Video company Durban – Today…4K or HD

Hi everyone, welcome to another blog from the no 1 video company Durban.  Today I would like to talk about 4 K vs H D, how has the progression been in the year 2019?

Lets start off with what is 4 K?  Basically in a nutshell 4 K is HD x 4

 

The above diagram explains the resolution of 4 K vs HD

Top of the image left hand side shows the size taken by DVD, 720 lines of resolution by 480 lines of resolution.  the next size is HD 720p, this is the smaller HD screen size, in South Africa DSTV broadcasts in 720 p H D.  This gives us an idea of why 4K in South Africa can still be early days, SA is not even close to broadcasting in 4 K, and even though TVs are 4K quality they very seldom playing in 4 K mode.  TV in SA is not 4 K, Blu Ray DVD is not 4 K. Even seldom are you playing a video on Youtube because of bandwidth required to play 4 K

Netflix suggests bandwidth of between 15 mbs to 25 mbs to support  4K broadcast.  There isn’t many homes with that amount of bandwidth are out there.  And  that also means not having any other devices using the bandwidth.

This means the 4 K resolution is maybe too high for South African viewers right now in 2019.

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

 

 

 

no 1 video company durban, editing

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 .

GCV Productions will keep you posted.

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no 1 video company durban – Report back after Recce

no 1 Video Company Durban has just returned from a Recce so lets chat about what occured so that you can learn and be prepared for the following:

We arrived at the location a little early. Made arrangements with the client to do a walk through together. We discussed the very first opening shot which is the reception area.  We decided who the actor was going to be (All staff and residents who appear in the production must sign a release form).  We have given the client the release form and have left it with them to sign.

The cameraman and I, and the client walked from room to room checking the lighting coming through the windows.  Remember time of day will determine the amount of light coming through.

We also looked at props required for the production.  Most props were available but there were a few things we needed to find.  A recce gives you great start to the production allowing you to iron out and foresee any problems before production.

 

Make sure if the client has any queries that you able to assist them.  Everyone must be happy before production starts.

Well thats it for now , hope this blog helps you with tackling a recce on location.  Be thourough.

 

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no 1 video company durban – Recce

Hi, welcome to no 1 video company durban.  Today I am about to do a Recce in Springfield KZN.   So lets talk you through the schedule.

12pm – Pick up my colleague and cameraman.

12:10 pm – Arrive at location.  Meet the person in charge and brief them on what our plan of action is.

12:20 pm – take pics of the rooms we would like to film and create a shotlist together neat enough for the client to look at.    Check lighting and time of day.  We are not recording sound so it definitely makes it easier while on recce.

Take pics, take pics, take pics.  Very important to get the best visual representation of the location layout.  Brief staff that are available on what we need on the day of filming.  Check cleanliness of floors, walls and furniture.

We will take some video as well for test footage.  This will give our editor an idea of the footage we will give him after the filming.  The editor will treat the footage and most probably apply effect to all the shots so they match.

The idea of a recce is to relieve the pressure on filming day by doing as much prep work before filming.  Visualisation works very well with video and let me remind you we are a visual industry.  We speak using pictures and sound.

Thats it for now guys, will give you a post briefing later after the recce and a visual breakdown.  Hope the client does’nt mind pics of their location being uploaded, I will most probably check with them first.

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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no1 video company durban, lighting on set

Hi guys

Welcome to no 1 video company durban, www.gcv.co.za, lets talk video lighting.  When are lights used and for what purpose? How has lighting on set changed over the last 20 years?

I will tell you when I was studying 1997 – 1999, there were 2 lights available for us to use, Redheads and Blondes.

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A redhead is a 800 watt tungsten light with barndoors, a very sturdy light that was used wherever a shoot was going on.  Adjustments allow movement for the light as well as a bulb adjuster which moves the bulb forward and back therefore more / less spot.

Now, if a stronger light was needed we used a Blonde, this was a bigger light, brighter and heavier than the Redhead.

Blonde

The Blonde is a 200 watt tungsten light ideal for stage lighting or needing to light a big area.  It has a similar design to the Redhead with barn doors, adjustable parts and both lights mount onto light stands.

Now I am sure you can figure out the names given to the lights…red for the red casing and blonde for the blonde / yellow casing.  I dont recall using the Blonde too much, our video shoots were smaller and more intimate.  These lights are still used on sets to day but over time lights have made advancement with LED  (light emitting diode)

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So the above is typically what is used today, LED panel on a light stand either plugged into power or battery operated.

The lights brightness can be adjusted as well as the colour temperature (outdoor / indoor light).  These lights can run on battery which means no cables which is a big positive.  And they last very long due to LED low power usage.  So today LED is the way to go.  Another positive for LED is they emit very little heat compared to Redhead or Blonde.  LEDS seldom ever need to be replaced unlike tungsten bulbs.

I hope the above helps when you deciding what light to use.  We will discuss using lights in the next blog.

Until then guys…happy filming

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GCV Productions, video company durban and Trail of Lights

Hi guys

Today’s blog is all about no 1 video company durban and Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights.

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This is a very special event that has an awesome cause sponsoring selected charities that attend the event.  Trail of Lights runs for 7 nights at Durban Botanic Gardens from 6 pm till 9 pm.  GCV Productions, video company durban,  was asked to cover the event to use for marketing the event and spreading the word something special was happening in Durban.  My blog will be from a video point of view and not an organisational one so guys I’m talking about the good and few challenges we experienced making a video.  I will include the video so that you can see the final awesome product

 

The biggest challenge is filming at night, not an easy feat when you are on the go over a few acres of land.  Settings on the camera must be so that gain is not coming into the video.  Yes the trees are lit but with small fairy lights, not big floodlights.  Durban was also experiencing heavy rain for the few days before the event so there was lots of water around which is difficult to see at night.

I decided to shoot the whole event on the DJI Osmo and the Z Axis which gives the awesome feel of the camera flying through the trees

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The Osmo and Z Axis were awesome to use and made the job very easy.  Shots were quick and I got to move throught the Trail of Lights very quickly so that a couple of runs can be done.

I decided against interviews….not sure why but just felt that we can do a video without talking heads and the organisers were happy to leave them out so as to not steer towards favouritsm for some charities and not others.

 

The Osmo Z axis by Durban’s no 1 Video Production Company

Hello all.  Welcome to another blog from the no 1 Video Company Durban.  Lets talk about the new Z Axis for the DJI Osmo.

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The DJI Osmo Z Axis unboxed

Below are a few examples of the Z Axis in operation…you can be the judge of how effective the device is.

Okay, so the reason for purchasing the Osmo Z Axis.   I looked online for the pro’s and con’s of the DJI Osmo camera.  One flaw the camera seem to have was that there was a slight vertical movement when used while walking.  It was a noticeable movement which took away the fluid motion.

Have a look at the video example below:

You can definitely see the slight bobbing up and down while moving forward.

So lets attach the Z Axis and now compare the footage.  Lets look again at the footage without the Z Axis followed by a shot using the Z Axis and then both video shots alongside each other

After viewing the different comparisons above you can see its very clear there is quite a difference between using the Z Axis and without.  Z Axis will definitely bring very clear and fluid movements to your footage from the DJI Osmo.  Easy to use, no battery required, it definitely is an added advantage to include the Z Axis to your camera gear.

Remember the Z Axis is eliminating the one flaw with the DJI Osmo, that is the slight bounce in the visual while operating a DJI Osmo.

update from the no 1 Video Company in Durban

Hello.  Lets continue with whats new from the no 1 Video Company Durban.  Lots of shoots have been on the go since I last blogged at the end of last year.  I’ve been very busy with Boxer doing some great work for their Boxer B 40 campaign which got underway at the beginning of 2017.  Below is a link to the awesome video introduction designed on Fiverr.com

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The campaign involved the filming of Boxer outlets up the north coast of KZN including their Meat Factory in Ballito and their Distribution Centre in Cato Ridge.  GCV Productions approach to this was to bring in a drone to cover the large scale buildings.  Filming occured over three days.

The drone offered a brand new experience for GCV Productions, it was quite daunting controlling a drone in a very busy shop.  Well done to Andrew Martens @ Helicam Productions for his very good drone operating skills.

Below is the very awesome that was designed on Fiverr.com.  I recommend this site to anyone in the design and media industry.

https://www.facebook.com/341550059224455/videos/1291104727602312/

 

I will definitely be calling on Fiverr.com for more logos and animations.  They offer superb work.

Well thats it folks for another blog from the no 1 Video Company in Durban.  I will be back with another blog on the new DJI Osmo camera so please look out for that.  Have a great weekend everybody and enjoy creating.

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