Whether you want to get better footage of family activities or you are attempting to film an armature movie with your home video recorder, anyone behind the camera can benefit from these 10 production tips. And if you don’t yet have a home video recorder, but are interested in better capturing priceless memories, try one of the most trusted brands in technology, such as Sony.
1) Read the manual: I know that this may sound like an obvious step, but it is worth mentioning because of amount of people who do not actually take the time to learn the full potential of their electronics. As technology develops, so do the functions of our tech products, such as camcorders. Functionality far exceeds that of the zoom button, and all video recorders are different, so it is highly important to figure out the distinct capabilities of the product you own.
2) Use a tripod: Stability is one of the most important aspects to make your video footage look more professional. Tripods and other stabilization tools are an inexpensive way to get the most out of your shots.
3) Pick the best lighting: Without the aid of additional lighting, the best time of day to shoot outdoors is during sunrise or sunset. Shots come out the most clear when the light is hitting the back of the person filming and is directly on the subject of the shot.
4) Don’t rely on zoom options: If you want to film an object close up, get physically closer to the object. Using the zoom button will give a different visual perspective and you will most likely loose sound with far away objects. Shots will appear nicer and clearer if the person filming uses real-life distances when filming up close.
5) Use additional microphones: This tip is mainly for armature directors. Sound quality will be much clearer if an external microphone is used (instead of relying on the one built into your camcorder). Also, additional microphones allow the person filming to pick up on sounds much further away then the microphones on the video recorder can pick up on.
6) Set the correct white balance: Getting the correct coloring of a shot can make film look much more realistic. By adjusting your cameras white balance you can ensure the colors in the shot are the correct tone and that objects appear more authentic.
7) Mix up your shots: When you shoot from only one angle or perspective, the film can appear dull and lifeless. Changing the angel or perspective from where you are filming can create more interest in your film; however it is important not to over do this. If too many perspectives are put together in on scene, it can make the film look choppy and unprofessional.
8) Film objects other than your subject: Again this tip is mainly for the armature film makers. Shots filmed of other things then just your main subject will come into use when editing your film. By having small clips to break up entire scenes will help your film to appear more professional.
9) Decide upon an objective and plan: It is important for all people filming to set an intention. Thinking ahead of time about what you want to be shot and how you want to shoot it will help your film flow better.
10) Edit, edit, edit: Don’t be afraid to cut bad footage. Film that is shaky or has bad lighting or sound should not make the final cut. By being critical of your own work you will be aiding in the overall feel of your finished piece.
I wrote these tips for people to take as an overall guide to keep in mind while using their video camera at home. By simply applying one or a few of these concepts to your filming, your home videos can look much more professional with little effort.