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Dundee Channel to return to The VU

Posted onJuly 18, 2014

Dundee Channel to return to The VU

Dundee Channel to return to The VU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dundee Channel are set to return to The VU on Sunday 24th August for the final of  Tays Got Talent 2014.  The talent show based on the Britains Got Talent format will hold 10 heats at various locations across Dundee. There will then be a wildcard event on 14th August before the semi finals on Sunday 17th August at The Park Hotel and Thursday 21st August at Cask and Cork in the Seagate.

There’s still time to take part, get yourself along to the following heats

Do you have what it takes to be the best in Tayside this year and win the £1000 prize ?  Here is how to enter

Want to be apart of this ? Please choose your way to apply

1)Add your self to this Group facebook.com/groups/1434785906777517/

2) you can enter by txt 07592 856167 with name, age and type of act

3) You can enter at any one of the venues that are involved from around 7pm each night

3 of the heats have already been held, seven remain…

Sunday 20th July Kellys Bar

Thursday 24th July Taybridge Bar

Sunday 27th July Lyrics Function Suite

Thursday 31st The Hi Corner Bar

Sunday 3rd August The Market Bar (Arbroath)

Thursday 7th August The Ardler Clubbie

Sunday 10th August The Kettledrum

Thursday 14th August The Park Hotel – Last Chance Wildcard.

We’ll remind you of those dates as they come up and to set the scene here’s one of last years finalists

 


Where did those huskies come from ?

Posted onJuly 2, 2014

Where did those huskies come from ?

Where did those huskies come from ?

A pack of huskies is an unusual sight running around Dundee Science Centre. They were there as part of the launch of Ice Station Antarctica on monday. But where did this pack of huskies come from ? We spoke to Sandy MacKenzie the owner and trainer of the husky pack. On the day we met four of his huskies but as he explained they are part of a pack of eleven !

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Filming the launch of Ice Station Antarctica

Posted onJune 30, 2014

Filming the launch of Ice Station Antarctica

Filming the launch of Ice Station Antarctica

Filming this afternoon for the launch of Ice Station Antarctica at Dundee Science Centre. Jennifer (left) and Rebecca are telling us about the summer exhibition closely watched it seems by the husky in the background. The video will be on line later – includes four huskies and a penguin !

 

 

 

 

More from the launch

Huskies star attraction of Ice Station Antarctica

Ice Station huskies for summer exhibition launch

Don’t forget the Facebook photo

Posted onMay 17, 2014

Don’t forget the Facebook photo

Don't forget the Facebook photo

Dundee Channel has added a page to its website contact pages as a guide to appearing on the Channel. How it Works is designed to help put potential interviewees at ease the details explain what will happen when the film crew arrives.

Among some of the guidance which we’ve repeated below is the importance of behind the scenes photography. Susan Somerville at Dundee Channel who initially had responsibility for advertising found the behind the scenes shots she was taking were increasingly important to explain to new clients what was going on as to the clients they featured showing the visiting film crew.

The arrival of a film crew anywhere creates a buzz and it a marketing tool all of its own. The thing is many people are so overwhelmed by the set up they forget to take pictures and of course these days they can be very important for your social media – instead of yet another selfie or that sandwich you were going to eat for your lunch. The Dundee Channel explain:

The Dundee Channel has become so successful by letting people talk about what is important to them. It can deploy as a single camera operator or with up to 3 cameras as standard for TV style programmes.

We’ll go through the interview first with you before you go on camera and you won’t have to talk directly into the camera unless you really want to. You normally face the interviewer who is standing to the side of the main camera.

If a film crew has arrived to hear what you’ve got to say, that in itself is an event and we document that for you. You’ll be surprised how many people we interview forget to take a picture so over the last year we’ve made sure that’s part of our packages.

Susan Somerville will co-ordinate the documenting of our visit to you which these days has become all important for social media.

If you need something quickly…
Once recorded the video can be ready within hours for Dundeechannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and your own website and social media.

 

Back to school for Dundee Channel

Posted onApril 29, 2014

Back to school for Dundee Channel

Back to school for Dundee Channel

Back to school – Dundee Channel is following the progress of young people taking their first steps from school into the world of work. The finished programmes will help show school pupils and employers what to expect from the experience. Filming started this morning with four Harris Academy pupils. The filming will follow the pupils out onto their placements to catch up with them during their week working for an employer. The filming will continue when the pupils return to the classroom and give their thoughts about their experiences. Todays filming explored what the pupils thought about going out into the world of work.

Dundeechannel videos busy off site and on

Posted onApril 16, 2014

Dundeechannel videos busy off site and on

Sometimes you can’t be shown what we are doing

Dundeechannel videos busy off site and on

With the rise of videos being sent to Facebook and Twitter you may think every video we make heads for the social networking sites, but that’s not true. With over 2,000 videos under our belts we have a healthy off site order book. This week we’ve produced a series of testimonial videos for a local Dundee company, staff training videos for a Dundee charity and assistance for a national crowdfunding project that we’re assisting with this summer.

Even for us social media sites aren’t always suitable for the work we do and over the last 5 years whilst we’ve produced over 2,000 public videos of which about 300 are on line at any one time we also have off site videos or unbranded work which is used by companies across Tayside. If you’d like some video work carried out with or without the social media publicity get in touch. Click here

 

Behind the scenes at dundeechannel.com

Posted onFebruary 1, 2014

Behind the scenes at dundeechannel.com

This week were going to have a quick look at the development of the video style dundeechannel.com is using. When you use a single camera that in itself produces a style of video or programme and we did this for the first six months of the channel in 2009. The single camera can be restrictive for instance if you have a guest and don’t want to swing the camera left and right which unless the content is riveting will put off any audience from watching for a long period of time.

Behind the scenes at dundeechannel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next came 2 camera set ups from 2011 which allow a more television look to be achieved during filming. We can listen to the question then pay closer attention to the answer.

Behind the scenes at dundeechannel.com Behind the scenes at dundeechannel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since then 3 and 4 camera set ups have become common place and are set ups which can more closely emulate television. These have been used at Fashion Shows, Football games, Rugby games, TNT Dundee Colosseum shows. Multi camera is used because of the size of the rugby pitch and you can’t easily tell which way the ball will go next which could lead to whip pans as you try to search for the ball rather than the television style cut to another angle which is easier on the eye. Even the professionals can lose the ball but they have more angles to choose from while they relocate it.

Behind the scenes at dundeechannel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multi camera filming requires a far more disciplined approach to filming and also a vision of how the finished article will look. It does though deliver pictures that the general public have come to expect from multi camera TV programmes and gives videos that television feel. Multi camera is used on TNT Dundee’s Colosseum kickboxing shows which are fast and can quickly move across the cage.

Behind the scenes at dundeechannel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve also rolled out using multi camera with interview situations because it also holds viewer attention better and moves a step up from news shots. Anyone who has attempted to record a video for their business on an iphone will recognise the difference between a professional set up and what’s been recorded on their phone.

Behind the scenes at dundeechannel.com

 

 

 

 

Clients often know what kind of shots they require from shoots but are unsure of what to ask for and how much it will cost. The television feel we have always incorporated into our work will make the move to any permanent internet streaming facility smoother all round.

If you’d like to be a camera operator on a Dundee Channel shoot or would like a more professional finish to your business videos feel free to get in touch.

Dundeechannel behind the scenes

Posted onJanuary 27, 2014

Dundeechannel behind the scenes

Dundeechannel behind the scenes

With BT only recently announcing that internet speeds of 1.5 terrabytes have been achieved in tests it seemed like a good point to remind us all of where this had all started a few years ago  in the technology which is responsible for such a website as www.dundeechannel.com

Back when modems bleeped and buzzed at you and emailing someone 30 seconds of video footage was an achievement these were the roots of the modern video website. Now making a name for itself in Dundee Scotland the internet TV production service has decided to make a series of behind the scenes videos which look at how the channel is put together.

The first of these looked at why the sites main page looks the way it does and why the video player became the size that it is. Bound to please the geek in all of us and generate debate on which way it should’ve been done, 1200 videos later there are no plans to try it again. lol.

CLICK THE PHOTO BELOW TO PLAY VIDEO



Behind the scenes at Scott Bros Butchers in Dundee

Posted onMay 9, 2013

Behind the scenes at Scott Bros Butchers in Dundee

Behind the scenes at Scott Bros Butchers in Dundee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the scenes at Scott Bros Butchers in Dundee – don’t ignore the pre programme warning please – but its definitely worth a watch just to see Felicity doing her best to link sausages. George Jarron gave Felicity a tour of the Scott Bros premises on Strathmartine Road Dundee.

Click the photo below to watch the video


Behind the scenes with Cats Protection on The Dundee Channel

Posted onMay 8, 2013

Behind the scenes with Cats Protection on The Dundee Channel

Cats Protection in Dundee is always looking for volunteers they help re-home over 450 cats a year. Bob Smith takes us behind the scenes with Cats Protection on The Dundee Channel.

http://www.dundee.cats.org.uk/

 

Behind the scenes with Cats Protection on The Dundee Channel


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