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Beautiful Girl listening to music

Music is one of the most important aspects to consider when making a video. While there are plenty of websites that offer royalty-free music, it’s not always easy to find the right track for your project. Royalty-free music libraries have been around for a long time now, largely due to the digital revolution that has democratized independent filmmaking and brought the elusive content creation world to people everywhere. The music industry is a tough business with lots of players and lots of options. There are many different platforms for creators to choose from when it comes to licensing their creative content, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. For instance, some platforms offer low prices, but only allow the creator’s project or film to feature that company’s song. Other platforms may not be as affordable but will give you more freedom over what you can do with your work once it has been licensed.

Creators need to carefully consider the pros and cons of every license they’re considering because each platform is uniquely tailored towards creatives who have specific needs in mind – whether those needs are budget-friendly pricing or the ability to use any part of a track in your work. Here are the important things to remember about the two biggest royalty-free music platforms: AudioJungle and PremiumBeat: 

  • Music Licensing 

For both platforms, you will have the choice between a regular monthly subscription, with a certain number of “free” downloads. Alternatively, you can buy the music on an occasional basis, if your projects are spaced out over time. However, you have to be careful with the use of this music for your projects. If it is a commercial project, you will have to pay more for the rights of use, because it is a video that you will monetize. 

  • Music Search

Depending on the platform, you will have the music organized in different categories: Genre, Mood, Beats per minute, Duration, Instruments, Lenght, Vocals… Filters help you to get the most out of your favorite royalty-free music platforms. Consider all of the available options and find the one that works best for you!

  • Music Quality

It’s hard to compare one royalty-free music platform to another. They all have different ways of defining quality and of bringing it to their libraries. By learning about what these platforms think is quality and how they want to deal with users, you’ll be able to see what kind of relationships each wants!


Posted in: Online Videos, Video Marketing, Video Production, Video Production Process, Video Production Tips

You know what they say about assumptions, right? Well if you feel like video isn’t the right option for your business, then we are going to have to disagree. There are so many and common misconceptions that could be holding you back from this amazing tool. So whether you’re reaching goals already or need a little help, branded video content can boost engagement, brand awareness, and sales – it’s worth giving it a second look! 

  • “Videos are too expensive”

Believe it or not, video is sometimes more affordable than written content. Video content isn’t just an affordable option, but it’s also one of the most effective. You can shoot a video from your smartphone that you can upload to social media sites in seconds. Even if you use a professional production company, the costs are far less than those for TV ads for example. 

  • “You can’t measure the success of your videos”

You may be wondering how to track your video’s performance. You can use built-in analytics on platforms like Youtube or Vimeo to see the number of views, likes, and shares you get. You can see how many people are engaging with your video and if they’re converting from what they see in the video. 

  • “We need professional actors”

Discovering the truth behind a company’s brand is important for the consumer. Customers want to know everything they can about your business, including what it means to you and how you live up to it. That includes real people, not just actors pretending to be who they are not. Companies with fake-sounding reviews are seen as untrustworthy and bland in comparison.

  • “We don’t have the time for this”

We get it; you’re busy. And that’s a good thing! Your team should be focused on attracting leads, closing sales and retaining your customer base. We’ll just add that investing some time in video production and distribution can help you realize returns that months of staff time, brainstorming, marketing materials and outreach cannot match.


Posted in: Online Videos, Video Marketing, Video Production, Video Production Company, Video Production Process, Video Production Tips

You’ve just invested in your new filming equipment and are planning your next outing to experiment with it? We’ve got you covered. Our travel experts have tested and reviewed thousands of products, so we know what works and what doesn’t. In order to avoid ending up with unusable footage because you didn’t pack the right lens or equipment, we will explain in this article everything you need to take with you!

  1. A camera bag

We don’t think about it often enough but the storage bag for your camera is essential! Remember to bring a bag that has compartments for your different lenses, battery charger, filters, etc.. A good camera bag should be waterproof, light, and remember to check the measurements so that you can take it with you wherever you go! A little extra: some bags offer special straps to hang your tripod, it’s really ideal. 

  • Different lenses

Lenses… it’s a chapter in itself. Depending on what you’re going to film, whether it’s a vlog, a cooking video, a travel video, or a wildlife video, you’ll have to bring the lenses you need. Preferably, I always take with me a wide-angle lens and another one a bit more macro for protracts and macro photography. All in all, plan a range of 15 to 80mm. 

  • A stabilizer 

Stabilizers are a must. Whether it is for a trip, a corporate video, or a wedding video, they are essential to your equipment. Even if your camera or your lens already has an integrated stabilizer, it is preferable to have an external stabilizer in order to obtain the best results on camera. Remember to check out the different models before you buy one, as some have a weight limit that should not be exceeded. 

  • NG filters

Have you ever come back from a filming trip and realized that all your footage is over-exposed? Classic beginner’s mistake. To avoid this, and to make sure you get the best possible footage, even on an island where the sun is beating down, buy non-gradient filters. 


Posted in: Video Marketing, Video Production, Video Production Process, Video Production Tips

Final cut pro
computer using final cut pro

Whether you’re just starting out in video editing or you’re already an expert in the field, you’re probably wondering what’s the best video editing software you can use for your future projects. The best known and most widely used software on the market so far has been Adobe Premiere Pro, but lately, Apple has released its own professional video editing software, which is Final Cut Pro. So if you are struggling to choose between the two software, and you don’t know which one is best for you, keep reading!

  1. Adobe Premiere Pro

Pros: First of all, this video editing tool can do much more than just basic editing, but it can also be used to adjust the colors, tune the audio, or add special effects to your footage. Basically, moviemakers usually use this software because of its wide range of options and fine quality. It can be supported on all platforms, from windows to OS for Mac, so you won’t have to switch your material to use it. It is widely used over the world, so it is very easy to have access to many tutorials on Youtube if you are stuck at some point or if you want to improve your basic skills. Finally, Adobe Premiere is a team alliance software, which means that any team member can access any of his member’s files to share and edit it.

Cons: To start with, although it is a powerful software, sometimes it is not understandable and easy on the ground level. It also disappoints with slow performance if you need to work on high-resolution like 4k. Finally, it doesn’t support VFX effects and it suffers slow rendering. 

  1. Final Cut Pro

Pros:

If you are looking for a software to quickly edit your footage on an easy-to-use platform that doesn’t require a background in editing, it will be perfect for you. You will be able to create stunning videos in no time because this software includes VFX effects, it allows the user to edit videos using multiple cameras, it works on Real-time effects and graphics, and it is a more economical option since it costs a one-time purchase.

Cons: 

Like we’ve said before, the major negative point about this software is that you absolutely need a Mac to download it. It also doesn’t work on a network, which results in a lack of regular updates on the software, and it suffers from a few basic compatibilities as well as format issues.


Posted in: Online Videos, Video Production Process, Video Production Tips

You may not be directing the next box office hit, but directing videos for your business is just as important. Video is directly tied to your brand’s success and can positively impact customer engagement, revenue and your brand’s identity if it is directed well. So, how do you direct actors? Put simply, directing actors takes strong leadership skills and a solid understanding of the video’s tone.

But let’s break it down a bit more. Take in these five tips for directing actors before you shoot your next take (see what we did there?).

1. Be the Expert

Part of directing a video means you’re the go-to expert on all things. From pre-production plans to coordinating technical aspects of the film and interviewing subject matter experts, it’s up to you to make the idea behind a video come to life on-screen. Do your homework before casting actors and really dive into your subject. Think about what questions or concerns actors might have once on-set and have a response ready for them.

2. Establish a Chain of Command

If there is one thing a great director is not, it’s a lone wolf. Not only do you need to have a team of people working with you to create a film, but you also need to be comfortable delegating responsibility and establishing a chain of command. When it comes to directing the actors themselves, that task is yours alone. Make sure you don’t confuse your talent by allowing members of your crew to interfere with your direction.

3. Keep Your Calm

Like a commanding officer on the battlefield, you’re the person each member of the team looks to for guidance. If you’re frustrated, tired or otherwise preoccupied with other things, your actors will notice. Following the previous tips will help keep you clear-headed and capable of leading actors to create a great video.

4. Empower Actors to Perform Well

Actors do best when they have what they need to carry out a role. Assist them by giving actors the tools they need to perform well. If your video involves scripts, let your actors become familiar with the script and ask questions well before you’re on set. Each actor is unique, so get with them one-on-one to learn what they need from you.

5. Pay Attention to Your Actors

Strong attention to detail doesn’t simply mean you need to understand all the components of making a video. It also means you need to read body language and emotions to ensure your actors feel supported and up to the task of carrying out a role. When asked about his method for working with known vs. unknown actors, Scarface’s Brian De Palma remarked, “When they see that you’re very concerned about protecting their performances, watching what they’re doing, and giving them the right suggestions at the right time, they become very easy to direct and look for all the help they can get.”

The Best Directors Direct Themselves First

Being a great director clearly requires that you understand all aspects of filmmaking, but it also requires the ability to control your own emotions and stay on task. The next time you’re planning a shoot, think about your previous video production and evaluate what went right and wrong. Aim improve yourself as a director with each new video.


Posted in: Making Decisions, Video Production, Video Production Company, Video Production Process, Video Production Tips

b2b videos

It’s shared more than any other type of content on social media and receives more engagement than text-only posts. What are we talking about? Video, of course. According to Content Marketing Institute’s 2019 Benchmark report, 64% of B2B brands are doubling down on video production and distribution across channels when compared to the previous year’s results. Why? Because video gets results.

Discover how you can use video across your social media properties to increase awareness, educate and convert leads into loyal customers.

What the F8 is Facebook Doing?

This year’s F8 conference announced some important changes for platforms like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Zuckerberg and his teams plan to make social media more private in the sense that community and relationships will take center stage. This means brands will be showcased less in news feeds than ever before as group pages and personal connections are given priority.

Facebook Marketplace is also getting more robust as buyers will be able to make purchases directly on the platform and sellers can get paid securely with the potential to increase revenue. Adapt your social media video marketing strategy to take advantage of these important updates.

B2B Animated Video Strategies

Let’s face it: The B2B audience doesn’t quite operate the same way the B2C audience does. That means you’ll need to realign your expectations and get a little more creative before you’ll hit the ROI you’re looking for with social media video. But, many brands are doing video well on social media. Let’s look at a few ways animated video can help your brand engage with businesses and convert followers into clients:

  • Animated GIFs. Bite-sized content that only takes a few seconds to view, GIFs are easy ways to communicate a simple idea or message without an elevator pitch (or large budget).
  • Educating content. Combine valuable information with an entertaining delivery and you’ve got an animated video your audience will enjoy watching and sharing. You can use this type of video to share industry expertise, establish your brand as a thought leader or tackle complex problems your viewer may be facing in their day-to-day business.
  • Animated ads. If your social media strategy includes paid ads, use animated video to make them more eye-catching and engaging than your standard text ad or video pitch.

The Takeaway

If you’re not using every opportunity to entertain and engage current or potential clients on social media, they’re missing the value of your brand. Social media algorithms simply aren’t playing nice with brands that rely on text-only posts, static ads or shared content. Use these animated video ideas to transform your social media marketing strategy into an ROI-boosting endeavour.


Posted in: All Posts, Camera and Editing Services, Video Marketing, Video Production, Video Production Company, Video Production Process, Video Production Tips

create good video training

Creating a training program is an essential part of building your business, as it provides your team with important information they need to know. How do you do it? There are a number of different formats that can work for you, depending on the industry and the type of training you are doing. With video training courses, the following are a few examples of how you can create an effective solution for your team.

Live Action Videos

One of the training video formats to consider is live action. This isn’t big thriller, movie-level stuff. Rather, you just need an employee that is comfortable working in front of the camera to provide instruction and information. They should be someone that’s relatable to the person you re onboarding. People like to feel a connection with those they will work with and this type of video can make that effective.

Role Playing Videos

Depending on the type of business you are in, you may benefit from the role-playing training video. This is a great way to show how to handle problems and resolve situations as they arrive. The video has at least two people who interact based on the content you will present. Keep it as realistic as possible to ensure your audience is truly learning what they need to.

Other Options

Depending on the situation, your company may also benefit from a few other types of video training formats. Consider these options:

  • If you want to provide a video and narration over it, a screencast works well. This is an excellent way to provide information without having to demonstrate.
  • Animation can work in some situations, but you don’t want to have your team think that the information you are providing is anything less than valuable. This isn’t the time for humor, but it can show steps in a more complex process.
  • Onsite videos are another option but can be more complex to create. The goal here is to present your audience with the actual location they will be working in and to communicate a clear message to them about the process – a tour, demonstration, or even just a way to familiarize themselves with the location is possible here.

Many times, you’ll need to create more than one training video. Try out a few different formats to determine which one is going to provide your audience with the best possible outcome. It is well worth spending some time getting these videos right. They can serve as a training tool for years.


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Many companies use email marketing. It is a fantastic way to reach your previous customers or those who have shown interest in your company. What is even better is that email can incorporate video, which makes it more engaging and a better way to reach your audience. Email has to be easy – it needs to open quickly, be interesting, and provide a simple way for your customers to get information. Here are some tips for linking video and email.

It’s Worth It

Emails with videos in them get read more than those that do not. Clickthrough rates on videos tend to be significantly higher because people like video and engage in it more readily. Any investment you make into video is going to be well worth it in most cases.

How to Make it Work

Incorporating video into email is an important step. Here are a few tips for doing so:

  • Be sure the subject line and first lines of email text indicate there’s a video. Doing this will encourage people to open it.
  • Use it as a way to introduce your customers to your business. It’s a good option for a welcome message and a thank you, for example.
  • Always include a thumbnail – that’s the picture in the email that lets them know they can click to watch the video. It has to be attractive and interesting enough to click.
  • Always include a call to action within your email. Tell them you want the audience to watch the email to get more information, work with you, or otherwise get the service they want.
  • Make sure that your email is easy to open and fast. People do not want to wait to get to the good stuff.

Once the person opens the email and clicks to watch the video, be sure it is an easy transition for them to get to your landing page. And, that landing page, which may be the home for your video, needs to also include the proper call to action. It’s important to keep the content of the email short but to elaborate on your landing page about what your company has to offer.

Using video and email together can be one of the best ways to pull people into your website and your page. If you’re not doing so yet, now is the time to incorporate this medium.


Posted in: Audience, Video Marketing, Video Production Company, Video Production Process, Working with a Video Production Company

When you’re on social media or browsing YouTube, what catches your eye about a video? Is it the thumbnail, design elements or the fact that the title seems to be speaking directly to you? Most likely, it’s a little bit of all three.

You see, successful business videos share three key elements: audience, aesthetics and appeal. Do your videos have what it takes to be successful? Let’s find out.

Target the Right Audience

There is truth in the saying “You can’t please everyone all the time” because, in fact, you’re not supposed to. This is particularly important for businesses trying to reach customers with video. Before hitting the power button on your camera, you need to think deeply about who you’re making the video for and what would want out of it.

What pain points can you address? Which emotions are the most powerful? In what ways will your video be useful and memorable?

Stay True to Your Brand

While it’s important to think a little outside of the box when planning brand videos, it’s equally important to help viewers instantly attribute a video to your company. Visual elements, such as logos or script, within a video should be carefully chosen and consistent with your company’s branding that would otherwise be found on a business card, emblem or product. For example, Coca-Cola keeps the content in this video on-brand by tying the product colors into the animation.

Give Your Title and Thumbnail Some Pizzazz

If you’ve ever gone to an open house, you know it’s easy to be reeled in with pristine landscaping, the smell of cookies baking in the oven and furniture that looks like it was just delivered that day. Much like the appeal of a staged home, video titles and thumbnails work for your brand to grab attention and entice casual viewers to click.

Choose titles that are funny (but appropriate), clear about your message and on-brand. With the magic of video editing and design, add elements to your thumbnail that help it stand out from the pack and capture attention.

Is Your Brand the Next Big Thing?

Brands that have made their way to the top can often credit a great video or two to their rise in global recognition. Perfect examples include Canadian Tires’ 2016 ad campaign ‘Wheels’ and Always’ #LikeaGirl campaign. These videos connect with the viewer, evoke emotion and are beautifully produced. Now that the secret’s out, how will you use video to make your brand the next big thing?


Posted in: All Posts, Audience, Interactive Videos, Video Marketing, Video Production, Video Production Company, Video Production Process, Video Production Tips, Working with a Video Production Company

Creating Video Content for Platform

Creating great videos is the first step. Once you have your brand’s video created, what do you do with it to get the best results? It’s always best to find ways where your content can stand out, but also reach the ideal customer or buyer for your products or services. Luckily, there are many platforms available that can offer help to most marketers looking for a fast, effective way to promote.

What You Need to Consideration First

Before you can choose a platform, you need to consider your goals for your brand video. Here are a couple of key questions to ask:

  • Who is the target audience for your video? Who needs to see this in order to make a decision about your products or services?
  • What platform does your main audience use the most?
  • What type of engagement do you want to have through your videos? In other words, what do you want people to do when they see your video?
  • What message is the video offering? Having a story to tell, ask yourself which platform is going to offer the best way to grab attention.
  • Where is your brand known? What platforms do you need a bit more work on?

The Video Platforms to Consider

There’s no doubt that YouTube is the largest platform of video content of any type. It may prove to be the ideal option for your client base. However, social networks are fast becoming the go-to location for videos because of the sheer reach they offer. Here are a few things to consider.

  • YouTube is an excellent starting point for adding your video. Building a channel here that allows you to educate your buyers on a consistent basis can be highly effective. If you plan to add videos frequently, start here.
  • LinkedIn is an excellent choice for those who have a strong B2B market. If your business’s ideal audience is professional, this is the likely place to be.
  • Facebook is a solid option for those who want to reach a more mainstream audience. Twitter is also an excellent location if you have a younger or Millennial audience.

In every situation, ask yourself what specific goals you have for your video. Then, determine which platform can offer the very best level of traction for you.


Posted in: Audience, Interactive Videos, Making Decisions, Online Videos, Video Marketing, Video Production Company, Video Production Process, Working with a Video Production Company

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