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.

DJI Osmo Z Axis
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.

The new DJI Osmo – Video Durban

Hi everyone

 

Last week I purchased the new DJI Osmo camera. What is the DJI Osmo…

 

Motion without blur. Action shots without shake. Perfect video even when you move. Thanks to advanced technologies specifically designed to keep the camera flat no matter how you move it, the DJI Osmo helps you record videos and take photos like never before. It is much more than just a camera. It helps you create with more freedom than ever.

From www.dji.com

 

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So I’ve had the DJI Osmo for a week now and have tried a couple of practice shots….very impressive using it video durban.

First up was filming at the local running club.  The Osmo comes in a very protective case with 2 batteries and my purchase included a microphone which definitely helps with our video production.  Your cell phone acts as a viewfinder and connects to the Osmo via built in wifi.  A DJI app needs to be downloaded before operation.

Without searching for any operation techniques I switched the Osmo on, attached my phone and presto…ready to film.  The shot I got was filming my friend run a lap around the field.  I literally ran behind him, no special technique.  Have a look at the attached video sample:

 

Pretty good don’t you think?  The Osmo seems to steady out the faster it goes.  Very easy to grip and operate.  I still need to view videos on how best to operate the Osmo.

Another example we have was done a few days ago.  A friend and I used the camera while on a roadtrip, it got some steady shots

 

The camera will be used professionally next week so we looking forward to seeing the results.  We will definitely keep you all posted with the results.

If we do not send out another blog this year we wish everyone a Happy New Year!

 

Whats new at the no 1 Durban Video Company

Hi all

So the guys at GCV Productions have been buying a bit of video gear to make sure the no 1 Video Company Durban offers its clients the best possible service at the best rates.

Lets see what is new @ GCV Productions, the no 1 Video Company Durban.

DJI Osmo
DJI Osmo

Motion without blur. Action shots without shake. Perfect video even when you move. Thanks to advanced technologies specifically designed to keep the camera flat no matter how you move it, the DJI Osmo helps you record videos and take photos like never before. It is much more than just a camera. It helps you create with more freedom than ever.

We tried the camera last night at the local running club.  I switched the camera on, attached my cell phone to the holder (your phone acts as a viewfinder)  The camera connects to the cell phone via wifi built into the Osmo.  Below is an example of the footage taken (this is without applying any special techniques)

Next up is the Zoom H5 Audio Recording Device.

The H5 Handy from Zoom is a compact, portable handheld digital recorder that is capable of four-track recording and features an interchangeable, modular microphone system. The recorder ships with an XY microphone capsule and is compatible with the existing line of H6 modules including the optional shotgun mic and XLR/TRS input modules.

The included XY stereo mic module provides two matched unidirectional condenser microphones set at a 90 degree angle, and features a built-in shock mount system and a maximum SPL of 140dB. Additionally, the recorder is equipped with two inputs for external sources, allowing you to record simultaneously with the included stereo XY mic for a total of four input channels. Each input is controllable by its own analog gain knob, and also has a -20 dB pad.

Zoom H5
GCV Productions
GCV Productions

Video Production – Do’s and Dont’s Part 2

Production

Everything comes together at the Production phase.  This is when filming takes place on location for a few hours, days, weeks or months.  All gear would have been checked at a “Gear Check” Crew would work together to get the actual job done and cast would be doing their part in front of camera.  Call Sheets will inform everyone who needs to be where when at the video production.  Security, Medical and catering will be available depending on the size of the shoot.  Quite often video production will make the most of daylight, this means an early start depending time of year.

Each crew member has a job to do.  Lighting crew will look after lighting, rigging will look after rigging.  Skills will come together to get a job done in the allocated time and allocated budget.  The Producer will watch the purse strings and make sure the production stays within the allocated budget.  It is very important everyone on set / location works together, jobs will overlap and egos can clash.  The director is the boss although quite often he is not the person calling the shots, this is done by the AD – Assistant Director.  He will take orders from the director and make sure the message gets to the crew and cast.

Post Production

Post Production is basically the editing of the footage to make the video, TV show or film.  Editing can be a very daunting process and very time consuming.  Editing itself is broken down into segments called offline and online although this seems to apply to editing a few years ago.   Today all footage is digitised…in other words all the footage is captured onto a video edit computer ready for the director and editor to scroll through and start the edit process. Editing brings the video footage, titles, SFX, music and graphics together to make a final programme.

GCV Productions
GCV Productions

GCV Video Productions is a video production company based in Durban KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

For more information regarding a video production please call Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions. cell: 0721281823, email: guy@gcv.co.za

 

Video Production – Do’s and Dont’s – Part 1

Video Production – Do’s and Dont’s – Part 1

video production1Video production starts way before the camera records a shot.  Schedules are put in place weeks or even months before a production actually starts.   This stage is called Pre Production.

Pre Production.

Pre Production will include the creation of treatments, storyboards and call sheets as well as sourcing locations, putting a video production crew together and auditioning for cast.  Pre Production is definitely the most important part of the production as this is the foundation for your production.  Shaky foundations means problems are bound to occur and this can be very costly to your budget and time.  Time is definitely money so your pocket will definitely suffer if mistakes are made during Pre Production.

Video Treatment 

A video treatment occurs when selling your project to a potential client or sponsor. It is quite often the only opportunity you have to get backing for your project.  The treatment must portray to the client exactly what they will expect, delivering a clear synopsis of your project. No client or sponsor means no production.

Storyboard

A storyboard is a graphic representation of how your video will unfold from start to finish.  Storyboards help with visualising what to expect from scene to scene.  Storyboards need not be long but must definitely have enough content that the client better understands your project visually.  Some video productions may not require a storyboard such as a training video.  A talking head video with slides may not require a storyboard for the client to get a visual understanding.

Cast and Crew

Sourcing cast and crew is important.  The right crew is required for the job at hand.  Crew can include DOP – Director of Photography, Cameraman, Sound, Gaffer, Technician and Runners. Crews can range from 2 to 100 people.  Bigger productions may split the crew so that double the amount of filming can get done in the same amount of time.  Budget is also important when hiring crew, not every cameraman charges the same per day.  Some crew include their own equipment, some don’t.

Boxer Super Shopper Show
Boxer Super Shopper Show

For an effective video production it is vital Pre Production runs smoothly and issues are ironed out so that the actual production runs smoothly

Production is the filming on location.  All crew and cast come together for the actual video or film to be shot.  This could last from a few hours to a couple of months.  Not everyone is required on the same day, time schedules and call sheets need to be formulated during pre production so that cast and crew know where and when to be available.

A call sheet has all crew and their contact details made available.  Call sheets inform cast and crew what is happening when and where. Start times are listed so everyone involved on the video production is on the same page so to speak.

end of part 1

GCV Productions
GCV Productions Guy Crosbie Video Productions

 

GCV Video Productions is a video based business situated in Durban KwaZulu Natal.  GCV specialises in the production of corporate, training and promotional videos.  For more information regarding a video production durban please contact guy on 0721281823 / guy@gcv.co.za.  www.gcv.co.za

 

Video as a Marketing Tool

Video as a Marketing Tool by Andrew Mills

“Video is a very powerful marketing tool that exists for marketeers both locally and internationally to consider.  Online video is quickly becoming the key means for people to satisfy their entertainment needs as well as information needs.  Businesses that do not acknowledge video production will definitely lose out on what video can offer and does offer  businesses that are grabbing this opportunity with both hands.

Most importantly video is all about content and if we look at the mass gains and likes of You Tube we know there are more than 1 billion users that log on and watch an accumulation of videos every single month and it’s growing rapidly everyday.

We know there can be bad videos with bad content and likewise one can also see great, well filmed professional videos and the relevant content that surrounds that area too so its very important to be relevant and utilize this portal to convey the message you want ultimately to your staff or key target audience

They say a picture paints a thousands words but with video it really can be a lot more for any potential business out there that really wants to get a grip of this effective medium

What we always need to remember is there is a lot of channels available to us and when it comes to content it is so critical so as a marketeer you have to think about your audience, who they are and how do you make your video content relevant”

Andrew Mills
Andrew Mills is the Marketing Director for Boxer

GCV Productions and Boxer have worked together for over 15 years developing marketing, training and promotional videos.

For more information regarding developing a video for your company please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions.  guy@gcv.co.za 0317025227

GCV Productions
GCV Productions