Tips on how to make a wedding video

Tips on how to make a wedding video (for none professionals)

When your budget won’t stretch to paying for a videographer or wedding video company, it is still possible to capture your special day on video. You may even prefer a more ‘raw’ artsy record of your wedding. You may want the making of your wedding video to be part of what your guests get involved in doing on the day – use one camera and pass it around or ask people to video with their own cameras as and when they want to and ask them to send their video to you. Clearly designate a person (or people) Whatever the reason you’re doing your video this way clearly designate the one person you’ve chosen to record your wedding. Make sure they know you’re relying on them to film it but make it very clear that you’re not expecting a cinematic result. Make them feel special - it will mean more to you that the person has done it for you rather than the end result. Here are my tips for the amateur wedding videographer: Use Whatever Camera You Can Get Whatever camera you’ve got – use it. But whatever it is, make sure the battery has enough charge to get what you want. And, if it’s done on a mobile phone, please turn it on its side, so it’s a widescreen. Use a Tripod And whatever camera you do use, please use a tripod whenever you can. Don’t move about any more than you have to. Try and plan where you have to be and stay there. Move Slowly If you do have to move, move slowly, move smoothly – try and make it feel that your movement is part of the shot. Speak to Your Photographer Most people always have a professional/semi-professional photographer. Speak to that person. Let them know that you’re having your wedding video filmed this way. Ask for their help and support. And let the photographer know that some of the filming will take place when they’re setting up their own shots. Stay Close Enough to Hear Hearing the wedding is just as important as the visual shots – it’s part of the atmosphere. So keep as close to the ‘action’ as possible – especially the ceremony and the speeches. Don’t step so far back that you’re zooming in all the time – especially if this may mean the image and/or so the happy couple are too small in the screen. But also make sure the videographer’s not crowding...

Website Videos: Videos for Websites

Videos are Good for Your Website

Website Videos You have a website - make the most of it by including videos in it. Think about it. If you were going to advertise in a full colour magazine or on TV, you'd be silly to place a text only advert. Everything that people see your website on, also plays videos. All websites host videos. So, utilise the potential of your website and videos - don't show a text only advert. Your website, as your shop window, needs to grab visitor’s attention, very quickly. Your site needs make visitors realise that they have found the right place, hold them there and make them want to come in and look around further or contact you. Otherwise, with just one click, they’re off, looking somewhere else - you've lost them. You also want to make them want to come back for more. Videos are a great way to fully engage visitors on your website - videos even play a significant part in helping them find you in the first place. The majority of website visitors don’t read through your text, they scan it first. They need you to grab their attention. It is widely reported that only 20% of people visiting websites will read the whole of the text they’re presented with on a website. But 80% of people will watch a whole video. So as an initial attention grabber, videos are absolutely great. Then, dependant on the video, you can give out and convey so much more than writing about it and, by keeping it short, sharp and to the point, give your website visitors just what they came to your website looking for. Videos, especially on YouTube, also help people find your website in the first place. Videos are searchable by the top search engines like Google - made better with good video titles, descriptions and tags on your video. And YouTube is at the top of Google's list - Google owns YouTube, so it looks after its own. Videos are also good for your SEO. People watching videos on your website stay on your website for longer. So, this helps your website rank higher on Google as the duration of website visit and bounce rate (bounce is when people click onto your website and then immediately click off it) are measured by Google as part of their ranking criteria on their search engine. So, a video increases the duration of visitors to your website...