Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I choose a video production company?
A. Always make sure you feel comfortable with the production company you are
interested in hiring. Check out some of the work they have done and see if their
quality and expertise are satisfactory for you. Check out testimonials from
clients. See what type of equipment they shoot on. Can they produce a video and
work within means of your budget? Overall, you need to make sure the staff is
friendly and able to help you produce a video you will be proud of.
A. When this question comes up it is always given the same answer, "it depends."
A lot of factors must be identified and analyzed before a proper video
production budget can be created and given to a client. We are always willing to
meet with our clients and discuss the best options that will work within their
budget. We pride ourselves on the ability to work fairly and cost-effectively.
A. This question usually goes hand in hand with the type of video you wish to
produce. Some videos, such as weddings, are shot in a day and the edited product
is usually given to the client within 4-6 weeks. Other videos, such as
industrial videos or documentaries, take from several weeks to several months,
depending upon the complexity of the shoot. We are usually able to accurately
portray a timeline once we know more about the project.
A. Everybody wants his or her video to look as professional as possible. Your
video will often be the first impression people get of your company, and
everyone knows first impressions last! Most home videos are very poor in
quality, resulting in a less than desired picture quality. In addition the sound
quality is usually extremely poor due to a lack of professional audio equipment.
A video like could give the illusion that your company consists of
unprofessional amateurs. A poor video can do as much to harm your company's
image as a good quality video can do to enhance it. We have spent years in the
video production and Internet world and know all the mistakes one should avoid.
Let us help you.
A. In many situations, such as TV commercials and Documentaries, a one-camera
shoot is more than adequate. However, event videography is typically not the
case. This includes video productions such as weddings, conferences,
presentations, and the like. A two-camera mix allows us to cover your event from
two different angles, giving us a greater flexibility when shooting. We highly
recommend two cameras in wedding shoots. We would have the flexibility to
capture different angles and ensure a nicely edited video as a finished product.
With a once in a lifetime opportunity, it's best to get what you want.
A. Absolutely! We often have inspired producer's contact us with an idea of what
they want the video to look like when it's edited. We work with them in the
pre-production phase and spend a considerable amount of time storyboarding ideas
and conversing about different ways to shoot. This helps keep our creative
juices going and we always look forward to it!
A. We are proud to say, "anywhere and everywhere," although we do charge for all
travel fees incurred. For example, our videographers have been flown to Mexico
for video shoots in the past. Simply put, we pride ourselves in being flexible
and getting the job done right.
A. No matter how good your video might be, if you have a hard time hearing what
someone is saying, then you will most likely be displeased with the final
product. After all, audio is half of video. With Napa Valley Media Productions,
we actually take the time to ensure the best quality and care is given to the
audio, as well as the video. We have a full line of professional audio gear and
do not sacrifice the audio quality in your video production.
A. This is a question that you must compare "apples to apples" with. People
often say, "digital is better," which is usually true. However, a professional,
high-end Analog (meaning "non-digital) camera will definitely have a better
picture quality than a consumer grade digital camera someone can find at a Best
Buy. Typically shooting on digital is preferable, but not always better. Always
be sure to compare apples to apples when you are comparing equipment. All of our
cameras, analog and digital are 3-CCD, Broadcast Quality, Professional cameras.
We do not shoot on consumer gear. If you are interested in viewing a list of our
equipment, please click here.
A. Editing on a digital (non-linear) edit suite is one of the best ways to go
about editing any type of video. With precise, accurate edits, digital video
effects/transitions, and the capability to add slow motion to your video,
digital editing suites give editors more control in creating a finished product.
Although analog (tape-to-tape) editing suites still have their place, they are
usually limited in what they can do. Typically these are good for simple,
cuts-only editing with very few graphics. In addition, for those working on a
budget and need something simple, an analog-editing suite may be the most
cost-effective way to go.
A. Not every disc is compatible with every disc player on the market. Most
duplication companies, including us, will duplicate DVDs using recordable discs
known as DVD+R or DVD-R. All new players on the market are compatible with this
type of format, however some early model DVD players did not support the
recordable DVD format. To find out if your DVD player is compatible, please
consult your owners' manual.
A. We try to keep our FAQ section limited to the most basic questions we are
asked. Everyone's project is different and they may have several questions to
ask in relation to their production. We understand that and welcome any and all
questions. Feel free to
contact us today.
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