Posts Tagged ‘Cindy V Video’

When Problems Arise

May 30, 2013

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Hi All:

Problems will arise. They always do. But are you prepared for them and able to make them work for you? This morning I received a phone call from an older woman. I had taken an old VHS of family softball games and put them onto a DVD for her son. She could watch the DVD just fine on her computer, but she wanted to watch the DVD on her huge large screen TV with a bunch of people.

I’m sitting at my desk in my home office. I have no idea what brand of DVD player she has, only that it is Blu-ray. As we know, Blu-ray players should be able to play a regular DVD.
The first thing I did was ask the woman to turn on the TV and DVD player. I had her read to me what came up on the TV screen. Nothing but a blue screen. Then I had her read to me, the buttons on her Blu-ray remote. It was then that I could tell her which buttons she needed to push to see the video.

We had success!

I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve had friends call me to help set up their VHS machine to the TV. “For crying out loud, Cindy, I’m a Ph.D. and I can’t hook up a silly tape machine to my TV!” Or “Help! The video is gone. It was here last night when I watched my soaps, but now all I get is white static!” And my favorite from my own Mom, “Do you mean I can fast forward through the commercials?”

I think problem-solving person-to-person is the best reason to hire a local professional to do your video up dubs or other video services. I really don’t think the kid at Walgreens would have been able to help my client’s mom this morning. Sure, perhaps it was a better deal, money-wise, and saved a few bucks. But, for me, client service is more than just the job at hand. It’s also being a source to fix a problem.

As my client’s mom was talking, she told me she bought a video on EBay and it won’t play in her Blu-ray player. The video is from England. I have an international video converting deck. So now Mom is my new client as I look to see if her video was recorded in PAL, the standard used in the U.K.

In this way, being a source to fix one small problem led to the solving of a second problem and gaining new business.

I posted this story this morning on my Facebook page. Immediately, I received a private message from a friend who is having problems downloading video from Facebook. I sent her a link to some freeware that might solve her problem. If it doesn’t, we’ll keep trying.

And there you go!

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Using Free Advertising—Magazines

May 13, 2013

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Today I got a message from a friend complaining about a free magazine she received in the mail.  It wasn’t something she ordered and she wasn’t interested in the topic it covered.  I told her that I loveg getting  free magazines.    And I try to get as many as possible.

I use these free magazines as advertising.  I replace or cover the shipping label with a new one.  It reads:

This magazine courtesy of

Cindy V Video, LLC

Event taping, Videos for Websites

Tape to DVD Transfers

www.cindyvvideo.com

I then take the magazines and lovingly distribute them around the city.  I live near a hospital, so the lobby and some of the waiting rooms get my magazines.  So do several hair salons in my neighborhood.  I take some to the technical college and leave them in the magazine bin in the cafeteria.  I leave some at coffee houses where I meet with clients.

In one of my business networking groups, a member collects magazines for people in the military.  She sends the magazines to Iraq and Afghanistan.  So every two weeks when we meet, I load her up with copies of Sports Illustrated, Golf World, Bloomberg Business, Field and Stream and Baseball World.

This is a free and easy way to get my business name out there.  And I get to read some interesting things I might have missed altogether!

And there you go.

The Power of Testimonials

May 2, 2013

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More than half of online video viewers (57%) share links to the video they find with others, and three in four (75%) say they receive links to watch video that others have sent to them.

– Pew Internet Research, 2007

If you want a video on your website but you’re unsure of what to start with, may I make a suggestion.  Use client testimonials.  Nothing tells a visitor to your website more about you and your company than a good testimonial.  The viewer can see and hear for themselves what your clients say about you.  There are a couple of ways to do testimonials. 

The first one here is a simple testimonial where the client does a short, direct talk directly into the camera. 

This second testimonial includes video of the client at the place of business, using the service.

You can also use a celebrity in your testimonials.  Famous athletes are usually popular.

It may be tempting to just take your personal consumer grade camcorder and record some testimonials.  Please consider hiring a professional to do this.  A professional can make sure the lighting is right and the subject isn’t back lit.  A professional can make sure the sound is at the right levels.  A professionally edited testimonial will make it look like you care about your image and reputation. 

If you have any questions about video testimonials and how they can help your website and your business, please feel free to contact me.  Who knows, maybe you’ll be in a testimonial for my company!

And there you go.

Videos for Your Website

April 23, 2013

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I don’t know how many of you have video on your website.  As a videographer, you know I have several.  I need to show off my video skills which is why I have it, but what about you? 

The main reason to have video on your website is that video braings in more traffic.  People are watching more videos online now than ever before.  The web search engines are seeking out websites with video.  That’s why you should have video on your site.

There are a couple of different ways to do a video for your website.  You can use a cheap camera or cell phone and make a quick video.  The audio may sound bad and the picture quality might not be very good.  If that’s the kind of impression you want to make on first time customers to your web page, good luck.

A professional video doesn’t have to cost you an arm or leg.  What you get for your money is a nice presentation that people will enjoy watching.  And the whole process is simple for you.

I can come to your office or place of business and tape for a couple of hours.  I can write a script around what I have taped and use a professional voice person to narrate the video.  Here is an example of that:

Benny’s Cafe

In this next video, I videotaped the owner of the business and then added video I taped that day at his gym.  I did not have to write a script, but just used the owners own words.

Jeremy at Express Fitness

In this next video, the owner of the business appears on screen.  She is reading from a teleprompter.  I use a laptop computer for this.  Then I added the video I taped at the office.

Healing Hands Massage Therapy

You can chose to do whatever you feels most comfortable.  You can speak fro your heart, read something you wrote, or not even appear on screen at all and have a professional read the copy. 

It’s easier to do than you think and it’s cheaper to do than you fear.  Meet with me to see how video can work for you on your wesbite.

Also, be aware that these are low resolution videos for youtube viewing.  The finished product is delivered to you as a digital file your web person can put on your site. 

And there you go.

The importance of Hiring a Pro

April 20, 2013

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It’s been a busy week for me.  Last Friday I videotaped an evening wedding.  It was in a church with a small reception in the church basement.  I was hired just to get some of the prep before the ceremony and then the cermony itself.  I did get a little bit of the receiving line, a sweep of the reception room, and the cutting of the cake.  Or in this case, the cutting of the cupcake. 

I rarely do evening weddings.  Most weddings are held on Saturdays around 1pm or 3pm.  It’s still light and the churches are well lit.  This was after dark and the bride wanted to walk up the aisle which was lit by candle light.  It was beautiful, but video cameras need light.  I asked if I could have the lights on th alter area which the bride said was okay.  I used the spill from that to provide the light for the incoming processional.  It worked like a charm.  I was very happy with how it looked.  The bride was happy that she still got her dark aisle and candle light.

When you hire a professional videographer to tape your wedding, you get the experience that knows how to use light spills.  Uncle Joe with a hand held video camera isn’t going to do that.  Also, I used 4 cameras for this wedding.  I had one camera on the alter to get the candle lighting.  I had one camera in the back for cover shots.  I had one camera at the side to cover the singer.  And I had one roving camera for close ups.  Uncle Joe would not have been able to get everything.  I did. 

I wish more brides would realize the importance of taping their weddings.  The photos are nice but video captures the day in a way that photos can’t.   I hear all the time from brides who, after the fact, wished they had hired a videographer for the day.  One made a testimonial for me telling brides of her regret.  Recently, a second woman offered to make a “regret” testimonial.  Hindsight is 20/20 but you can’t redo the wedding to make the video.

And there you go.

First Blog of 2013

April 8, 2013

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Welcome to my blog.  I’ve neglected it for a time.  But with my retirement from MPTV in June, I’ll be concentrating more on my video business.  I got distracted recently with a network marketing business.  i worked my ass off trying to make it successful.  I had done my presentation to over 185 people.  Many were waiting to see if the program I was working under was going to work for me.  if it did, they would join.  But the company cut me off with no warning.  Too many people believe I was getting too close to my goal and the company didn’t want to pay out.  Lesson:  don’t believe in anyone but yourself.  With my video business, I can trust the work I do.  i can trust my own success. 

Cindy V Video is a small production company.  I do mainly three things. 1. Event taping like weddings, school plays, corporate meetings or sporting events.  2. Videos for websites.  If you have a business, I come to your business and tape you and your employees doing what it is that you do.  I edit the video and give it to you as a Quicktime file for your website.  3. Tape to DVD transfers.  I take your tapes (VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, Hi8, mini DV, and even beta) and put them onto a DVD.  I can do other stuff with video, but this is what I do most of the time. 

I hope you follow this blog.  I’ll be posting later this week as I am attending a bridal marketing meeting on Tuesday and then I’ll be videotaping a wedding on Friday night.  Lot’s of things coming up and I look forward to sharing them with you.

And there you go!