Category Archives: testimonial

‘Builder’ Doesn’t have to Mean Nightmare! Home Renovation Video

Watching Julie’s house turning into the home she wanted was fascinating, a good education about the experience of the renovation of an old house. The work was carried out by ‘By Word of Mouth Renovations Ltd’, and was well under way when I made my first visit, everything that was going to be stripped out had gone. The building was just a carcass waiting for the ‘sinews’ of services – plumbing and electrics and ‘flesh’ of decoration to be installed. Along with the fixtures, fittings and belongings that turn a house into home. In this video, the owner, Julie describes her feelings before, during and after the building work.

If You’ve Got a Smartphone You Can Have a Business Video

Video is a brilliant asset for any business website, and one great way of using it is in testimonials from current clients and customers. I advocated this to a meeting of OmniLocal Business Networking recently, and to illustrate the point got a few of attendees to record a short piece to camera explaining what they got out of Omni’s networking. Nearly everyone has a video camera in their phone which is more than adequate for the purpose, but you have to take a little extra care setting things up. As a former radio producer and sound recordist I’m absolutely passionate about sound quality, and this is where phones can let you down, so here’re a few tips…

  1. Microphones need to be close to the source of the sound, in this case, the mouth!
  2. It’s worth buying a dedicated microphone if you’re going to do a lot.
  3. Get the phone as close as you can to the subject, without compromising the picture too much.
  4. Tell the subjects to speak up!

These are the testimonials we recorded for OmniLocal Business Networking with an iPhone 5c using available light. There were no windows in the room where we shot this video, only down-lighters. They produce very strong shadows, so we used a reflector to fill them in. A large piece of white card is effective. If you have to put the lights on it’s best to get away from windows – the light should be either  natural or artificial, but not both. 

 

 Make sure you can see the subject, natural light is the easiest and usually looks good. The footage below was shot in a hotel meeting room, we sat the subjects  in a window and placed a reflector on the opposite side. 

So far it’s been too cold to shoot anything outside, but if there’s a good background that can look, but not in direct sunlight. 

 

“Every picture tells a story, make sure it’s the right one!”
Trevor Aston Photography and Video is based in Teddington, Richmond upon Thames in southwest London close Kingston, Twickenham and Surrey.

Testimonial Video Shoot

There were two bed-sits on the top floor of number 32 Bryn Road, Swansea. One looked out over the bay, the other over dull rooftops. That’s the one I had, the room with a view was taken by Chris. It seemed appropriate at the time, I’d attended a second-rate state comprehensive school and was failing an engineering degree at Aston University. Chris went from public school to Cambridge and was coxing the boat race, you know, the one against Oxford held every year on the Thames. We were both spending the summer on placements at the ‘Aluminium Wire and Cable Company’ in Swansea. We were quite different people, but got on very well, I think because at the that time we were both slightly baffled by life.

Some 36 years later, I’m in very foggy Newport Pagnall to meet up with Chris and video some testimonials for his new business, Coursecheck. I’ve driven from Teddington, Chris from deepest Sussex. We speak by phone and by chance we’ve stopped in the same road two cars lengths apart. I’ve driven my Fiat Panda, Chris has driven is in his Jaguar, his mid-life crisis, he says. But I’m reminded of 32 Brynn Road, and the room with a view.

Coursecheck.com is platform for course delegates to record their unedited feedback about the they’ve just done. It’s a great way for confident, high quality trainers to enable new clients to see independent feedback and ratings. Of course, of the our subjects today speak very highly of how Coursecheck has worked for their businesses.

Both the videos were shot were at the subject’s premises. They were managed smoothly and efficiently – while I’ll set up the camera and the ‘set’. Chris ran through the questions he’d ask and they chatted while I finished the set-up. I’m sure this would have helped brake-down any nerves, but they were both very confident to start with! More video.