How to Make Great Videos

Great videos do not always come from brilliant concepts. In fact, several good videos have come out of what was originally thought as a mediocre attempt. Instead, there are certain steps and several hints that exist to help you learn how to make great videos easily and efficiently.

Step 1: The Camera

While your project may not require that top-of-the-line, thousands of dollars camera, you will need a camera that has sufficient enough megapixels, storage capacity, and ability to accommodate a variety of lighting settings.

Step 2: The Location

Decide upon the location where you will want to film and observe the unique characteristics of that location. At first, it is best to choose those locations which offer excellent light which means a good outdoor location or rooms in which there are numerous windows.  Here is some help in getting the lighting right.

Step 3: Angles

Angles can make or break a video. When you are planning your great video, consider what will be important for the audience to take away with each filmed portion and determine which angle will best help you do so. Filming from low angles creates a different effect than high angles, and the same is true about distance. There is also the option to make a video from several different angles.

Step 4: Camera Set-up

Once you have decided angles, the next step is to decide what camera set-up will best help you accentuate your angles. Certain shots require that a film is stationary, in which case you will need a tripod or other device to stabilize the camera. Other shots require the camera be carried. These shots work best when the camera can be transported over the shoulder.

Step 5: Practice

Making great videos does not just happen, it requires a trial-and-error approach. Practicing shooting in your location to determine if it is the best and if the angles and camera set-ups will work. Try different angles or set-ups and even locations as well until you find the perfect one. By doing so, you are both practicing and ensuring your video will turn out as you expect visually.

Step 6: Speaking and Acting

When an actor speaks clearly, with projection, and with inflection, the audience is instantly engaged in what is happening on screen. Great videos include actors that are clear with their diction at any level of voice. The actors are also often animated and engaged in what they are doing. Likewise, actors use a variety of tones and inflection to bring color to the video.

Step 7: Edit and Try Again

The final stages of the videoing process are often the longest. Feel free to be detailed and picky about editing your film and take time.

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