↑ Construction Video for Kai Tak Development
With over 15 years of experience in producing construction engineering videos, we have already completed over 10 government-funded engineering projects. Our production house is a contractor which is well-recognized by the HKSAR government for producing construction engineering videos for large-scale infrastructure construction projects.
We have the most knowledgeable production team to create the best construction video for you.
About Construction Video
Based on the “Particular Specification” (known as “PS”) in relation to a construction engineering video in the government’s engineering contract, the main contractor must assign a qualified video production house to take the responsibility for shooting and producing the video. Therefore, the production house can be considered as one of the sub-contractors.
The production house must work closely with the government, consulting firms and main contractor for the multi-year construction project, in order to understand and analyse its designs and features, tackle problems, and search for solutions, before the production team can write scripts, shoot videos on-site (for dozens of times during the construction period), shoot aerial videos with drones, capture time-lapse videos, edit videos, create 2D or 3D engineering animations, add visual effects, dub videos (in English, Mandarin and Cantonese), add subtitles, output relevant files, etc.
Types of Construction Video
Stated in the “PS”, several types of engineering videos are typically required. Let me explain in detail about each of the types based on the purposes, target audience, uses, lengths and technical difficulty levels:
↑ Project Video for Tai Po Water Treatment Works
The highest standards must be met in producing a project video, yet all the hard work will pay off, as most audience find this type of videos attractive and enjoyable. One of the major purposes is to promote the engineering project. In addition to the government officials and practitioners of engineering, the mass public are the target audience.
The videos are rendered in beautiful detail and the message conveyed is simple to understand. Many 3D engineering animations are also used. Sometimes, it is essential to shoot videos in a real-life setting to associate the project with the citizen’s daily life; hence, actors, special venues and props are involved.
Project videos are usually kept short and simple as their major purpose is to promote the engineering projects, ranging from 5 to 8 minutes. Sometimes they can be even shorter.
The whole engineering project has to be condensed and presented within several minutes; in the meantime, the attractiveness of the video is also a great concern. In short, project videos and promotion videos are similar in nature.
Strictly speaking, record or progress videos are not considered as the end products of the construction engineering videos. This type of videos serves to meet the requirements in the “PS”, that a “raw video footage” is needed to record the construction progress and some specific construction situations.
Some shots in the “raw video footage” will be extracted to produce the final video. Even though the record or progress videos are considered as the “raw video footage”, there are several aspects which we should pay attention to, for instance:
- Each member in the production team must possess a valid “Construction Industry Safety Training Certificate”, which is known as the “green card”. When entering confined spaces, the team members must also have a valid “Certificate of Confined Space Certified Worker”. While working at sea, a “blue card” (Certificate of Training in Shipboard Cargo Handling Basic Safety) is required.
- The production team members must wear appropriate personal protective equipment, such as helmets, safety shoes, high-visibility clothing and safety harnesses.
- The team members must abide to the safety regulations of the construction sites.
- Moments with unsafe or problematic construction site practices should not be captured.
- They have to pay attention to the constant changes in weather and light intensity.
- They must be able to shoot and produce smooth videos, clearly showing the construction processes, without any ambiguity.
- In case quality issues are identified, they must re-shoot the videos, striving for perfection.
By simply looking at the name “construction videos”, most people cannot distinguish this type of videos from the others. Based on our 15 years of experience in shooting construction engineering videos, “construction videos” are best described as “engineering documentaries”.
Videos of this type usually last for 15 minutes or more. Some can even last for 45 to 60 minutes. The purpose of this type of videos is to record the progresses and engineering techniques in relation to the construction project. The target audience are professional practitioners of engineering; hence, they are supposed to possess knowledge in engineering and understand jargons and technical terms. Graphs and tables involved tend to go beyond ordinary people’s knowledge. There are more 2D animations than 3D animations.
Since complicated ideas are involved and the videos tend to be lengthy, it is anticipated that ordinary people may find construction videos less enjoyable than project videos.
Public Relation Video
Nowadays, the mass public are more and more concerned with the government’s large-scale infrastructure projects. During the construction period, the government and the contractors have to organize and host different types and scales of public relations events, including school visits, on-site visits by the district council members, environmental protection activities, drawing competitions, media visits and press conferences, in order to let the mass public gain deeper understanding about the project, relieving their stress and anxiety.
This also makes contribution to social harmony. The purpose of having a public relations video is to convey the above messages to the general public and enable them to gain knowledge about the engineering project, so that the impact of the construction work can be minimized.
This type of videos serves as a tool to further improve public relations. Harmony and inclusiveness are emphasized. Engineering jargons and technical terms are kept to a minimum.
↑ Time-lapse video for NL/2017/03 Tung Chung New Town Extension Reclamation and Advance Work
Time-lapse Videos are typical among construction engineering videos. For a multi-year construction project, there is no significant change from one day to the next. To keep the video short, whilst showcasing the changes and development, time-lapse videos are good options, as the changes in a few years can be condensed to less than one minute.
There are two ways of shooting time-lapse videos: (1) taking at least 100 shots at regular intervals at a specific location with a designated angle, with ordinary video cameras, and then using special computer techniques to merge the images to produce a time-lapse video; or (2) installing an adapted time-lapse video recorder which is fully self-contained with no power or network required, to shoot a continual video (24x7x365), that the operators just have to check regularly whether the time-lapse video recorder is well-functioning in capturing and transmitting images. For the latter type of time-lapse videos, upon the completion of the engineering project, only simple processing is required.
In the past, method (1) was more commonly used; yet last year, our production house had introduced the latest time-lapse video recorders. In the days since then, method (2) has become more prevalent in the construction industry in Hong Kong. It is anticipated that method (2) will become mainstream in the foreseeable future.
↑ Using drones to shoot aerial photographs for KL/2011/01 Kai Tak Development – Reconstruction and Upgrading of Kai Tak Nullah
Most architectural engineering and infrastructure projects occupy much space. To take videos with a panoramic view, high-altitude photography is certainly the best choice. In the past, it was necessary to rent a helicopter in order to shoot at high altitudes; yet, due to the rapid development and growth of drones, many high-altitude photos are taken with drones.
Since drones are relatively inexpensive and they can provide better accessibility at low altitudes with greater flexibility, the use of drones has become mainstream in aerial photography. However, sometimes due to special considerations or geographical restrictions, helicopters are hired for aerial photography.
For instance, our production house is working on the Tung Chung New Town Extension Reclamation and Advance Work, that Hong Kong laws prohibit drones from flying within 5km of the airport. Therefore, every month, we have to hire civil helicopters to shoot progress videos and photos.
Engineering 3D Animation
↑ DC/2009/10 Engineering 3D animations for the main pumping station of Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works
Construction engineering videos often comprise engineering concepts and data, and even BIM documents. Concepts involved tend to be complicated and abstract. Therefore, engineering 3D animations can present the ideas in a simpler way. In this way, high-quality 3D animations play a key role.
Video for Construction Award Competition
Every year, the Hong Kong Construction Industry Council organizes a great variety of activities and competitions, such as the prize-giving ceremony of the Good Housekeeping Competition, CIC Construction Innovation Award and Considerate Contractors Site Award Scheme, in order to raise the safety standards, management skills, innovation, environmental awareness, etc, in the construction industry.
In the competition, contestants are required to submit videos to the judges and there are videos showcasing the award-winning content. This is the origin of the “videos for construction competitions”. This type of videos is typically produced within a very short period of time, usually within a week.
The production house has to do research, write scripts, hire hosts or actors, shoot and edit videos, and add special effects, animations, narration and subtitles. Therefore, the production team must be highly experienced in producing construction engineering videos. Handling tight deadlines and maintaining high standards of work in the video production are of great assistance to our clients in winning construction competitions.
Track Records of Our Company in Construction Video
For over a decade, a number of government departments and major construction companies have appointed us to shoot and produce more than 20 major infrastructure projects, as listed below.
2020 - PresentCEDD, Sang Hing - Kuly JVContract No. ND/2019/03
- Kwu Tung North and Fanling North New Development Areas, Phase 1: Development of Long Valley Nature Park
2019 - PresentCEDD, Build King - SCT JVContract No. NL/2017/03
- Tung Chung New Town Extension - Reclamation and Advance Works
Provision of Progress Photographs and Construction Video Film
- Tung Chung New Town Extension - Reclamation and Advance Works
2019 - PresentCEDD, Sang Hing - Kuly JVContract No. YL/2017/03
- Development of Lok Ma Chau Loop: Land Decontamination and Advance Engineering Works Project Video
2019 - 2020WSDContract No. (6) in WSD/ST4991/R21 Pt1
- Video Production for Expansion of Tai Po Water Treatment Works
2017 - PresentCEDD, Build King - Richwell JVContract No. KL/2015/03
- Kai Tak Development - Stage 3B Infrastructure at Former North Apron Area
2013 - 2018CEDD, Build King - Richwell JVContract No.KL/2012/02
- Kai Tak Development – Stage 3A Infrastructure Works at North Apron Area of Kai Tak Airport for Residential Development and Government Facilities
2011 - 2016CEDD, PeakoContract No.KL/2010/03
- Kai Tak Development – Stage 2 Infrastructure Works at North Apron Area of Kai Tak Airport for Residential Development and Government Facilities
2013 - 2019CEDD, Chun WoContract No. CV/2012/09
- Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Site Formation and Infrastructure Works – Contract 3
2013 - 2019CEDD, Chit CheungContract No. KL/2011/01
- Kai Tai Development - Reconstruction and Upgrading of Kai Tak Nullah
2010 - 2016CEDD, Penta OceanContract No. KL/2009/01
- Site Formation for Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Development
2010 - 2016CEDD, Chit CheungContract No. KL/2008/07
- Kai Tak Development - Advance Infrastructure Works for Developments at the Southern Part of the Former Runway, Stage 1
2010 - 2016CEDD, LeaderContract No. KL/2008/09
- Kai Tak Development – Stage 1 Infrastructure Works at North Apron Area of Kai Tak Airprot for Public Housing and Government Office Developments