Aug 092014
 

Church Wedding Video Surrey, filmed at St Nicholas Church Shepperton, Surrey by Portobello Films using a Sony HVR Z7

Wedding video Surrey

 

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Wedding at St Nicholas Church Shepperton

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St Nicholas Church wedding Shepperton Portobello Films

Feb 052011
 

Wedding video Surrey ,filming at the Wedding Venue Guildford Albury Park Mansion. Civil wedding video.

Wedding video Surrey from Portobello Films on Vimeo.

Filmed back in 2009 on one delightful late summers day in early September this film is the wedding video highlights part of the wedding DVD. Two of our in house wedding videographers arrived at the impressive wedding venue The rather magnificent Albury Park Mansion just outside Guildford in Surrey GU5 9DD. To film a civil wedding video, including the brides preperations, the garden reception, wedding breakfast all the way to and beyond the first dance.
Always looking to frame the scene within a locational context, our wedding videographers were able to take full advange of their number. Capturing events not only highlightling the beautiful surroundings of the Surrey countryside. But also get the impromtue personal shots that give the wedding film its identity. Untilising the full extent of the “Television” package by filming fom both sides of the room during the lovely civil service. Thereby filming both the bride and groom at the same time. Giving our editor the easy task of letting the film edit itself by naturally cutting between action and reaction, rather than looking for a shot to cover the resizing or reframing of a shot. Giving the wedding video a natural feeling and a light touch. So we would just like to say a big thank you to everyone that made the happy couples day such a joy to film

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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 232010
 

What Is Local SEO?

Local SEO is the strategy of optimizing websites and marketing strategies to increase organic search traffic to local businesses, And if you need a top-class location for your business you can use a virtual office which you can use for your business address and have all post forwarded to you, we have used this Birmingham service which offers a great virtual office and works really well.

SEO, in general, helps people from all over the Internet find your business in search. Your prospective customers see your company on the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs).

Local SEO puts your business in front of people who are more likely ready to buy your product or service. Remember that Google stat we mentioned?

While general SEO targets a few types of keywords — informational, navigational and transactional — a white label SEO reseller tends to drive more conversion-ready traffic. Why is that the case? It all comes down to keyword intent.

Local search results for the keyword "best pizza in philadelphia"Keyword Intent in Local Search

Search intent refers to… well, exactly what it sounds like! It’s the intent behind a search — the intent behind a keyword. So if you’re searching for “best pizza Philadelphia,” the intent is obviously that you’re looking to buy pizza in Philly — and you want the best pizza.

The same thing can be said about other keywords, like “top local law firms” or even question-based queries like, “where is the closest movie theater to me.”

What you’re trying to do with local SEO isn’t just rank for keywords, it’s to get your business in front of people and into Google’s answer box and search queries. You want to be on the map — specifically, you want to be on Google Maps.

When someone searches for products and services you sell, you want Google to realize, “hey, this product can be found at this place near you.”

Ranking in the Local Pack vs. Ranking in the SERPs

You know that old SEO mantra, “The best place to hide a dead body is on page 2 of Google?” When users search for something, they prioritize what they see first. In local SEO, that means you want to be at the top of the pack — the local pack, that is.
A screenshot of the local pack results for "physical therapy," compared to the SERP results

The “local pack” refers to the results under the map in Google search.

(Some SEOs refer to the local pack as the “snack pack,” which we find much more charming!)

Results in the local pack are more important to local SEO than what’s ranking for #1. In fact, the sites that rank in the local pack frequently don’t rank on the first page SERP for the same keyword.

Ranking #1 for a keyword as broad as “physical therapy” is close to impossible, but showing up in the local pack is much easier, provided you’re following local SEO best practices.

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.