Boxer Superstores Customer Care line0860 02 6937.

 

 

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Video Production

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.

My trusty Sony Z5 Camera
Me and my trusty Sony Z5 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.

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Panasaonic S-VHS Professional Video Camera

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.

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Sony HDV Z5 camera used at GCV Productions. Note the memory card recording unit.

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.

Sound.

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.

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.

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