The Caledonian Television Company

Corporate Vision - For SMALL Businesses!

Originally established in October 1986, Caledonian Television™ is a full service business video production company working to the same standards used in broadcast television.  We make video for business and only for business - eliminating the very serious commercial and legal risks associated with engaging 'semi pros' and other untrained, unqualified amateurs.

Caledonian TV™ is proud to be a small family business, specialising in meeting the needs of those with very restrictive budgets such as ambitious startups, sole traders, micro-businesses, SME, third sector and public service organisations. What we offer is a one-to-one personal service on the 'human scale'.

We're not so-called 'Videographers' or 'video marketers'... We are instead highly experienced, legitimately qualified, video production specialists. What we bring are decades of experience to addressing your needs, working with your team and your choice of creatives - to achieve your communication goals. - Corporate vision for SMALL businesses!

We provide is a complete, truly professional script-to-screen service.

No hard sell, no smoke, mirrors nor childish novelties. We will make you an affordable programme that is not only a creative and effective piece of business communication, but one which you can actually be sure is legally safe and technically fit to publish online or show in public.  And we will  ensure that your business video meets the technical standards necessary to be shown in a cinema, broadcast on TV, uploaded to YouTube, distributed on DVD or Blu-Ray, sent out on a memory stick or simply embedded on your own website...

We won't put your business at risk during production either! Naturally we operate on location in compliance with all legislative requirements and your industry's operational policies and procedures. Everything we shoot meets or exceeds the EBU 'tier 2' HD broadcast standard for topical content. And every programme we make is actively project-managed, using the same methods found in Broadcast TV - with, of course, the benefit of almost 35 years experience making video specifically for Scotland's businesses. 

What's unusual is that while our service is provided to 'blue chip' industry standards - it is geared to the budgets of Sole Traders, micro-businesses and SMEs.

PROFESSIONAL CREWS. We only use crew who have successfully studied TV or Film production at a legitimate UK Academic Institution and/or trained with a major UK broadcaster such as the BBC or one of the ITV companies.

The Caledonian Television Company™ is still owned and run by its founder, Matt Quinn; an ITV-trained cameraman - and former Lecturer in Television Production - with over forty years of genuine broadcast experience to his name!

PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT. We shoot on genuine broadcast TV cameras - NOT DSLRs! We edit to meet EBU AS-11 broadcast standards for topical content on full edit suites. And naturally, we use traditional broadcast lighting and sound.

Inexpensive - Creative - Experienced

Properly trained people with the right kit - the real deal!

As creative video specialists, we offer a complete service which takes your programme from a basic outline or even just a vague idea to a complete finished programme. We operate using ISO 9001 compliant quality assurance procedures at all times. And in order to protect your business interests we particularly ensure copyright and legal compliance is properly dealt with at every production stage.  In terms of technical standards we work to the AS-11 specifications required by UK and European broadcasters for topical content in HD.

We made our first corporate video in 1986, uploaded our first digital video to the internet in 1997, shot our last analogue video in 1999 and moved fully to HD in 2007!

So, yes, of course we can help with your video strategy and advise on how best to deploy video - we've been doing that since the 1980s. And we will freely help and advise you when it comes to uploading your video to the web, preparing it for public display or indeed for broadcast. - That is all just a basic part of the service!

We work collaboratively with your choice of web designers, graphics artists, PR, Advertising and marketing agencies etc. and do so in absolute confidence with robust NDAs as a standard part of our operational terms. And for those actually running legitimate creative agencies, we are very happy to offer advantageous terms that facilitate partnership working and allow them to integrate high quality video production within their own offering.

What does it cost?
The first thing most people ask about is price.  And because each and every programme is bespoke that really is a 'how long is a piece of string' question. Ultimately it's impossible to answer accurately until we assess your particular needs.  However, we think it's only fair to give at least 'ballpark' idea of what things cost.

Bullet Point - If you're within about 50 road miles of our base near Livingston, West Lothian, we can make you a basic professionally produced business video from as little as £800 inclusive. This includes a 1/2 day shooting at a single location, library music and basic graphics derived from your existing materials - a complete programme in every sense of the word. More typical programmes fall into the £1200-£1500 range while the average spend with us is currently about £5000. 

Bullet Point - We are also happy to produce regular programmes along a common theme or branding. - Ideal for 'video podcasts' or brand development through video newsletters - this service starts from around £10,000 per annum for 12 programmes on a monthly basis.  - Naturally we can also offer terms for any other frequency of filming and/or presentation. And we are happy to film and document your projects as they progress and develop. 

Bullet Point - That isn't the limit of our capabilities - we can (through our broadcast production partners) organise and access specialist facilities such as multi-camera studios, drones and helicopters, international crews and even underwater filming. 

Care to talk? Want to find out more?  Or just push some ideas around the table? No cost, no obligation, no hard-sell nor silly sales patter! Just an honest, down to earth, face-to-face chat with one of our project managers. We're always pleased to hear from potential clients and partners, and invite you to talk to us, without any obligation or pressure, as early as possible in your project.

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