Simple Tips on Better Videos

Simple Tips for Better Videos

Today’s phones, tablets and small compact video cameras are really great for making videos. They mainly shoot video in high quality, usually HD and look really sharp – especially if you’re uploading them to your website or onto something like Facebook, Google+ and YouTube. But here are just a few quick tips on how to make your video look as ‘professional’ as possible. Orientation If you’re filming on your mobile phone – please make sure you’re holding the camera in ‘landscape’ – so it looks like a wide screen TV, long sides facing up and down Eye level Film at the same eye level as the person/animal you’re filming or lower, if you can, when filming children and pets. Bend down, get down on your knees, sit on the floor or lie on the floor to get yourself at the same eye level. Looking up at a child whilst he or she is playing is a view we don’t normally get when we watch our kids playing – it looks so charming. Tripod/support Even with the ‘image stabilisation’ features on most cameras nowadays, if you’re shaking about when you’re holding your camera, the end result will suffer. So, if you’ve got a tripod, use it. If you don’t have a tripod lean against a wall or a tree, rest on top of a bag on a table, rest on your knee if you’re sat on the floor – lean against something and it will make a difference. Digital zoom Do NOT use your digital zoom feature on your camera – you can usually turn it off in your camera’s settings. All it does is make your digital image larger and therefore lose quality. Just walk closer to the thing you’re filming. If you are using the zoom, try not to zoom in too much all the time. The more you zoom in the more difficult it is to keep the image steady when you are recording – as the slightest of wobbles or shake is magnified if you’re zoomed in. Light Having a well-lit subject is a key to better looking videos. Whenever you can, get the subject to stand facing a window or near a window. You then stand in between your subject and the window with your back to the window – getting full light on your subject and film away. This is the same if you’re outside - film with your back to the sun. The only rider to both of...