January 1st, 2015
I have a question I would like to ask. I have a 5d mk2 & slider and find it quite difficult to video a home interior because of the lighting. So would it be easier to keep the 5d for the still shots and invest in a 400 USD HD video camera that auto adjusts everything. I don’t want to spend loads of time on the video as the agents won’t pay for that kind of quality.
I’m sure readers out there that shoot regularly shoot real estate video will give you plenty of advice on this subject, but here’s my basic answer:
The 5D MK2 (and DSLR Video cameras in general) bring some huge advantages to videographers over cheap HD video cameras of the past. The biggest is probably the ability to use high quality wide-angle lenses that are either not available or only available on super expensive video gear. I have an old Sony Camcorder that was pre-5DMKII and the lens is crappy and the video is aweful compared to my 5DMKII with a Canon 16-35mm. I would never recommend a cheap camcorder to anyone for RE video. Better to not do video that provide a crappy product.
Yes, you’ll need to deal bright windows, but when you are shooting a series of shots with a slider, it’s not that hard to plan the moves so each clip has a fairly constant brightness and you are not panning across bright windows. All this takes practice and you may need to charge more than a still shoot to cover your shooting and editing time.
It sound’s to me like your market may not be ready for video. I don’t think real cinematic video makes sense everywhere. Markets like Seattle, Hawaii, Southern California, Florida, New York, Brisbane, London, etc. where there are a lot of high-end luxury properties are good Video markets but not everywhere is like those markets. You may be better off doing some “tactical” video clips and include them with tourbuzz.net tours. This would allow agents to make comments about the listing or have a little video where it really makes sense and it wouldn’t be as big a time investment.
What other feedback do others have for Jason?