Monday, December 11, 2017

Video Production – 3 More Easy Tips For Better Video

Rick using tripod on a video shoot

It’s the little things that will get you – Part 2

This is the second in a series of short video production tips about how to increase the quality of your production.

Here are 3 more to add to your shooting checklist.

Always use a tripod or monopod

Yes, you see a lot of emulated hand held camera movement on television these days but you really can tell the difference between an experienced camera operator doing this for a specific effect and an amateur. Hand holding does get distracting and can easily be avoided with a tripod. Even if you have your camera set for image stabilization, you will have unsteady shots. These are not expensive at all.

A monopod gives you more flexibility than a tripod and we love to use them for our “run and gun” shots. It isn’t as steady as a tripod it is much more steady than strictly hand held. You can also use it to do interesting angles, like boom shots.

Know when to turn image stabilization off

If you are using a tripod, make sure the camera’s image stabilization is turned off. It can cause jitteriness in your shot because it’s looking for shakiness that doesn’t exist, and it may try to compensate.

Invest in an external monitor

Think about investing in and using an external monitor that you can plug into your camera. For serious shooting, don’t just rely on the little flip out screen. It’s not always practical, but anywhere you have the luxury of setting up your shot, it’s great to have a reference monitor. Nothing is worse than finding out later that your image is out of focus or just soft focus. Such glaring mishaps will be really evident if your other footage is in focus.

Lightweight monitors cost anywhere from $150 to $3,000.

If you want a high definition (HD) monitor, make sure it has HD inputs. Those most likely will be HDMI or component inputs. This type of monitor will cost considerably more than an standard definition monitor, possibly even more than your camera, so it’s not for everyone.

For more tips on producing videos for sale, order my DVD, My Secrets Of Producing Successful Special Interest Videos.

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