PFRE is the original online resource for real estate and interior photographers. Since 2006, it has been a community hub where like-minded professionals from around the world gather to share information with a common goal of improving their work and advancing their business. With thousands of articles, covering hundreds of topics, PFRE offers the most robust collection of educational material in our field. The history of real estate photography has been documented within these pages.
All Articles


Learn how to rate photos in Lightroom with the help of this article, which includes our best tips, guided steps and recommended actions.



The PFRE Community Forum is an online resource for discussing the art and business of Real Estate and Interior Photography.
Join The Discussion


View Now


For over a decade, photographers from around the world have participated in PFRE’s monthly photography contests, culminating in the year-end crowning of PFRE’s Photographer of the Year. With a new theme each month and commentary offered by some of the finest real estate & interior photographers anywhere, these contests offer a fun, competitive environment with rich learning opportunities. 

Contest Rules


View / Submit


View Archive


PFRE prides itself on the depth and breadth of the information and professional development resources it makes available to our community. Our goal is to help real estate and interior photographers be successful while bringing the community together and elevating the industry as a whole.

Conference News

No items found

This Week In Real Estate Video #79 – What Settings Do You Use For Video?

Published: 12/10/2013

VictoriaMatt Van Emmerik suggested that I ask readers what settings they use for video production. But when I was looking at his site, got distracted and fell in love with Matt's video of 451 Foster St, Victoria, BC, so I want to show it to you first. Victoria is such a fantastic place, and Matt's video does a wonderful job of showing off Victoria and this outstanding property! I've taken the trip from Seattle to Victoria on the SS Princess Marguerite II countless times and had tea at the Empress Hotel and biked around Victoria. Great fun!

Anyway, on the subject of settings Matt says:

I'm starting to get into the world of settings and what is the best to shoot at on the 5D Mark III camera which I shoot with as well as the 5D Mark II.

I have found some very interesting settings and factors to consider when shooting video on this camera (III) and I would love to see the string of info that is brought up with this topic from your followers and what settings they shoot at.

I have followed the settings from with great results giving more flexibility in post. I know a lot of people are shouting Magic Lantern Magic Lantern, but full Raw shooting is not released yet for the 5D Mark III from what I understand.

So Matt's question is: "What settings do you use for real estate video production, what third party software and video editor do you use?"

Larry Lohrman

16 comments on “This Week In Real Estate Video #79 – What Settings Do You Use For Video?”

  1. Hi Matt,

    Love the style and quality of the video plus the additional sounds you've used.

    I use a 5D II to shoot my Real estate videos - with a mix of slider and steadicam. For the slider shots, I normally shoot in RAW video with magic lantern and use adobe lightroom to colour grade. For my steadicam shots I set up the camera like this:

    Manual mode.
    Picture profile with sharpness down
    Aperture around F 6.3 or higher
    ISO 640 indoors/ ISO 100
    Indoors Shutter speed 50 (double my UK 25 fps)
    Outdoors I use a higher shutter speed to work like a ND filter.
    I usually focus about 2/3 into a room to get a good hyperfocal distance and sharpness front to back



  2. Thanks REPT. No lighting equipment used in any of my video. Way too time consuming for real estate. I shoot in manual mode and manual white balance except for the odd tricky room that just won't get it right manually. This video in particular was shot much later in the day which helped with the windows, but if there is a must show view, you can use a free mask tool for FCPX and Motion from here but it will only work for certain windows. I have used it and it produces a nice job. Sample ( at the 2:18 mark ). It's also very useful for time lapse masking where the lower portion of the footage is regular time and the clouds are time lapsed. The other solution I use is to shoot the room with windows blown out then fade to a tight shot of the windows exposing the view and eliminating enough of the room to avoid too much dark area, this way people will identify the shape of the window and get what it is you're trying to show them. I also talk about the view from the windows on my voice overs. Hope this helps.

  3. @Larry

    Thanks to you too Larry I'm glad you love the video and Victoria which really is one of the most desired places to live! I was flown in to shoot this video which was a first for me and a lot of time was spent prepping the home inside and out as well as shooting downtown, but the end result was nice. I just wish I could go back and do a lot of things differently. Mostly change my internal settings from "Standard" shooting mode to the one I referenced in this post. I never realized how muddy the footage really was until I started looking into the internal settings after seeing other 5D3 footage that was much crisper than mine. This website is a great tool for everyone to share information and make better shooters out of us all so thanks again for a great site!

  4. Great video Matt. The shots, narration, and details just worked great. And I watched every frame of 5:19

    As far as settings go, I thinks it's key to adjust WB for every shot. Unless your light is staying constant. But with different colors of paint on the walls, I make many adjustments.

    I will make a few changes but I did stumble on this video a while back by Philip Bloom:

  5. Indeed, nice work Matt, the grading looks fabulous. The masking tool is a nice trick, I done a small tutorial awhile ago for PP users on the effect called "4,8,16 PT Garbage Matte" which does something similar not to many edits will pass by where I haven't applied the garbage matte in some shape or form. As for settings, manual settings including WB etc! and camera profile set flat as I grade & correct the clips in the final edit.

  6. This video is over 5 mins long, Isn't this the same Matt who last week was arguing videos should be around 2-2.5 minutes long or people lose interest?

  7. I have tried to use the garbage matte and have not been successful. For some reason when any are applied 4, 8 or 16 points, I cannot "grab" any of the points to move them. I can only move the entire frame around. If I adjust the x & y coordinates, then the matte does adjust - but this is to laborious.

    Any ideas or suggestions that is preventing me from using the matte correctly?


  8. @dave not sure if it was Matt who was arguing about the 2-2.5 mins length but it is something I'm often banging on about. I analyse my videos and the drop off after 3 mins is about 75%. Gulp.

  9. @Charlie - Thank you very much for your comment and the link.

    @Allan - Thank you and yes I recall your post with the garbage matte and it was extremely helpful!

    @David - Yes I am the same Matt and I stand by my comment. The home owner requested this amount of information even after I explained my theory and I was not about to argue with them and lose the job. This video along with all my videos is much more than just the home, it's about the lifestyle. When people are moving from overseas or the other side of the country, they care as much about the immediate surroundings of their home as they do their home. It's almost more important in my opinion to show where you are going to be living than the home itself. Location is everything to people so in this case, I don't think the 5+ mins hurts the video as nothing is repeated or redundant. I am a firm believer in the 2.5 - 3 min maximum mark though.

    @Malia - Thank you for the link.

    @Michael - Play around with it. Make sure you have the clip selected and click on the matte in different spots outside the inside bounding box.

    @Jon - Yes it's me and thanks for agreeing with me as I am a firm believer in the shorter videos especially when the long ones are filled with too much steady cam work showing hallway after hallway. It's pointless footage and a time waster and the viewer wants to hit fast forward to get to the rooms. If they want to know layout they can get that information from the realtor, they want the wow factor only!

    Thanks everyone for your comments and links, it's greatly appreciated.

  10. @Matt - like the overall style but do think it could do with a little steadicam to get a bit more movement into the film. Then it would be spectaculous! 5min+ of slider footage is quite a lot, and I did lose a little interest after approx. 3mins (even though I can see the beauty in the clips). I used to use a similar Konava slider all the time but some clients started complaining that it was just like a photo slideshow and even said they could use Windows Movie Maker to do the same!! A load of tosh, but it did kick start me into learning the Steadicam to show real movement through a property room by room and see the flow of the space. It's been the best move I've made, gaining a lot more new clients, more views/sales and a big advantage over my competitors.

    Just thought I'd mention it : )

  11. @ Jon - Thanks for the advice. I do have a steadicam and never use it. Myself and my clients find it too much like a video game and it's very distracting, unpredictable and far too much footage causing long videos. I suppose the odd clip wouldn't hurt but for the few places I would use it it's not worth incorporating yet. I do admit I am on occasion thinking of applications where I could use it as I agree slides over and over for 5 min can be a bit much, but any video that long will become a bit much. More recently I've been adding more forward and backward slides and no sliding at all where motion already exists. I think the video should be simple to follow and steady cam footage makes it a bit too complicated IMO.

    I also feel that as much as the intention with a steadicam is to take the viewer on a tour, it's virtually impossible to do clearly as homes aren't laid out in a way that makes it possible without back tracking constantly. Without knowing the home, you're usually going to get lost pretty quick watching the video especially with no voice over which most don't do. I think the only time a steadicam belongs in a house tour is if your following a realtor through the house as he's guiding the tour, otherwise, mine will continue to collect dust....

  12. @ Jon - I went and took a look at the video on your home page. I like how you do mix up the footage but have to say I did get lost soon after the tour began. I would recommend and this only came to me after watching that maybe you put a small reference map in the bottom corner so viewers know where they are. The problem with this style of video (this is only my opinion) is that it's not informative. I feel the point of video is to captivate the viewer with stunning shots and inform them as a realtor would when showing them the house. How many bedrooms, bathrooms, size of the lot, square footage, how many covered parking spaces, heated floors, etc etc. I feel that my format gives them not only stunning footage of the home but also an educational tour of the home which helps the realtors tremendously. I also felt the footage in your video was set too high and I kept getting the feeling I was going to bump my head going through doorways. That is one of the trickiest things about steadicam control is not only controlling sway but walking lower to the ground at the same time. Just something to think about and again is just my view.

  13. Hi..

    Hope You're doing great...!

    Would you be interested to acquire Real Estate Agents Email and Phone List for your Business Marketing Campaign? We maintain recently Updated contacts of Real Estate Agents Mailing List across USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

    You can also reach: Construction, Banking and Finance Industry Mailing List.

    Data fields: First Name, Last Name, Company Name, Address, City, State/Province, ZIP/Postal Code, Country, Phone Number, Fax Number, Email Address, Web Address, City Type, County Type, State Name, State FIPS and UTC.

    If you’re interested please let us know your exact target audience. so that will get back with counts, associated pricing.

    I look forward for your earliest response.

    Thanks and regards,

    -- Tom Connolly --
    Marketing Manager
    Email ID:

    To opt out reply with ‘Unsubscribe’ in the subject line.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *