5 Tools to Help you Record Higher Quality Property Videos

Real Estate videos are big business on Youtube

Video tours of real estate properties and listings are no longer optional. They are a necessity if you want to keep up or move ahead of the competition. With the busy schedule of potential buyers, they may not be able to visit the site physically. However, using property videos, you will be able to engage them and take them through the property virtually. This will leave an almost similar satisfaction if the client visited the site in person.

According to John Passerini, the vice president in charge of interactive marketing at Sotheby international reality, use of property videos is an absolute necessity. There are a number of tools available to record property videos. These include, augmented reality options, futuristic videos, 3D video tours and some traditional methods. However, if you are looking to record high quality property videos, then there are some tools that you can rely on.

Here’s an overview

Cameras and lenses

A good camcorder or DSLR should help you shoot quality videos. However, you need to remember that you will have to attach the audio recording tools, tripod and lights. Therefore, you should go for a high end camera that can support these capabilities.

You might also need to purchase wide angle lens. Therefore, your fixed lens camera should also be capable of supporting a lens adapter. In the case of a removable lens, you should only select the ones that can work with your mount thus eliminating the use of an adaptor.

Stabilizer or support

Using different supports can make video more interesting If you want to record great property videos with exteriors and wide shots, then a support of some kind is a must. You also need to have a support or tripod if you are going to engage in any camera movement such as pans and tilts. A fluid head tripod will offer you the flexibility that you need for such activities.

If you go for jerky tripod stands, then you videos will have an amateur feel more than those shot using poor quality recorders. If the room is small and cannot accommodate a tripod, then you can go for a monopod. However, you can also invest in some form of handheld stabilizer to shoot still videos.

Handheld stabilizers range from pro gyro systems, handheld rigs manufactured by Camtrol or even the ModoSteady produced by Manfrotto. Tripods and stabilizers range in prices but they are very important if you want to shoot professional looking and steady real estate videos.

Quality Lighting

You do not want your recorded property videos looking dark and gloomy just because of poor weather and lighting. On the minimum, you should have one LED as part of your equipment. It weighs less weight, is highly portable and energy efficient better than other lights.

If you are shooting your property videos in larger rooms and would need to balance indoor and outdoor light, then you might consider acquiring a few CTB or CTO gels. However, keep you budget in mind.

Quality Microphone and Cover

A good mic is a must to make good quality videos Sound is one of the most important aspects of any video. You can shoot a very interesting and captivating video. However if it lacks audio, or comes with poor audio quality, then your video will also be deemed to be of poor quality. You might also need narration and voice over for your videos.

If you will be doing voice over narration in a studio that is controlled, then use a carpeted and quiet room and shoot the videos in the corner of the room to avoid echoes. You can also include natural sound of the woods in your property videos or the neighbors backing dog to bring more reality.

When choosing microphones, a good choice to go for is a Lavaliere microphone. Also called lap microphones, Lavaliers are very versatile and suited for general use. It is small in size, clips freely to clothing, thus allowing you to record your audios smoothly and effortlessly. They produce good sound quality thus an invaluable tool when shooting your property videos. Some folks are now using them with their iPhone as mentioned over on EatSuccess.

Proper video editing program

There is different video editing software ranging from free to the high end premium ones. It all depends on your budget and the computer system that you prefer. Choosing the fanciest and most expensive video editing software is not a guarantee that you will produce high quality property videos. Choose the one that is easy to use while still offering you the tools, features, and options that you need.

Excellent video is the key to getting an edge

The real estate sector has become highly competitive. Your presentation skills will determine the volume and value of sales that you make. With high quality property videos, you will have more bargaining power and put you in a position to make sales.

Sell More Property With the Best Quadcopters for Aerial Video and Photography

Best quadcopters for real estate arial photography

Arial photography and video are a huge part of sales in real estate. You need to get potential buyers interested before you can sell any property. The first step in engaging them is having quality photos and videos displaying the features of the property that you intend to sell. With the emergence of quad copter photography, there is a whole new dimension to arial real estate photography available for you.

You are now be able to show off your property listings with a stunning aerial perspective. This is a great feature if you want to place emphasis on the lot or show off the appealing nature surrounding the home. Being able to produce such images and videos will surely help you make more property sales!

We’ve compiled a few of the best quadcopters with cameras well suited for real estate video that have high user ratings and will provide the best overall user experience.

Quick model listing:

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

4.8 Stars
It is considered one of the best in the market. it has the ability to record smooth and crisp videos due to its 3-axis gimbal. It has an inbuilt FPV link and a redesigned high definition camera. It enables you to stream live videos and photos straight into your Smartphone. It offers great convenience since the camera and the gimbal are already linked to the device thus minimizing any stress difficulty in setup + operation.

DJI Inspire 1 4k

4.7 Stars
This quad copter comes with a mind blowing 4k video and 12mp still shot camera, higher priced than other models, but it’s an industry leading piece of hardware that blows away predecessors and competitors. Stream 720p live directly to android, iOS or transmitter device. Carbon fiber construction makes it extremely light and give it an full unobstructed 360 degree view for incredible shots. Flight time will be in the 20 minute range. For the ultimate flight and video experience grab a second transmitter so you can record, while your friend flies!

350 QX2 AP

4.4 Stars
If you want to capture great steady videos, then Blade 350 QX AP Combo offers just that. The drone has a safe mode that prevents it from crashing into the pilot and offers an excellent out-of-the-box start platform for new drone flyers. Using what is called “Stick Relativity” wherever you point the sticks on the controller the drone flies that direction. It helps newer pilots have much safer flying experiences until they can switch to a more conventional control method. Once your experience level increases you can change over to agility modes for more aggressive flying. This model is 7.5 lbs and offers 10-15 min flight times.

QR X350 GPS Quad Copter

This quad copter has excellent stabilization thus offering smooth shots. The best option is to buy this as a combo pack that contains everything to get you started. It has an accurate gps mode for easy tracking. You can also upgrade the firmware if you wish.

Blade 350 QX RTF

4.1 Stars
Manufactured by Blade engineers, this quad copter has an agility mode that allows it to perform acrobatics during aggressive flying. It is also designed with a return home function that allows landing at its home position automatically. Other included features include 3G flight mode, flight envelope protection and a steady mode. It is one of the devices in the market that performs well with when integrated with a GoPro camera.

Walkera GPS QR X800

4.0 Stars
Although it has easy to use features, it is at a professional level when it comes to shooting aerial photos and videos. It provides flexibility in terms of the camera it can be used with since it is able to carry heavy loads whether you want to use a DSLR or action camera. It is GPS quad copter with great portability featuring a foldable frame and retractable landing gear. It also has a G-2D brushels camera gimbal mount which is compatible with GoPro. An added bonus of this quad copter is that it provides you with more than 40 minutes of flight time.

DJI PHANTOM 3 Professional

4.0 Stars
This is a hands-free device using ultrasonic sensors and GPS plus visuals. You only have to send it up there and tell it where to go. The camera is physically supported by a 3-axis gimbal thus absorbing any jerks and delivering excellent quality 4k video. It offers an average of 20 minutes flight time and offers good value for money.

Hubsan X4 H107D

3.5 Stars
Almost the size of a palm, this quad copter comes with amazing features for your aerial video and photography. The camera is inbuilt feeding live footage directly to the inbuilt screen on the transmitter. You can also record on an SD card and view the progress on the transmitter screen. Its frame is lightweight, 6-axis flight control system, capacity to shoot live videos, and can fly up to a height of 100 meters without any interference. It is one of the best quad copters to shoot videos and photos for your property videos.

Arial imagery is the future of real estate video

Drones and quadcopters for arial photography real estate It is very difficult to sell property without high quality videos and photos. Buyers are looking to understand a property without having to come for a visit. Often they are buying from afar and making visits is time consuming and costly. What better way to delivery a birds eye view of a property than with arial video and photos? You could rent and airplane, but thankfully you won’t need to since you can get excellent shots with a quadcopter or drone fro your property videos!

UPDATE! New FAA regulations imposed on Drones and Quadcopters

If you’ve been using a drone or are thinking about it you need to know what the FAA is doing to regulate drone use, pilot and drone registration and how it can affect you as an agent or photographer. Here’s a short update on the FAA’s position on drone use in real estate:

The Federal Aviation Administration is warning real estate agents who fly their own drones to take pictures or videos of listings that they are not engaged in a “hobby or recreation,” meaning that the FAA could attempt to take enforcement actions against them if they and their aircraft have not been certified as experimental or commercial operators. – Source: Inman

While this might be very unpopular with hobbyists and the industry is trying to figure out just how to move forward the consequences for violations and action against you as a professional could be much more severe. It would be wise to read and be informed on the new rules and steps you need to take to comply.

Quadcopters aren’t going anywhere, but some safety on the part of operators is only prudent.