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 Web videos from still photographs

Video Camera IconCurrently, most real estate web videos are movies made using still photographs set to music and using panning or zoom in and zoom out to create more interest and a bit of movement. A voice-over can be added describing some of the details of the house and property that are not obvious as you look at the images, such as the size of the property, underfloor heating, super insulated walls, windows, newly installed bathrooms and kitchen, attic and anything else that cannot be communicated by images alone.

While I prefer the "WalkThru" real videos, the still versions can be effective and make a more interesting slide show.
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> A Horse Ranch in the Upper Ojai:

East End Estate Video from Stills
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Like the other videos from still below, I was able to make a more interesting "slide show" by using video techniques to bring a more interesting experience to the viewer.

> A Lovely Estate in the East End of Ojai:

East End Estate Video from Stills
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I can use the same images created for the WebPhotoAlbum for these videos from still photographs. This allows the images to be corrected in every way and yet still make an arresting video hosted on YouTube and embedded into your own website. We add music and recordings of the environmental sounds typical of the property from bird song to the sounds of the fountains, swimming pool - whatever brings more ambiance to the viewing experience.

> A Small, elongated designer house under Oak trees on a hillside:

Ranch house Video from Stills
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This valley floor house started life as a rustic farm house set in the middle of a large orange grove. In recent years, it was bought and remodeled inside and out. Additions made, new bathrooms and kitchen. It is surrounded by acres of orange trees and fronted by one of the old field stone walls that are about 10 feet thick that root the property firmly into the valley history.

The charm is hard to capture in photographs so by using a full series of photos for a WebAlbum or Web Video from stills helps a prospective buyer to get a better idea of the house and the property that surrounds it. The views from the upper balcony is one of the major selling points since is shows the rising sun as it floods the valley with light all the way to the famous Pink Moment sunset.

> A Two Bedroom, remodeled surburban ranch house:

Hillside house Video from Stills
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Some properties present unique difficulties in presenting them photographically. Hill side houses always are difficult to shoot since, by their very nature, the photographer is either shooting up hill or down hill. The down hill vies can be interesting in that you can see the view that lies on the down hill side as well as seeing the house itself. However, the up hill shots inevitably run into the problem of bushes, trees, walls and other obstacles to actually being able to see the down hill face of the building.

This low and sprawling ranch house lay across the hillside, with parts hidden by beautiful, spreading oak trees, bushes and shrubs as well as local rock walls. Fortunately, there had been some terracing work done on the down hill side, so I was able to erect a tall ladder which helped to obtain some uphill shots that showed more of the house and less of the hill side. But to provide a potential buyer of this property a valid and complete coverage of the house and property, no one photograph can succeed. Instead, it requires a series of photographs to give a range of views of the house both inside and out to tell the full story. While this is true of all houses, some are more demanding of this treatment than others.


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