Mar 312011
 

Wedding videographer London, filming in St Clement Danes Videographer in London shooting Church wedding video.

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St Clement Danes is a really beautiful gem of a church right in the middle of London on the Strand. Yet for all the hustle and bustle of the city. St Clement Danes is literally an island of tranquility in the middle of The Aldwych. As an RAF remembrance church it has a special history and unique appeal. An excellent London wedding venue the interior is full of architectural details reflecting the church’s links with the air force and is gifted with the most exquisite flooring. In fact almost as a companion piece the RAF have posted St Clement Danes 50th video

Our wedding videographer being based just down the road in west London was able to just jump in a cab and arrive in plenty of time. In fact he used his time well and was able to capture the arrival of all the guests as well as filming the exterior of the church and capturing all those little details. Although as always it is the happy couple that make wedding videography so easy to film.

Our in-house videographers film modern Wedding Video and Wedding Videos. In this case our London videographer filmed the Documentary package with a Sony Z7 camera and a really nice Sennheiser sound kit

If you have a spare moment do check out our previous post Wedding video London

Feb 022011
 

We are nearly there with our new web site. My goodness it take ages though it should be up during next week. We will have a whole new range of wedding videos to show as well as a revamped design. So a really big thanks to all the our inhouse web designers. They have managed all kinds of technical wizardry with the intergration of our tweets and incorporating our Vimeo Pro channel.

Wedding Video and Wedding Videos Check out of last entry
Lanesborough Hotel wedding video

Oct 012010
 

We haven’t blogged for while as we were waiting for the season to end. Thing is, it hasn’t as we will be shooting wedding videos all during October and November. A first for us. Our wedding videographers have shot some great footage in some truly memorable locations which will be showcasing over the winter months. We will also be posting a blog on how to shoot your own wedding video from an inhouse wedding videographer.

May 312010
 

Another biggy in the questions department is HD.
(its all in the “i” and the “p”)

We hope that below explains (without getting too geeky or too long winded) what it is really and what you should watch out for.

HD referrers to a variety of differing resolutions all higher than SD.
HD has 2 main differences from SD – Resolution and frame rendering

A normal SD TV has one set resolution
Which is 720×576 lines or pixels shown at 25 frames per second. The frames are what is known as interlaced – meaning that 1 frame is actually made up of 2 frames lashed together in strips. All the even numbered horizontal lines mixed with odd numbered lines of the following frame. – Kind of like lacing your fingers together but not, as you would need only half the fingers on each hand.

You can watch a HD film on your computer as your screen’s resolution is high enough to cope with the increased information. Your ordinary TV cannot.

Sooner or later everyone will have a HD TV. However while HD TV and HD players should be able to show SD films (just). A film shot in SD can only be “up converted” to HD. Kind of like transferring your old VHS cassettes to DVD. It works but doesn’t look too great.
But films shot in HD can be “down converted” to be shown on an SD TV and looks absolutely stunning.

The two main (there really are way too many to mention) resolutions for HD are 1440×1080 and 1920×1080. We shoot the “documentary” and “television” packages in the former. For the “film” package and the “Diamond Lounge” we use the latter. All HD TVs and HD players can play these resolutions. Most HD movies are in 1440×1080 and most HD broadcast channels are in 1920×1080. So typically a decent new HD player will be playing at 1440×1080 and a decent HD TV can show a whole variety of HD formats including 1920×1080.

In conclusion

However, (other geekier settings) aside, the real nub of the matter is in how frames are rendered. You may often see an “i” in HD descriptions of wedding videography as in 1080i. This “i” is our old friend (and we mean old) interlaced frames. (half the fingers on each hand laced together).
The whole point of HD is that it mimics film. Film is not made of interlaced frames, but full individual frames. This is the main reason why it looks so nice as each frames is literal a still photo. In HD this is referred to as “p”. or progressive scan. Basically “i” is rubbish and “p” is great. While SD TV only plays “i” if your footage is shot in “i” you cannot change it to the far superior “p” later (when you get a lovely new HD TV). You have to “de-interlace” in edit which (and this is why “i” is so rubbish) literally makes up/invents the missing odd and even lines. Not good.

So regardless of all the flim flam that is spoken about HD and wedding videography. If you see an “i” remember that this old technology and “p” is the one of the main advantages HD has over SD.

May 052010
 

A quick update on
“At this time of year we have many people enquire as to best working practices for videographers or videography in general……… we are frequently asked to provide information or recommend another wedding videography or wedding video service”

The London based Wedding TV channel picked up on this resent post and interviewed our technical director to discuss further what to watch out for when selecting a wedding video or a wedding videographer.

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Mar 072010
 

What is SEO?

Search engine optimization is working with your website and online marketing to make sure you have the best results from search engine searches. Knowing what terms people type in when they search for a product/ service helps you decide what words to use on your website. If you offer any type services, a quick search for SEO Words will tell you that you shouldn’t use any random keyword’ as a primary keyword as most people search for the specific/ targeted word not random. If someone searches for something specific, you want to make sure your web site comes up in the results. If you want to be in world of business you need to have a professional reseller SEO services provider company which make your website on the SEO satisfied way.

What is SMO??

SMO (Social Media Optimization), helps in augmenting the fame and status of websites via medias like online communities. As one knows that in viral marketing, the popularity is increased through word of mouth. Similarly, websites gain recognition via social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut, and Twitter etc.

What are the strategies to get professional SEO Services?

There are some points which you have to remember while making a site for your business-

Content is king- I think this phrase is known by every service provider. Good, well-written and original website contents are preferred by search engine spiders. Try to add keywords to the website content and do regular content update, you will find the result turns better. You need to know that spiders can only “read” text rather than flash or images. Therefore, if you MUST use images or flash, try to include a transcription near them. When SEO service providers are selecting keywords for their customers, avoid those competitive ones. The valuable keywords will cost more effort to handle, while some long tail keywords are relatively easy to optimize.

Link building- does remember that only good and authoritative links can really help your work. Publishing poor qualities links is a waste of time and can actually cause harm to the site. Do not forget social marketing. Social marketing is becoming more and more important in search engine optimization strategy. SEO service providers can try to use social media to optimize their customers’ websites.

Use an XML site map-No matter the website is large or small, it needs a site map. A complete site map can help visitors find what they are looking for and inform search engines about all the useful information of the website. When offering SEO services, you should also measure the performance. You can use some tools to help you know how long your visitors stay in your site, where they find the website and some others.

What are the strategies for Social Media Optimization services?

There are some strategies which you can follow –

1. Make Sure To Present the Content in A Smart Way

The first impression is certainly the last impression and therefore it will be wise for you to post authentic content that has the capability to catch the attention of the online readers within few seconds

2. Make Sure To Post Question and Answer Based Content

This is also one of the best possible ways to engage people with interactive content. You can run live chats on your website to gain opinions from your valuable readers.

3. Improve the Speed of Web Page Loading

Most of online users do not have the patience to wait for a specific webpage to load. It will certainly be wise for you to check the speed of your website quite often. Make sure to get rid of the unnecessary plug-ins to make sure that the images and content of your website loads faster.

4. Make Sure To Use Latest Innovations in Technology

It will certainly be wise for you to use the latest innovations in technology in order to make your content more interactive. You must consider using animation and even 3D images in order to attract online users towards your website.

5. Make Sure To Put Call of Action

Lastly, it will certainly be wise for you to put a call of action at the bottom of your content. Ask your valuable online users to register for the services or get the product and feel the difference.

Feb 102010
 

Welcome to our new blog. Over the course of the year we will document how our clients films are produced, from the initial contact through to delivery of the final film. We hope this will give you an insight and hopefully some ideas when you consider filming your wedding.

We have just completed a NTSC transfer for an American client from Iowa City USA. Unable to attend his niece’s wedding here in London. Dennis decided to purchase one of our packages as a wedding gift. Because here in Europe we use a different system for television, called PAL. It meant that Dennis needed a company that operated pro edit systems to transfer the footage to his native NTSC format. Happily we were glad to oblige and in fact we can transfer our films to any format worldwide.

Towards the end of last season we introduced our new cameras. So now has come the time to take down our old and fondly remembered samples and highlight what those new cameras can do.

After much debate we have managed to select Kathrina and Alistair’s absoulutely lovely village wedding in Dorset, for our example of the “Documentary” package.

Shot in and around  Charmouth.

We selected Kathrina and Alistair’s  Church wedding film in the end as we felt it highlighted how at ease people felt around the camera. Something that we really feel is important is that the film should be about the people starring in it. We have a sort of motto at Portobello Films – invisible but approachable – and we think that Kathrina and Alistair’s film shows both in equal measure. We hope you enjoy it.

However we cannot bring ourselves to take all those films away so we have kept one of our favorites from 2007. We will be adding some more examples to show our other packages, just once we can decide which ones.