December 15, 2010 @ 5:22 am

How to Make a Great Video!

Many people out there think that it is very hard to create a great video on your own, but as long as you follow certain steps / practices you can do it with ease.  You will be able to find thousands of different tips online, but the below tips are the few that work in every situation, and are very much needed to create a great video!

Tip 1 – Make a Plan

This is a very basic and fundamental step when doing almost any project or activity in life, but a step that is missed a lot of the time.  Before you take any photos, record any video, or even pick out the music track you will need to layout a plan for your video.   You will want to decide how long the video is going to be, who the target audience is for the video, and what is the message you would like to deliver.  After this, then you can decide where you want to shot the video, what type of photos do you need, and what the music track should be!  The video becomes very easy to shoot and put together once you have a proper plan.

Tip 2 – Equipment

Now a lot of people think that you need very expensive and high tech equipment to shoot a video, but this is simply not true.  You will need some sort of camcorder (flip, phone, camera, camcorder, etc) and even maybe some sort of camera (doesn’t need to be top-of-the-line) to be able to shoot the video and pictures needed.  Now even though you don’t need “high tech” equipment you will need to be familiar with the equipment you are using so that you can create the best possible quality.  Even if you have the best of the best, if you don’t know how to use it you will get a bad product!

Tip 3 – Lighting / Sound

Lighting can make all the difference in the world when taking photos, and shooting video!  If you have bad lighting your video or photos may turn out bad, and then the tone is set for your final product.   Now you will not need expensive lighting equipment, but you will need to make sure that the lighting is consistent and decent!  Another element that can ruin a video if not done right is sound.  If you have weird unwanted sounds in the background of your video it will distract viewers and cause them to deem the video amateur.  You will need to make sure to either have software to filter out these sounds, or use your planing to avoid such sounds.

Tip 4 – Practice

Now that you have everything down for your video (plan, equipment, lighting, sound) then the only thing left is to practice!  There is an old saying “that practice makes perfect” and it is true for almost everything in life.  The more you practice at something the better you will become, and even learn shortcuts or your own tricks!

Now there are many other tips out there that could help, but if you have these down then you are off to a great start!  We will continue to give out tips, and hints in the upcoming year – so lookout for them!

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