14 Feb Tips for Producing High Quality Video Content
When it comes to producing video content, there’s a lot to keep in mind. We’ve all seen those shaky videos that were probably taken with a 10-year old Nokia.
The thing is, creating videos at a decent level of quality doesn’t need to be that hard. Anyone can do it if the follow a few basic principles. Your video won’t look like it was made by a pro – a bit more work goes into that. But it will look way better than a shaky phone video.
So, without further delay, let’s begin.
Keep it Steady
The first tip is easy. You need to get rid of that shaky camera. In order to fix this, you’ll have to abandon holding the camera with your hands. Brain surgeon or not, nobody has a steady enough hand to remove a visible shake of the camera.
The simple answer is to buy a tripod. You can get them for fairly cheap nowadays. You can also use sturdy supports such as the ground or a wall to hold a camera steady during shooting.
Avoid Pointless Zooms and Pans
The zoom and pan features do have their place in certain areas of video production. But they’ve become sadly overused. Often, these movements end up distracting from what you’re actually trying to film. To the result is a lower quality video.
Pay Attention to Sound
Sound is important and it’s often underestimated. Go watch an action-packed YouTube video with the sound off. It loses something doesn’t it. Sound is pivotal to the story you wish to tell through your video.
Whenever shooting, always make sure the sound is set correctly. This means that the audio should be picking up everything that you want heard – everything important to the video. And it also means that the audio isn’t picking up anything extra. For example, the sound of a plane in the background or your friends unnaturally loud breathing.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Anyone who’s ever tried to take a nice even photo of themselves inside knows that lighting can be a real hassle. Your average home or office lighting simply isn’t good enough to promote quality video.
On that note, you should invest in some extra lighting equipment to avoid that shadowy look. It also allows you to manipulate the story to a greater degree and show exactly what you want to show.
Use a Green Screen
This is simple. A green screen will dramatically change the potential of your video. It gives you the ability to add special effects into real-time video. It’s a worthy investment for any budding videographer.
Employing all of these tips will dramatically improve your ability to produce high-quality video. You won’t be a professional, but it’s a start.