15 Mar PROJECT REVIEW ‘How To Install MF Casoline Ceiling’
Written by Kristian Baycroft
Our latest video ‘How To Install MF Casoline Ceiling’ has been published on YouTube for just under a week, and we have to admit that are pretty chuffed with how it turned out. There are two things that we did differently in this project that we hadn’t done before that we feel help make this video one of our best. Those things are the Graphics and the DJI Osmo, but I will go into more detail about that later.
This video is the first from a series of training videos that we are producing for MACS Plasterboard Systems. The training videos will be used to help train the new recruits of the company and could see our videos played in schools and even prisons. This particular video is about MF Casoline Ceilings, and how they are installed. The video goes through the entire process from start to finish, so if understood correctly then you should have a basic understanding of installing a MF Casoline Ceiling.
Before I continue with the blog post, you should probably watch the video that I am talking about. So, what are you waiting for? Click play below.
When coming up with an idea we decided that it was important to keep the video as simple as possible so that anybody could watch it and have some form of understanding. With this in mind, the step-by-step guide idea was born. Going down this route seemed like the best idea because it meant the viewer could follow along and constantly know which stage of the installation they were at. The viewer could go at their own speed, if that is what they wanted. Along with the steps, there were a few other segments included in the video which are useful.
The segments in the video are the following:
What You Will Need:- It introduces the audience to the different components and connectors needed to complete the installation. This is very useful if the audience is unfamiliar with what is used as it easily identifies what is needed.
Health & Safety:- This segment teaches the necessary Health & Safety that needs to be in place because live construction sites are dangerous, and you can’t work on one if you aren’t wearing the correct PPE.
Steps:- As mentioned, the process is broken down into easy to follow steps.
Recap:- The steps are edited into a fast paced shortened sequence highlighting the most important parts of each step. This is ideal for a refresher if the video is watched in one sitting. It helps keep the process remembered.
The pre-production stage of any project is important, but what made it even more vital for this video was that we didn’t have a clue how ceilings were installed. So much research was undertaken for this project because if the video is to be used for training then we needed to be experts in installing ceilings. I produced a script which detailed the idea and broke down the process into 13 easy to follow steps. CEO of MACS Plasterboards, Tom McLoughlin, joked that I know the process so well that I will be the one putting up the ceiling. (Note: For everyone’s safety I will remain only building with Lego.)
The production stage consisted of one very cold day filming in Luton. The day started by waking up early so that we could travel from London and arrive at the construction site for 9am. We arrived at the site and got chatting with the two lads that were going to be in the video. We explained the idea of the video and how we work, as video production is something they hadn’t experienced. They had a lot of patience, as we had to go through the process very slowly so that we could film and get alternative angles etc. so credit to the pair of them.
I mentioned at the start of this blog that there were 2 things that we did differently and one of them was DJI Osmo. For those who don’t know, a DJI Osmo is a small handheld camera that is on a gimbal. That means that when we use the camera we can move it any direction and the camera will stay perfectly steady. You can get some great camera movements by simply raising the camera up and then bringing it down. This gets such a steady shot that you would be forgiven if you thought that the shot was obtained on a crane or steadicam. The DJI Osmo opens up a whole new way of thinking when getting different shots. It really increases the production value and it helps keep the video visually interesting. The DJI Osmo gives us the cherry to put on top of our Canon XF100 cake. It is safe to say that we will be using this camera again!
We had hours of footage from two different cameras that we needed to condense down into about 10 minutes. Not an impossible task, but it was most certainly going to take a lot of time. One of the most annoying things about this project was that we had a number of other really good shots but had to remove them due to the time constraints. To edit we used Premiere Pro, we can’t fault the Adobe dynamic link especially as we used Audition and After Effects to complete the video. Long days were spent editing the video, but that is perfectly fine by us because the end result is something we are very happy with. There is a voiceover on the video which helps break down each step, and that took just over a day to record and edit alone. As with the DJI Osmo adding a lot to the video, the other thing that we are really pleased about is the graphics. These were made on After Effect and consisted of all the different slide transitions and the lower thirds used. We came up with a variety of different animations before settling on what made the final cut. The reason is because we wanted something which suited the video, but also was slick and not distracting from what is happening on screen. The graphics created are something we feel will be able to last the test of time without being dated for the future. The slide transitions are really good because really help break up the video and distinguish each segment clearly. The lower thirds are also really good because they stay on screen until the next thing is mentioned. That may sound obvious but if something is said then you are more likely to forget it quicker than if it was also written on screen as well. Also, during our research we found other videos which went through the process and they didn’t have any text on screen and found ourselves finding it difficult to understand what we were watching. We learnt the process better from various online resources and talking to MACS Plasterboard Systems. Overall, we are happy with how the post-production stage went.
This video is something that we are very proud of. We really like it. It is definitely the start of a good series of training videos. We already have another one in the works and can’t wait to share that. A lot of work went into this video to make sure it was perfect and fit for purpose. The whole production went smoothly, so we can’t really ask for much more in the future. We have learnt a lot during this production, and it was very interesting learning how a ceiling is installed.