Video Tips

VIDEO EDITING AND VIDEOGRAPHY TIPS

Make a List, Check it Twice!

Before leaving to go on a film shoot, create a checklist of all the equipment you will be taking. You can also use this list on the way out to make sure that you have not left any equipment behind....

Vacation Memories

While on vacation, it’s common to take tons and tons of scenery footage. The waves rushing in, trees swaying in the wind, the sun setting… these are all magical moments to capture, but don’t...

Take Advantage of the Light

When filming an event or special occasion that lasts all day, try to film as much as you possibly can during the day or in other well lit scenarios. Once the sun goes down or you move to a dimly lit reception,...

Slideshows for Special Occasions

Do you have an upcoming birthday or special anniversary in your family? A slideshow can be a great gift for loved ones and a nice surprise. You can create a “memories” type of slideshow filled with...

Have an Assistant

In many cases, your footage will be significantly improved if you are able to gather two perspectives simultaneously, and cut between them. For an interview, it’s great to have both a wide shot and a close-up...

Winter Activities

Fun family activities are great for home videos. And, the winter is full of them! Have fun filming while you’re out and about skating, building snowmen and tobogganing....

Traditions

Over the Holidays, we tend to do the same things from year-to-year. As boring as that sounds, it’s actually a very important part of growing up and helps us to create special bonds. It’s also a lot...

Happy Thoughts

Try filming your loved ones’ thoughts and feelings about the Holiday Season this year. Sit them down for a few seconds and ask them questions. What did you ask Santa for this year? What would the perfect...

Monitor Your Audio

Even with good audio equipment, you still need to be vigilant to ensure that your levels aren’t too high or too low. This is especially important if you aren’t shooting under studio conditions – if you are...

Food Tip: Movement

When capturing shots of food over the holidays, do your best to film shots with movement in them.  Steam rising from your potatoes, marshmallows falling into your hot cocoa, bubbles bubbling in your...

Enjoy the Moment

With the Holidays coming up, we’re all gearing up to take lots and lots of video of memories in the making. While you wouldn’t dare miss filming a baby’s first Christmas or a loved one...

Get Reaction Shots

If you’re filming a special event, be sure to film people’s emotions and reactions. This is not only important to your client, but will also give your viewers lots of emotional queues that will help them to...

Shoot Wide to Orient Your Viewer

It’s often helpful to open with a quick wide shot that sets the mood. Most of your footage should be close-ups of the action, but it can be disorienting for your viewers if they can’t tell where the scene is...

Plan Your Work

Whether you are shooting an event or a scene for a documentary, you usually have some idea of what’s going to happen before you start shooting. Use this to your advantage! Make a list of the things that you...

Save Yourself Time

If your entire project requires an adjustment such as white balance or volume increase/decrease, apply them to the captured footage in the timeline before you begin editing, that way you will only have to make...

Using the Zoom Function

Make use of the zoom function in your video editor. By zooming in, you can make more precise cuts, down to a single frame. Zoom out to scroll along large portions of video to locate the next spot to work on....

Keep Titles Simple!

When adding text to your video, make sure that it’s readable. This is usually best achieved by choosing simple, easy to read fonts as well as a color that contrasts the video, such as a white fill with a...

Divide & Conquer

Editing large video projects such as weddings or sporting events can seem overwhelming. To combat this, make large cuts to separate your captured video into segments and then edit one segment at a time....

New Projects

When beginning a video editing project, always create a new folder in Windows to store all the files that will be used. This will keep things organized and prevent having to re-link content later....