Back in June a friend from Australia showed me a video tour done by Brett Clements of Propvid. This last week while searching for a way to improve the quality of my screen capture videos I stumbled across Brett's HD videos on Vimeo.com. Brett's video work is stunning and vimeo.com provides a stunning platform for presenting it in high quality HD. Here are links to some of Brett's vimeo tours (be sure to click the full screen button in the lower right corner):
I love to watch these videos full screen on my 26" monitor. The time-lapse and helicopter aerial shots are spectacular. Also, the script writing is outstanding. These tours make me want to go spend some time on the Australian Gold Coast!
As some readers pointed out on my last post that featured one of Brett's videos, there are some defects that immediately catch the eye of still photographers. Barrel distortion is one of them. Video camera lenses still have barrel distortion and it stands out on interiors. Also, when watching a HD vimeo video full screen (at least on my 1920 x 1200 26' monitor) there is a slight "tick" every so often, probably due to some aspect of keeping up with the HD streaming. However, I think these video tours are a major step forward! The quality is fantastic compared to anything else I've seen. I browsed around on vimeo.com and couldn't find anything that comes close to the work that Brett and his team are doing.
Not all upper-end agents have a $8,000 to $15,000 budget for video tours like this, but Brett and vimeo.com set a new, high standard for what is possible with online video. The cost of shooting HD video will undoubtedly drop but much of what customers get in these kind of shoots is the script writing and directing that Brett's team is doing. Brett's team starts with ordinary agents and turns them into movie stars.