7 Essential Video Settings to Check Before Shooting your video:

When every day shooting new content its important not to loose track on the important essentials things.
Thats’ why we create a list of things to check before you hit the record button on your camera.

1.) Resolution & Frame Rate: This is vitally important when shooting with multiple cameras each camera needs to have the exact same resolution and frame rate.  Making footage settings match each other will make it so much easier to edit.

2.) White Balance: Important to make sure color temperatures look natural.  This is crucial to remember when going inside then outside (or vice versa) because color temperature of light is different outdoors than indoors. Make the time to adjust your white balance properly with every set-up.

3.) Gain or ISO: Your Gain and ISO settings make sure your image is properly exposed. Higher ISO settings are for low light and lower ISO settings are for bright lights.  Higher ISO settings also equals more camera noise and lower ISO settings makes a cleaner image.

4.) Scene Profile (Picture Profile) Mode: The correct picture style can make or break your image.control over the image in post.  Looking for more control over the contrast and saturation to your image? Use a neutral setting. Looking to do less work in post? Try using a standard setting.

5.) Shutter Speed: A great rule of thumb is to double the frame rate you are shooting and that will be your shutter speed.  A good setting for 24p footage is 1/50th, a good setting for 60p footage is 125th, and so on.

6.) Aperture or F-Stop Settings: Knowing what F-Stop settings to go with really depends on the type of lens you are using. Knowing your lens’s maximum aperture will help you choose the best f-stop setting for the situation. A general rule of thumb is a lens will generate the sharpest image towards the middle of the glass..  So a setting like f5.6 may be good.  But to create moreshallow depth of field f2.8 or lower may be better

7.) Focus: Nothing is worse than having great exposure settings only to pull up your footage and find a crucial shot was out of focus so use the focus assist in your camera.

If you would like more FREE advise on shooting your next video get in touch !  Looking for content to use in your next video? Make sure you check ReeldealHD or Greenscreenfilms.com and choose from over 5000 HD premium RF stock footage clips perfect for your next project.

Will Video Ads Sink Facebook? Social Media Giant Faces User Backlash

The video ad market is on the cusp of a multi-billion dollar expansion that could transform Facebook and Instagram into syndication platforms putting pressure on the existing TV model, but those users may not accept commercials as readily as major online video sites.

TV advertising is a big business, but online video ads are projected to grow even more rapidly. eMarketer says that advertisers in the U.S. will spend $66.4 billion on TV ads this year, compared to $4.1 billion online. However, it foresees 40 percent growth in video ads.

Facebook Has the Potential To Generate $1 Billion in Ad Revenue

Morgan Stanley financial analysts are predicting that Facebook could generate over $1 billion next year in video ad revenues and as much as $6.5 billion by 2020. Advertisers are willing to pay a premium to Facebook because its ability to reach the coveted 25-34 demographic can exceed TV networks’ reach, Nielsen has found.

Facebook is especially attractive to advertisers during primetime hours. Nielsen has found that it is “a strong driver of duplicated reach—meaning that a marketer could reach the same consumers online and on TV.” Facebook complements TV ads and is overturning the perception that the Internet is only for niche audiences by becoming a channel for “broadly messaged, brand advertising,” Nielsen said in a July report. What’s important to note is that Facebook has served as extension to the main TV experience by bringing value through second screen activities. The Nielsen report noted that: The emergence of far-reaching publishers like Facebook, however, means that marketers now have another option for reaching consumers en masse. Likewise, the availability of true cross-screen metrics enables them to understand how digital can reinforce and complement their TV investment.

Facebook User Attention Span Is An Issue

Facebook has the scale to do this with its 1.15 billion monthly active users, but actual consumer interactions with its video ads could deviate from what analysts are expecting. Consumers are willing to sit through 30 or 60-second advertisements on online video platforms like YouTube,Hulu and UVidi, because they want access to the content. The social consumer is different – they don’t have the same attention span.

Moreover, Facebook doesn’t have a content strategy to hold users’ attention. The majority of the content that it distributes is user-generated and short-form, thus greatly reducing the likelihood that anyone is going to want to sit through a commercial to watch their friend’s cat fall off a couch. As video consumption evolves, we are seeing that 15 and 30 second pre-rolls are effective when users want premium content. It’s likely you will see much shorter messaging on social platforms with pre-roll that is 5 to 8 seconds long. Early testers will try to create branded content and use Facebook as a distribution source, but currently it can’t compete with the big video platforms because it won’t deliver equivalent results with its existing videos.

That’s the challenge: Facebook offers a very different customer experience from other content distribution sites. A model that could work would be to complement a TV advertising package with a Facebook extension that includes video to target mobile devices. More than 40 percent of Facebook’s advertising revenue and 68 percent of its traffic come from mobile customers, according to its Q2 earnings call in late July. That’s assuming users want ads.

Consumer sentiment could be why Facebook is moving so cautiously with video ads. It wants its ads to display in ways that aren’t distracting or alienating towards users the Wall Street Journal reports. “Striking that balance between consumer happiness and commercial opportunity has been a challenge for the young company, leading to delays and frustrations among the marketers it is trying to woo,” the report said.

While Facebook tinkers, established video platforms are better positioned to drawn display budget because of the duration of the videos. Morgan Stanley predicts that YouTube will generate $5.7 billion in video ad revenue next year, which is estimated to grow to approximately $17 billion by 2019.

Facebook could meet the street’s expectations, but that’s only true if consumers buy in. Content is king and will influence consumer interactions with video advertisements.

How the Top 100 Brands Use YouTube for Marketing

Pixability just released a study called, “The Top 100 Global Brands: Key Lessons for Success on YouTube,” which showed how these companies (based on Interbrands’ top 100) have been using the platform.  From these findings, Pixability was able to derive some lessons that all marketers can use.  And they studied everything: what are brands doing with multiple channels, how they used social media, were they properly targeting the ads, did they post consistently, do some brands have channels that are basically dormant, and so on. What are the best brands doing on YouTube?  Read on.

Top 100 Brands & YouTube: Key Takeaways

Here’s something that has probably been said on this site more than any other thing:

1. Post content consistently.

The most successful brands publish 50 percent more videos per channel than the least successful ones.  They do it on a regular schedule.

How the Top 100 Brands Use YouTube for Marketing

2. Take YouTube SEO seriously.

Citing its place as the 2nd-largest search engine in the world, behind only its parent company Google, Pixability says discoverability is key.  YouTube SEO is very different from traditional SEO, and Google favors web pages with YouTube embeds.  The best 25 percent of brands optimize their videos properly, utilizing more playlists and tags than the bottom 25 percent.

How the Top 100 Brands Use YouTube for Marketing

3. No need for overproduction.

The best brands produce a variety of content.

4. Always On

The top brands integrate their video strategy with their offline strategy.  17 of the top 100 brands use less than 50 percent of their channels.  Brands should not be afraid to create web series for limited, but highly engaged audiences.

How the Top 100 Brands Use YouTube for Marketing

5. Put your brand on everything where it makes sense.

The top brands put the logo in the video and in the metadata.  Why is putting it in the video important?  Because people aren’t always watching your content on your channel.  The regular watch page on YouTube and any embed isn’t likely to have your branding anywhere, so use it where you can.  But don’t go overboard and start sticking it in so many places that you create brand fatigue.

6. Content is more important than Channels.

Uploading consistent content is way more important than creating multiple specialized channels.  37 percent of all channels were not updated with new content in 120 days.  The best channels focus on their target audience and deliver video to them regularly.  The study cites Kleenex, Johnny Walker, and Yahoo (although with Yahoo’s focus on their own video, that makes sense) as the worst offenders with 80 percent of their channels remaining inactive for more than 120 days.

How the Top 100 Brands Use YouTube for Marketing

7. Use that social media thing.

The top 25 percent of brands used social media way more effectively than the bottom 25.  Pixability also found that across different industries, home and luxury segments have the highest sentiment, while financial services and consumer goods are the lowest.  The top brands had 89 times more Tweets and 330 times more Facebook activity:

How the Top 100 Brands Use YouTube for Marketing

Points on Video Marketing

  • Pixability found that brands focus entirely too much on video production and not enough on video marketing. Over 50 percent of the entire library of videos produced by the top brands have less than 1,000 views.
  • Of the 100 brands, only 1 (Morgan Stanley) doesn’t have a YouTube channel.
  • 56 of those brands have 10 channels or more.
  • Since YouTube’s launch, these brands have produced: 258,000 videos and over 1,378 channels with 9.5+ billion views total.
  • Publishing has increased an average of 73 percent annually since 2009.

How the Top 100 Brands Use YouTube for Marketing

Here are the most active industries on YouTube:

How the Top 100 Brands Use YouTube for Marketing

The top video producers also tend to get the most views (Thomson Reuters could use some help), publishing 78 videos per month.  Media companies are publishing 500 a month:

How the Top 100 Brands Use YouTube for Marketing

Pixability also espoused one of video’s top advantages: long tail.  The first three weeks of a video’s launch will account for 40 percent of the total views, but 30 percent will take place over 4-12 weeks and 30 percent will take place in the 12-52 week time period.

How the Top 100 Brands Use YouTube for Marketing

You can read the full report, “The Top 100 Global Brands: Key Lessons for Success on YouTube,” here.

We’d like to thank Pixability for providing us the data!  They also provided a supporting 1-hour webinar on YouTube, if you’re so inclined:

Digital Set to Surpass TV in Time Spent with US Media

Average time spent with digital media per day will surpass TV viewing time for the first time this year, according to eMarketer’s latest estimate of media consumption among US adults.

The average adult will spend over 5 hours per day online, on nonvoice mobile activities or with other digital media this year, eMarketer estimates, compared to 4 hours and 31 minutes watching television. Daily TV time will actually be down slightly this year, while digital media consumption will be up 15.8%.

The most significant growth area is on mobile. Adults will spend an average of 2 hours and 21 minutes per day on nonvoice mobile activities, including mobile internet usage on phones and tablets—longer than they will spend online on desktop and laptop computers, and nearly an hour more than they spent on mobile last year.

This is eMarketer’s first time breaking out time spent on tablets and smartphones. It’s also eMarketer’s first time creating an overall time spent with digital figure. Previously, online time (desktop, laptop) and mobile time (on feature phones, smartphones and tablets) were kept separate.

eMarketer’s estimates of time spent with media include all time spent within each medium, regardless of multitasking. Consumers who spend an hour watching TV while multitasking on tablet devices, for example, would be counted as spending an hour with TV and an additional hour on mobile. Such multitasking helps to contribute to the increase in the overall time people spend with media each day, which eMarketer expects to rise from 11 hours and 39 minutes in 2012 to 11 hours and 52 minutes this year.

Time spent with mobile has come to represent a little more than half of TV’s share of total media time, as well as more than half of digital media time as a whole. The bulk of mobile time is spent on smartphones, at 1 hour and 7 minutes per day, but tablets are not far behind. Feature phones account for relatively little time spent on nonvoice mobile activities, since few have robust mobile internet capabilities.

To develop our time spent with media figures, eMarketer analyzed more than 400 data points collected from more than 40 research institutions. For example, to forecast time spent on desktop and laptop computers, eMarketer compiled and evaluated figures from audience measurement companies, industry associations, academic institutions, major online media platforms and other research firms—all of which were analyzed to account for discrepancies and convergence in definitions, methodology and historical accuracy.

As a percentage of time spent with all media, eMarketer’s estimate of adults’ average time with TV is roughly in line with other firms’ for this year. Temkin Group is at the low end of estimates among all adult consumers, while MAGNAGLOBAL and GfK figures are more in line with eMarketer’s. Estimates of TV time among internet users only are somewhat lower as a share of all media (with the exception of a USA Touchpoints data point), suggesting internet users may devote somewhat less time to TV compared to online media.

Nielsen reported that in Q4 2012, US consumers spent an average of 4 hours and 39 minutes per day watching live TV, and an additional 25 minutes with DVR playback and 11 minutes with DVD playback. That adds up to 5 hours and 15 minutes spent with TV under eMarketer’s definition—significantly higher than our figure. However, Nielsen measures all time a TV is turned on, not the amount of time viewers are actually engaging with the medium.

Research firms differ dramatically in their estimates of how much time US adults spend online on desktop and laptop computers, both in absolute terms and as a percentage of total media time.

Time spent with mobile is also the subject of widespread disagreement. Estimates for 2012 usage ranged from just under an hour, averaged across all US adults, according to MAGNAGLOBAL (a figure that includes voice time, which other firms do not) to 2 hours, among the same population.

Research firms agree more closely on time spent with tablets—at least when measured among tablet users. eMarketer estimates tablet users spent nearly 2 hours per day with their devices in 2012; the ‎Online Publishers Association (OPA) and Pew Research had estimates within 10 minutes of that. Averaged across the larger population of US adults, the figure goes down significantly, and research firms that measured tablet usage among other groups that include many consumers who do not own a tablet also reported lower figures.


YouTube Best-Practices to Drive Views

Here are some good things to follow when running your YouTube channel:

1. Run your YouTube channel like Facebook

Find the best time of day to post a video on your channel.  You can do this by manually analyzing your subscribers to see when they’re watching.  This can be a tedious thing to weed through; services like vidIQ monitor this for you and give you a graph that shows you what time is best.  Anyway, figuring out the best time to launch a video helps get that important early, heavy traffic that YouTube likes.

2. Tags and Video SEO Matter

The number 1 and 2 drivers of traffic on YouTube is search and related videos.  The only way YouTube can position your video in search and to put it in the coveted “related videos” column is by knowing what your video is about and finding like-minded videos to associate it with.

Three Proven YouTube Best Practices to Drive Views [Creators Tip #99]

Fact: 58% of YouTube viewers discover a video because of Search and Related videos. In other words, SEO must be part of your YouTube marketing strategy.

Also, the more the (relevant) tags, the more the views.  vidIQ was finding people putting 4 tags on a video, when they should be putting something like 18 or 19.  Here’s what they found:

Three Proven YouTube Best Practices to Drive Views [Creators Tip #99]

Fact: The more tags you add, the more views you get.

To refresh on tags, you should start with the more specific tags first and then work towards your more generic tags later in the sequence.

3. Engage With Comments

Actively respond to your comments.

Three Proven YouTube Best Practices to Drive Views [Creators Tip #99]

Videos where creators actively engage with comments generate 4x the views of those who do not.

If you can, target the more influential people who comment regularly.  At first, when you’re starting, you might want to spend a lot of time, especially in that first hour or two, actively responding to any interesting comment out there.  This not only helps you engage with fans, but YouTube tends to love it when the engagement is high early into a video’s launch.  Of course, a service like vidIQ finds those influential commenters and alerts you to who you definitely should respond to when they comment.

For more about vidIQ, click here.

Think social media will drive viewers to TV programs? Think again

Content owners increasingly are turning to social media in hopes of being able to deepen relationships with regular viewers, and, perhaps more importantly, to attract new or occasional viewers to specific programming. But a new study suggests that while social media can help enhance existing relationships with viewers, if it’s used to often, it efficacy decreases. And, in the case of non- or infrequent  viewers, social media may have little–if any impact–on drawing them into the fold. The study, from the Council for Research Excellence, found that word-of-mouth is far more likely—five to 10 times more so–to attract new or infrequent viewers to a TV show than Facebook, Twitter, or other social apps.

“While our ‘Talking Social TV’ study found social media incrementally influential in drawing viewers to new shows as opposed to existing shows,” said Beth Rockwood, senior vice president, market resources, of Discovery Communications, who chairs the CRE’s Social Media Committee, “these latest findings suggest social media may have a stronger role in building relationships with a show for existing viewers than in drawing newer viewers to that show. If programmers already have a regular viewer watching their show, they can engage them further.”

The study helped the CRE identify two distinct types of viewers—the “repeaters” and the “infrequents,” Rockwood said. It also helped it “understand the relative roles of demographics and program genre in determining the impact of social media, and to observe the effects of different forms of communication on viewers.”

For instance, the study found that social media holds more sway with repeaters who are over 55 and white, and for infrequent viewers who are Hispanic, African American and male. It is also interesting to see the type of content that has most impact.

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CRE said a second study into the relationship of social media and TV viewing, encompassing a lengthier survey of respondents using mobile apps as diaries, is expected to launch later this year.

The academic review of the study was conducted by a team including The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Some other findings include:

  • For repeaters, the first encounters with offline word-of-mouth, or a one-to-one electronic communication such as an email or text, or a social-media communication, are related to higher viewing — while subsequent communications can have diminishing returns.
  • For repeaters, those receiving an initial social media message were found more likely to watch a show by one percentage point, with diminishing returns after each additional exposure to a social media message.
  • For infrequent viewers, social media and show promos were found to be less related to high viewing than offline word-of-mouth, which peaks at a four-percentage-point increase in the likelihood of sampling the show.  More than five social media exposures are needed to obtain the same one-percentage-point lift as one offline word-of-mouth exposure for these infrequent viewers. This suggests social media plays a role in encouraging sampling, but a smaller one;
  • Social media plays a stronger role for genres such as reality (a nearly four-percentage-point increase in likelihood of watching), sports (more than a two-percentage-point increase) and talk shows (approximately a one-percentage-point increase).

The CRE is an independent research group funded by Nielsen.

Click here for more details on the research.

comScore May 2013 U.S. Online Video Rankings

comScore, released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 182 million Americans watched nearly 41 billion online content videos in May, while the number of video ad views reached 15.8 billion.

Top 10 Video Content Properties by Unique Viewers

Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube.com, ranked as the top online video content property in May with 154.5 million unique viewers, followed by Facebook with 60.4 million, AOL, Inc. with 53.8 million, VEVO with 52 million and NDN with 46.5 million. Nearly 41 billion video content views occurred during the month, with Google Sites generating the highest number at nearly 14 billion, followed by AOL, Inc. with 839 million. Google Sites had the highest average engagement among the top ten properties.

Top U.S. Online Video Content Properties Ranked by Video Viewers

Property Total Unique Viewers (000) Videos (000)* Minutes per Viewer
Total Internet : Total Audience 182,217 40,953,776 1,247.9
Google Sites 154,537 13,958,260 436.7
Facebook 60,429 727,383 26.1
AOL, Inc. 53,845 838,934 64.2
VEVO 52,024 591,209 37.9
NDN 46,457 505,339 78.5
Microsoft Sites 45,179 541,503 36.9
Viacom Digital 43,676 415,654 41.2
Yahoo! Sites 43,625 342,432 72.7
Amazon Sites 33,740 163,817 17.8
Turner Digital 32,975 276,951 41.7

*A video is defined as any streamed segment of audiovisual content, including both progressive downloads and live streams. For long-form, segmented content, (e.g. television episodes with ad pods in the middle) each segment of the content is counted as a distinct video stream.Video views are inclusive of both user-initiated and auto-played videos that are viewed for longer than 3 seconds.

Top 10 Video Ad Properties by Video Ads Viewed

Americans viewed 15.8 billion video ads in May, with BrightRoll Platform ranking #1 with 2.6 billion ad impressions. Google Sites came in second with nearly 2.6 billion ads, followed by LiveRail.com with 2.1 billion, Adap.tv with 2.1 billion, Hulu with 1.7 billion, Specific Media with 1.4 billion and TubeMogul Video Ad Platform with 1.2 billion. Time spent watching video ads totaled 6 billion minutes, with BrightRoll Platform delivering the highest duration of video ads at 1.3 billion minutes. Video ads reached 53 percent of the total U.S. population an average of 96 times during the month. Hulu delivered the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 71.

Top U.S. Online Video Ad Properties Ranked by Video Ads*

Property Video Ads (000) Total Ad Minutes (MM) Frequency (Ads per Viewer) % Reach Total U.S. Population
Total Internet : Total Audience 15,844,581 6,042 96.5 53.1
BrightRoll Platform** 2,624,509 1,340 16.2 52.5
Google Sites 2,553,208 233 23.7 34.9
LiveRail.com† 2,128,167 742 23.9 28.9
Adap.tv† 2,098,981 1,000 15.8 43.1
Hulu 1,666,610 653 71.3 7.6
Specific Media** 1,411,102 552 12.5 36.5
TubeMogul Video Ad Platform† 1,225,897 349 13.5 29.4
Tremor Video** 882,522 459 11.6 24.5
Videology† 632,899 262 8.1 25.1
AOL, Inc. 630,551 296 12.1 16.9

*Video ads include streaming-video advertising only and do not include other types of video monetization, such as overlays, branded players, matching banner ads, etc.
**Indicates video ad network
†Indicates video ad exchange/DSP/SSP

Top 10 YouTube Partner Channels by Unique Viewers

The May 2013 YouTube partner data revealed that video music channel VEVO maintained the top position in the ranking with 50.2 million viewers. Fullscreen held on to the #2 position with 36.5 million viewers, followed by Maker Studios Inc. with 32.4 million, Warner Music with 32 million and ZEFR (formerly MovieClips) with 27.5 million. Among the top 10 YouTube partners, Machinima demonstrated the highest engagement (63 minutes per viewer), followed by Maker Studios Inc. (48 minutes per viewer). VEVO streamed the greatest number of videos (562 million), followed by Maker Studios Inc. (433 million).

Top YouTube Partner Channels* Ranked by Video Viewers

Property Total Unique Viewers (000) Videos (000) Minutes per Viewer
VEVO @ YouTube 50,238 561,631 36.1
Fullscreen @ YouTube 36,486 284,829 23.8
Maker Studios Inc. @ YouTube 32,371 432,854 47.5
Warner Music @ Youtube 31,956 176,509 17.7
ZEFR @ YouTube 27,497 130,772 13.5
The Orchard @ YouTube 24,313 90,023 10.4
Machinima @ YouTube 21,371 349,628 62.6
UMG @ YouTube 19,838 68,297 9.9
BroadbandTV @ YouTube 16,451 112,491 21.6
SonyBMG @ YouTube 16,250 44,173 8.3

Other notable findings from May 2013 include:

  • 84.8 percent of the U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.
  • The duration of the average online content video was 5.6 minutes, while the average online video ad was 0.4 minutes.
  • Video ads accounted for 27.9 percent of all videos viewed and 2.6 percent of all minutes spent viewing video online.