Video Tips

VIDEO EDITING AND VIDEOGRAPHY TIPS

Forget Digital Zoom

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

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!...

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....

Levels

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

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....

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...

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...

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....

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....

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...