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 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 yesterday spoke about the interview and getting smooth transitions from 1 shot to the next. We had a transition that went from a wide shot to a close up. Feedback was the transition was too abrupt. So…how does one go about fixing it. Lets look at the options. 1. Reshoot the whole interview. 2. Reshoot part of the interview or 3. Cutaway.
If you chose option 1 you in for lots of work. Its not easy for the person in front of camera to do the whole interview again without a mistake. Option 2 is workable but make sure the original reasons for the bad transition dont come back again. The part has to be presented perfectly and everything in the shot must remain the same. For example we had small amount of light coming through the window. Time of day means different amounts of light. We dont want from very bright to no sun at all. Props on the set change or the camera position changes. These are all obstacles to getting a great interview. Yesterday we decided to go with option 3. Welcome to the cutaway.
Read part 3 to learn more about the cutaway.
For more information regarding video or you need a video made please contact Guy Crosbie
video production durban was involved in a short video interview today. A client was given two minutes to present why he should be the next recipient for an award. So the requirements were…video must be 2 minutes or less. The award recipient must appear on camera. So we set up a small studio look in the training room. One Sony NX3 on tripod, sony lapel mic and an LED on a stand.
Rehearsals were done and then we went live. We did a couple of takes. A few suggestions I made is:
Remember to smile, its not easy because we don’t always naturally smile all the time so its easy to forget. Keep calm and relax. Speak with a normal tone and keep your eyes on the camera. He did suggest an auto cue but there is no budget. He easily pulled it off without an auto cue.
We did make attempts to break the presentation into sections but proved difficult to pull off. The transitions looked jarring. Jarring is not good and not comfortable on the eye. Read part two to find out how we fixed the transition.
For any filming or editing please call Guy Crosbie for your video needs.
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.
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 production Durban had a fantastic day on Friday. GCV Productions and Pixel Craft Training teamed up to produce an advert for TV that should be aired in a few weeks time. Wow what a day we had.
The day began at 8 am collecting the camera man and assistant / actor from Pixel Craft in Overport, Durban. We arrived on location at 8:30 am and offloaded all our gear. The equipment we took for the shoot was the Panasonic GH 5 Camera, Zhiyun Crane, Sony NX3 camera, LED lights and a reflector. No audio was being recorded…what a relief. The GH5 camera on the Zhiyun Crane is phenomenal! We got some amazing shots, well done to Manosh Seetherem from Pixel Craft Training for the incredible shots gathered. Filming went on throughout the day until 4 pm. The advert will be 40 seconds and we must have had at least 80 minutes of footage, you can never have too much. I will upload pictures in the follow up blog.
Now the approach is to edit and make sure the visuals tie up with the voice over already created as well as titles and background music. We have all those in place so theoretically the edit should be quite straight forward. The edit already began yesterday with a very rough outline edit. Timing needs to be worked on and the last closing title. A final master will be uploaded when complete.
Guys, thats it for now, we need to edit and get a finished product to a customer.
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.
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
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.
Hello all. Welcome to another blog from the no 1 Video Company Durban. Lets talk about the new Z Axis for the DJI Osmo.
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.
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.
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!