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Bamboo is the New Granite (Extended Remix Version) — A Contemporary Townhome in Downtown Palo Alto

Kevin Boer, Broker Owner, 3 Oceans Real Estate, Inc. ()

January 22nd, 2007 · 8 Comments

Michael Hall and I had a lot of fun putting together our first property video review, and now that we’ve worked the kinks out, we thought we’d give it another spin, with more detail. Wellcomemat allows you to create “chapters” within the video so you can jump from one place to another. Very neat!

Interestingly, the first post sparked an email conversation with some folks about countertops: Is bamboo really the new granite?

One emailer had this to say:

Don’t believe everything you hear! It discolors easily, needs to be sealed annually, and can chip/crack. Composite stone is the new granite. :)

Somebody else said:

I hear concrete is the new kitchen counter granite. Next it will be back to those laminate ones…I don’t even remember what it’s called!

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Norm Fisher // Jan 22, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Kevin, excellent! I felt like I was right there touring the place with you. Great interaction between you and the agent. When I saw it was eight minutes, I was pretty sure I’d be checking out before the end but you managed to keep me engaged. I am blown away by the video quality you are getting from that camera. How large a file does an eight minute video create?

  • 2 Kevin Boer, Three Oceans Real Estate // Jan 22, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    The original file was over 300MB; Riva shrunk it to ~25MB. Now all I need is a camera that shoots in FLV format!

  • 3 Phil Thomas Di Giulio // Jan 22, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    Kevin… obvious improvement from the last video. AND Norm seems to agree! We’re glad you decided on using the ‘chapter markers’ to highlight particular areas of the property. This makes for a much better user experience. As for an FLV video camcorder, we’ve been wondering the same thing. Only a matter of time.

  • 4 Christian Sterner // Jan 23, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Just goes to show that video isn’t scary: Kevin nailed this thing in two takes. This is great work, and having the interviewer/cameraman combo is a great combo. I am going to have to go with my instincts here, and give it 4 stars.

  • 5 Owen O'Malley // Jan 24, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Hi Kevin,

    Great job on the video. Just one suggestion…I would limit your comments as you are walking through. When you had something to add or asked a question it was good…but for the most part you should be quiet as the videographer. Look forward to seeing more videos.

  • 6 Kevin Boer, Three Oceans Real Estate // Jan 24, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    Owen, thanks for the advice. I was thinking a better format would take 3 people: the videographer, an interviewer, and the agent.

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