Video Solutions was proud to capture the great work of Rebuilding Together - Alexandria, an Alexandria-focused nonprofit organization that is dedicated to donating home repairs to the in-need families in the city. Our crews followed volunteers on National Rebuilding Day and documented their work for a video that will be shown at the organization's annual meeting.
Rebuilding Together is a nationwide home repair and rehabilitation initiative dedicated to keeping low-income homeowners living in safety, warmth, and independence through volunteer services. They provide repair services throughout the year and actively seek volunteers and donations to meet the need.
It was great to see them in action in our own community.
THE VIDEO SOLUTION:
Video will make your events sizzle by adding a touch of Hollywood. There is nothing quite so engaging as moving images and sound. Grab your audience with an animated logo, a well-crafted video presentation and full audio track.
There is a reason there are a thousand channels on your television and 22 screens at your local movie theater. Moving images pull people and make them want more. You can put that same power to work for your organization.
Here are just a few ways that Video Solutions add pop to live events:
- Create content for your show
- Design a video or powerpoint slide show
- Direct and produce your event
Most corporate, association and government videos focus on talking heads. The camera never moves and the audience is left watching people talking over graphics that may or may not be animated. There is little to no action or excitement to draw the audience in to the shot and give them a reason to care.
Video Solutions prefers to do things a little differently. We like to use cinematic techniques to make the footage come to life. Whenever possible, we recommend bringing action into the B-Roll or cover footage, and even those standard interviews.
Have you ever heard a video where it sounded like the audio was coming through a tin can? Or does it sound like the person was recorded in a Conference Room or bowling alley—full of echoes and shallow sounding? Or is the person speaking out of sync with the voice track? What about videos where the sound levels are uneven, sometimes quiet and then suddenly loud?
Good audio matters. It finishes the piece and determines whether your organization comes off looking professional or like a badly dubbed film from the 1970s.
Luckily there are ways to avoid the “Godzilla” effect. Here are our top five ways to capture quality audio:
1. Use an external microphone (or hard mic), not the one in the camera. This is crucial. Many small companies do not include an audio package in their production budget and it shows in the final product. The camera mic creates a boomy echoey effect and really differentiates an amateur recording from a professional one.