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VIdeo of The Day: Aerials of Selby Bay, near Annapolis, MD

Very proud to present this video which was produced on Father’s Day off the South River near Annapolis, MD.  Credits include producer, videographer, and editor.  As my experience with aerial photography grows, I’m fast learning the importance of advanced planning, checklists and adaptation to weather-related production challenges.

The blue hues of dusk lighting are especially vivid in this video. Also pay attention to the fight paths, height of camera, position of sun and length of shot, which were all considered before I piloted the DJI Phantom 2 with GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition.

Video of The Day: NASCAR Driver Jeff Gordon Gets His Revenge

With the exception of “make it fun”, the video below (big budget, big star) has few best practices for small to medium sized businesses seeking to marketing with online video. But watch anyway because it is fun!

The passenger in the back seat of this “cab ride” had cast doubt on the authenticity of an earlier video Pepsi produced in which NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon took a car salesman on a “test drive.”   No doubt, the blogger won’t cast the same aspersions about this video.  As you will see — and likely enjoy — he was punked to a degree Ashton Kutcher would loudly applaude.

Very fun. Very revenge. Very served cold!  For that, “Jeff Gordon Gets His Revenge” gets our nod for “Video of the Day!”

“The Storage Medium” Video Series

In the words of self-storage industry blogger John Egan, “Look out, “Antiques Roadshow,” “Storage Wars” and “Long Island Medium.” A psychic mash-up of your shows has just hit the Internet!”  Egan is referring to a just-launched online video series, The Storage Medium™ about a psychic who “unlocks the power of inanimate objects” housed in self-storage facilities.

Why of interest to readers of DCOnlineVideo?  It’s produced by StorageMart, a nationwide storage franchise.  The series stands out because it’s only available for viewing at the StorageMart blog where it is surrounded by branding, links and other elements to engage new prospects.

The series also gains our admiration because production costs were low, the sets were simple, and, as noted by the producers, “the camera captures the emotional connection” that make the program memorable.  Plus, it’s a wildly creative way to draw people to the StorageMart website.

Do most online marketers have potential to replicate this creative genius? Unfortunately not, but the fact that StorageMart is attempting such a bold undertaking underscores how video can boost your brand.

Video of the Day: Lakemaid Beer Drone Delivery

The Washington Post today published an article about a Minnesota beer producer drawing the unwanted attention of the Federal Aviation Administration.  The reason: The video below, which shows a drone delivering a 12-pack of Lakemaid Beer to an ice house on a frozen lake.

Several astute (and presumably informed) commentators quickly noted that there is no way a drone could carry the weight of a 12-pack, but as previously noted here on DC OnlineVideo, the commercial use of drones, is a no-no as the FAA warned Lakemaid, “While we are evaluating many potential uses of [drones] as we move toward their safe integration into the nation’s airspace, commercial operation of such aircraft is not yet allowed.”

Note:  We watched this video on three different websites none of which incorporated a call-to-action at the end of the video that allows a viewers to connect with Lakemaid, or even listed their web URL.  As of this date, that’s 400,000+ missed connections.  But for brilliant and humorous online video marketing, and for drawing the needless ire of the FAA, Lakemaid Beer Drone Delivery gets our vote for Video of The Day.