My first Video Blog

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Simi Valley 01224852
Here is my first try at a Video blog.  I used a green screen and quickly figured out that I need a couple of lights just to light up the green screen.  You will see in the video that when I key out the green screen, that the images in the background are not as strong as they need to be. This is due to poor lighting. I have an open house today so my next Video Blog try won't be till tonight. This is being hosted on Google Video. I would love to hear some feedback, but please remember this is a test and I know the techincal bugs I need to iron out first (including the green screen sheet). Thanks again to the posts I read on Activerain, I get lots of great ideas from this community>.

Here is test number two with better lighting:

Comments (12)

Gerald Richards
Looks good you might want to check out Instant Video Generator at just to get some tips on doing your green screen blogs.  However, you did a great job.
May 04, 2008 03:21 AM
Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate
Ted, looks very cool, but a bit complicated for the likes of me.  :-)
May 04, 2008 03:31 AM
Joe Virnig
RE/MAX Gold Coast REALTORS, Ventura County, California - Ventura, CA
No Ordinary Joe

Hi Ted, Great first video.  Lots of possiblities for creative expression.

May 04, 2008 04:29 AM
Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY
Ted - I think it was great. You have a nice voice and pleasing manner - I think people will really respond to you.  
May 04, 2008 07:10 AM
Dustin Luther - Calabasas, CA
Very sweet!   I look forward to seeing what you do with this setup!  ;)     
May 04, 2008 09:20 AM
Geordie Romer
Windermere Real Estate / NCW - Leavenworth, WA
Serving Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee, and Plain
We're all quite curious about what comes next.. I assume you'll do some house tours or maybe neighborhood tours. Do you have any other ideas.. testimonials maybe?
May 04, 2008 11:40 AM
Ted Mackel
Keller Williams Realty Simi Valley - Simi Valley, CA
Simi Valley Real Estate Agent


I hope to use this to cover different local events and create some small pieces about my trade area.  I have a pretty good network of other business people here in Simi VAlley and Moorpark so interviews will be at the top of my list.  Right now my Video tours are pretty basic walkthroughs.  I think the Green Screen would be pretty intimidating for my clients to do a testimonial.  People get nervous.

 Gerald, Irina, Joe, Dustin & Maureen: Thanks for the comments and suport!


May 04, 2008 06:03 PM

Wow Ted, I am so impressed. I know it takes a lot of commitment and tenacity to start this type of set up and see it through. I know it's weird to talk on camera, I'm miserable at it but you know you can count on me for honest feedback. So, practice not using "UM" and SMILE. Good Luck. Looks like you already have a following. Take care, Bonnie

May 05, 2008 03:33 AM
Ed Roth

First of all, very nice, Ted... and of course, I have some suggestions.

Video:  Lighting looks pretty good, especially on the screen.  It's a little hot on your face; however, it seems even behind you, so I wouldn't mess with it too much.  Also, you should bleed the images (beyond the current parameters).  This may require a tighter shot of you.

Audio:  Too much "room".  Do you have a lav mic (one that you could clip on to your tie)?  I think you'll be much happier with the results (less echo).  The only issue with that is, make sure you don't move around a whole bunch.

Hope these help.  Again, very nice job!


May 05, 2008 06:12 AM
Ted Mackel
Keller Williams Realty Simi Valley - Simi Valley, CA
Simi Valley Real Estate Agent

Thanks Ed!!!!

 For those who don't know Ed is a good friend of mine that works at FOX

May 05, 2008 06:19 AM
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging
Wow Ted!  Very impressive for your first video blog, you did fantastic!  Your a natural, I am sure in no time at all you will be video blogging regularly.
May 05, 2008 08:04 AM
Mike & Cindy Jones
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville, FL
Real Estate - (904) 874-0422 - Jacksonville, Fl

Hi Ted,


I'm using video a lot these days too. Did you ever come up with a mic? What did you end up getting? From research I have found that I should be using a "Lav Mic" and a recording device....just don't know where and exactly what to get.

Oct 03, 2010 09:56 AM