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Presentation Filming – How many cameras do you need?

Video Transcript:

Hi. When creating presentation videos, you often have the opportunity to assign multiple cameras, so we thought we’d use some recent conference footage to show you the pros and cons of different camera setups.

Firstly, one camera.

Every conference video is going to need at least one camera and therefore camera one does most of the heavy lifting. It can be set up in different ways.

Option one is to simply stick it on a tripod, aim for a wide view and record everything.This works well when there are multiple people on stage and no presentation slides, but it isn’t particularly engaging to watch as everyone is so small in the frame and there’s no variety in the visuals.

Option two is our preferred approach for one cam shoots. We capture a close up of the speaker and then combine it with the presentation slides in post-production. You can then get three views for the price of one in that you can cut from a full screen close up of the presenter, to the slides full screen, to a picture in picture view of both. Offering your audience some variety and thus keeping their interest.

When you add camera two, you add more variety to your video and this dramatically increases watchability, with cam one capturing a reliable angle, cam two can roam free, allowing you to get some different views like a bit of audience reaction.

If you had a third, fourth, fifth camera, you’re amplifying the variety of views, upping engagement and delivering a premium feel, more along the lines of, say, a TED talk.

Obviously, adding cameras generally increases costs, so you pay for that extra variety, but this is offset by greater audience engagement and more successful productions.

Thanks for watching.

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5 Video Content Marketing Ideas For Software Brands To Use

In the latest of our Marketing Tips vlog series, Chris Tongue, Creative Director at Dead Ready Productions, explains 5 video content ideas that software brands should implement into their marketing strategy.

The content of which can be found below.

Hi! This time we’re going to look at 5 video content ideas that suit software brands.

Software platforms are becoming more and more powerful, but with that comes complexity.

Video offers the opportunity to highlight the benefits of your offering without having to send a sales rep to do a demo.

So here are 5 ideas for demystifying the power of your software through video.

1. Promo

The promotional video for your product is the banner advert for your product. This video should offer a teaser of the power of your products and excite your audience.

Don’t worry about granular detail here, just make sure that your product looks impressive; consider representing key facets of your product through metaphor and don’t be afraid to swing for the fences – this really is an advert for your product, so make it look great!

2. Case Study

As is so often true in video marketing, case studies present a really compelling reason for your potential clients to buy your product.

Firstly, identify your evangelists from your existing client base and incentivise them to be involved by offering them something of value as a thank you.

Send your production team to their place of business and shoot an interview with your customer, plus loads of content of the software in action, helping your customer achieve their business goals.

Potential customers relate to these videos and they can be a massive sales driver.

3. Demos

These videos are often animated demonstrations of how your software works when addressing a common issue your clients face.

These videos should be seen as mini-showreels for different corners of the software so make sure you keep the production values

4. Tips

This is where the granular detail comes in. Help your customers see how easy it is to work with your programme by demonstrating how to use the software to complete common tasks.

These easily can be shown through screen capture videos recorded by your sales team – just make sure that they are recorded clearly using a professional microphone, not the mic on the laptop.

5. Update Vlogs

Make sure that your customers are informed and excited by any new developments or features by creating a regular vlog.

Your customers will always be interested in new features so humanise your brand by going on camera and talking to them directly.

So, there you are, 5 video ideas for software content campaigns.

For more helpful information, top tips and useful guides on video production, keep an eye out for our next vlog – coming soon!

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Subtitles – How To Add Them To Your Video To Help Boost Engagement

When adding subtitles to your video, there are two main options: using closed caption files or having subtitles ‘baked in’.

Mike Plenty, Managing Director at Dead Ready Productions, explains the subtitle options available in our latest 60 second production tips vlog. The content of which can be found below.

Closed Caption File

A closed caption file is a text file containing information about the timing and wording for each subtitle that appears in your video. This is then uploaded alongside your video and the viewer can then toggle the subtitles on or off as desired.

This works for most major video platforms, including YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.

Once created, the closed caption text files can easily be modified by anyone with a text editing program. This also makes it easy to upload translated subtitle files, without having to use video editing software to modify the original video.

Baked In

The other option is to ‘bake in’ subtitles. This means the subtitles are integrated into the video and always on. This is helpful if you don’t want your viewers to be able to switch the subtitles off.

It also gives more scope to design exactly how the subtitles look, since you’re not restricted to the options provided by the closed caption approach. Your subtitles will also look the same regardless of which platform people are viewing on.

If you would like to find out more about the video, animation, photography and graphic design services Dead Ready Productions can offer your business, please feel free to get in touch via the button below or by calling +44 (0)208 339 6139.


Subtitles – Why Adding Them Will Maximise The Reach Of Your Video

Subtitles aren’t just useful for the hard of hearing. They’re a great way to maximise the reach of your video and enhance viewer experience across the board, and so should be considered for all of your video content.

Mike Plenty, Managing Director at Dead Ready Productions, explains the subtitle options available in our latest 60 second production tips vlog. The content of which can be found below.

What are the benefits?

Ensure Your Video Works Without Audio

Video is often watched by people with the audio switched off, particularly when viewing on mobile. In fact, 85% of Facebook videos are watched on mute.

Having subtitles ensures these viewers don’t miss out on your content.

Improve Understanding

Even when audio is enabled, comprehension is often improved when viewers are able to read along as well.

Enable Translation

The subtitles for your video can easily be translated to other languages, opening up your content to new markets.

Increase Reach

Studies have shown that subtitled videos tend to be shared more than those without, as well as having higher viewer engagement. This has the knock-on effect of improving your SEO rankings.

Increase searchability

Search engines can’t look through your video, but they can look through text. Posting the full subtitle text as a video transcript makes those keywords visible and increases the chance of your video being found.

For more helpful information, top tips and useful guides on video production, keep an eye out for our next 60 second production tips vlog – coming soon!

If you would like to find out more about the video, animation, photography and graphic design services Dead Ready Productions can offer your business, please feel free to get in touch via the button below or by calling +44 (0)208 339 6139.

The Benefits Of Video And Why It Is Essential To Any Marketing Strategy

Video has proven itself to be a highly effective marketing tool for businesses. It helps spread the message of your brand, products and services in a uniquely compelling way, delivering a host of benefits unmatched by other mediums.

By incorporating video into their marketing strategies, marketers enjoy a range of advantages to help their business connect in a more engaging and impactful way with their target audience.

In this article, we explore the benefits of video and why it should be an integral part of any successful marketing plan.

Increased Engagement

The dynamic nature of video means it has the power to keep people interested and engaged for longer.

According to Optinmonster, 72% of customers say they would rather learn about a product or service by way of video, whilst 83% of video marketers claim that video has helped increase the average time visitors spend on their website pages (Wyzwol).

This increased engagement can translate into higher levels of brand awareness, increased website traffic and stronger relationships with your target audience, making it a powerful tool for communicating your message and ultimately leading to more people buying from your brand.

Greater Emotional Impact

Research by Insivia, found that viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video, compared to 10% when reading it in the text.

With the help of social-sharing platforms, video content that is emotional, educational, and relatable is the most likely to go viral within hours, potentially acquiring millions of views for your business.

So, whether you’re trying to evoke laughter, sadness, joy or any other emotion, creating an emotional connection with your audience can be a powerful motivator for them to take action.

This powerful and thought provoking video, Real Beauty Sketches, which is one of the most famous Dove films is a great example of the power of emotion to hook an audience.

The video explores the gap between how others perceive us and how we perceive ourselves as each woman is the subject of two portraits drawn by FBI-trained forensic artist Gil Zamora: one based on her own description and the other using a stranger’s observations.

Another example is the below video by Getup! – an independent movement of more than one million people who are working to build a progressive Australia and help put people back into politics.

This video highlights the support of marriage equality and although now over 11 years old, it’s message is as impactful and thought provoking as it was when first released.

Better Reach

Video content is shared 1200% more times than links and written content combined, with people two times more likely to share videos with their friends than any other type of content. So, when it comes to potential reach, video is unbeaten.

As a result, video can help you connect with the right people and reach your target audience on a scale that would be difficult to achieve with other marketing methods.

Add into the mix the popularity of social media platforms and when people share video content, it exposes your business to an audience outside of your original target market.

According to The Marketing Helpline, posts on social media that contain video get 48% more views. As a result, word-of-mouth marketing can have a significant impact on conversions as people are more likely to watch a video shared by those they know.

This is why video has the highest organic reach of all types of content.

Improved Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Video is a powerful tool for improving your search engine optimisation efforts, with search engines such as Google, favouring websites that incorporate video into their content.

One of the biggest ways that video content can improve your SEO has to do with Google’s internal algorithm for generating search engine results pages.

Google values two things above all others – the quality of your content and its relevance to someone’s original search terms. So, if your website features a mixture of text and quality visuals, like video, it means your pages are as varied as they are informative.

You can also leverage the power of video SEO through YouTube, which is the second-largest search engine after Google with more than 1.3 billion users and over 15 billion videos watched every day. (monsterinsights)

By featuring your video content on platforms such as these, it will help improve your search engine rankings and drive more organic traffic to your site, thus leading to increased brand exposure and a higher return on investment for your marketing efforts.

Increased Conversion Rates

Video has been proven to boost conversion rates. This is backed up by research carried out by WordStream, which found that including a video on your landing page can boost your conversion rate by up to 80%. In fact, 84% of people say they’ve been convinced to buy a product or service by watching a brand’s video. (Optinmonster)

These stats show that by showcasing your products or services in a visual and engaging way such as video, you can persuade more people to act and make a purchase.

This video which we produced for Wrapmaster to highlight their new 98% recycled foil product, had some great results for them, specifically within trade media, causing a spike in page views on the Wrapmaster website.

Some fantastic results were also achieved on social media, with high impressions, engagements, and media views.


Video is one of the most cost-effective marketing tools available. With varied production approaches that can be tailored as needed to match specific marketing budgets, cost is no barrier to harnessing the benefits that video can offer.

Compared to traditional advertising methods such as print or television adverts, video provides a higher return on investment. According to research by WordStream, marketers who use video grow revenue 49% faster than non-video users, making it a smart choice for businesses of all sizes.

Once produced, video can be easily shared and distributed across multiple platforms, ultimately maximising investment and providing long-term benefits to your business.

In Conclusion

Not only is consumer appetite for video content continually growing, but there is now a wide body of research demonstrating the significant impact such content can have for a business. We’ve outlined some of these research findings in this article, but this is really just scratching the surface.

By showcasing your products or services in an engaging way, video can persuade more people to act upon your call to action, driving awareness and sales, and increasing revenue for your business. What more could you want?

If you would like to discuss how Dead Ready Productions could help you to further enjoy the benefits of video for your business, please get in touch via the button below or by calling +44 (0)208 339 6139.