Last week we produced two YouTube intros, (or bumpers as some call it) and that’s what made us decided to dive into the world of intro videos for today’s blog. Intro videos are usually short and sweet videos that show the audience what you’re about in a quick glimpse. These types of videos can range between a few seconds to a few minutes long depending on the medium, format and your overall goals.
When relating to YouTube video, the goal could be to show off your Company logo to let the audience know it’s an official video by “such and such” Company, others may need a full show intro that lists everyone involved which often includes credits, cast and ultimately establishes you’re watching “such and such” show. These can be called intro videos, bumpers, openers, title sequence, to name a few as there are various ways to describe a simple intro video.
Today, modern intros take advantage of motion graphics and animation to spruce up their logo or general message to the audience. There are several options when making your intro video, and there is no right or wrong elements to produce your video, it’s mostly up to your preferences and audience. Some intro videos are made to be very classy, slow, simple and use standard professional shots, others may be very artsy, modern, and fast all while using some variation of animated / motion graphics.
Here are a few types of intro videos and below we’ll include a few broadcasting terms that surround the subject of intro videos.
ABOVE: Here we show a quick to the point intro using animated / motion graphics with a number of elements to make it look simple. If you notice the fire in the logo and the dust cloud when you hear the explosion, those elements were filmed on a green screen and layered to create what you see now. Although to note, this video wouldn’t have been made possible without the talent of Eryck Webb for his amazing artwork. Overall this short video turned out great, it has slight resemblance to the Marvel intro too. (Produced 5/31/14)
ABOVE: This video was created using animated graphics and photography of “The Vintage Doll”. This intro is slightly longer than the one above, and it has a classy, smooth feel to it. It’s mostly images with timed transitions to create a retro feel to it, which may sound simple, but it serves the overall theme of the video quite well and the music brings it to life even more. (Produced 5/30/14)
ABOVE: Last, we have another example using animated or motion graphics as the intro for Spotlight WV. (0:00 – 0:09)
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And here are a few broadcasting terms for the day.
Video Bumper: a commercial bumper, ident bumper or break-bumper (often shortened to bump) is a brief announcement, usually two to 15 seconds in length that can contain a voice over, placed between a pause in the program and its commercial break, and vice versa. This same term is used when speaking of audio production such as radio, podcasts, etc..
Sweepers: A lot like a Bumper, this can be either be voice or voice over music or sound effects that bridge two elements of the show. These can also be used as station ID’s or introductions to different segments. Generally longer than a bumper, about 10-20 seconds in length.
Stingers: When you’re listening to a DJ and he says something then plays a fast piece of music or a sound effect to emphasize what he just said? That’s a stinger. These are very short, 1-3 second pieces.
Drops: These are sound bites that are lifted from movies, radio, TV, or albums. They can either be used as an emphasis (like a Stinger) or a transition (like a Bumper or Sweeper). There’s usually no set length.
Intro Title Sequence: A title sequence is the method by which films or television programs present their title, key production and cast members, or both, utilizing conceptual visuals and sound. It usually follows but should not be confused with the opening credits, which are generally nothing more than a series of superimposed text.
Interstitial Video ADs: An advertising video clip that is inserted in the middle of a website, MMS message, games or mobile app. This video plays back as you wait to load to another screen, as you read your text messages, or as you achieve goals in some mobile games.
Haven’t had a chance to update our blog in a few months, been a busy bee. I wanted to take some time to update you on some of our projects. This ended up being a longer post than expected. Enjoy!
- Aronfield Weddings: (Beckley, Fayetteville) We finished up a few Wedding DVDs for our side business Aronfield Weddings. We offer Wedding videography services throughout West Virginia. If you’d like to check out some of our wedding trailers, click here to watch our demos. If you would like to book our services for your wedding, click here to see about availability. We’re filling up already for 2014. Also check out our Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/AronfieldWeddings And special thanks to Angie Roy and Kristi Majakey for their help filming.
- ShockaCon 2013: (Charleston) Shot footage for a Spotlight WV promo of ShockaCon the Horror/Sci-Fi Convention. This is the second year we’ve attended and filmed a short promo. The ShockaCon videos were non-profit, just something we liked to do and we’re glad it got exposure through Spotlight WV‘s website and social media pages. We’re looking forward to next year’s event. If you’d like to check out the videos, here are the links, ShockaCon 2012, ShockaCon 2013.
- Terramite Construction: (Cross Lanes) We developed and launched the new website for TerraQuip Construction Products, Inc., you can check it out here. We’ll post a screenshot here on our blog. If you’re looking for a web design quote, email us at email@example.com.
- AnneCline.net Re-Design & Store Launch: Check out acoustic singer, songwriter Anne Cline’s website, you can hear new music, watch videos and buy her new T-shirts. http://annecline.net
- Spotlight West Virginia Magazine – Fall 2013. We’re now in our second year of producing the magazine, and we’re delighted to have one of the largest West Virginia audiences on the net to share it. It takes a team of writers, photographers, editors, and designers to make it happen and we’re very thankful to be working on this exciting publication with so many talented people. You can check out the latest issue “Spotlight West Virginia – Fall 2013” online for FREE and it’s also available to purchase in print here via MagCloud.
- Rail Road Days: (Hinton, WV) We enjoyed the festivities, home-made goods and great weather for this year’s Hinton Rail Road Days event. We were doing photo and video coverage for the Spotlight West Virginia Network.
- Kenova Pumpkin House: (Kenova, Huntington) Another event we had the chance of attending on behalf of Spotlight West Virginia, which was part of the C-K AutumnFest in the area. We shot a different type of promo piece, not something we normally produce, but it was fun to step out of the norm and make a spooky video paying tribute to The Nightmare Before Christmas Disney Movie. And to note, this one was non-profit, just for entertainment purposes only. You can check it out here. If you’re not familiar with the Kenova Pumpkin House, then do yourself a favor and check it out, 3,000 carved pumpkins can’t be wrong! http://ckautumnfest.com
- Mobile Applications: Aronfield Studios is officially offering Mobile APP design services, thanks to our iOS Developer Michael Sulwer. We’ve already taken on a few mobile projects this month and we’re looking to start promoting our new service soon. Mobile APP development will be compatible with Apple iPhones, Apple iPads and Androids. Contact us for more information.
- Doritos Crash the Superbowl TV Commercials: We’ve always wanted to give this a go and make some humors videos, especially since that’s where our production company originated from, doing comedy sketches back in the 2002 era. Jole and Mike both use to produce a local comedy show with friends, (please don’t look it up) and several comedy short films. So this would be right up our alley, we generally never had the time to get together was the big issue. But we’re looking to make time to produce a few commercials this month for submission just for kicks. We welcome you to produce your own as well, just visit the Doritos website for all the details, deadline is November 24th, 2013.
- Fall 2013 Clients: Over the past few months we’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful clients. This is what keeps this job interesting and so much fun, you get to dive into various businesses and make lasting impressions and connections for a lifetime. Remember, our success is your success!
December 2013 – January 2014 ???
- Aronfield Studios Re-Design: We’ve been behind on re-designing our own website, this is coming soon. We don’t have a date set yet, it’s depending on how busy we are for the holidays. We have grown so much over the past couple years and we have lots to add.
- Spotlight West Virginia Magazine – Winter 2013: We’re planning to launch our Winter issue on December 15, and if you have any stories or photos you would like to contribute, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Spotlight West Virginia Network: We have a online West Virginia mini-series in the works, an online store, and a non-profit West Virginia Photo Book.
- New Marketing campaign: (Client Name Withheld – TBA) Full print, web and video project for a long-time client, TV commercials will air in Southern West Virginia (2014).
- Long time client Website Re-Designs: There is a long list of clients we’re going back to re-design their aging websites to maintain a fresh look. More info. TBA.
- Music Videos: This is big news here, we’re holding out on you here. We’re in the works to produce two music videos, once we have an official shooting date, we’ll announce our progress.
We’re blessed to work with so many wonderful people and companies and we look forward to working with your company as well. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at: email@example.com. Thanks! – Jole
Originally I started out in the wedding business, providing videography services, producing DVDs, etc. And although I enjoyed attending Weddings, and filming several variations of the Chicken Dance, I set that part of my business aside to pursue the marketing firm and establish Spotlight WV Magazine.
Now several years later I’m happy to announce we’re moving forward with our sister company “Aronfield Weddings” with the assistance of videographer Angie Roy and Kristi Majakey of Studio 109.
We’ll be updating our video production and CG demos on our website; AronfieldWeddings.com. You can check out our work on the website and fill out the contact form to ask any questions or to save the date. You can also reach us on Facebook, send us a message.
We’re very competitive with our prices, we maintain the highest professionalism in our business, and take pride in our work.
In addition to videography services, we’ll be listing our favorite photographers (with examples) and DJ services in your area.
PS: I’ll just leave this right here.
(This is not our footage, just had to see the Chicken Dance again, ha)
Located at the rim of the New River Gorge in southwestern West Virginia, Adventures on the Gorge is the home of the New River Gorge Adventure Resort including Class VI-Mountain River, The Rivermen, and TreeTops Canopy Tours.
A whitewater rafting trip on the New River or the Gauley River in West Virginia offers all rafting enthusiasts – from novices to experts – some of the best white water rafting in the world. Class VI-Mountain River is proud to have taken thousands of rafters on river rafting trips down the New River and Gauley since 1978.
With TreeTops Canopy Tour, Gravity New River Gorge Zip Lines AND now TimberTrek Aerial Park, we have the largest selection of aerial adventure in the world! And it’s right here in West Virginia!
If you’ve tried TreeTops and loved it, but want more zipping, more exposure, more height and more speed, well adrenalin people, have we got the zip lines for you — Gravity Zip Lines! Whereas TreeTops is pure canopy tour, with 10 zips in the trees up to 730 feet long, Gravity is above the trees. On Gravity, you’re zipping from mountain ridge to mountain ridge. The views are stunning and so is the height and speed. Gravity climaxes with the 3100-foot long Adrena-Line, the longest and fasts single zip line in the eastern U.S. Adrena-Line zippers routinely hit speeds of over 55 mph! And the best part? There are two of them side by side, so you can race your friends!
Many of these long, fast zips in the world require you to spread out to maximize wind resistance and slow you down for the break at the bottom. Not us. Ball up, scrunch it in, get aerodynamic. On Adrena-Line, the faster the better!
Songer Whitewater – White Water Rafting in West Virginia
Enjoy the best in outdoor adventure vacations, dining, entertainment, and lodging. As part of Adventures On The Gorge, West Virginia’s leading adventure resort perched on the rim of the New River Gorge, Songer Whitewater can provide you the whitewater rafting, rock climbing, zip-lining trip of a lifetime.
Special Thanks to Hadouken! for letting us use their song “LEVITATE”
Edited By: Jole Aron
This is the first time making a Demo Reel with such a fast-paced theme. We used several video clips from over the years, ranging from 2006-2012. In this demo you’ll see motion graphics, TV commercials, visual effects, Music Videos, short films and more. Including video from Rokpad Entertainment, all shot, created and edited by Jole Aron. If you are interested in our services, contact us at the link below. Enjoy. http://aronfield.com/contact-us/
NOTE: This is a Remix video, if your not a fan of this style, the fast-paced and/or dubstep music, we have several other demos online here: http://www.youtube.com/aronfield/videos
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