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 Found my FIRST Real Estate Video!
By: Darin "Sid" Cameron, CRS
Tue, Mar 8th, 2011 12:52 pm

I've been in the process of migrating all of my blog content from half a dozen different locations to the CMS of this website.  A few minutes ago I just moved over my very first video home tour from May of 2005.

You can see it here!

I'm kind of excited to see it again.  I had honestly thought all copies of that file had been lost over time.

I know of no other agent in St. Louis who was doing internet video tours of their listings at that time.  Heck, YouTube had just been founded about 60 days before I shot this!

I remember the project well because I spent days on it.  The few seconds of motion video from the house had to be transferred over from tape (digital video cameras weren't quite under $100 like today!).

The green screen video was shot straight to computer.  However my laptop at the time wasn't fast enough to spool the video so I had to drag my desktop computer down to the basement where it was filmed then drag it back up again.  Then I discovered it's hard disk wasn't really large enough so I had to delete as much software as possible from it so there would be room for the video.

The software Visual Communicator was a great find.  Back then (before Adobe purchased the company and ruined them) they shipped in the software box a plastic green screen and a wired clip on mic.

Of course it was impossible to get the wrinkles out of the plastic so you can actually see the creases in the background image.  And  the microphone had a cord that was about 5 feet too short to reach between me and the camera so it kept pulling off my shirt.

Fun times!

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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in tech sales which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director. In 2011, he launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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