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Video services

Win a two minute video!

Win a two minute video for your website! Entry couldn’t be simpler.

No brain churning required – simply visit Catalyst’s stand at Huntingdonshire Business Fair on Thursday 23rd April 2015 and drop your business card into the pot.

Huntingdonshire Business Fair 2014

Enter our FREE competition!

Catalyst Design Partnership and Catalyst Video Services will be on Stand No J4 at Huntingdonshire Business Fair on Thursday 23 April 2015. Please call by, have a chat with us, drop your business card into the pot and you may be the lucky winner of a two minute video for your website. Our winner will enjoy:

  • One 2 minute video shot in HD 
  • Video of product, service or ‘talking head’
  • Approx 2 hour shoot
  • Company corporate branding including contact details
  • Background music
  • In video text based price/other details, if required
  • Embedding support, working with the company’s web team to streamline the process of broadcasting the videos on the client’s website.

Unable to make it to the show?

If you or a colleague can’t make it to the show, don’t worry! Just email us your details (name, company name, email) and we’ll enter you into the draw on Thursday 23rd April 2015.

The rules

1. Participants may only enter into this prize draw once.
2. To enter participants must be 18 years or over at the time of entry.
3. The prize draw will run from 08.00 to 23.59 on Thursday 23rd April. The winner will be notified by email on Monday 27th April 2015. The winner will be chosen in front of an independent observer (the “Observer”) at random. If we do not get a response from that email within 24 hours then we reserve the right to offer the prize to another customer.
4. Winners will be notified by email. Catalyst Video Services decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
5. Once the prize draw has taken place, the winner will be announced on Catalyst’s Design and Video websites.
6. By entering the promotion the prize winner agrees to participate in publicity and material resulting from the promotion if requested to do so by Catalyst Video Services. Catalyst Video Services reserves the right to use the details of the prize winners in any publicity or material.

For full details about the show visit and visit Catalyst Video Services website to see the type of video we can make for you.

Video for websites

Catalyst Video Services, sister company to Catalyst Design Partnership, launched in April 2014 and will be displaying the types of video that will help your website gain ranking with Google (owners of YouTube who just love to promote websites containing video). From the simplest introductory ‘talking heads’ interspersed with company images, through to the full blown full package where we will do everything for you from concept through to finished video, including script, storyboard, filming, editing, voice-over, titling and music soundtrack if required.

Huntingdonshire Business Fair 2014

Stand J4
Huntingdonshire Business Fair
Wood Green Animal Shelters

Thursday 23 April 2015
10.00am— 4.00pm
Free entry

Please note. The prize is awarded on the understanding that the finished video may form part of Catalyst’s future marketing.

See you there!

Videos for local charity race night

Charity Race Night videos

Catalyst Video Services recently spent a great day with local business owners filming a series of ‘races’ for a charity race night to help raise funds for two local charities.

SSBP Race Night 2015 – Meet the trainees video

SSBP Race Night 2015 – Trailer

Catalyst Video Services produced a series of short videos for the SSBP’s charity Race Night. The videoing took place on March 4th and included events at GO Ape at High Lodge in Thetford, trampolining at Rotations in Huntingdon and a supermarket dash at a local CO-OP Foodstore.

Catalyst have edited the hours of footage into 14 short videos, one each for introductions to the races, the actual races and these two promotional videos. These will all be shown on the night and the audience will be able to bet on the outcome of each race. The money raised on the night will go to two local charities – CARESCO and Little People UK.

See more examples of Catalyst’s videos at Catalyst Video Services

Looking forward to a great night!

Karim Rejeb – MTB & BMX Playmobil stop motion video.

Karim Rejeb creates extreme sports stop-motion with playmobil characters. Great…

On camera mic v shotgun mic

Catalyst Video Services were recently asked by the Sawtry Small Business Partnership to come along and video them at the Sawtry Carnival, an annual event that not only give Sawtry community a great day out but also gives local businesses, charities and services the opportunity to meet the public and at the same time help raise money for local charities.

As with any event video the main consideration is to get good audio as well as video and the carnival atmosphere was certainly a challenge. Unfortunately, DSLR cameras are not that great at recording audio. The on board microphones are noisy and prone to record camera noise. Plugging an external microphone into the line-in has also leaves a lot to be desired.

Double audio system

Catalyst have found that it is better to use an external recording device and record in a ‘double system.’ Recording via a ‘double system’ means capturing audio with the camera as well as an external recording device – just like a film shoot: we record the image in the camera, get your high-quality sound from a separate device, and sync it in post.

Also practically speaking, it is better to capture audio externally. It means that the camera is free to move whilst a separate microphone – either a lavaliere (lapel) microphone close to the speaker or a shotgun mic if the environment is noisy/windy – records high quality sound.

Shotgun mic and audio recorder

This is a quick demo video to show why on the day we chose to record the audio separately with a shotgun mic into an audio recorder and then synced the audio and video in the final editing. The results speak for themselves!

The video was shot on a Canon EOS 70D and the audio was recorded both straight onto our Zoom H1 Audio Recorder and via a RODE Shotgun VideoMic onto our Zoom H1 and H4 Audio Recorders.

Catalyst Video Services video the Sawtry Small Business Partnership at Sawtry Show 2014

Catalyst Video Services spent a great day on Saturday 7th June at the Sawtry Carnival for the Sawtry Small Business Partnership videoing SSBP members, meeting local charities, clubs, service people and members of the community. A well organised event and a fun day for Catalyst Video Services!

Catalyst Video Services produced a video to introduce members of the Sawtry Small Business Partnership to the Sawtry Community. The event gives the SSBP the opportunity to introduce their products and services whilst supporting local charities at the same time. The Community services video was produced by Catalyst Video Services who are members of the SSBP.

The video was shot by Catalyst Video Services on a Canon 70D and Panasonic HDC-SD900 along with Rode VideoMic. Crane shots were achieved with a BoomBandit mini jib. The video was edited, colour balanced and graded in Final Cut Pro X.

Catalyst Video Services is a part of Catalyst Design Partnership based in Great Gidding, Huntingdon, Cambs.