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8 Best Tips For Recording Video

8 Best Tips For Recording Video

Whatever video you want to make, you want to record your images in a way that they are easy to edit.

Keep in mind these few rules and you'll be making the best videos ever!

1. Plan your recording

The best way to make the recordings exactly as you want, is to know beforehand what is going to happen when. Think well before you start so you have an idea of the shots you want to make.

Also know what the most important things are that are going to happen. These are also most important to capture.

2. Be Steady

Preferably use a tripod, this will give your footage a more professional feeling. If you don't have a tripod or you don't want to use one, make sure you stand up tall, spread your feet and hold the camera with both hands.

When you move the camera, move calmly and steady, when in doubt, don't move at all.

3. Avoid Zooming

The more you zoom in, the more the image will be unstable and shaky. Rather get closer to the subject yourself.

If you can't get closer and you must zoom, make sure you can lean on to something to stabilize the camera.

4. Make Different Shots Of The Same Scene

Make shots from far away and close by. Make panoramic shots and close ups. A video that consists only with pictures shot from the same position is going to be very boring.

5. Think in scenes

You will want to edit the video afterwards, so think of the editing when recording. Make sure you have all the shots that you need to tell your story.

Also it is better to film to much than finding out during the editing that you filmed too little.

6. Record Extra

Start the camera a few seconds early and stop filming a few seconds after the action is over. Doing that will make sure that you have some extra space during the editing to make fades or dissolves.

7. Nose Space

When you film somebody who looks to the right or left side, film in such a way that there is some extra space in front of their nose. When they look directly into the edge of the picture, the shot will look rather awkward.

8. Make Cutaways

You will be filming the action naturally, but make sure to get some shots from other things in the setting as well. Maybe some reactions from people looking at the action or some objects around you.

These pictures will come in handy when editing. These shots can be used as transition shots when going from one image to another.

 

 

 

Rebekka Deforce
Rebekka Deforce is the owner of magicmediaforce.com. Working over 14 years in the audiovisual sector and developed a great passion for internet marketing, she now helps on- and offline businesses to get magnificent conversion results through video marketing and YouTube marketing. She also loves to help people with the technical aspect of the video production process.

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2 thoughts on “8 Best Tips For Recording Video


By Matthew on 17 November 2013

This is one of my goals for this year. To record a body or high quality videos about my business and how I help my clients. I have been overwhelmed with getting start but your site makes it seem much more manageable 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I am considering starting with camtasia to record actions on my PC. have you used this before? Do you like it?


By Rebekka Deforce on 17 November 2013

Great Matthew that my articles can be of some help to you.

Camtasia is good software indeed which I use myself too. Very recommended!

Don't hasitate to contact me if you have any more questions.

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