Bringing 2019 to a close

It’s a bit of a cliché but as well as everyone busily finishing projects before the festive break, this time of year always feels like a good time to reflect back on the year that’s passed, to refocus on what we do and to look forward and plan for the new year, both individually and as a team.

BlueStar Streaming is heading into it’s 6th year and over the last 12 months we’ve been busier than ever and continue to grow.

Although we specialise in video marketing and live streaming, it’s really about helping our clients create and share their stories through rich content and engaging video and film to promote, support and grow their brand.

We create high quality (broadcast standard) corporate video, livestreams and video. We also work with our clients to plan and manage their social campaigns and to integrate their video content with their social media and web strategies in order to best promote their brands, products and services through considered, tailored solutions. We offer a range of support including training, marketing and consultancy, working on anything from one off projects to multi – channel campaigns and longer term digital and agency partnerships. We often work with larger agencies too, brought in as their specialist video marketing partners to provide a seamless service for their clients. Projects we’ve worked on include high profile music and awards events to travel and tourism, sports and leisure, arts and culture, education, charity and more.

If you’ve worked with us you’ll know we work closely with you to understand your requirements, to guide and advise on strategy and content and getting your video (your unique story) out there to ensure you get the best value and the most impact. If you haven’t, contact us to learn how we can help your brand in 2020!

We thought we’d share some of the changes we’ve made in 2019.

New studio – studio hire, studio shoots and kit hire

studio interview green screen

This summer we moved to larger premises. We’re still in the East End but it’s means we’ve more space to grow and to create a custom studio which is now available to hire as a fully flexible, multi-purpose film, video, live streaming and photography studio.

The studio is available for dry hire and for managed shoots so clients can bring their own crew, equipment and catering to run their shoot – or we can do it for them. We can provide a wide range of production services and support for managed shoots and we also now hire out kit, saving clients the cost of buying their own expensive kit as well as taking away any hassle of storing, maintaining and moving kit.

This is a unique purpose-built live video streaming studio that can be hired for half and full days, Monday to Friday and evenings and weekends on request, subject to availability. We have all the kit and technology to bring your multi camera live stream to life, with over 20 years of professional live streaming, technical and production experience, allowing our clients to interact with their customers and clients in real time. All live steams are also captured full HD video offline, providing full backup and for repurposing and social content after the event.

This is a great option for amazing content creation, product or event launches, publicity shoots, influencer shoots, interviews to camera, livestreams and podcasts. We have green and white screen facilities and can build a studio set to suit requirements plus we provide support to help storyboard ideas and bring them to life as well as technical support – the only limits are the studio space and your imagination. Find out more here or contact us for details and to book.

Support for the third sector

Princes Trust Mosaic Mentoring Project

We work with a wide variety of private and public sector organisations but also do a lot of work with charities, non-profits and the third sector, helping promote their activities, providing training and advice, creating great video marketing and even helping them raise funding. Charities we’ve worked with include Dyslexia Scotland, Pink Saltire, The Willow Tea Rooms Trust and The Prince’s Trust. Read more here about how we work with charities, non-profits and the third sector.

Jibber Jabber masterclasses launched

Performance Art

We launched ‘Jibber Jabber’ – a series of live streamed masterclasses where experts from a range of sectors share their experience and tips for getting on within their industry. We wanted to learn more about how creative people in a range of industries do what they do, what makes them tick and inspires them, what they’ve learned along the way, what they’d do differently, advice they’d share with someone starting out and what’s their take on things.

Each Jibber Jabber masterclass is a live streamed informal chat in our studio in Glasgow’s East End, hosted by Duglas Stewart, best known as the frontman, lead vocalist and composer of Glaswegian indie pop band BMX Bandits.

The first Jibber Jabber sessions have focused on the music industry, illustration, art and design. Our final masterclass for 2019 was live streamed on Wednesday 11 December. We spoke with the ‘Glasgow Miracle’ Professor Ross Sinclair – a key figure in contemporary art in Glasgow in the 1990s and one of the creative minds who transformed the art scene in Scotland. A visual artist, musician and writer, Ross was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art where he now lectures alongside continuing his professional practice.

As well as producing Jibber Jabber ourselves, this is also an interesting option for brands and a way to engage directly with new and existing audiences and markets in an informal influencer style masterclass format. It’s an area we’re developing and exploring with brands wanting to develop their own masterclass live streams.  The livestreamed sessions are shot in our custom studio in an informal conversational style. If you’d like to get involved or you’d like to promote your brand through your own style masterclass sessions contact us to discuss. Look out for more Jibber Jabber sessions in 2020 and catch up on our previous masterclasses here.

Growing the team

In September we welcomed Rosie Walker to the team. Rosie has joined us as Junior Video Production Assistant and will be an integral part of the team.


A graduate in Design and Communication from Glasgow Art School, she brings artistic flair and additional animation skills to our production team. We’ve also expanded our in – house marketing support.

Documentary Making – going into Phase 2

Sir Jackie StewartSir Jackie Stewart, sharing  his experience of dyslexia in the Educate Me documentary

We do a lot of corporate filming but also relish the chance to film documentaries. Last year, BlueStar Streaming and Dyslexia Scotland worked together to create a short (25 minute), independent documentary film called ‘Educate Me. It was a year in the making, shot using a predominantly dyslexic crew and created for general release supported through crowdfunding. This is one of a 4 part series that we hope to pitch as a full documentary to broadcasters. The film has been widely watched and used by the Scottish Education Board, by Dyslexia Scotland and various voluntary organisations and charity groups across Scotland. We created this documentary including all planning, strategy, story boarding, film interviews and film production.

It’s also personally important to us as our Managing Director, Trevor Thomson, is dyslexic and positively promotes disability awareness and equality through his role as Media Adviser for Dyslexia Scotland.

In 2020 we’ll be moving into Phase 2 with the second film of four and are excited to be starting pre-production in the New Year. To create the second Educate Me documentary promoting awareness of Dyslexia, we’ll again be raising funding to release the film through a kickstarter campaign on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform. We’ll also be offering some great perks as a thank you for donations – more news on that soon!

If you’d like to help us raise funding we’ll be sharing a link and all the details in early 2020. If you’d like to get involved or help in other ways please contact us. We’d love to team up with other organisations in a variety of ways. Thank you in advance – your interest and support is appreciated and will help us launch a really useful educational documentary that we hope will increase understanding and positively improve the experience of everyone, particularly young people growing up and living with dyslexia.

And finally…

Christmas lantern with gifts, colored balls and stars on snow isolated background. Christmas background concept

It’s been a busy, vibrant 2019 with lots of change and interesting people and projects. And of course, we created some fabulous and very effective video and live streams for our clients!

We’d like to wish all our clients, partners, supporters and friends a very happy and festive Christmas and great New Year.

Thanks to everyone we’ve worked with in 2019 and here’s to looking forward to even more exciting and interesting projects and times in 2020 and beyond!


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Enjoying a good Jibber Jabber

It’s just a few months since we started our ‘Jibber Jabber’ series of live stream masterclasses in September, on our entertainment facebook page Glitterati. What is Jibber Jabber? Well, it’s a great conversation with exciting, inspiring people. It’s a conversation you can get excited about and want to continue. For us it’s about getting under the skin of exciting, innovative and inspiring industries through informal, insider chats with a whole spectrum of amazing, interesting, diverse and creative people and experts.

Each Jibber Jabber masterclass is a live streamed chat in our studio in Glasgow’s East End, informal and (we hope) informative. We wanted to learn more about how creative people in a range of industries do what they do, what makes them tick and inspires them, what they’ve learned along the way, what they’d do differently, advice they’d share with someone starting out and what’s their take on things.

Each Jibber Jabber is hosted by Duglas Stewart, best known as the frontman, lead vocalist and composer of Glaswegian indie pop band BMX Bandits.

Our very first Jibber Jabber was with David Scott from The Pearlfishers talking with Duglas about their experience of getting started and working in the music industry. If you missed it, read and hear more on our LinkedIn post using the link below.

Jibber Jabber David Scott

In October we were still focusing on the music industry. Click on the image below to read more and listen in to the conversation between Duglas and Marco Rea from The Wellgreen and Stilton as they discuss and share their experiences of song writing creative processes.


In November the conversation turned to graphic novels and a Jibber Jabber with graphic novelists Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers of Metaphrog talking about the inspiration behind their intriguing dark fairytale adaptations and other work. Have a listen below.

Creating Graphic Novels

And we couldn’t resist including this – have a look at one of their brilliant animations with music by Mum and Hey.

Our final Jibber Jabber of 2019 was live streamed on Wednesday 11 December. We spoke with the ‘Glasgow Miracle’ Professor Ross Sinclair – a key figure in contemporary art in Glasgow in the 1990s, former band member of the Soup Dragons and one of the creative minds who transformed the art scene in Scotland.

Performance Art

A visual artist, musician and writer, Ross was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art where he now lectures alongside continuing his professional practice. He spoke about his inspiration, experience and what drives him to create.

Look out for more Jibber Jabber sessions in 2020 and in the meantime, wishing you a great Christmas and New Year filled with interesting conversations.

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Glasgow studio hire & studio shoots

Looking for professional, flexible studio hire in Glasgow? Did you know that we now offer flexible, multi-purpose film, video, live streaming and photography studio hire?

Based at BlueStar Streaming and Arktouros’s base studio in Bridgeton in Glasgow’s East End, our professional film, live streaming and photography studio is available for dry hire and for managed shoots.

Bring your own crew, equipment and catering to run your own shoot – or ask us! We can provide a wide range of production services and support for managed shoots.

Studio interview with greenscreen
Studio interview with greenscreen

This is a unique purpose-built live video streaming studio. We have all the kit and technology to bring your multi camera live stream to life, with over 20 years of professional live streaming, technical and production experience, allowing you to interact with your customers and clients in real time. All live streams are captured full HD video offline, providing full backup and for repurposing and social content after the event.

The studio can be hired for half and full days, Monday to Friday with evenings and weekends on request, subject to availability.

Studio space is approximately 40㎡ with plenty of daylight as well as blackout blinds and theatre curtain to control light and minimise sound. The studio has large white and green screens for filming with purpose built ethernet high speed broadband for live streaming. Hire of the studio space also includes use of our waiting / review area with comfortable sofas, wifi, a dressing and prep area and 55″ HD TV with HDMI and VGA inputs. There’s complimentary tea and coffee, kitchen facilities and plenty of free parking available locally.

We also offer competitive camera and kit hire including cameras, lighting packages and more – a great way to save on costs, travel and hassle plus our experienced team are always on hand to provide support if needed.

Cameras, lighting and full kit hire available
Cameras, lighting and full kit hire available

Visit our website to see the full range of studio services we offer and pricing details or contact us to discuss your needs and to book.

As well as studio hire we also offer studio shoots for corporate clients. This is a great option for amazing content creation, product or event launches, influencer shoots, publicity shoots, pieces to camera, livestreams and podcasts. As well as our green and white screen facilities, we can build a studio set to suit your requirements and we provide support to help storyboard your ideas and bring them to life as well as technical support.

From serious corporate interview pieces to camera to green screen magic – the only limits are the studio space and your imagination.

Green screen film fun
Green screen film fun

Visit our website for more information or contact us to discuss your requirements and to book.

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Why you should be live streaming

For some, live streaming is the next great thing in social marketing, its use predicted to double by 2021. For us, it’s been something we’ve been doing for years and is one of the areas we specialise in. And it’s certainly been interesting the last few years watching how live streaming has evolved and how it’s now being used by organisations in a variety of ways.

Why is live streaming important? Well, use of video on social channels has really grown in the last few years to the extent that video now accounts for the majority of internet traffic and is widely recognised as one of the most powerful marketing tools. If you’re not using video you’re missing out. Go back just a few years and live video streaming wasn’t really an option for everyone and YouTube was pretty much the only key channel for video sharing.

Now, videos can be shared across all social networks with live streaming capability across most channels and use of video and live video streaming across digital and social channels are widely accepted as extremely powerful tools to support and grow your brand.

It’s interesting to see how different industries are starting to incorporate and develop their use of live streaming as part of their brand and marketing strategies. Here are just a few examples where we’ve used live streaming over the last couple of months.

We’ve done a number of live streams for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society UK last and this year. The latest one was in September for a live stream virtual whisky tasting as part of The Gathering celebrations at The Vaults in Edinburgh.

The Scotch Malt Whisky

The tasting was promoted in advance of the live stream which went out on Facebook.  Members were able to pre purchase the tasting sample packs so they could then join the tasting happening in Edinburgh in the UK (led by Global Brand Ambassador John McCheyne), with their own real life tastings and viewing from their own locations – which included Germany, Australia, the US and with some audience members watching and joining in from on board a train!

The stream went out at 1pm on a Saturday so that anyone who couldn’t join The Gathering festivities in real life could still join in virtually by taking part in the live stream tasting – taking the experience ‘from local to global’, to quote the hosts John and Dean.

This live stream attracted 1.3k views. Have a look and listen using the link below.

During the live stream it’s not only about the tasting and showcasing the brand and samples. It’s also a chance to create a personal connection with the members who are viewing. John and Dean do a few shout outs and name check various members in various countries that they know are watching and encourage them not only to participate but to actively interact during the live stream, with comments and questions.  It’s a conversational style, with the hosts interacting with each other as well as the virtual audience.

The hosts share their knowledge and experience whilst the viewer can follow along and be part of the shared experience from their own location. We get to know some of the personalities of the hosts as well as to learn about the whisky. From a commercial perspective, as well as expanding audience reach (from local to global) the live stream also creates other opportunities. During the conversation the hosts mention destinations, distilleries, brands and even books. It’s a soft sell approach to share ideas and other linked products, services and experiences to an interested audience. It’s also building and strengthening the sense of community, creating a loyal audience.

The virtual experience might later translate to a real life experience as viewers are encouraged to consider visiting in person next year but if they can’t they aren’t excluded, they can still participate and feel part of this community and shared experience. All in all it’s a great example of using live streaming to promote brand, reach a wider audience, create engagement, show brand personality, build and strengthen connections and create opportunities of cross and up selling.

Another client using live streaming is BAFTA Scotland – on this occasion it was for the BAFT Scotland Awards 2019, Live Nominations Announcement, filmed from Citizen M in Glasgow at the end of September.

BAFTA Scotland 2019 Nominations live stream

Listen here

This wasn’t as interactive as other live streams we’ve done for BAFTA Scotland as the focus was really just on officially announcing the nominations but it still attracted over 2.2k views and is part of a wider strategy using video and live streaming – for example for the glamourous Awards ceremony itself.

Another example using a different approach is our ‘Jibber Jabber’ masterclass series live streamed from our studio in Glasgow. Each masterclass is an informal discussion with experts from a variety of industries, sharing their experience and knowledge. The latest one was with Duglas Stewart from the BMX Bandits and Marco Rea from The Wellgreen and Stilton discussing their experiences of the song writing creative process. The style is informal, there is some interaction with viewers in terms of talking directly to viewers and encouraging comments and engagement but generally it’s set up as a discussion between two people. 

Jibber Jabber Song Writing masterclass live stream

Choosing your channel

Increasing reach is an important benefit and it’s useful to put some thought into which social channel is best suited to your audience and your objectives. For example, Twitter is great for real time content. If you live stream to Twitter it’s to an audience that wants the latest, most up to the minute information. As it’s so immediate it can be harder to reach or really engage an audience here with so many constant updates competing for attention and disappearing quickly. However if you do choose to use Twitter for your live stream, video content is known to outperform text – only tweets and is more likely to be viewed and retweeted. So it’s worth considering this channel but not in isolation.

Instagram is another useful platform as it’s all about photo and video content. Image does the talking here, it’s about brand, personality, destination and experiences.

YouTube continues to be massively important particularly for long form content, including how-to guides, product information and telling a story plus it’s the second largest (after Google) search platform.

In comparison to, say Twitter, live streaming to Facebook is about interacting with an audience who want to know more about your brand. It’s about creating and continuing a story with an audience who want to connect and engage directly with you and others and therefore this is a hugely important channel.

Real time live V scheduled live

‘Live’ streaming isn’t always about real time ‘live’. Facebook Premiere is a fantastic feature and the next generation of live video. Using it means you can easily share great, professional quality video content. A really useful aspect is that you can schedule and promote pre recorded videos which go out ‘as live’ but minimise any stress or risk of actual live streaming – great if you’re fairly new to live streaming and perhaps not so confident or if you prefer to have the additional safety net of being able to edit and curate the content before it goes out rather than sharing ‘real time’ live video. So using Facebook Premiere gives you the benefits of a Facebook Live (real time live streaming) but with the ability to pre- record plus some other useful features as well – such as automated posts on your page when you schedule a premiere, an optional Reminder button for viewers and reminder notifications for subscribers shortly before your premiere live stream begins. A few minutes before the live stream viewers can join the broadcast lobby which allows them to like, share and comment in real time. As it’s a scheduled live stream it also means the page administrator doesn’t have to be there during the streaming plus at the end of the premiere the video is automatically converted to a video post on your page. It’s a really good alternative to Facebook Live and (for individuals or small teams) it means you’re free to interact and engage with viewers and their comments during the broadcast so it’s makes it more manageable. Plus, if you want to, you could also choose to distribute your video in Facebook Watch – another way to increase your audience reach.

With clients we tend to mostly use YouTube and both Facebook Live and Facebook Premiere.

In summary, live streaming is great because in addition to helping your reach and engage with a wider (possibly global) audience, your brand will reach new audiences, particularly when shared across a range of (appropriate) social channels providing greater brand awareness. Along with that, live streaming gives you the chance to show your and your brand’s personality and authenticity. Live streaming enables you to create unique and engaging content and assets and content which can be reused and even repurposed which also helps make the most of budgets and time and other resources.

Just a few reasons why live streaming is worth considering and planning into your marketing and brand strategy.

And if you’d like to see how live streaming can support your brand, Contact your friendly Glasgow based video and live streaming specialists for an informal chat!

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Working with charities, non profit organisations and the third sector

We really enjoy working with charities, non profits and third sector organisations, whether it’s filming a great documentary, creating rich content and engaging video, providing training or even helping them raise funding to support their video and film projects.

We work closely with all our clients and work in partnership with charity and third sector organisations to support their planning and promotion of their video content, socialising it and getting it out across relevant channels.

We provide pro bono consultancy and design for selected charities and have produced films for Equality Scotland Show Racism the Red Card, The Prince’s Trust Mosaic Mentoring Project, Govanhill Community Dinners and Pink Saltire’s Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign as well as a training programme for Pink Saltire. Have a look at the links below to see more.

Pink Saltire’s TIE campaign – video ad

Govanhill Community Free Dinners

Govanhill Community Dinners

Prince’s Trust Scotland Mosaic Mentoring Project

Princes Trust Mosaic Mentoring Project

These films focused on a range of important and sensitive topics including homophobia in schools, bullying, discrimination and diversity equality and awareness.

We’ve also worked with Dyslexia Scotland on a number of projects.

We produced a series of ambassador profile videos for Dyslexia Scotland which were embedded into their Dyslexia Unwrapped website and also posted on their social channels.

The videos were to show the strengths and abilities of the ambassadors dealing with dyslexia in their everyday life with interviews shot crisp and clean on a whitescreen background in our custom studio in Glasgow. As part of this we also worked closely with the Dyslexia Scotland web development team to produce file sizes for delivery across web and mobile and to embed the videos into their website.

Another very interesting and different project and client was The Willow Tea Rooms Trust– the charity responsible for the restoration and reopening of the iconic Willow Tea Rooms Building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The Willow Tea Rooms Trust Blacksmith Maker film

We were asked by the Trust to create a series of 11 ‘maker’ films showcasing the work of the craftsmen and women involved in the restoration of the famous Tea Rooms which reopened to the public in 2018 under the new name ‘Mackintosh at the Willow’. The maker films were part of the documentation of the restoration of this historic building and the opening of an exciting new visitor and heritage attraction in Glasgow. The films were shot on site, at the workshops of each of the makers involved in the restoration project in various locations across Scotland and the north of England and were to be used on the Trust and Mackintosh at the Willow websites and social channels. We were later asked to format the films for use within the new Exhibition Centre at Mackintosh at the Willow, to produce a short 360 virtual reality tour of the newly opened visitor attraction, to create some short video ads for social channels and to recut and repurpose a 1 hour BBC documentary about the restoration project with the edit to be used within Mackintosh at the Willow’s Exhibition Centre.

Have a look at one of the maker films here and the short BBC edit is here

Documentary films

Although a lot of our work is corporate filming, the team also enjoy the chance to create documentary style films. Another interesting project was the ‘Educate Me’ documentary.

Dyslexia Scotland documentary

BlueStar Streaming and Dyslexia Scotland worked together to create a short (25 minute), independent documentary film. The film was a year in the making, shot using a predominantly dyslexic crew. The film has been widely watched and used by the Scottish Education Board, by Dyslexia Scotland and by various voluntary organisations and charity groups across Scotland and we’ll be following this up with the next stage starting pre-production later this year.

BlueStar Streaming created this documentary film including all planning, strategy, story boarding and filming which also included studio interviews with many of the participants. It meant a lot to us too – our Managing Director, Trevor Thomson, is dyslexic and positively promotes disability awareness and equality through his role as Media Adviser for Dyslexia Scotland.

This was an independent documentary created for general release supported through crowdfunding – more of that later. This is one part of a 4 part series that will be pitched as a full documentary to broadcasters for additional funding.

Raising funding for your video or film project

Budgets and funding are often a concern and a perceived or very real barrier for this sector but again, as well as effective planning and use of available budget there are also ways to boost spend and to increase value – whether that’s through repurposing of content filmed once that can then be adapted for a variety of purposes, possibly partnering with other organisations to share costs or raising funding through kickstarter or other funding platforms. To create the Educate Me documentary promoting awareness of Dyslexia, we raised funding to release the film through a kickstarter campaign on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform.

So we understand and can help our charity and third sector clients raise funding as well as how to promote and get the best out of their video assets and content afterwards.

Our Values – social responsibility

As a company, we value and welcome diversity and inclusiveness. Our Managing Director Trevor is dyslexic and has direct experience of the challenges and opportunities that brings and is actively involved in promoting equality and disability awareness through his role as Media Advisor for Dyslexia Scotland.

We believe in social responsibility and social care. We like to help young people access digital media skills and develop their confidence and as part of this we provide training for young people in media production, film and video. We’ve run training and taster courses for The Prince’s Trust and Glasgow City Council and we also offer internships and work experience opportunities for students and undergraduates – and we’re always interested to hear from and work with charity, non profit and other third sector organisations. Take a look at our website for more examples of our work.

If you work in a charity, non profit or third sector organisation and want to know how we can help raise awareness and promote your activities and services through great film and video – contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

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Micro videos – introducing cinemagraphs

We’re always looking out for ways we can add value when filming, whether it’s creating a series of 20 -30 second micro clips for use on social channels, creating podcasts, 360 filming, incorporating drone footage or something a bit more quirky. One of our favourite, fun ways to do this is to create a cinemagraph, delivered as a high res micro video for use on websites, social media, digital screens, TV, film screens and elsewhere.

You’ve probably seen cinemagraphs on Instagram and Pinterest, on advertising billboards or in trailers for some of your favourite films or TV series or brands. The technique has been around since at least 2008 but has grown in interest since 2011 when US photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck used it in their fashion and news photography.

Over the last few years the use of cinemagraphs has taken off and moved into mainstream internet content – for advertising and marketing, art and entertainment. For individuals there are plenty of apps available to make it easy without needing to know the technical techniques and details. When we create video for clients we often create a few cinemagraphs from the main footage.

Cinemagraphs are powerful marketing tools, great for incorporating into your social media strategy to increase engagement and linger time and to create a little ‘wow’ and added interest. Done well, a good cinemagraph captures the attention and imagination, makes the viewer linger longer, and brings a little bit of magic.

If you’re not familiar with what a cinemagraph is, the most basic way to describe it is that it’s a digital image that includes both still and moving parts. Sections of the image are still – like a photograph and other sections include small, repeated movements. The moving elements are on a seamless loop, created to contrast with the stillness of the rest of the image. It’s a fascinating hybrid combining two great mediums to offer a different and enhanced visual experience.

Cimemagraphs are useful for direct marketing, for including in blog posts, on social media as organic content, promoted posts and ads, and to increase dwell time on your page. They’re also useful to promote specific products or experiences, or to highlight specific aspects of a product or brand in a subtle and fresh way. Big brands including Nike, Coca Cola, Chanel, Netflix and many others are using this format to create visually stylish and engaging content, particularly for Instagram but across social channels.

Here are just a few of our favourite cinemagraphs including a couple of simple examples we’ve created for clients.

It’s from 2017 but still a favourite – Netflicks’ Stranger Things trailer.

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Nothing was ever going back to normal. @StrangerThingsTV season 2. October 27.

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Toronto based tech company Flixel who specialise in cinemagraphs have (not surprisingly) some great examples. Here are a couple to get you in the holiday mood!




In case you need to cool down, we like this one by Coca Cola

Travel, food and drink and luxury brands are also getting in on the action.

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For the perfect pour, pour a Budweiser. #ThisBudsForYou

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Closer to home, we created a couple of cinemagraphs for Renfrewshire Leisure., as part of a wider video campaign to promote their facilities.

Over 11k views

Over 9k views

Another example was as part of a series of 12 Maker films promoting the work of the craftsmen and women involved in the restoration of the iconic original Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Willow Tea Rooms Building in Glasgow. This one shows Master BlackSmith Alan Dawson at work.

Looking forward, the future is bright for increased interest in using cinemagraphs and how this format and technique will evolve. With the ease and accessibility of mobile device cameras it’s now easier than ever before to shoot, edit and share photos and video. Micro videos and micro moments have taken off – with the ability to capture a few seconds of video to instantly share. However, cinemagraphs take video further by capturing our imagination and adding a little bit of ‘magic’, allowing us to experience the moment in a way that neither a still photograph nor video does. It doesn’t replace either but is a great added value piece alongside other media or as a standalone piece. The format can be combined with 360 video and virtual reality and other visual applications to create truly mesmerising visuals. The possibilities are exciting!

To find out more about how can use video and cinemagraphs contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss.


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It’s a wrap – Royal Highland Show 2019 roundup

We had a great time last week, filming at the Royal Highland Show 2019 and working with their team.

It was a record breaking event this year with 195,000 visitors over the 4 days of the event. We were on site for 5 days in total including the set up day for the Show – so we can follow up on our pre event planning, make any adjustments needed on site, familiarise ourselves with the venue layout and generally ensure we’re ready for the next 4 days when doors open to the public.

This year we created 14 videos, which all go out during the Show and which so far have attracted over 131.8k views.

Day 01 we produced the following video, as an introduction to the Show.

Throughout the Show we produced a range of videos capturing the experience and showcasing the activities including 2 360 films and a number of interviews. We’ve included links to a selection below and you’ll find the full set on the Royal Highland Show FaceBook page at

Additionally, we created a series of 9 short 20 to 30 second clips for use on social channels, mainly Instagram with total views (for all clips) of 18,969 so far.

Click on the links below to view.

And here’s the final wrap video.

Even better is the amazing footage from this year’s Show can now be repurposed and used throughout the rest of the year and in the lead up to next year’s 2020 Show – which we’re looking forward to already!

So – a great event and great example of capturing, editing and distribution on site and then repurposing footage as well as a great partnership with the client.

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Video marketing – onsite production, editing and content distribution

Hands up, we’ve been away from the blog posts for a while, busy with clients and projects, always a good thing.

For the first of our new regular monthly blog posts we look at on site editing and content distribution during a multi-day site shoot.

We’re looking forward to heading to the Royal Highland Centre just outside Edinburgh for the 2019 annual Royal Highland Show, held each June.

This is Scotland’s largest single event, showcasing the best of agricultural and rural industry in Scotland. Last year, over 190,000 visitors experienced the Show, which has an economic impact of £65 million to the UK economy.

For the last 3 years we’ve been providing the video production services at this fantastic annual event, working with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS)

It’s a full on, busy 5 day shoot and edit over the duration of the Show. We produce 3 pieces of video content each day of the event to be used across social channels, mainly Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. So as well as the filming we’ll also edit the footage each day during the event, outputting one video in the morning, one in the afternoon and one each evening. We edit the footage onsite, working closely with the RHASS Marketing and Social Content team for planning and delivery onto their social channels.

Sometimes tomorrow is too late – at an event like this and to get the reach and engagement it has to be as the event is happening. So we’ll be busy filming and editing on site, releasing videos as they happen.

We’ll also be creating 360 images and video content. The footage captured over the 5 days of the event will also be repurposed to create 24 x 20 second video clips which will be used to promote next year’s Show. You can see examples of this in the videos currently on the Royal Highland Show Facebook page promoting this year’s 2019 Show, which we filmed at last year’s 2018 Show.

Click on the link below to view the TV ad we created for last year’s Show.

Have a look below at some of the shorter 20 second clips we created (cut from the main footage) to promote this year’s 2019 Show

Because the video clips are going out across multi platform social channels during the event (as well as those that are later repurposed and released in the lead up to the following year’s Show) they’re also a useful and effective sales and marketing tool – encouraging visitors to come along to the Show as it’s happening and increasing ticket sales.

We always look at how we can add value too. For example last year we identified opportunities to create 360 degree virtual reality images at the event which could be shared across the Show’s social channels to provide visitors and potential visitors a virtual tour and chance to experience the event.

Use the link below to see one of the 360s from last year’s 2018 Royal Highland Show.

We’ll be creating more 360 images and video content this year and will also be looking out for opportunities to create some fantastic cinemagraphs too. We’ll talk more about cinemagraphs in another blog post.

Our crew for the shoot includes 2-3 camera people, a Producer and an Editor on site.

A few key considerations for multi day shoots with on site edits

  1. Work closely with the event/marketing/social teams as appropriate – develop good working relationships and communication with the client, the crew and other key stakeholders.
  2. Preparation, planning and communication are key.
  3. So is being adaptable, creative and innovative.
  4. Make sure you know the layout of the venue, the timing of key events and the key priorities – often at events it’s a one time chance to capture the moment so it’s not great if a key event is happening at the other side of a large venue and you can’t get there in time to set up or, worse, you’ve totally missed it.
  5. Ensure the crew is fully briefed and everyone understands their responsibilities and the plan for the day/event including locations, set up required, meeting times and places.
  6. Check, check and check again all equipment, leads, lens, batteries, editing software and anything else you might need
  7. Look out for opportunities to create added value content e.g. 360 images, quirky cinemagraphs, short social clips.
  8. Can the footage be repurposed? This can be a great way to use a client’s budget cost effectively – footage used for a promotional film or tv ad can be cut and edited into a series of short 20-30 second clips, ideal for sharing on social channels.
  9. If travel is time consuming or complicated (particularly with equipment) consider staying at/near the venue – it’ll save a lot of hassle and stress and of course allow more time for planning, filming and editing!
  10. Be on your A game, pace yourself, eat, drink (don’t be too merry – avoid the beer tent unless filming!) – and enjoy!

As always, any questions let us know. We’ll be a bit busy this week as we’ll be at the Royal Highland Show creating fabulous video for this year and for next year’s promotions. See you there or keep an eye on the social channels @royalhighlandshow for the footage!

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Live Video Streaming Events

Live Video Streaming Events

With the advances in technology live -streaming of events is becoming part of the norm.

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Previously,  the high cost of live streaming events online meant it was over budget for most companies. Now with YouTube facilitating a lot of the heavy lifting, the cost is lower and the technical support is easier, using their platform as the content delivery network, ‘sharing it with the rest of the world for you and me’.  Sharing through YouTube is an amazingly cost effective way of engaging people in a live event, be it a five minute interview, a band performance at an intimate venue or a large conference watched by thousands of viewers.

Becoming a YouTube partner

In order to live – stream an event, you need to become a partner with YouTube by setting up your YouTube channel and activating it for live streaming.  After that you’re good to go. If you have a YouTube channel set up you’re just a few clicks away from enabling the channel for live streaming.  We can help you activate, brand and manage your content  for your YouTube channel, developing the best strategy for your business model.

Getting the required equipment

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To produce a live video stream event on YouTube you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment. It can be as simple as using your laptop and its onboard camera. Thousands of people are becoming YouTube stars broadcasting from their bedrooms. Ok it’s not quite that easy – you have to spend time and effort connecting with your audience and building up your following and this will not happen overnight .

With larger scale live streaming events the equipment starts to move towards more broadcast standard kit. At BlueStar Streaming we tailor the equipment to meet the needs of your event, from a one camera interview to multi camera large scale conferences and events.

Managing a live event can be tricky. The specific skills required are usually found in completely different industries. At Bluestar Streaming we have expertise in both areas. Technical knowledge of the web,  allowing us to manage the websites, servers and encoding needed to deliver a seamless live stream , in tandem with film and video production skills to produce high quality video into your stream.

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BlueStar Streaming has over 20 years experience with web technology and film and video production and this puts us in a perfect position to produce high quality live video streaming events.

Live streaming an event around your brand can help your channel grow.

A successful live stream works with a creative concept and can have a massive effect on your channel. Compelling video will engage your viewers and allow them to take part in your event and feel part of the brand, building trust, loyalty and engagement through real time interaction.

While no strict rules govern content creation on YouTube, ten fundamental principles have emerged as the most important guides to a successful creative strategy.

The 10 Fundamentals of a Creative Strategy on YouTube:

1 Shareable content
2 Collaboration
3 Discoverable topics
4 Accessibility
5 Consistency
6 Targeting
7 Sustainability
8 Converse with viewers
9 Interactive content
10 Authenticity

Bluestar Streaming has been working with CalMac Ferries, one of the UK’s largest ferry operators, to help them promote their innovative YouTube Channel Calmac Culture.

We recently produced a three camera live stream for CalMac Culture Music competition. The live streaming event took place at the famous Glasgow music venue, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut.

View the live stream below.

Link to Calmac Culture channel.

Fell free to ask any about live streaming events. We’d be happy to answer your questions.

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