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April 17, 2007

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Norm Fisher

An excellent first go at it and certainly much more than you'd get from stills. If you don't mind me saying so, I think the dialog sounds a bit like you can't wait to get out of there. Try talking about the home like you're presenting it to an actual buyer. You have a polished and professional voice that's perfect for this kind of thing.

I want to experiment with video. What are you shooting with? Thanks.

Tony Arko

Norm, Thanks for the feedback. I agree with your analysis of the dialog. I definitely have to work on it. I am going to try dropping some narration on top after I finishing editing the footage. I was also contemplating some music overtop and graphics instead of narration but that would probably be for my own listings. I'll keep experimenting.

I did a lot of research on the cameras and I got a Sony Handycam with built in 30GB hard drive. My research showed that one thing an agent should get is the built in memory because the disks get to be expensive and cumbersome. I can probably shoot 20-25 video tours on the drive. Also, you need something that shoots in low light. This camera has a "nightshot" button but I will still probably have to buy an additional light supply. Hope this helps.

Fred Light

Definitely might want to try adding your narration in the editing stage - that way the quality will be better and you can actually take the time to write a script. That's what I do... I shoot the video first, then edit and add the voiceover.

Ed McNamara

Your answer to feedback was right on. We just bought a 30G also and are using Video Magic to learn about editing. I agree with the voice over. Shoot the video and then describe what is showing because some of it may not be evident in the video, like 3 CM granite countertops (versus 2 CM), 3/4 inch red oak hardwood floors (versus laminate), etc. Lighting comments are correct. Need to slow down a little on your panning. Pretty good overall - practice make perfect. Can't imagine your customer not liking a video unless they don't have high speed internet. I noticed you parked this on Utube. How many views will they allow? Also, how much time are you spending on each video - driving to the listing, shooting the video, editing and then uploading?

Tony Arko

Fred and Ed, Thanks for the input. I will definitely try the voice over. To answer the question about youtube, the only limit I saw was the size and length of the video. They cap that at 120mb and/or 10 minutes in length. The video you see on the blog took me an hour to go to the house, shoot the video, go back to the office and download onto my computer. The editing took about 15 minutes and the download to youtube.com took 15 minutes. So it took about an 90 minutes total. The house was over 7000 square feet and is about 8 miles from the office.

Tony Arko

Fred and Ed, Thanks for the input. I will definitely try the voice over. To answer the question about youtube, the only limit I saw was the size and length of the video. They cap that at 120mb and/or 10 minutes in length. The video you see on the blog took me an hour to go to the house, shoot the video, go back to the office and download onto my computer. The editing took about 15 minutes and the download to youtube.com took 15 minutes. So it took about an 90 minutes total. The house was over 7000 square feet and is about 8 miles from the office.

Steve Leiby

Tony,

Not bad. We have spoken before. I am a Keller WIlliams Realtor with a Computer Science degree. There is software for about $30.00 for which you can edit your home video presentation and even personalize it to market CC or Tony Arko which ever the case may be. What's best is it only take a few minutes of your time, but gives it that professional look you seem to be looking for and much cheaper than hiring a videographer. Just make sure yiur camera has plenty of memory and a minimum of 5 megapixels. There is also softweare out there where you can make it seem as though the potential buyer is litterally walking through the home and with the click of a mouse determines the path of walking the property but this software is slightly more expensive. Virtual Tour Companies will have to offer these services sooner as opposed to later in order to stay in business and be competitive.

Kind Regards,

Steve Leiby

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