real estate video: Creative VadoHD 3rd Generation Video Camera Review and Overview - 04/25/12 09:55 PM
This video details the Creative VadoHD 3rd Generation camera kit from HDhat ‪‬ (visit the store for pricing info). The kit includes the VadoHD camera modified with a .5x wide angle lens which doubles the capture area of the camera plus a stabilizer bar with Giotti ballhead and lavalier microphone with 20' cable. The VadoHD shoots nice bright video and is further improved for shooting real estate video by the ability to manually adjust exposure/brightness. Transferring video is simple as well using the popout USB connection with a convenient USB dongle to make connecting it to your computer a snap.The stabilizer … (0 comments)

real estate video: iPad 2 Filming Rig - Add mic, light, tripod/monopod, wide angle lens or telephoto - 01/03/12 09:37 PM
These are now in our real estate video store however I only have about 5 left from the first shipment(as of 1/4/11).  The .45x wide angle lens is included and other accessories can be purchased separately. 
I will have reviews soon of a stereo shotgun mic, lapel mic, and a fantastic inexpensive wireless mic that all work great on the iPad 2.  A 160 LED light works great mounted on the top as well.  Simply film, edit on iMovie and upload all before lunch :). 
At the end of the video is a sample home tour filmed with the iPad 2. … (1 comments)

real estate video: 3 Tips for Better Real Estate Video and Photos - 01/03/12 07:45 PM


real estate video: Inman Connect - Thursday, Jan. 12 - 2:20 p.m. – 2:55 - 12/27/11 11:15 PM
Hope to see many of you there as we talk about real estate video.
Gearing Up for Video Success: Choosing the Right Equipment and Tools  
With so many options, how do you know which gear is best for the type of video you plan to shoot? Find out which cameras, accessories and apps you need to consider from our panel of experts.
Panelists: Moderator: Brian Copeland, REALTOR®, Village Real Estate Services, @NashvilleBrian Fred Light, Founder and Owner,, @videotours Mark Passerby, Founder and CEO, Real Estate Video Tour Systems, @hdhatvideotours Amy Smythe Harris, Broker Associate, Realty Associates, @woodlandsliving

real estate video: iPhone 4 Super Wide angle lens with Belt Clip - Sample Video - 10/10/11 04:58 PM
Nearly bombproof case allows you to shoot 14.75mm photos and SUPER WIDE 14mm video using your iPhone 4.
To Shoot Photos: Simply remove the frontmost lens and use only the smaller lens. This will allow you to shoot 14.75mm photos.
To Shoot Video: Attach the super wide angle lens by screwing it on to the smaller lens. We suggest you use an app like ProCamera or AlmostDSLR to then adjust and lock the exposure(brightness) and lock the focus. Both those apps have lots of documentation online and are super simple to use. In our opinion ProCamera gives the best results for … (3 comments)

real estate video: Can a First Timer Create a Quality Video Home Tour? - 08/23/11 04:00 AM
The full blog post with edited and un-edited video is here on TechSavvyAgent
Mark Passerby, HDHat

real estate video: Sony WX9 'tight space' video example - 06/22/11 03:34 PM
This video was shot by a Keller Williams in North Carolina using the Sony WX9 kit. It is a great example of how incredible this camera kit does in really tight spaces and even walking up stairs with nothing more than the simple stabilizer bar.

Mark Passerby, … (1 comments)

real estate video: Sample Sony WX9 photos using HDhat wide angle lens kit - 06/22/11 03:09 PM
A setting called 'Superior Auto' makes shooting sunset shots like this very simple.  The camera decides how many times to fire and then takes multiple shots at different settings and combines them into a single image like this....this was 3 shots instantly combined. 

This photo of a Barnes and Noble Store was shot in the 16:9 setting then a 4:3 image cropped out using Google Picasa


Shoots 2D and 3D panoramic images

The front most part of the HDhat wide angle lens kit for the Sony WX9 unscrews and makes available a huge macro lens … (5 comments)

real estate video: Ultra wide 17.5mm video/photo camera kit - 06/21/11 10:27 AM
I will have full blogpost and review on this camera kit but wanted to introduce it here today.  It shoots amazingly stable ultra wide video, photos..even macro photography, panoramics...even 3D panoramics with 32 different Scene settings and up to 1080 HD filming.  The lens mount we do is elegant and allows for the lens to be totally removed except for a small ring which is mounted onto the camera. 
The sample video on this page below is the first video ever filmed by this agent and a great example of how simple this camera is to use and how wide and … (0 comments)

real estate video: Canon T2i Rebel - HD Video and over 60 lens to choose from! - 08/21/10 07:43 PM
For those agents wanting a more versatile higher end DSLR camera that also shoots fantastic video you may want to consider the Canon T2i. Below is an overview of the camera and below that is some actual video tours shot in Manhattan using the T2i. It is important to note that these tours were the agents first using the T2i and also that the file sizes generated by the Canon T2i are quite large when compared with other video cameras such as the Sony HX-1 or Kodak Zi8.


CANON T2i Sample Video - … (5 comments)

real estate video: A Broker's Best Recruiting Tool - Video - 08/09/10 07:42 PM
I received an email from Mark Passerby on August 5 about what he calls a Broker Video Plan and decided to give him a quick call to get the specific details. Below is a summary of that phone call.

Chris: Hi Mark I got your email and I know from past conversations with you a little bit about the history of So I know that you got your start from a need to add video to a group of RE/MAX real estate offices in Lansing Michigan.

Mark: Yes, what I came up with then is something … (9 comments)

real estate video: How to add a .45x wide angle lens to your Iphone 4 with example tour - 07/29/10 05:15 PM
HDhat's Apple Iphone 4 wide angle lens modification and sample real estate video tour.
** is the world's largest real estate video tour editing company.

The addition of a quality wide angle lens to the Iphone 4 produces a big difference in the contrast ratio, the saturation, white balance and stability. This simple tutorial will show you how to quickly and inexpensively add a wide angle lens to your Apple Iphone 4.

Some important notes about the videos below.
*All the videos below have been "stabilized and smoothed" in the editing process. So the … (4 comments)

real estate video: Iphone 4 Real Estate Video Sample - - 07/22/10 06:18 PM
HDhat's initial testing of the Iphone 4 has revealed that it is a great choice for a real estate video tour camera, however certain minor and simple modifications will be necessary.

1) The Iphone 4 will need a wide angle lens. has tested a very inexpensinve .45x wide angle lens on the Iphone 4 with great success. We will publish the modification method here on and our Blog soon.
2) The Iphone 4 will benefit greatly from a simple stabilizer system which will also be quite simple to accommodate.
Neither the wide angle modification … (11 comments)

real estate video: Real Estate Video - Kodak Zi8 full review - 07/08/10 08:25 PM
Nothing is simpler for a real estate agent to add to their real estate marketing than video!

The Kodak Zi8 is the perfect camera for the real estate agent looking to begin using video as part of their real estate marketing program.


Out of the box the Kodak Zi8 does not shoot very wide video so a simple modification can be quickly performed.
The videos below detail how to attach the Sunpak .5x( recommended lens) and the Sunpak .45x magnetic lens.
Video 1 also … (15 comments)

real estate video: Real Estate Video Tips - 06/27/10 06:35 PM
Mark Passerby Founder of was recently interviewed by
Real Estate Video Tips with from Chris Smith on Vimeo.
The full articles text can be viewed online at: … (3 comments)

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