Video Tips

As promised, here are my list of video tips. Some of the tips might be a bit redundant from the Photo tips article, but they are

  1. Read The Manual- Although it may be time consuming and seem noobish, it will give you the understanding of all the functions of your camera and give you help if you have any questions. Video is more complicated than video making it even more important to read and get better video.  It will help you get a better understanding of how to use the equipment and really get the most out of it.
  2. Use Manual Settings- Most users just use automatic settings which work some of the time and turn out decent video. However, if you really want to get the best possible video (as you should), manual settings are the way to go. Not all cameras have all if any manual controls, most have white balance, exposure while higher-end cameras have many more manual controls. If you spend the time to read the manual and learn how to control the manual settings you really can shoot superior video.
  3. Take Many ShotsYou might think that your first shot was perfect but, re-shoot (assuming you have cooperative talent) and try different settings and angles to be sure you have a perfect picture. Memory cards and hard drives to store the video are cheap, and you can always delete ones that don’t turn out, it’s better than being stuck with a messed-up video.
  4. Don’t rely on Post-Production- Final  Cut and other video editors have become really powerful but you still should work to make sure you start with the highest quality video you possibly can. Editing can only go so far if a video starts out terrible don’t expect it to magically be fixed in post.
  5. Always White Balance- Before shooting your video, be sure to adjust the white balance of the video. This is best done manually by zooming in on pure white to show the camera white white looks like under the lighting conditions. There are also preset settings in most cameras for general lighting like Fluorescent lights, Tungsten lights, and daylight.
  6. Use a Tripod- When you shoot video and you don’t need to run around with a camer, use a tripod. This will keep the video level and steady. It is also very important when zooming in.
  7. Don’t use the Camera Mic- Never use the on-board camera mic for audio, bu a good microphone to get higher quality audio.

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