Tips and Tricks For The Videographer Novice

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Though some have said that video killed the radio star, it has made household names of hundreds of people since the internet took off. With YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok, there are now several platforms people can use to display videos of just about anything. Here are the tips and tricks for novice videographer.

While still images catch a snippet of time, videos allow viewers to immerse themselves in the environment. They engage all of the senses and help create memories. As a result, they repeatedly go back to the videos. That’s why video viewing goes up 100 percent each year.

As a videographer novice, you’d like to know how to do things like the professionals. Here are a few tips and tricks to use.

Educate Yourself

Like any task that deals with a form of electronic media, you want to gain knowledge on it ahead of time. Don’t dive in with only a basic sense of what’s needed. That results in constant do-overs and wasted time.

For instance, learn to make an mp4 video loop from your iPhone.

Set An Equipment Budget

It’s best not to spend thousands of dollars on high-end video equipment if you’re just starting. All you need when you’re ready to go is a smart device with a quality camera. It doesn’t need to have every bell and whistle. You need something simple to use to practice.

If you feel like a real video camera is needed, then set a budget. Compare the features of the top equipment with those at the lower end of the scale. In some cases, they will be quite similar. If you’re looking to record short films, then you also want to consider proper lighting.

Choose An Editing Software

There are apps and built-in computer applications with the ability to edit video. However, they might not have the tools you need. Especially if this is something you want to upload onto YouTube or your website. You want to search for others on the market.

Those made by Adobe or Apple are going to be expensive. You should utilize the free trial they offer to see if they’re right for your projects. If not, look into an open-source editing application. These tend to be free and have the same features, if not a few more, than the name brands.

One feature that’s a necessity of video editing is compression. Thirty minutes of high-quality video can take up to 10 GB of space. This might be beyond the scope of an online video site. Compression allows you to reduce the size of the video without hampering its quality.

See What Other Videographers Have Done

While you don’t want to imitate them, you can get project ideas from other videographers. Samples of their works are normally found on their websites or at places like YouTube.

Not only can this help you with your first project but it may also give you some insight into the process. Many of these people provide tutorials on some basic steps. Though they want to keep their customers, they still want to share their knowledge with others. They know there might come a time when you develop something they want to use.

Steady The Camera

Shaky video scenes are great for scenes between people. They’re not good if you’re recording a travelogue. You want those who see your material to be immersed in the environment. Shaky videos make them queasy.

One of the tools you must invest in is a tripod. Make sure it’s steady enough to hold the smallest and biggest cameras you use. You will have to spend some money to get a sturdy model.

Always Film Horizontally

You can certainly get the videos you want by filming vertically. What you won’t get is the depth of the scene. The way to do that is to film horizontally. This format helps to adapt steadier close-ups and long shots. Also, you get a better panoramic view when you film in this format.

Your first video projects are going to be hit and miss. Don’t give up if you feel dissatisfied. It takes several hours to become an expert at something. Soon enough, you’ll discover the greatness inside you.

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