Video Tips


August 27, 2013

Forget Digital Zoom


When shooting up close to your subject, get physically close whenever possible. The quality of the footage will be much better....

August 22, 2013

Adjust for the Situation


Take the time to adjust your cameras settings, like white balance, before shooting in a new location. Plan ahead and make sure you have prep time!...

August 20, 2013

Use a Tripod


Great footage is steady footage; use a tripod or other stabilization device whenever possible....

August 16, 2013

Move Around


Even if you’re shooting the same scene or area, move around to get interesting shots instead of staying in the same place....

August 15, 2013

Be Wary of Background Distractions


You can’t always predict what might happen during a shoot, but try to avoid distracting settings where unintended background movements will distract from your intended subject....

August 13, 2013



Avoid the problem of shooting all your footage from eye-level; use different levels to create interest....

August 9, 2013

Be Deliberate


Even when shooting beautiful scenery, don’t wave your camera all over the place trying to get the whole scene. Pick the important parts, and be deliberate in your panning....

August 8, 2013

Know Your Camera


If you have a new camera, before you take on any serious videography projects, make sure you’ve taken the time to learn the ins and outs of your device – it will save you time and ensure you’re always getting the best...

August 6, 2013

Go Easy on the Zoom!


Overusing the on-screen zoom is one of the most common videography mistakes. Zoom in on your subject before you start recording....

August 5, 2013

Manual Focus


Make use of your cameras manual focus when shooting b-roll: By zooming into a subject, unfocusing, and then slowly bringing the subject into focus, you can make a very artistic shot that would not be possible using automatic modes....

August 1, 2013

Lighting for Interviews


When shooting an interview, using a back light above or to the side of your subject will create an aura of light around them, separating them from the background....

July 29, 2013

Recover Your Old Footage!


Old home movies can be easily recovered by hooking up the camera to a DVD player with a recording function and copying them. After the video has been recorded to DVD it can be imported into VideoStudio for editing....

July 26, 2013

Keep it Interesting!


When filming an interview or a music performance, slowly zoom in or out and pan periodically. This movement and change in visual will keep the viewers attention without it being too obvious that the motions are happening....

July 25, 2013

Avoid Jump Cuts


Jump cuts occur when a video is cut and then the next clip begins from the same spot or camera angle. So if you’re filming an interview, make sure to have plenty of other footage to cut to in between the segments that show your...

July 22, 2013

Storage Space


Before capturing video, make sure that there is sufficient room on your computer hard drive to store the files. Remember, a single hour of high quality video will usually take between 12 and 15 GB of hard disk space....

July 18, 2013

Leave Yourself Room


Always let the camera roll an extra few seconds at the beginning and at the end of each take, that way there will be adequate room to cut later without losing the end of the take....

July 16, 2013

Be Prepared


Always be sure to bring extra batteries and memory cards when filming. That way, you can spend more time being creative and less time worrying about running out of power or space. Besides, frantically searching for a plug doesn’t...