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

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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

 

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Video production company Durban – update

Hi guys, welcome to another blog for video production company, Durban.  Whats news…lots. We have been busy with all sorts of productions in and around KZN as well as JHB.  I have mentioned it all in the previous blog so please read it there.

So for 2019 we want to really make a difference for our clients.  Improve, innovate and adapt.  Always look and ask yourself what can be done to offer your customers the best possible product.  Look at creative skills and gear.  Gear is important because video equipment is always improving.  Its funny how sound recording has basically stayed the same over the last 10 years but look at video.

Video – 2010 – 2019 HDV, HD, 4K, UHD, 8K.  Equipment for us over the last 10 years.   Sony PD 170.  Sony Z5. Sony NX3.

Sound – 2010 – 2019 Sony UWP – V1

Here is a review of the microphone below.

Amazing don’t you think…Video has come a long way and audio stays the same.  I love my lapel mic, damn trusty microphone that never ever lets me down.

Thanks for reading.  I hope you have enjoyed it.  The next blog will follow soon.

If you require more info regarding video please call us at GCV Productions.

 

Thank you

 

 

 

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 – 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 – advert done

Video production Durban is happy to announce the ad is done.  We have wrapped thank goodness and all is good.  I will upload the video once the client goes live on TV.  And the client wants another project done so that’s great news.

So the ad is 45 seconds long in “MOV” format, we have more than 1 version depending on what the broadcaster wants.

My very next blog will definitely include the advert as well as photos.  I hope you look forward to it as much as i do.

Call GCV Video productions for any video requirements you may have.  Guy Crosbie and his team will deliver anything you may need, from filming and editing to script writing.

 

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.

 

 

 

A Day in the Life of a McDonald’s Training Video Shoot by GCV Productions.

McDonald’s Training Video experience

GCV Productions and McDonald’s SA have been working together creating training videos since 2010.

Day 1

The RSG Team at McDonald’s SA

The RSG (Restaurant Solutions Group) Team at McDonald’s SA is made up of Michele Oosthuizen, Willem Potgeiter, Winnie Nyapisi and Deirdre van der Merwe.

A training video at McDonald’s will take roughly 3 days to film. Quite often a new restaurant will be selected so that equipment is up to date.  The pre production phase can be applied to the McDonald’s team – the team will make sure the restaurant is well briefed on the video shoot, all equipment is clean and in good working order and all utensils are available in the restaurant. Crew will need to be informed that a video team will be at the restaurant so they will most probably have to share their kitchen with a cameraman and the RSG team.

McDonald's Training Video

Filming often commences roughly around 9 am after a good hearty breakfast. The team will follow a basic time schedule of what department is presenting what.  Time is also given to viewing footage at intervals to make sure correct procedures are followed.  Either interviews are done first or build procedures in the kitchen.  The training video begins with an introduction from a  Marketing member, new products are introduced to the crew as well as new procedures for the quarter ahead.  Menu boards at front counter and drive thru are discussed in detail. After Marketing has done their part the RSG team takeover.  The camera moves into the kitchen and a new build procedure is filmed.  A ‘build’ is the makeup of a burger-the exact ingredients used and procedures followed to make the burger.

ice cream

Measurements and procedures are exact so quite often this procedure will be filmed more than once!  A dedicated crew member will work with the RSG Team performing the demonstrations for the camera.   Filming will often continue until a lunch break is taken at 1 pm, the team order off the menu and lunch is served in the restaurant.  Lunch is also the time allocated to viewing footage from the morning session.

McDonald's SA

The afternoon session will quite often start with Build procedures or the introduction of new equipment or procedures.  The dedicated crew member is rehearsed with the new procedure or equipment before the camera rolls.  Sometimes IT Department is brought in if till procedures are filmed.  Footage will be viewed again in the afternoon in case anything needs to be reshot.  Filming day ends roughly 4 pm.

End of part 1

GCV Productions is a video production company based in Durban KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. For more information please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Video Productions cell: 0721281823  email: guy@gcv.co.za

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