Trail of Lights, Durban Botanic Gardens

Hi guys, welcome to the 1st blog of video production durban  for the year 2019.  I hope everyone has a great year ahead. Towards the end of last year I filmed the Trail of Lights at the Durban Botanic Gardens organised by The Event Company, all lights provided by Magic Company.

Here is a link to the video, enjoy viewing it.  I will discuss the video after the link

 

Did you enjoy it?  The video was filmed on 1 evening, 14th December 2018.  The purpose of the video is to promote the evening for the next 2 weeks to all public to visit the venue and support the charities represented.

Filming the event has its challenges, nearly every shot needs to be lit which meant bringing an assistant, thank you to Kerry Phillips for her helping hands with the lights and choosing the right locations to film.

Another challenge is to make sure the ISO settings on the camera is not too high creating a grainy shot.  I set the DJI Osmo to 800 ISO, this allowed enough light without too much movement in the shot.

The event began at 18:30 until 21:30, the first hour is still in sunlight so I waited till after sunset for the majority of the filming.

 

 

Once the sun went down it was rush rush rush.  there was so much to film.  We had to have the video done by the end of the evening as the edited video would be used to promote the event the very next day.

The footage was then edited to music that evening and presented to the client the very next day .  The client was extremely happy with the video with only one request…to swap the logos at the end of the video.

I hope you guys like watching the video.  Please support GCV Productions for any videos you may require.

Thank you

Regards

Guy Crosbie

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Video Production Durban and property videos

Hi guys, my apologies for video company Durban been away for so lng.  Lots to talk about so lets gets going.  Whats new at GCV Productions?  We are now filming property videos for an auctioneer company called In2Assets.  They are based in Umhlanga and they buy / sell / auction properties all over South Africa.

GCV has been filming properties for them for 3 months, the equipment used is the Osmo and we cover a property in about 20 minutes.  Music and titles are added in the edit.  I will insert a video for you guys to have a look at as I now have the permission to show the videos online.

They use the videos to market the property for the auction date which is a month or two after the filming is done.

I am not sure if the videos play on a loop, I must ask them next time I see them on location.   Videos are sent via WeTransfer to their Head Office in Umhlanga .

I spend approximately 30 minutes at the location, often I meet the agent in charge of selling the property or a representative from In2Assetts.

In2Assetts, property auctions

 

We are filming property number 7 tomorrow in Umdloti, KZN North Coast.  Always a pleasure working with the guys at In2Assetts.

 

Guy I will load some demo videos in the next blog for you to watch.   If you have any questions regarding filming or editing please call me :  Guy Crosbie  0721281823

Thank you for reading my blog, all the very best

 

Regards

 

Video Production Durban – TeamCare Advert

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, the interview part 2

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 – todays shoot part 2

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

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video production durban – today’s video

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 – 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.

 

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 production durban TV shoot update

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.

 

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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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