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Why Testimonial Videos Work and Why they are good for Business

Brightcove found that video testimonials can increase conversion rates by up to 80%.  In today's digital age, businesses are constantly searching for effective ways to connect with their audience and build trust. Here's why testimonial videos work and why they are good for business. A student testimonial video for University Authenticity Builds Trust In a world flooded with marketing messages, consumers crave authenticity. Testimonial videos provide this by showcasing real customers sharing their genuine experiences with a product or service. This authenticity helps build trust with potential customers, as people are more likely to believe the word of their peers over traditional advertising. A…

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Nova Kicks Lyric Video

We recently worked on two lyric Videos for Nova Kicks. For the new release 'The Right Way' the band wanted to use a mix of archival footage to create a montage of visuals to accompany the theme of the words. We combined a mix of royalty free footage and merged layers and effects to ensure that we modernised the footage, whilst paying tribute to the hard work of the previous talent from the days of the past. 'Pieces of You' is a track from the Nova Kicks album; 'Maps'. For this lyric video we wanted a subtle and emotive feeling through gentle animation.…

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The Power of Video The human brain is wired to respond and react to moving imagery, especially if it’s beautiful or emotional. Be honest, how much time do you spend on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube scrolling through mini video clips? Due to a global pandemic, video has become an even more important form of communication. It has replaced many of the physical, in-person exchanges we previously took for granted. So, in 2021 and beyond, getting your message across via online video will be crucial, whatever size or type of company you are. If you need evidence of how significant ‘film’ is now, witness the phenomenal rise of Live…

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The Rise of Live Streaming in 2020

Live streaming has been enjoying a healthy following over the last few years, but as 2020 has forced us indoors and online, its success has skyrocketed. Here's how and why live stream video broadcasts have been booming in 2020. The Stats Say it All Enforced lockdowns from the Covid-19 pandemic have seen swathes of events, meetings and activities cancelled this year. But, instead of writing these all off completely, businesses, providers and influencers have been turning to the internet to live stream their content instead. As well as providing an online alternative to many cancelled activities, many people stuck indoors during lockdown have watched live…

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Video Marketing 2020

This year will be another record year for on-line Video consumption. Check out our Video Marketing Guide for 2020 here. The teams at Studio8

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Starting a Career in Video Production

We are very lucky at Studio8 to be working in a job that we love and you can can do it too! This article has been put together for students and anyone else thinking about making their way into film and video production.   A job in Video Production offers a diverse, creative and rewarding career full of unique experiences. There are plenty of different areas that you can look into which will suit your skill set. Perhaps you enjoy the idea of planning shoots, and therefore you may be suited to a career in Production (Producer), you could have a gift for composition and…

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Video Marketing Campaigns

With so many Videos being created, its important that your video not only looks the best it can, but also that your video has a marketing campaign behind it to help reach out to your target audience. Here are a few ideas on how you can do just that . . . Brand Stories Capturing emotive stories will help your business. Content that connects with peoples feelings can achieve a better overall film. Opening up to your audience about your passion and story will be much more captivating. Distribution  Once you have created your amazing video, its important to understand how you are going to get…

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Walkers Logs Brand Video

Walkers Logs approached us to help them create a brand video for their company. From their Cotswold yard, they are able to provide premium kiln dried logs throughout the UK. Our video was created to tell the story and help viewers understand the process of how the logs are obtained. It was important to Walkers, that the video highlighted their responsible tree harvesting and care for the wildlife and sustainability of the woodlands they work in compared to cheaper imports. The final shot of the film is set within a typical country cottage where two people can be seen to enjoy the warmth of a…

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Recent Video Production by Studio8

Hi Everyone! Hope you are enjoying the lovely sunny weather we’ve been having.  Here’s a roundup of some of the latest shoots we’ve been working on at Studio8 - enjoy watching  :)   David Attenborough and Oxfordshire Pigeons   (Currently in Production) Our Drone team were hired out to film a sequence as part of a larger production for a forthcoming David Attenborough documentary. We were required to film David releasing the Pigeons from a wicker box and set them free. Our drone then had to follow the flock into the air as they took to the skies. A treat to work with one of…

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Christmas Gift Guide

Choosing a unique gift for someone is always tricky, but with a photography shoot, you can’t go wrong. It is the one present that keeps on giving. Whether you book a surprise shoot and include the receiver, or you create a great photograph for them, you’ll put a smile on their face, and that is a guarantee. At Studio8, we offer a range for shoots that are ideal as gifts. While we have a number of different people that book shoots for themselves, the majority of people book a shoot as a gift for a friend, family member or their partner. However, what options do…

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Why you should hire a professional for aerial drone filming

Drones have brought aerial filming within the reach of far more people than ever before. Instead of hiring an aeroplane or helicopter in order to film from the air, it is now possible to hire or buy an aerial drone for a fraction of the price. While aerial drones can be purchased for less than £1,000, there are a number of great reasons to hire a professional drone operator like Studio8 rather then attempting to shoot your own footage. Most importantly our Drone pilot has taken an extensive course to gain a license from the Civil Aviation Authority which is legally required in order to…

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iPhoneography – what does it mean?

There’s an old saying in photography that the best camera is the one you have with you, which goes some way to explaining the massive trend in iPhoneography - using an iPhone to take photos. With the camera getting better with each passing generation, the iPhone is now capable of truly stunning photography. It still lacks the full technical capabilities of a DSLR, but it’s good enough and the fact that owners always have their phones to hand means that more and more moments that simply wouldn’t have been recorded for posterity are now finding their way on to Flickr, Pinterest and Instagram. However, it's…

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The top 8 cameras for home portraits this summer

The sun is in the sky, the burgers are on the barbecue, the cider is on ice and the kids are playing in the back garden. All you need now to commemorate the glorious British summer is a few snaps of you and your loved ones enjoying it. But what camera to use? This run down of the eight best compact cameras for home photography is here to help you decide. 8. Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II A pricey option it may be, but the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is one of the best point-and-shoot cameras you’ll find. Users of the very…

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Annabel’s Top Photography Tips for our Photo Competition

This week we have the lovely Annabel in the studio on work experience. Here's her top five tips to inspire your photo creativeness for The Oxford Photography Competition 2015 .  .  . Have you entered The Oxfordshire Photography Competition yet? These are some ideas to help you get inspired this May. They are a springboard that could be adapted and changed, but still being interpreted.   Buildings (dreaming spires, skyline)- the colourful architecture of the buildings and shape created. Parks (University Parks, Blenheim Palace, National Trust Parks)- the trees and scenery around, with colours changing from season to season. Museums (Natural history museum, Pitt rivers)-…

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Getting the best iPhone shots this Christmas

Mobile phone photography has come a long way since those first sub-1 megapixel cameras with a preview screen so small you were never sure if you'd taken a photo of a baby or a potato. Today the basic camera resolution for the standard smart phone model is around 8 megapixels and boasts a screen so big you can fit a photo of both a baby and a potato onto it. So as you peel off your new phone's plastic screen cover on Christmas morning, prepare to enter a world of filters, editing and instantly sharing pictures of your perfectly cooked turkey with the world. Taking…

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Getting your images ‘Retina Ready.’

When the eyes of the world were on Cupertino on September 9th 2014 for the latest iPhone launch, one of the biggest ‘buzz’ announcements was all about the new and improved Retina HD screens that will be included with the iPhone 6 and the phablet-like iPhone 6 Plus - the former is a moderate resolution improvement over the iPhone 5S, and the latter is leaps and bounds ahead of anything that iPhone lovers would have seen before. A better resolution means a greater amount of pixels being visible on the screen, and this has the potential to create a headache for those who are responsible…

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Golden Music Video

Golden Music Video Released

Recently Studio8 worked with Canadian dance indie label Ryal Music to create a Music Video for one of their artists Silverland. The company came to Studio8 looking for an original concept for a Video that will support the release of the track this Spring/Summer. We created the idea, planned, shot and edited the film within a short period securing the talent, location and took our crew to what turned out to be a great day of filming. Thanks to everyone involved who helped make the Video a success - we hope you enjoy the video and if you like the track you can purchase direct…

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Studio8 Spring Offer

Spring and Summer Offers

Finally Spring is here and it's time to get out and about. Why not visit our Oxford studio for a brand new portrait photo and enjoy our money saving offer or try one of our Photography courses and get to grips with your DSLR camera  . . .   A Family Photo shoot from just £18 Book a professional photo shoot or purchase a voucher for your family. Includes studio photo shoot for up to half an hour and one 7" x 5" print for only £18. [button href="" align="left"]Find out More[/button]           Location Portrait Photography from £95 Make the most…

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Music Videos 2014

Music videos are a great way for a band to vividly unleash itself to the world. A video does more than simply allow the viewer to hear a song; it provides the artist with the creativity to tell a visual story at the same time. In order for an artist or band to succeed great videos to accompany their tracks are essential. Great ideas and the latest technologies are crucial to creating a brilliant music video and its easier to create one now then ever. "We shot this comeback video for Dave Edmunds in a recording studio based in Oxford. Dave plays all the instruments…

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