This Week in Real Estate Video #43

January 25th, 2013

Charlie Dresen in Steamboat: Charlie has upgraded from a Canon 7D w/10-22mm lens to a Canon 5D MkIII with a 17-40mm lens. This video was shot with a combination of the old 7D and the new 5DMkiii. Charlie says he loves the new combo and the differences are:

  • I can shoot with a high ISO and lower F in low light
  • I love the larger, crisper LCD.  It’s not that much of a difference in size but it’s noticeable.
  • Seems the auto white balance is better. I found I’d toggle less to manual WB but I’d still use it.
  • Focusing is better. At least when I prepare for a video shoot I can put the lens on auto focus and then click back to manual for the video shoot. It’s nailed it each time.

Andy Landgraf in Milwaukee, Wisconsin:  Andy sent me this video looking for feedback from everyone. My feedback to Andy was that as he was walking through the home he was pointing the camera down and thus getting a lot of converging verticals. Andy says he’s using a Opteka Steadyvid PRO stabilizer and still learning how to use it. Andy says, “Shooting video in the winter time posed significant challenges in trying to highlight this property’s outdoor features (i.e. – pool, tennis court, golf course), yet I was able to use some of the property’s summer photos to highlight these features and still transition nicely into the snowy winter scenes.”

Brian Maclochlainn in Dublin, Ireland: Brian’s video of this commercial property in Dublin was shot using a Canon 5d MKii, Canon 6D, mainly paired with a 24mm TS-E. Kessler Slider, a 5ft jib a few tripods, some manfrotto heads and some lights. Nice job Brian!


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7 Responses to “This Week in Real Estate Video #43”

  • Looking good Charlie. Love your style. You’re selling well with your voice over describing the property and location which in this case is a big deal. Might be worth mentioning to the viewers watching on YouTube to choose the quality to 720p to appreciate the 5D3. Great Job

    360propertyvideo was very informative, and agree re the angle of the camera when gilding will resolve a lot of the strange angle issues. Nice the exterior shot’s with the complementing audio

    BrianMacLPhotography amazing what a different look the 24mm TS-E gives from my experience with the 16-3mmm . Very nice

  • For what it’s worth, fireplace and all bedrooms were shot on the old gear.

    @ Andy – I too have that issue of snow. The landscaping can be spectacular but if you’re shooting in the winter time it’s hard to show that. I did it once where there was a small section in the video where I just panned some summer stills in as a teaser. As for your walk through, it shows the place well but I’d agree with Larry in that the angle of the camera made the vertical off. Because you can’t correct that in video you typically have to just put the camera height half way between the ceiling and floor. So if you have 8 foot ceilings, camera needs to be about 4 feet off floor. Really tall ceiling you can’t do that so just try to keep your windows and doorway as vertical as possible. Otherwise, that’s an amazing place and you show it off well.

    @ Brian- the ts-e 24 is my favorite lens and I look forward to using it in shoots. I’ve never done an entire shoot with one but your video is sharp and you told a great story.

  • Thanks for the feedback and advice re: the camera angle, I will fix that going forward. It is interesting to see the different techniques used in video and learning walkthrough with a stabilizer is not easy, but as expected more practice produces better results. When using a stabilizer, I have found it is much easier to move forward in a straight direction than to move side to side or pan; hence, I would recommend to anyone starting out to follow this approach and use a different technique (i.e. – tripod, slider, etc.) for any panning or side to side movements.

  • Charlie blows me away, as always. I was particularly impressed with the intro – totally nailed the sound effects which, imho is the most overlooked aspect of real estate video marketing.

    One thing I noticed about Andy’s piece is that the steadicam clips never really showed us the rooms. The most we ever see of the room is when you’re walking into or through. I kept wishing to be able to see more before you walked on.

  • Thanks Malia. When I first got into video in the mid 90’s, someone said to me that audio is the most important part of a video. A video clip can be out of focus a bit, or shake a little, but if your audio is clear and crisp, then people look past the video quality.

  • @ Andy, You should not be using software stabilization for your indoor shots as it warps and does strange things to the image.
    The key to keeping hand held stabilizers smooth is perfect balance, think ahead and constantly watch your verticals and horizontals on the screen as you are flying all with a delicate finesse.

  • Wow great job! love it keep up the good work!!

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