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How does it sound?

One thing that I cannot stand when watching videos is poor quality sound. 

The visuals may be absolutely stunning but the sound has been recorded on the onboard camera mic. Holiday video anyone? Amateurs and Professionals alike spent thousands on beautiful lenses, the latest cameras yet neglect the sound. Why not budget for a good quality microphone and relevant accessories?

The first ever commissioned job we did was a set of DVD’s for some magicians. We had to hold off the video shoot until our first set of radio mic’s turned up. We would not start shooting it until we had proper provision for sound. We shot it and completed it on time. My point being, we had both HD cameras and a good quality set of radio mics.

What do we use?Tascam-DR-60D-3

We use Sennheiser G3 radio mics, both the tie/lapel mics and handheld as well as Sennheiser shot gun mics where necessary. These are industry standard microphones used by professionals worldwide. In 7 years of video and film work, we’ve never had any audio failures from this equipment. When using standard cameras, audio is fed straight in and monitored via headphones.

 

When we use our DSLR’s to film, we use a separate audio recording device. This is for a number of reasons and we will explain the benefits of a such a device soon!

The bottom line to all of this – good quality sound is very IMPORTANT. In some respects sound is more important than the visuals. If you have a mediocre looking video but decent sound, you kind of put up with it as its ‘watchable’. If its terrible video with terrible sound, then its pretty much game over.

So if you’re investing in a beautiful lens, make sure you’ve got a beautiful microphone to compliment it!

More next time!

 

 

Lighting for Video – When less is more

redheadI remember my first video shoot back in 2007, video lighting really wasn’t my strong point at all. Being self taught, lighting was really my weakness, I was totally out of my depth. Whilst putting my first video kit together, I remember purchasing some Redheads because they were what everyone had so surely that was the answer, right?!

For me, getting lighting correct was a massive learning process. I remember having continuous issues with over-lighting, bulbs blowing and red-hot equipment that constantly drove me round the bend. While Redheads are great for throwing a lot of light literally everywhere, they often are not ideal to every situation.

 

A few years ago after investing some time in learning the art and techniques of lighting, I discovered Dedolights. The big thing with Dedo’s is the massive ability to control how much light is shed and the effects you can get using their equipment. We invested in a set of 4 Dedolights plus a softbox, these have been absolutely invaluable to us. I would say that above everything else, these have been high up there in my top lists of best investments since starting the company in 2007.

The DHL4 150w light units are so compact and the build quality is so so solid. They feature the ability to spot focus also. One of our favourite features is the ability to attach various filters on the units. As well as your typical barn doors, scrims, colour gels and filters, you can attach the Dedolight DP-1 projector lens which gives you the ability to spot focus and use Gobos to create stunning lighting patterns.

Although there are some rights and wrongs with lighting in terms of exposure and other camera issues, the art and skill of lighting comes largely from experience. Have some fun with lighting. Lighting can make a corporate video.

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New year, new blog

Almost one month into the new year and we’ve decided to keep a blog! This will hopefully give you some insight into the process of how we work, what happens on location and behind the scenes to bring to life powerful stories using video.

We’ll post up pictures, tips, reviews and more, so check back soon!

Tim