3 Reasons To Have A Video On Your Home Page

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  Any Video Company will know the importance of a welcome video to a company’s website. That’s why in business video production, it’s of paramount importance to construct your video in a way that will not only give the first time viewer a strong impression of your brand, but lead directly on to opening up leads and generating sales. As we all know, first impressions are everything! And never is this truer than in the world of sales. A potential customer visiting your website for the first time is effectively setting their foot into your shop. If they look around and see nothing but dreary text, they’re not going to be inspired to utilise your services, or buy your products. Much like if you wanted a night out and you walked into a vacant bar with a glum landlord, you would about-turn and look instead for somewhere that had a bit more

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Introduction to DSLR

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  DSLRs have become extremely popular among video production companies particularly when producing video for web and promotional videos due to their relative low price and reciprocally high production values that they can offer. Firstly, what does DSLR mean? It’s simple really, a DSLR is a digital SLR, and SLR derived from the single lens reflex cameras, giving us a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera. Single lens reflect cameras have a mirror infront of the sensor, so the light that comes in is also reflected up from the mirror to the viewfinder. To understand single lens reflex in more detail check out this SLR diagram. ISO This has a similar effect to “gain” on a film camera, it digitally brightens the image, in a DSLR ISO determines the sensitivity of sensor, the lower the number the less sensitivity, ISO typically goes up in denominations of 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

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Dragonfly’s Charlie Southall

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In 2005, armed with a small Business Start-Up Loan from the Prince’s Trust, an impetuous 24 year old prepared to make something happen. On meeting Charlie Southall, founder and Creative Director of thriving video company Dragonfly Productions, you might jump to a few conclusions. With an Audi sports car, a Soho office, a seaside property on the south coast and brimming with quiet but potent confidence, you could be forgiven for assuming the 33 year old is just another privately-schooled, family-funded ‘media type’. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. “I actually come from a poor background. My grandfather was a coal miner, my dad’s an artist who could barely sell his work and my mum was still in university when I was a child… It’s a cliché but we really did struggle to put food on the table, in a very literal sense.” Following his parents’ separation, Charlie grew

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Looking For A Voice Over Artist To Narrate Your Corporate Film?

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Need That Right Voice Artist To Give Your Corporate Film The Right Tone? Giving your film the correct voice over artist is extremely important. It needs to fill your audience and your clients with the right ideas, give them that stamp of professionalism or speak to them in a way that is relatable or comforting. A poor voice over artist, or amateur can really detract from the quality of your production, rendering any money you spend on your corporate film effectively redundant. We have a massive database of talent working for us at Dragonfly, but if you can’t find the right voice over artist for corporate film on our roster, we recommend the following agencies, renowned for their high calibre of talent. Voice Shop Voices Pro The Voice Agency The Voiceover Gallery Just Voices Another Tongue Lip Service Soho Voices Voice Squad Damn Good Voices I Can Talk Herter Allen

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Cheapest 4k Professional Cameras

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For top end video production for business and film, high-quality 4K resolution has become a new standard even if the eventual output is the standard 1920×1080, starting out with a 4096×3072 resolution enables for more post-production options, this is particularly important for big budget pictures that consist of blending live action cinematography with CGI.  We have previously discussed the Flea 3 being the cheapest 4K camera, but as it essentially a webcam that records a 21fps it’s no use at a professional level. So here we will focus on the cheapest options for a professional 4K camera., starting with the RED Scarlet X. The cheapest product from the king of 4k cameras that is RED. It is the latest edition to the DSMC range, able to snap 5K stills and record 4K video at up to 30fps with a dynamic range of 13.5. This aluminum 5lb body certainly gives some boot

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Tips To Make Your Showreel Stand Out

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At Dragonfly we receive a daily deluge of speculative applications from filmmakers looking for work. More often than not, this comes in the shape of a showreel and a brief message that explains how they would like to get a job. The thing is that many of these applications look very similar, and it can often be hard to separate out applicants based on the small parameters we receive. This isn’t something that just applies to us, and across the industry there has been a much larger need for a more robust proposal. As we outlined in our article on how to get employed in the corporate video industry, you need to do more than just send in an email and a link. One way to do this is to create a showreel that will really stand out above the rest, and so here is our small list of tips to

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Top 5 Freelance Job Websites

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Following on from our article on how to get a job with a video production company in London, here is our list of the five top freelance job websites. Whilst finding permanent work in the media industry might prove to be a tough old slog, there are always loads of temporary contracts available to those with specific skills. As with the whole of the video production and animation industry, at Dragonfly Productions we often hire freelancers to help us out on certain jobs. If a big project comes up and we need staff, we look to a range of sites to find the right person for us. It may be daunting facing the prospects of going freelance and finding these solutions to fill the void, but we’ve found a range of places that have proven to be very helpful. One such site is People Per Hour. Running on a system whereby freelancers

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Will the Qumarion 3D Model Revolutionise Animation?

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If you’ve ever attempted creating a 3D CG model, you’ll know how incredibly hard it can be. Animating them so that they aren’t just a series of lines and boxes awkwardly jutting around like a dead body in high tide really is a next level altogether. Now the joint venture between two Japanese universities has produced a mannequin that looks to cut this task down to child’s play. Literally. Well, not literally, literally. They have created a USB mannequin that can be hooked up to your computer, and which will allow you to pose the 3D model in real time. Whilst similar devices have existed on the market for years, which give the animator a reference, none have given you the ability to immediately register the mannequin’s position on your computer. Measuring 29 x 30.8 x 10.8 cm with arms and legs fully stretched, this doll is small enough to

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Royalty Free 4K Stock Footage at Pond 5

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  We often find ourselves trawling through stock footage archives, looking for that perfect transition or establishing shot which will set our video productions above the rest. Whilst there are many archives that we have trawled through in the past, we recently encountered the world of Pond5 and can’t recommend it enough. An online portal for downloading stock footage, photos, illustrations, motion graphics templates, sound effects, 3D models, Pond5 is guaranteed to have whatever it is you’re looking for, and creating an account couldn’t be easier. Of course by royalty free we don’t mean FREE. The clips can be purchased for a variety of prices, each set by the creator and pretty much dependent upon the format and subject matter in question. A lot of the aerial photography, will cost more than static shots for instance. What’s really cool about this portal is that the content is uploaded by users who

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5 Basic Rules – Using Walkie Talkies On Location

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Often in corporate video production, particularly on multi camera event coverage, the most effective way to communicate is via walkie talkies. It may seem obvious, but there are a few basic rules to follow to ensure that communication is efficient and clear, this includes specific phrases and structures of how you talk via a radio as well as how to act it certain situations… 1 – Identify Yourself At the biting of the message is the ideal time to announce who is talking, either using your name or your role e.g. “Camera 02″ which ever is easiest for the recover to know who’s talking. 2 – Acknowledge You Are Receiving You have probably heard the phrase “copy that” said over walkie talkies, you must always confirm that you have heard what has been said, even if it means stopping what you are doing for 1 second to dig out your radio,

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