In his weekly blog in the New York Times David Pogue ponders the question of “why we shoot home video”. After reading his column I wanted to contribute my reasons.
Here are some of the reasons I shoot home video footage:
- to record moments in history
- to practice new techniques or perhaps use new equipment
- to eventually get around to editing the footage (honest)
- prove I was there when at a significant sporting event and relive or share the moment
- share video moments with new friends or associates at some point in the future
I do think that we are prompted to remember more information about a photo or video when we encounter it and it happily reminds us of the moment in time the experience took place. Granted, now we flick through picture and video folders on the PC as opposed to handling physical photos but seeing them brings back floods of memories.
Making it easier to view videos (and pictures), instead of gathering around my PC monitor, I have my PS3 and Xbox 360 connected on my home network. My PC runs TVersity, the media serving software, giving the consoles the ability to display pictures as well as view video footage on the TV. Always fun for reviewing the most recent exploits with family and friends.
David’s orginal article in the New York Times is located here and is thoroughly worth the read for his take on the question.
Working with real estate agents exposes me to a variety of personalities. Here’s what they have to say about my services.
When I approached my clients to video their home for the internet as an additional marketing and promotional tool, they were very excited especially since the video would be posted not only on my website but also on other video sites like You Tube. They all thought this was very “cutting edge.” Once the clients saw the finished product they were thrilled! Sean did an excellent job of working around the homeowners’ schedules and getting the videos edited and uploaded very quickly. I thought the videos were a great depiction of the homes and their best features, and it also proved to be a very unique and interesting way to promote the properties that was different than what my competition is up to. I plan to incorporate Sean’s video service into my marketing plan for all future clients.
Jen Conte – RE/MAX Professionals Select
To all my clients – thank you.
Video equipment and editing tools have become more popular along with Internet sites like YouTube, Metacafe, and Revver. The equipment is smaller making it easier to carry and have ready for filming. That’s good for family or entertainment but for a busy real estate agent the camera is something that can get mis-placed and as for having the time to edit and produce a video well that’s too much to ask.
I use a high quality Sony camcorder with an additional wide angle Carl Zeiss lens to capture the exterior and interiors with clarity. It has full HD capability and I record the videos in HD to have the best source quality for producing in home DVDs of the video tours as well as for use on the Internet.
To get the smooth walking shots I use a camera steadying device improving the flow of the video throughout the tour. I made this device and tested it on some regular home footage. The difference was amazing and I hope you see that too in the sample video footage.
All of this means you, the real estate agent, don’t need to worry about getting the video equipment together and put the time aside to create a compelling video tour let alone edit the footage and apply the branding and transitions.
Call Sean to arrange your innovative video tour today.
Here are examples of the in home videos I’ve produced. These samples show the simple yet effective walk through filming technique that will help prospective buyers learn more about your listings and feel the depth of the property as if they are walking through themselves. Continue reading “Video samples”
Video online is now often seen as a requirement for most services because it enhances the viewers pleasure and shows a little more about the offering. The success of online video services like YouTube has bought about an increase in online viewing be it a funny story or happening, an instructional video for a particular task through to advertising services or products in a unique way. Real estate is no different and this natural expansion of video is now sweeping through real estate with all the online search sites offering links to videos of the property listing.
For consumers who are researching their next property purchase no special software is needed to view the in-home videos, it’s all handled by the Internet browser making it very easy to view and review.
Continue reading “Why video in real estate?”
For further information about my real estate in home video tours for your listings or to ask any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can email me at sean @ seanhayes[dot]biz.
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I’ve added some of my sample in home videos to the site. Take a look.