Saturday, May 13, 2017

3 tips on how to make the perfect travel video


This piece of content provides several tips for making the perfect travel video.

Videography is perfect because it lets the creator tell a story. As there are plenty of stories to be told, videography is a continually expanding passion. Not to mention that creators are even more motivated with the presence of popular websites such as YouTube and Video. People can now shoot videos and share them with millions worldwide for free.
As a high percentage of people love traveling, creating travel videos has become a perfect form to preview of a location, as a tourist can tell a lot from a video. If you belong to the group of people who would like to create astonishing travel videos, there are few things you should keep in mind in order to succeed. Let’s take a look at a couple of tips that will help you make that perfect travel video.

Plan before you get there

Like with many other things in life, planning is crucial to make a great video. Yes, there are always spontaneous moments that bring life into a video, but you cannot hope to record them while you are traveling. There is a lot of planning you should perform.
    Weather - This is the first things you should be thinking about. You want to be there when the weather is flawless. Therefore, it is best to stay in one place for at least a month, as this is going to allow you to make use of all the sunny days. If your traveling arrangements are time sensitive, make sure that you pick a period which is going to be dominantly sunny.
    Sights to visit - Once you are aware of the weather, you can start researching about the sights and planning all of the locations you are going to visit. A good idea is to use Google Maps. They will give you a perfect insight into various locations and which kind of video you could shoot there. Always take this step before you get on the plane, train, or car; you need to know each step of the way. It is the best approach for creating a video that tells a story.
    Storage and power - You will be taking a lot of videos while you are traveling, therefore, remember to bring enough storage with yourself, you are going to need it. The same goes for batteries!
This is actually the longest and most important part of the whole project, therefore, make sure that you take enough time to get well-prepared.

Choose the right gear

When it comes to the gear you should use, remember that some of your shots should be handheld to give life to the video. So, find a way to stabilize your camera without it sitting on an immobile tripod. There are plenty of gimbals that will solve this problem, so explore the market and get a gimbal for those smooth handheld videos. However, bring a mobile tripod with you, it will allow you to take some lovely time lapses which can enrich the video story.
When it comes to optics, you are going to need both wide lenses and narrow ones. A wide lenses is perfect for capturing nature and landscapes, whereas using the narrower one is going to be necessary when you are filming the locals and their facial expressions and behavior. Having this flexibility will have you covered in a majority of filming scenarios.
On the other hand, when it comes to lighting, you can use natural light to tell the story, making it unnecessary to carry all the soft boxes and other artificial lights with you. However, you are also going to face low light conditions, and you should bring fast prime lenses that will capture enough details.
With these three lenses, a tripod and a gimbal, you are going to be prepared to take incredible landscape shots. If you have a higher budget, bringing a drone is going to allow you to take some breathtaking videos from incredible angles.
Also, don’t forget to bring a couple of ND filters with you; it will help you film those landscapes even when the sun is shining bright.

Take your time with post processing

Once you have finished filming and you are back in your studio, it is time to review all of the content and tell a story to your audience. This is a process that can turn bad footage into something good, or take the best footage and turn it into something useless. Therefore, make sure that you take a lot of time and create a plan of scene sequence.
Review each recording and note down the scene sequence that will get you started. Once you have the initial sequence setup, you should start making those fine adjustments to tell the story perfectly.
When it comes to color grading, it should remain consistent throughout the whole video. If you lack the skill to do that, you can always seek the best video editing service provider who can help you out.
Once everything is done, you could showcase the video to people close to you and acquire feedback. This will point you in the right direction about the final changes you should be making. Afterwards, you can publish the video or send it to a client, depending on the circumstances.
Following some of these tips will allow you to move with ease and take amazing handheld shots, bringing the videos of your traveling experiences to life. Remember that these tips are only the foundation; add your style and creativity on top and the result is going to be a flawless travel video.
Authored By Helen Clark
Helen Clark has over 5 years of experience in writing and creating Video films, She have been associated with a host of sites related to Video films and have the expertise to work both on an editorial and advisory level. She intends to educate and keep audience abreast of the latest trends in the world of videography and film making. Presently, she is associated with Video Caddy - a video editing service company that is engaged in video editing and animation.
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Five common things among Sunder Pichai, Jack ma and Jan koum


We all are aware of the names of Sunder Pichai (Google's CEO), Jack Ma (Alibaba's Co-Founder) and Jan Koum (WhatsApp Founder). What they have done is, they achieved a lot, in very short time. Well, that is what the stories about them say. But what were the backgrounds and obstacles they tackled along their path? Let's have a glance at five common things among these three billionaires!

Rough Start:

The common most thing they share, is having a rough start during the initial stages. Jack Ma used to guide tourists for 8 years, to finally be able to learn English. Jan Koum, immigrated from Ukraine while he was in his teens to look for a better future in the USA. Pichai's life seems smooth comparatively, but there is lots of effort in his work. He holds degrees in Metallurgical Engineering, MS from Stanford and also MBA from Wharton School of Business.

Intellectual Access:

Jack Ma had no resources at hand, be it money or the technology. Yet his ambition was big enough to provide him the enthusiasm which led to the founding of Alibaba. Jan Koum was an infrastructure engineer at Yahoo and was earning enough to suffice a stable life. But in 2007 quit his job and began working on WhatsApp which he released in 2009.  Sundar Pichai, on the other hand, has been a gifted mind. He has been affiliated with Google since 2003 and was the brains behind the launch of Google Chrome browser, which is now one of the top browsers in the world.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Best Ways to Plan Your Video Editing While Travelling


Taking a trip? Here’s how to coordinate with a video editing professional to make videos from your footage while you’re abroad.
How to Plan Travel Video Editing While Abroad

You’ve spent a lot of time and effort planning your big trip overseas. As the crowning touch, you want to document your trip in video to share with your friends and social network while the trip is going on. You could put something simple together during the trip, but you’d love to present something more polished and professional that really captures the excitement and adventure you’ll be experiencing.
To create a travel video of this scope you’ll need the services of video editing professionals, working to create finished videos while you’re on your trip. But it won’t be enough just to hire someone and ship footage to them. You’ll need to coordinate with your video editing professionals in a number of ways, before and during your journey to put together the high-quality video you’re looking for.
Preliminary planning
Your first steps in coordinating your efforts begin before the trip starts. Video editing professionals will want to have a clear idea of the scope of the trip – how long you’ll be gone; how much footage you’ll be sending them, and how many videos you’ll want to produce. Sit down with them and go over your itinerary and discuss your ideas. Experienced video editing professionals will often have some excellent suggestions on how you can tell your story through the video footage you shoot and the organization of the different videos they’ll produce.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

میرا پیارا تبلیغی سفر


نعمان بھائی سے ملاقات سے پہلے، تبلیغی جماعت کے بارے میں جو کچھ معلوم تھا وہ مولانا طارق جمیل، سعید انور اور جنید جمشید بھائی کی بدولت ہی تھا - ان میں سے اب جنید بھائی تو اس دنیا میں نہی ہیں پر جو نیک کام یہ لوگ اور بہت سارے ان جیسے کر رہے ہیں، ہماری دعا ہے کے الله پاک انکی زندگیوں میں برکت ڈالے اور انھیں اجرے عظیم عطا فرمایے-  نعمان بھائی لندن میں زیریے تعلیم تھے جب الله پاک نے انھیں ہدایت کا راستہ دکھایا پھر وہ دن ور آج کا دن، الله کے اس نیک بندے نے پیچھے مڑ کے نہی دیکھا اور نہ صرف اپنی بلکے اپنے جیسے اور بھی بہت سے  نوجوانوں کی اصلاح کےلیے تبلیغ کا راستہ اختیار کرلیا

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Recent act by Lionel Messi is disgraceful which must be condemned


Lionel Messi is a world-famous footballer. He is an icon of this game with no doubt. In a recent incident during one of the world cup qualifying matches he has been suspended because of insulting an assistant referee. He has been fined and penalized under FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s rules. He has to pay $10,000 as well as he cannot be able to represent his team for next four matches.

Lionel Messi 

Most disturbing part of such incidents that these don't leave good impacts on the young generation’s mind who love this game with passion and follow their heroes blindly so repercussions of such negative acts must be discussed openly before these will get worst.

Every famous personality either in sports or in any other field must think twice before making him a part of such negative actions. This is just a matter of thinking that what would be their standings if someone from their fans list repeat the same kind of act!

We request every sportsmen to please do not make themselves an example in such bad incidents and always spread the positive messages either through their words or body language.

Please comment if you agree...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ramesh Babu is inspiration for every entrepreneur with his great success story


It is a well-known saying that, "We are the creator of our own destiny" and this is true! We are the masters of our own fate; we are responsible for what we are. We often come across success stories where heroes face various difficulties and end up making a successful and dazzling career for themselves, that fascinates us. We have a similar story to share with you, the story of great Ramesh Babu who proved that with continued hard luck, passion and determination, we can achieve anything we dream of. From rag to riches, let's have a glance at this mesmerizing journey of G. Ramesh Babu.

Who Is Ramesh Babu?

He is a billionaire barber and is the owner of a famous hair styling salon, called Inner Space.


He also runs rent-a-car business including 256 luxury cars which include a Rolls Royce, six BMWs, nine Mercedes, a Jaguar, three Audis and much more. His customers incorporate military officers, politicians and also film stars, like Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Salman Khan.

He owns a Rolls Royce Ghost for himself which is worth Rupees 3.1 crore and he had bought from his own hard-earned money. Only 5 people of entire city own this luxurious car including Ramesh!

The Story Of Struggle

Ramesh's story of struggle begins from the time when his father died in 1979 leaving a saloon business located on Brigade road. At that time, he was just seven years old. The saloon business was taken into running by his uncle. With his uncle paying just five rupees a day out of all the money he was making from the saloon, it was extremely difficult for Ramesh and his mother to fulfill their needs. After years of struggle, he managed to complete his school life.

Things weren't going well with Ramesh's family as his uncle was not cooperating and finally one day he simply decided not to pay a single penny to Ramesh's mother from the saloon's business. Outraged, Ramesh decided to take over the things into his hands. He began working at the saloon and started learning the roots of the business. He used to spend all his time there with his college studies alongside. "Since then I have been called a barber!", while recalling that time, Ramesh exclaims.

In 1993 he bought himself a used van and from this is where the car-rental business part, hops in. He struggled all his way up to 2004 because back then, in the nineties, the car-rental business wasn’t that popular. Up till this time, 2004 it was just a car-rental, but then Ramesh decided to take a huge risk and bought his first luxury car worth 40 lacs. However, he was fortunate and the risk he took paid him remarkably and his business extended fairly well. Finally, in 2011 he took another huge risk and bought the Royce for the amount of four crore rupees. He was warned by people that the scope of failures was really high against buying such a tremendously expensive car but he was confident in his decision.

Toughest Challenges Faced:

On April 2014, Ramesh had to pay over three crores for road taxes. He had to take the loan from many people as well as had to put up his property documents to get the cash.  It took a year or so, with his strategic planning and devour to his business, he was back on track.

What Lessons Does The Story Of Ramesh Have For Entrepreneurs?

Ramesh's story offers some valuable lessons to the entrepreneurs. Let's look at them:

Learn To Deal With Failures

Challenges and pitfalls are the parts of every business. Every business offers recurring imposing difficulties. The point is to grasp them wholeheartedly and handle them passionately.

Learn To Take Decisions

Before taking the two important steps in his career, Ramesh was told by many people that he is following the wrong path He simply didn't listen to them. He took those decisions even in the presence of immense oppositions and made his path to success.

There will always be someone to put you down; the trick is simple.. Keep Going. In spite the fact that the path to success is not flowers and rainbows, still, DO NOT GIVE UP!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Tourism is reviving in Swat Valley. Be confident to visit it again, Let us assure you!


Swat - which is also called the Switzerland of Pakistan, is a valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa. It is the upper valley of the Swat River, which ascends in the Hindu Kush range. In a region brimming with the glorious view and dramatic scenery, Swat emerges as an especially magnificent corner of northern Pakistan.

Beautiful Swat Valley

With brilliant green meadows, clear lakes and high mountains, Swat offers a place of mesmerizing natural beauty and often regarded as heaven on Earth. Swat is clear for all, locals as well as foreigners. Anyone can freely go there.

Team Thinklikegiant has recently visited this valley so in this article, we are going to list for you all possible details about this beautiful valley.
  • Is Swat Valley Safe To Visit?
So the first question arises in one's mind while planning to visit Swat is if the valley secure enough now? Absolutely yes!

It was a matter of couple of years ago that it was ruled by Talibans but now it's completely clear for everyone. You can enjoy the valley's beauty without having any sort of security concerns. The people of Swat have been through tough times over the course of the past decade . Let it be the Taliban attacks, the military operation or the natural disasters the people of swat have faced these conditions bravely and now they have returned to a normal life .To help the people go back to a normal life and help them out of depression, many recreational activities have been introduced in Swat for instance an  amusement and gaming center called Motion Rider (which has the facility to play games and also includes a 3-D cinema) , Pakistani clothing chains from major cities have also opened.

Swat being rebuilt:

In spite of the fact, that in the reigns of Taliban Swat suffered a lot but now it is being rebuilt. Although the residents of Swat have seen worst but they are again back to life. The 2010 flood had left the small bridge over the river Bahrain badly damaged and Bahrain’s people found themselves on either side of a stream and many villages in the region were cut off from the main road.

The bridge was rebuilt with UNDP and SFD support. In addition, a six-km stretch of PCC road was resurfaced in the village, making transport swift and easy. Similarly, a newly rebuilt Gidarsar link road connecting village to the rest of the world has changed the lives of 5,000 people living in the area.

A project impact evaluation study conducted by an independent consulting firm has revealed that community access to markets, education and health services has improved by 90 percent, while access to livelihoods has improved by 85 percent
2011–2016 was marked by the rehabilitation of 761 schemes, including 107 link roads, 284 street pavements, 159 culverts, 84 small bridges and 127 irrigation/drainage channels through the Community Resilience Malakhand project.

Things to Buy:

You definitely need to buy one of these,
  • You definitely need to buy one of these,
  • Local Handkerchiefs
  • Embroidered Material
  • Hand woven mats and Shawls
  • Tribal Jewelry
  •      Carved wood work
The Must-Try Cuisines:

Swati foods are mostly influenced by Pashtun's cooking styles; their primary features are Rice dishes and Kebabs. Sheep meat is more conspicuous in Pashtun cooking styles. Rice Haleem, Chapli Kebab, Tika and Mutton/Lamb/Chicken Karahi, including Peshaweri foods, are prominent among Swati People. Their conventional cooking styles are generally non-spicy. Sajji, Shinwari Chicken, Kabuli Palaw, Chapli Kebab, and Titanic Ice cream are some of the famous eatables of Swat Valley.

Fruits of swat:

The fruits from Swat are very famous across the country. The most famous produce of Swat includes apples, walnuts, citrus, apricots, pear, peach, cherries, plums,  and melons.

The apples of Gwalerai(a village Located 38 kilometres away from Mingora)are the most popular produce of swat .The village also grows ‘Shaftaloo’ (large peach).

Snowfall in swat :

Every year swat witnesses beautiful snowfall, the places to see in the winter season are :

Malam Jabba: located at a height of about 9,000 feet above sea level. Snowfall begins in the month of November and the area wears a thick white snow . It is the only ski resort in the country open for general public with ski slope of about 800 meters. Proper training camps are also arranged for beginners.

Miandam valley :  located in Hindukush mountains, some 40 Kilometers from the capital city of Swat, Mingora . The valley is easily accessible and is an abode for nature lovers. This is the place for those searching for a serene place brimming with scent and grand excellence. In summer a large number of visitors visit here.
Encompassed by mountains and thick woodlands, the valley stays covered with a dense layer of snow in the winter season making an entrancing scene.

Kalam Valley :  Located about 100 kilometers from Mingora, Kalam is considered one of the most beautiful valleys in the world. With over 500 hotels, big and small, the valley is packed with tourists.

Five Places You Can't Miss Visiting In Swat:

Butkara :

(Butkada Stupa), a standout amongst the most critical Buddhist holy places in Swat, and is close to the exhibition hall.

Saidu Sharif:

Saidu Sharif is the capital of Swat, joint with the Mingora city. In the season of royal state Saidu Sharif was the capital of swat State, now it is the capital of Malakand division. All the locale organization workplaces and two healing centers and one school are there. Saidu Sharif houses the Swat Museum that contains the finest accumulations of Ghandhara workmanship.


It lies at a separation of seven miles from Madyan. Bahrain means "Two Waters". It is named due to the fact that it is situated at the convergence of Daral and Swat waterways. Due to two streams, the environment of Bahrain is constantly charming. The tourists visit here consistently. There you can discover numerous inns with a sensible rate.


Marghzar is a small town situated at about 13 kilometers away from Saidu Sharlf. It is famous for its White Marble Palace .The palace now serves as a hotel. While going towards Marghzar, a road turns to Islam Pura, which is famous for its woodwork, shawls and blankets. The White Palace at Marghazar was the residence of the Wali of Swat, Jehanzeb. The palace was  built in 1940 by the first king of the Swat Valley, Mian Gul Abdul Wadood .

Islampur :

Situated two kilometers from Saidu Sharif near Mingora, Islampur is popular due to its handloom weaving sector, which serves as the economic lifeline for over 4,000 village population. Hand-woven shawls and traditional blankets made at Islampur are supplied to domestic markets as far away as Karachi.

Archeological Sites To Visit:

Some of the fascinating archaeological sites of Swat Valley include,
  • Gumbat Stupa
  • White Palace
  • Swat Museum
  • Khuwaza Khela
  • Ushu Valley
  • Mutiltan
  • Mohodand Lake
  • Kundalo Lake
Some breathtaking views of Swat Valley in winter (Feb)

Took this view on the other side of rive.

Took this view on the other side of rive.

Took this view on the way to Saidu Sharif from Mingora