The General Tool company approached us to produce a product video for marketing their new brand. DiamondX was a new line of diamond tools for metal grinding applications. They were more advanced than traditional abrasive wheels. The key benefits were performance, durability, and safety, so we had to reveal them and highlight them in our production.
The Recipe for the Product Video
Industry professionals are well aware of metal processing applications and related tools. There is no need to start with the basics, such as through “how-to” procedures used by many competitors. Instead, EKADOO creatives focused on the competitive advantages of DiamondX.
When investing into a product’s video promotion, you are expecting a definite result. It could sound like this. The product looks spotless, the benefits specified, stated and supported by great visuals. Your audience knows where to go to get the product or what to do after watching the product video. In this sense, the recipe sounds obvious and universal at the same time.
What are the ingredients?
The EKADOO production department structured the story around a selected number of benefits. We had to find ways to visualize them to put DiamondX ahead of the traditional abrasives. By using a split screen technique in post-production, our video editor let the viewers compare and vote on the competing products. The differences became evident when seen side-by-side, so the editor’s approach was right.
Our filming crew made lots of closeup shots to keep the audience focused on the product in action. Still, the green color cast produced by the ceiling lights became a problem. This happens often when shooting inside manufacturing facilities. So, thanks to our gaffer, who brought powerful cinematic lighting and high color contrast filters to the scene, the cast was knocked out. Actually, he drove a 5-ton truck with lights and gears to light the shooting location.
Product video production
Concept, Storyboards, Digital Design, 2D Animations, 3D Modeling, Rendering, 3D Motion Graphics, Video Production, Post Production, Audio Narration.
The 34th 2013 Annual Telly Award
(category: online video promotion)
Our 3D artists created 3D product models to reflect on the products’ design and engineering qualities. They composed 3D wireframes with photo-realistic product renderings to get the right transitions. We used them as main elements for the branded intro and call-to-action pack shots.
As a result, the products appeared crisp and very detailed when rendered in 3D. That was a distinctive plus for the new brand, instead of using live video for the pack shots.
We knew from experience that technical data is often left unnoticed when it is just narrated. It needed some backing imagery as well. So, to display the technical data on benefits, we decided to include animated charts. The animator and the editor put them as a transparent layer over the main video storyline. In doing so, we completed the modern outfit of the DiamondX product video.
The initial tests on the distribution market brought positive feedback from the client. Soon after, EKADOO released this product video in both Spanish and French languages. The DiamondX brand was expanding to cover North and South American distribution networks.
For this production, EKADOO earned the 34th Annual Telly Award. We received a bronze statue for excellence in the “Online Video Promotions” category.
About the client
General Tool is a privately-owned diamond tool manufacturing company headquartered in Irvine, California. The company provides blades and core bits for construction, stone, and mining industries.