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Professional Voiceover with Alison Shore

Posted 18th May 2017
by BellyFlop

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As part of our video package, we offer professional voiceover – but is it effective at getting potential customers to watch your video? We talked to Alison Shore, a professional voiceover artist about hers work with us and how getting a voiceover recorded works.   This is Alison, you can follow her on Twitter here. (Photo: Alison Shore) Q. How did you get into this kind of work? Almost by chance! I was searching the net looking for franchise opportunities when I came across someone called Gary Terrza, a continuity announcer for Channel 4 and well established and respected Voice Artist.  I...
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Young film makers are often exploited

Posted 18th April 2017
by BellyFlop

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I witness a common pattern of events amongst younger film makers. They are so keen to make videos that actually being paid a fair amount for their efforts (or at all) becomes an afterthought. Before they know it they have a reputation for putting a huge amount of effort in their work for little financial award. Eventually either two things happen - they burn out and give up once they realise they are frequently being exploited, or they change career path once they get offered regular work. Some would say it's a lesson they need to learn to survive in business - well, I'm...
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5 ways your website video can work for you.

Posted 10th April 2017
by BellyFlop

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A video on your company website or social media still seems a novelty to some, rather than providing a practical purpose. Even having social media accounts can appear to be an ineffective use of staff time to some company owners. So just in case you are trying to convince someone further up the management structure, or maybe the business owner themselves, that video is a good idea, we wanted to give you some ideas how video can work for you. Communicate quickly and clearly. Just imagine you had the ability to go back in time and edit yourself from speaking at an event, or...
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Are you ready for the Video Boom?

Posted 4th April 2017
by BellyFlop

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As a video production company that has made nearly 2,000 online videos, we know that internet traffic for video is huge - it was a colossal 64% in 2014! (CISCO). But how will it fair for years to come? According to CISCO, by 2019 80% of all online traffic will be video. This is due to streaming services, an increase in people connected to the internet - 3.9 million people globally will be able to access the internet - and an increase in the number of devices that are connected. The above photo is from when Bellyflop.tv attended the YouTube Creator Day...
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February Video Showcase

Posted 21st February 2017
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It's time again for our Video Showcase! On Wednesday 22nd February we are heading back to the Robinsons Brewery Visitors Centre for our video showcase. Delegates will be treated to refreshments and food before sitting down to watch 7 of our films. After each film the delegates will be asked to score and comment on them, giving their utmost honest answers so we can take them on board for our future films. After the success of the first showcase back in November we felt it was only right to have another, and this time we will have our apprentice Josh...
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Stockport LIVE is here!

Posted 31st January 2017
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As part of our growing community work in Stockport, we have created Stockport LIVE! Stockport LIVE is a new branch of Bellyflop TV that specialises in building community spirit and awareness through video. Every week we are aiming for a new film to be posted to the page about the community or an event that people in Stockport may be interested in learning more about. What do people like about Stockport? We asked fellow shoppers! We also aim to go LIVE as much as we can. As it says in the name, LIVE video is what the page is all...
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Talk to Google- Speech Recognition.

Posted 26th January 2017
by Jonathan

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You may be surprised about how your Google search results compare after reading this! Not so long ago if you wanted to find a web design company in Stockport, you would type 'Web Design Stockport' into Google. Now, more and more people are more likely to use voice recognition and ask Google instead colloquially. But what would you say? 'Web design Stockport', or 'Hi Google, can you find me an amazing web design company in Stockport'. Surely the search results will be the same? No. Here is what you get today when you search 'web design Stockport'... Here is what...
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The Real Time It Takes to Edit

Posted 24th January 2017
by Sammi

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When a customer gets a quote for their film, it is usually along the lines of, "half day/full day edit is..." so that works out at either 4 hours or 8 hours. In this blog post I wanted to highlight the real time that is spent when I am editing customers' films. Jonathan and Josh come back with the footage, it is then given to me in the form of camera cards. All footage is backed-up on two external hard drives, so the time it takes to copy over (average) 3 camera cards worth of footage onto two drives =...
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What is Facebook Live?

Posted 19th January 2017
by Carol

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Podcasts, vlogs and now Facebook Live. These are the top current ways of communication with your followers and customers. But what is Facebook Live, and why the fuss? Sit down, I’ll explain. Since Facebook decided in 2014 to focus on developing the video side of their newsfeed, it became the 2nd biggest video website right after YouTube. Facebook changed the algorithm to give more space to videos but in April 2016 also introduced live broadcasts to all users. The business aspect of live streaming gives us countless opportunities to develop our online presence. It’s about the “here and now” and...
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Are your tweets really of interest to other people?

Posted 12th January 2017
by BellyFlop

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Don't let your social media messages just become 'vanity press'.  The next thing you post on Twitter or Facebook or on LinkedIn just ask yourself are you posting it because you are interested in this and want to read it, or do you think your connections will actually be interested in it as well. It's amazing how much stuff is posted where the only person that will be interested is the person who wrote it. It's totally self-indulgent and self congratulatory.  Business are built up on customers deciding what they want from a company rather than the company telling the customers what they're...
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