I am starting out in real estate videography and I had a question about a specific effect in post-processing and filming.
In many real estate videos, I see doors and sliding doors opening without any assistance. It is as if the doors were operated remotely or by ghosts. As interesting as that may be, I doubt that is the case and I assume it is most likely an effect created by creatively filming and compositing a shot to make it look as such.
A great example is this video I saw. You can find the scene with the doors opening unassisted at 0:31 in the video. please give me some insight on how this effect is produced and the best way to go about reproducing this effect?
Great question! Yes, it would be possible to create a sequence in Photoshop like this and insert it in the video to it look like the doors to the patio are opening by themselves but that's not worth the effort for the videographer.
I contacted the crew at Finally Free Media and here is their explanation of what they did at 0:31:
The door is actually manual. One of the crew members was laying on the floor opening both doors at the same time when we filmed. The couch was in a perfect position to disguise him. The things we do for the perfect shot! Lol - Roman
I have to admit that having the doors open by themselves is attention-getting but since you can buy automatic doors (see this door ad) I would be concerned that some potential buyers may feel that this misrepresents the property.
What do you do in property video to open doors?