Hi all, welcome to another blog from the no 1 Video company Durban, we talking to students going out into the video or film industry.
A question I have looked at very carefully is…was it worth studying video, is someone at an advantage with 3 years of film school behind them? Personally I have never been asked to provide a CV except to lecture at DUT and Damelin. How do I differ from the video guy that buys a nice camera and calls himself a cameraman? I did learn a lot at DUT Video Technology but I do believe a youngster can learn just as much assisting at a video company or a cameraman. Video is practical, all the theory cannot get you ready for the shoot that happens live or a wedding that you have one shot at getting right.
Studying video / film / TV gives the student good exposure to the different aspects of production. Careers are created from writing scripts, looking for talent, recording sound, editing and video marketing. Its not all about filming and editing. Imagine the career of a Focus Puller, his job is to adjust the focus of a camera during filming…that’s it. But it is a very important job because if it is wrong you cannot fix it in the edit. Focus and over exposure are generally two things you cant fix in the edit.
Personally I don’t believe video needs 3 or 4 years of study.
Get good experience working in the industry assisting the cameraman or editor or location manager. Don’t believe if someone tells you you must study or get some sort of diploma or certificate. You can learn so much involving yourself in the work or a company of what it is you want to do.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries regarding video.
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.
Hi everyone. Happy New Year. Welcome to video production company Durban. We have a wonderful blog lined up, lets look at the work done so far.
We started the year with a production for Boxer Champ News Live. We filmed in Nqutu which is about 60 km from Dundee in the province of KZN. We were fortunate enough to join up with the wonderful Thandie Khumalo, I will post a link to one of her wonderful music videos.
It was an absolute honour working with her. As well as working with her we got the wonderful opportunity of working in Nqutu. Wonderful city.
The above is a video we filmed in JHB 2 weeks ago at a church. It was an Ordination. 2 cameras were used for the video to cover the event. It was a fun production with a good video at the end of the day.
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.
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.
Another exciting blog from video production durban. Whats been happening this week guys? Well we are on a exciting shoot for a medical establishment in PMB. look forward to showing you the final product soon.
the shoot has led me to a question….Interviews, straight to camera or just off? Both approaches has its positives and negatives. Personally I like subject looking just off camera. For me it relaxes the subject, makes it a discussion rather than a presentation to camera. You always want the subject to relax in front of camera and be comfortable. Nerves show on screen and through the voice.
We place our subjects looking just off camera, screen right or screen left. Make sure eye line is level and that the subject does not look at the camera or operator. I can promise you it is not easy at all.
Sometimes the most relaxed and best answers happen only after a few takes so make sure you have enough battery and tape ( memory card space)
Remember we looking for genuine from the heart answers so we need the atmosphere to be relaxed and the subject as ease. Even turn off the red tally record light if it helps.
Today’s blog is all about no 1 video company durban and Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights.
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
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.
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
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.
Sorry for the long delay between blogs…been quite busy this side. So whats new, what can I tell you guys…we have a lot of catching up. Let me update you with what has been happening with Durbans no 1 Video company
First up is I would like to post a few links on this blog to videos I have been making
Video links at bottom of page.
So Durban’s no 1 Video Company was very busy filming the Shongweni Farmers Market in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The video summarises the experience at the market, from the delicious food, fresh farm products to the home made products. The video is edited to Qadasi and Maqhinga music as well as has a few visuals of them performing to guests at the market. The filming happened over 2 Saturdays from 6:30 am till 11 am. Interviews were conducted with guests and store holders but the store holders were taken out during the edit as this could prove to be an unfair advantage for those storeholders that were interviewed. It was a bit of luck that out of 7 visitors interviewed at the market 2 families were from overseas.
Some pics of the very talented band at the market
Youve seen the pics and the video so all you need to do is get yourself to the market and experience the awesomeness
“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”
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 0317025227