I recently started making videos and I cannot stress enough how useful they are when you are conveying a story. Its a quick, interactive, engaging way of conveying a lot of information.
Here I want to share a few quick and dirty tips which will make the task easier for anyone starting to learn to make videos:
- Mark points for cameraman and model. Mark an ‘X’ wherever the model is standing so that the position remains same throughout the video. Even slight shifting in position can look odd when you sew different pieces together. Do the same for camera position.
- Use two cameras (if possible). One a static one on a tripod which captures the full view and the other one can be hand held to take zoomed in shots.
- Use same microphone throughout. The voice quality changes drastically if you use different microphones for different parts. A lavalier is a good option in most cases.
- Give pauses before and after. Ask the model to hold the pose for at least 10 seconds before and after each shot. This will come in very handy when you start editing.
- Check for shadows. Shadows become more pronounced on big screen. Right use of lighting can prevent that.
- Click off background noise and fix shakiness. Super simple with most applications. Most of them have a button which you can turn on and it fixes both these issues.
- Hide the microphone. Its generally not too difficult and can be an annoyance if you see the wire hanging from the model.
- Check for voice and camera quality after the first shot on the laptop; Don’t assume it’s all fine. Take the SD card out, and check the quality, lighting, voice on a laptop before you continue shooting.
- Always have a script. No matter who you are shooting, no matter how much they know, or how much expertise that have. Give them a script with an outline; if they are nervous they will go on a rant; if they are passionate they might go on a different tangent.
- Choose the right music. Music can make or break any video
- Be careful of the transitions you use. They have specific purpose. For example, a black flash is to show passing of time. Some transitions are known to give seizures.
- Take a lot of stationary shots also. They can help when you are putting the shots together.
I hope these tips are helpful!