About Rangeaire Vision
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Rangeaire Vision is a world leader in the specialist production of dog DVDs/videos. It was founded in 1986 by Bob and Jane Harvey and has now received world acclaim. Together they have gained Corporate Accreditation with the Australian Video Producers Association.
The beginning of 'Rangeaire Vision' grew out of Jane's remote teaching of people to groom. For many years through the 1960s and 1970s, Jane used to help people living a long way away from her to trim Airedales by phone and letters containing photos on which she drew lines.
In the early 1980s, a person from Perth sent Jane a video showing himself trimming his Airedale, asking for advice. So, Bob borrowed a video camera and 'filmed' a reply. Basic as that was, it was added to firstly for an enquiry from Tasmania, then one from Queensland and so on. This video, together with the 'snow' between the various 'takes', sold many copies.
In 1984, Jane's son, Rick shot their first professionally organized video. So, How to Groom an Airedale was produced unedited, with each shot rehearsed and ad-libbed. This video has stood the test of time and, in an enhanced form is still in great demand today.
The Educational Series
Following on from the success of the grooming video, the next most asked about subject is breeding. This led to the filming of How to Raise a Litter of Puppies which was shot using professional tape and editing. This video has been added to many times over the years and remains Rangeaire Vision's biggest selling title.
In the 1990s, husband Bob superseded son Rick as the principal cameraman and also the editing. Over the years, incorporating the latest equipment, the remainder of the educational DVDs/videos followed. Together, Jane and Bob form and outstanding team. Jane is highly knowledgeable, creative and handled all the commercial side. Bob is highly technical and also a valuable part of producing the the Jane's original scripts and ideas for the videos.
The Specialist Breed Shows
During the 1990s and early 2000s, breed clubs were keen to record their shows, especially from Rangeaire Vision who had expert knowledge about dogs and therefore could ensure that the footage is as a dog enthusiast would like to see. There were many specialist shows filmed during this period and indeed, bookings for Australia's most important dog events needed to be made up to two years ahead.
In 1995 Rangeaire Vision also sponsored the 'Encouragement Award' for new exhibitors/breeders of pure breed dogs where a DVD from the 'Educational Series' was given as a prize for winners at Open Shows with a Final conducted at the end of the year. Rangeaire Vision was also invited to film the world dog shows in Bern Switzerland, Brussels, Vienna, Budapest, Helsinki, Milan Italy and Portugal.
At the 1998 International Contest of Veterinary Video run by the University of Zaragoza Spain, 'Rangeaire Vision' received a Diploma for participation in the 'Animal Production section for 'How to Raise a Litter of Puppies' and 'How to Make a Showdog' and also a Diploma in the section of Basic Sciences and Environment section of 'The History of Spaniels'. There were over 100 entries at this event.
In the early 2000s, as DVDs began to take over from VHS tapes, Rangeaire Vision moved to digital format and editing which enabled higher quality and more advanced editing. It also allowed the use of multiple cameras, which is important in the editing to give concurrent shots from multiple angles. The high quality results were made possible by the technical expertise of Bob who is adept in the field of dog videography, video production and editing.
Rangeaire Vision Today
Certainly the strength of Rangeaire Vision DVDs/videos lies in their specialised content.
However, with today's abundance of videos, including YouTube and a camera in every phone, in 2008 Jane and Bob started a parallel activity building a comprehensive website, JaneDogs.com as the primary means of publishing knowledge on the wonderful world of dogs.
Since 2008, in place of producing more DVDs, Jane Harvey has dedicated herself to putting her experience and knowledge of the wonderful world of dogs into a substantial website called JaneDogs.com. This unique site covers a full range of topics on dogs from their early history in art and literature to their role in modern society. It contains over 220 articles and more than 1,300 photographs, pictures and diagrams and continues to grow with the ultimate aim of covering all 180 major breeds of dogs including their history and comparisons.
Please visit JaneDogs.com and tell us what you think!