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Offline Jenny Gavin-Wear

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Video?
« on: March 06, 2017, 09:07:28 AM »

Just curious how many of us are now offering any form of video filming and if so what that is?

Also curious about what gear you are using.  Your existing stills cameras or have you found it necessary to get cameras specifically for it?

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Re: Video?
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2017, 09:34:21 AM »
Hah, funny you should ask.  Last week I bought a Skylab gimbal to use with my iPhone 6S+.  As recently as 2 months ago, I'd have said "never".  Before now, for 33 years, every time that I've needed video I've hired a specialist.  The one exception, long ago, taught me how much work and how expensive it is to do both well.  As of now, my intent is to have an assistant create short behind the scenes videos of jobs for my own marketing.  All my Canon's are capable of shooting high quality video, but I don't want to rededicate them, nor do I want the gear expense to maximize them.  Thus the iPhone and the gimbal for smooth quality.  The rest, we shall see.

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Re: Video?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2017, 04:35:54 PM »
While I am not fully versed in the subtleties of film making, we (my studio) offers video. My videographer shoots all Sony mirrorless. We are currently working on getting a "Social Media" package together to market to our local businesses. We are also shooting video for use in a digital menu board for our current new client.

We live in a multimedia society and in order to survive we need to be able to produce content for that society.
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Re: Video?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2017, 05:02:29 PM »
Hah, funny you should ask.  Last week I bought a Skylab gimbal to use with my iPhone 6S+.  As recently as 2 months ago, I'd have said "never".  Before now, for 33 years, every time that I've needed video I've hired a specialist.  The one exception, long ago, taught me how much work and how expensive it is to do both well.  As of now, my intent is to have an assistant create short behind the scenes videos of jobs for my own marketing.  All my Canon's are capable of shooting high quality video, but I don't want to rededicate them, nor do I want the gear expense to maximize them.  Thus the iPhone and the gimbal for smooth quality.  The rest, we shall see.

Interesting.  I felt the same as you, Jeff.  I kinda felt the Sony mob were ganging up on me to do video and that made me dig my heels in, but if video is another way of earning, so be it.

I'd thought of using my phone for audio with a lav mic.  It's an old phone, the video is crap.

I've been chewing this over for months.  A small set up to do self promo stuff, plus material for actor showreels. 

I could use a couple my 5D2's to get a couple of angles.  I bought a couple of light bulb holders and stuck in some decent enough daylight bulbs and push them through shoot through umbrellas, not amazing light but fit for purpose.  I can always push a bit more light in and soften it with large reflectors.

I think where it could go most wrong is with the sound.  The Sure and Sennheisser lavaliers are what the pros use, but the cost is nuts. 

The best I've seen yet with pretty decent quality is the Boya WM-8's.   Two lav mics with transmitter and receiver for 250 - probably less in the USA.  The sound is nice and warm and clean enough that it would only need a little tidying up in post.  The Boya system is designed to work with DSLR's, this has the advantage of no dedicated audio recorder being needed and removes the need for syncing in the edit, a time saver.

I've been using Adobe Prem Pro for editing showreels.  I love it, very intuitive, incredibly powerful and most importantly quick.

The thing is, it's a chunk of money I don't want to spend if it's not going to get used - especially because, like all these things, there will be things I find I need and have not budgeted for.

Is anyone getting asked to do videos?  Are you advertising you do it and if so what response are you getting?

Looking for any and all advice.  Pros, cons, pitfalls.




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Re: Video?
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2017, 01:17:15 AM »
I undertook video as part of my college studies for my Commercial Photography Diploma. It was on analogue tech (Betacam) but I did not enjoy in the least - it really did nothing for me personally and I don't feel inspired at this point in time either.

As a result, it's not something that I offer but I'm more than happy to bring a videographer on board should it be requested. My website doesn't say I don't offer it (nor does it say I do), but when it comes up with enquiries, I include the cost of one of the people I've used previously.

I'd rather be a specialist in the area I know than to try to do something that A) I hate and/or B) I'm not good at. Prefer not to shoot myself in the foot by doing it myself, very happy to leave to a pro in the area of viedography.

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Re: Video?
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2017, 08:24:26 AM »
when it comes up with enquiries, I include the cost of one of the people I've used previously.

I'd rather be a specialist in the area I know than to try to do something that A) I hate and/or B) I'm not good at. Prefer not to shoot myself in the foot by doing it myself, very happy to leave to a pro in the area of viedography.

Me, too, which is why I'll do self promos, but not for paying clients.  I'll still hire it done from pros I respect for those who desire it.  It's a specialty at which I'm not confident.  If I had known in college where I'd wind up, I'd have looked seriously at film, but ...eh.