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

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://dwvideo.com

 

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

DW Video services West Michigan with Video Production Services

 

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Producer Director Duane Weed is ready to serve you.

DW Video services West Michigan with Video Production Services. When it comes to video and today’s media, consider us your best full service resource. We can handle it all; from concept through completion – and we’re fun to work with, too.

1) Business & Industry: We use today’s media to promote your products and services, train your employees and to market your business. From Video, DVD’s Internet Video to Brochures and Web Site creation and design…. We do it all!  

2) Consumer: Capturing your special event on video, transferring your home movies, prints or slides to videotape, or producing a one-of-a-kind video album for that special occasion are just a few things we can do for you.

Located in Howard City DW Video & Multimedia has been providing video and media production services since 1984. Contact Duane 231 937-5420. DW Video & Multimedia, LLC is West Michigan Full Service Media and Production Facility. DW Video services West Michigan with Video Production Services – we are ready to help you with all your video and media needs.

Serving the Big Rapids Area with Video Production

Since 1984 when Duane Weed first started in business he has been serving the Big Rapids area with video production services.  Fast forward to 2014 – thirty years later… he is still at it.

According to Owner/Producer/Director Duane Weed, “I laugh to think that the first number one compatible media was VHS videotape.  It would play in every machine.  Today, Quicktime and Windows Media Video for the most part do not like each other”, Duane continues.  “Players like VLC play them both.  I laugh when I think bout with all this technology, VHS tape had its advantages.”

The road to technology has changed.  The need however to tell a businesses story, capture those memories from 8mm film or videotape to DVD is still here.   The number of times the DW Video team has been across the Mackinaw Bridge on film and videotape…. they lost count.

Luke Wyckoff from Social Media Energy, Denver CO, discusses how important video is for business.

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Shooting a TV Commercial at Gilberts Carpet.

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Standing on the top of the Holiday Inn capturing video of Big Rapids.

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Producing a video for Ferris State TAC.

 

Whether you have a message to share, a story to tell, a lesson to teach, a product to promote or an image to build… digital video is vital to your business.  DW Video can handle it all – Video Means Business for you!  At DW Video we provide the Big Rapids area with video production services.

Types of videos we produce: Company Image Videos, Web Video, Professional Services, Non Profit Video, Retail Video, Church Video, School Video, Broadcast Commercials, Event Video, Video Testimonials, Promotional Video, New Product Video, Training/Safety Video and Stock Video.

 

DW Video services include: Producer/Director, On-Location Video Capture, Video Editing Service, Web Video Production, DVD Production / Duplication, Website Design, Multi-Camera Production, Animation / Motion Graphics, Green Screen, Audio Production, Photography, Print and Design, Custom Programming and Search Engine Optimization.

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8mm, super 8mm, 16mm and slides transferred to DVD.

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CD ad DVD duplication services. One copy to thousands.

For consumers we transfer film, slides, photos slides, videotape to DVD.  We are the Big Rapids area video production resource for all things video.

DW Video & Multimedia, LLC  (231) 937-5420.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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