Video Production Services Near Me

Video production services near me is what DW Video & Multimedia, LLC has been providing since 1984.  Need a video for your business, organization, community or for your family?  

Being a Michigan based production company we go all over the state promoting local.  From Cadillac, Reed City, Mackinaw, Muskegon, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo, Greenville, Lansing, Rockford, Lakeview, Howard City and thoughout our wonderful state.

Business Videos

Since the beginning video producer Duane Weed has been creating videos that promote, train, provide safety information, product demonstrations, television commercials for cable/broadcast and now content creation for web and social media sites.

From concept through all stages of production, writing, creative, video capture (at your location or locations around the state, even in our studio of need be), editing, motion graphics, animation and whatever visual(s) needed to tell your story.

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Content Creation for web and social media

Today video is engaging.  Video is also a powerful tool on your website to inform prospects on who you are and what you do.  Through consistent content creation for social media posts, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and more.  Through education about your products and services.  Tips on how to use your products and services.  Customer Testimonials that bring the message to the customer while building trust and answering the Why they need to choose you as the company to use. 

Family Storytelling Videos

How many times have you said, I wish my dad or mom could tell me that story again, or from a grandparent or relative.   Our Storytelling Videos are custom produced for your family including interviews, photos, old film movies and videos.  Whatever you need to tell the story, no problem.  Hearing your relatives relive their early years, your parents talking about how they met, the proposal and when they began parents.

The Story’s are priceless and through the power of video and Producer, Duane Weed’s ability to capture the story, you will have a memory that is shareable for all to see and have.  Playable on mobile phones, tablets, laptops and can ever store it in the cloud.  

These are not just for families.  The same concept can be created to tell the history of a company or community.  Capturing the history, while people are still here to tell it is so important.

Consumer Video Production Services

Our video production services near me commitment includes video to dvd transfers, today we transfer to mp4 (put on a USB flash drive and you can share it with everyone).  We are amazed on how much 8mm, super 8mm film there is to still be transferred to mp4 and/or a dvd.  

Do you want sound with that?  Transferring reel to reel audio tapes, cassettes, 8-tracks and Lp’s is also part of our consumer services production ability.

Have a wedding, anniversary, birthday coming up, our video albums are a perfect way to reflect on a person or couples years growing up.  Yes, we even do funeral videos that highlight the persons life.  Need the service covered for memories or for people that cannot make it… DW Video can do that as well.

boy sharing memories with teddy bear

 

About Duane

Duane Weed is a content producer for DW Video.  With a focus on promoting Michigan based companies he enjoys helping businesses from everywhere. Have a question or need assistance reach out by calling 231-250-9624.

Video Blogs produced by DW Video:  Buy Local Michigan  Welcome to my basement Jus Jammin  MI Basement Session

DW Video Reviews

DW Video Reviews

Reviews from our clients are impactful and mean so much to all of us at DW Video.  Sharing your review is a humbling experience for owner Duane Weed.  Local business owners that we have worked for will share their review with you below.  Taken from Google Reviews and UpCity here is what our customers have to say.  

Check out DW Video Reviews the testimonials on our Google My Business page.

See reviews on our UpCity Page.

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DW Video is my goto for all video production for myself and my clients. J.R. Muller

 

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Working with Duane and DW Video has been a great experience. Bill McCurdy

 

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DW Video is a top notch company. DuHadway Dance Dimensions

 

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Have always been able to depend of DW Video. Jodi van Haren

 

AUTHOR You Shoot We Edit Video Services:

Duane Weed, Video Producer since 1983

Cameraman, Editor, Director, Concept guy and even carries and sets up his own equipment.

Michigan Video Production Company

 

Video Blogs produced by DW Video:  Buy Local Michigan  Welcome to my basement Jus Jammin  MI Basement Session

What is You Shoot We Edit Video Services

What is You Shoot We Edit Video Services

You Shoot We Edit Video Services. the simple answer is, You Shoot the video, then DW Video does the edit.  In today’s world of connecting with customers a consistent mix of messages need to be sent out on your behalf.  Contact Duane with any questions you may have. 

Shooting the video is usually the easy part.  Especially with the quality coming off today’s phones.  Editing and wrapping your brand message around it, takes time.  Time that may be better spent with you ‘Taking Care of Business’.  

As a video producer our bag of tricks, equipment and techniques is huge.  However, for the most part you may not need all of that. This is where the We Edit part comes into play.  Once you have the video (see Lighting and Composition Tips below) send it to a cloud based platform like Dropbox and share the folder with us.

Our job and what we do best is clean up the edit, add titles, logo and additional b-roll if needed.  You run a business, it may not be a million dollar venture yet, but you need to look professional and have a strong brand identity and message.  

Let’s take a look at Producing Tips for your next video:

  1. Use a Script keep it short and to the point.  people do not want to hear you talk and talk and not get to the point.
  2. Be Concise, the beauty of video is they see what you are teaching.
  3. Audio is 90% of a good video.  Pay close attention to background noise, radios, chatter etc.
  4. Are you doing this in front of background or on-site. What is pleasing to the audience.
  5. Set up your scene: Long Shot or as it is called an establishing shot.  This lets the viewer know where you are. Then use close-ups and medium shots as needed to tell the story.
  6. Use two cameras and sync in editing.  One can be your establishing shot and one covering the close ups.  If you only have one camera, then shoot the scene from multiple angles to get your shots.  Pay close attention to match cuts so the edit is smooth.
  7. Lighting: depending on what you are doing, will natural light work or do you need additional lighting?
  8. Use your script and outline as a guide to make sure you have captured all the shots before leaving the site.
  9. Create additional graphics, animations, images that fit within your script and story.
  10. Edit – putting it all together.  This is time consuming but where you see the video come to life.  From script to real.
  11. Distribution.  Are you streaming this?  Providing DVD’s or on thumb drives?  Setting up a dropbox or similar account that your people can download.

You Shoot We Edit Video Services Tips: (these are not in any order – just good overall tips for shooting better video)

  1. For professional video hold your phone horizontally (landscape mode) so you get the full 1920 X 1080 HD look.
  • Vertical Shooting (portrait mode) is good for video chats and some live social media platforms.  For me, whenever I see a business shoot this way, it looks cheap and not professional. First impressions and your brand are key.
  1.  Frame your shot well.  For the most part frame the objects to the left or right of center.  For example a golfer that is teeing off. Place them more to the side with the open area the direction the ball is going to go.  
  2. If you are shooting for editing later. Using our Golfer as an example. Begin with a WIDE SHOT.  This wide shot is known as the establishing shot – begin back a ways to show the person walking up to the tee off area.  Tells the viewer where you are. Then if you can, re-shoot each scene as a MEDIUM SHOT which may be half as close as the open shot. Showing the person, head to toe as they do their practice swing.  You can see the full swing. Then a CLOSE UP SHOT. This can be of a person’s face, the area near the golf ball as the club head goes by the ball, shot of the hands and the grip. Then maybe a couple EXTREME CLOSE UP SHOTS.  Tight on the ball as it is hit. In tight on their face as they watch where the ball goes. Then back to a WIDE SHOT over their shoulder looking down the fairway to again establish what just happened. 
  3. Resist the urge to over use the zoom. To much zoom and people get motion sickness and it cheapens the look of your production. 
  4. I came up with the term: Slow, Smooth and Steady when teaching High School students how to shoot video.  When you pan (turning the camera left and right) or tilting (looking up or down) do it slowly. Do it with a smooth flow and be steady in your motion.  If you are going for a professional look, remember the three S’s. Slow, Smooth and Steady.
  5. Use a Tripod whenever possible.
  6. Do you want sound with that?  Audio is 90% of a good video. If your viewer cannot hear what you are saying, there is too much wind noise for example this is very distracting. Adding a Lavalier Mic or Shotgun Mic to your camera will take care of most of this.

The closer the camera is to the subject usually the better the audio. 

  1. Be aware of what is in the background.  Pop cans, unwanted posters or messaging, stacks of papers and people can all cause distractions to the viewer. 
  2. LIGHTING – cameras need light, this light adds features to your face.  There are many ways to do this. One big no no is do not place your subject in front of a window.  The backlighting will darken your image. Not using enough light (place in the right places), your video will look like an amateur shot it.  Remember this is your brand you are protecting – do not go cheap on this aspect.
  3.   Practice, Practice, Practice.  This not only goes for shooting the video.  Also pay attention to how you carry yourself on camera.  BTW, most people do not like the way they look on camera BUT, it this is your business, no one sells it better than you.  You are the expert. Take time to feel comfortable in front of the camera. This takes practice. Remember with the You Shoot We Edit approach, take 2 is a good thing.

Accessories to consider.  We are not endorsing anybody here.  (Used as examples only)

LED Lights

https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Pieces-Bi-color-Video-Light/dp/B06XW3B81V/ref=sr_1_5?crid=2OIG8TGMHFJTX&keywords=video+lighting&qid=1574372481&s=electronics&sprefix=video+lighitn%2Celectronics%2C166&sr=1-5

Soft Lights https://www.amazon.com/HPUSN-Professional-Photography-Continuous-Reflectors/dp/B07NBP6D98/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2OIG8TGMHFJTX&keywords=video+lighting&qid=1574372616&s=electronics&sprefix=video+lighitn%2Celectronics%2C166&sr=1-3

Portable Lights

https://www.amazon.com/Dimmable-Digital-Camcorder-Panasonic-Samsung/dp/B004TJ6JH6/ref=sr_1_17?keywords=portable+video+lighting&qid=1574372788&s=electronics&sr=1-17

Mics for phones (this can be tricky as phones are changing all the time – check the model of phone you have before making a purchase)

https://www.amazon.com/CVM-SIG-LAV-V05-MI-Omnidirectional-Microphone/dp/B07NQ91QNZ/ref=sxin_3_ac_d_pm?ac_md=4-3-QWJvdmUgJDUw-ac_d_pm&crid=30XGD49G75PSM&keywords=lav+mic+for+iphone&pd_rd_i=B07NQ91QNZ&pd_rd_r=26ba5648-90c3-4149-8d4c-d09a5a71d223&pd_rd_w=UAQ2j&pd_rd_wg=PWTus&pf_rd_p=24d053a8-30a1-4822-a2ff-4d1ab2b984fc&pf_rd_r=1FWR0REE1YEJC9T8ZG3Z&psc=1&qid=1574372889&sprefix=lav+mic+for+iphone%2Caps%2C187

https://www.amazon.com/Microphone-Smartphones%EF%BC%8CNoise-Cancelling-Recording-Conference/dp/B07TB8PX1V/ref=sxin_3_ac_d_pm?ac_md=1-0-VW5kZXIgJDIw-ac_d_pm&crid=30XGD49G75PSM&keywords=lav+mic+for+iphone&pd_rd_i=B07TB8PX1V&pd_rd_r=cc80d84f-3f9f-4220-b871-fff288d6a033&pd_rd_w=37SLj&pd_rd_wg=68cPk&pf_rd_p=24d053a8-30a1-4822-a2ff-4d1ab2b984fc&pf_rd_r=BFZZSWAEWNB4VES1ZY72&psc=1&qid=1574372922&sprefix=lav+mic+for+iphone%2Caps%2C187

Audio Recorder (great for running pro mics into and syncing the audio tracks to the video through editing)

https://www.amazon.com/Zoom-4-Channel-Recorder-Windbuster-Adapter/dp/B01GOUVLZM/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=zoom+recorder&qid=1574373097&s=electronics&sr=1-8

https://www.amazon.com/Microphone-Alvoxcon-Recording-Conference-Interview/dp/B07TV7J574/ref=sr_1_11?keywords=cordless+mic+for+phone&qid=1574373187&s=electronics&sr=1-11

Training

One key element to this approach is when you are working with DW Video for You Shoot and We Edit is we will train you.  Train you with your camera/phone. Your success is ours. So before you go out and shoot your video, take time to learn.  We are here to help.  

There is so much that can go into a video.  Your message needs to be clear, the images in focus and the storytelling concise. Have fun.

AUTHOR You Shoot We Edit Video Services:

Duane Weed, Video Producer since 1983

Cameraman, Editor, Director, Concept guy and even carries and sets up his own equipment.

https://www.dwvideo.com

 

Video Blogs produced by DW Video:  Buy Local Michigan  Welcome to my basement Jus Jammin  MI Basement Session

Internet Marketing Service

Internet Marketing Service

Internet Marketing Service can mean many things. It is the way of advertising your business on- line.  Also known as content marketing, internet marketing is the process of promoting your business, brand, products and/or services on the worldwide web.

Internet marketing a broad term that can include video, content, emails, photography, blogs and more.  The more in our case is also using broadcast media as part of your advertising.  More on that later.

On-Line Content Creation

The key today is consistent content creation that puts your message out to your audience as often as possible.  Some do posts daily, with what the special is that day.  Others, pick a day or two and schedule content that educates and informs the prospect.  It is not just about sell, sell, sell. It is about the Why.  Why does your product help solve my problem.  How else can I use it?  These are all part of the branding process and understanding your costumer.

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From Blogs to Posts

When using the web as your marketing tool, there are many factors.  You are after content that the search engines like Google sees to show your websites relevance and the social media side of reaching your audience.  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google My Business are all part of the mix.  Having a handle on consistent content is a job. 

 What kind of content works well with Internet Marketing Service

* Videos are engaging, entertaining, and they connect with the prospect.  Consistent content helping your customer, for example create a series that covers many topics: 5 ways to use our product to save time and money.   Top ten reasons our product works.  These are hype style videos that work for a number of reasons.  1) You are sharing how to use your product.  2) Not selling but informing.  Push out a video like this every week.  

People want to know more about you and your business.  In addition to the hype style videos, mix in Video Profiles of your staff.  Have your audience get to know what is going on behind the scenes.  People eat this up.  Why, people like watching and knowing how something is done.  From how the widget is made to how the fudge or beer is made.  AND, who does it.  We are making a connection here.  

Instructional videos can impact your audience in many ways.  Take the healthcare industry.  There are a ton of articles on how to loose weight.  If you are a doctor then having videos of you providing knowledge in an easy to understand way goes a long way in turning the prospect into a customer.  Taking it a step further, having members of the nursing staff or your traditionalist produce videos on cooking tips and tips to help.  This approach fills up your youtube channel with quality content it also provides information for your blog articles, social media posts and more.

Video testimonials are another important part of your video mix.  Customer Testimonials, Video Testimonials.

Using LIVE video on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube is another good way to connect.

* Info Graphics, Memes are another great way to continue your marketing message.  Infographics can be engaging, fun, educational and a wonderful way to visually present your information.

These can include: charts, graphs, pictures, and illustrations. More important these are easy to understand and visual.  Here is a basic infographic.

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Let’s not forget memes.  Using imagery to engage in more often than not in a funny way.  We have even used video memes to share content about DW Video.  See video meme below.

*Blog Posts help with SEO.  If you have not seen it yet.  Videos, Infographics and content all come together in blog posts.  A good rule of thumb is to write 300-600 words for each of your blogs.  Focus on the main keyword message and educate.

About Duane

Duane Weed is a content producer for DW Video.  With a focus on promoting Michigan based companies he enjoys helping businesses from everywhere. Have a question or need assistance reach out by calling 231-250-9624.

Video Blogs produced by DW Video:  Buy Local Michigan  Welcome to my basement Jus Jammin  MI Basement Session

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