Are you wondering what you need to do to record more impressive video footage? Before you run out and buy a new (expensive) video camera, more often than not that isn’t the answer.
While it is true that expensive video cameras are better in certain ways, the fact is that technique is more important than equipment. That is why rather than investing in a new camera, you should first try out these tips and see the difference they can make.
- Make sure the lighting conditions are good
The lighting conditions will have a huge part to play in how impressive your videos look, so you should take steps to make sure it is as good as possible. If you can try to make sure that you record in a bright location with lots of soft light that is evenly spread and steady.
Make no mistake there are lots of options for affordable lighting, and it will make a world of difference to your videos.
- Record in high resolutions and frame rates
The higher the resolution and frame rate of your video, the more impressive it will look. To be more specific a higher resolution will make your video definition better and its image will look clearer, while a higher frame rate will make it look much smoother and more fluid.
Just be aware that recording at high resolutions and frame rates will increase the file size of the video as well.
- Keep the camera steady and avoid sudden movement
While recording you need to keep the camera steady and make sure it doesn’t shake. Ideally you should grip the camera with both hands and make sure it is supported well.
During the recording you should also avoid sudden movement of any kind. If you do need to move the camera and pan it, take care that it is done gradually.
- Don’t overlook the audio
Always remember that you’re recording audio alongside your video, and it will play a part in how impressive your video look as well. If you’re going to discard the audio during post-production then you can afford to ignore it, but if not you should take steps to make sure your video sounds good.
Unfortunately the built-in microphone on most video cameras normally isn’t great, so you may want to use a mid-range external microphone instead.
- Improve the composition with the rule of thirds
One of the easiest ways to improve the frame and composition of your videos is by using the rule of thirds. All you need to do is enable the grid feature on your camera, then line up the subject and other elements using the gridlines and their intersections.
If you’re recording a video where the subject is moving a lot, you can still use the rule of thirds – but should focus on lining up the other (static) elements in the frame instead.
All of these tips should help you to record more impressive video footage, but if you want to turn it into impressive video content the post-production will count for a lot. Be sure to familiarize yourself with a video editor, so you can cut together the footage that you record and touch it up and makes alterations as needed.
Be sure to try these tips out, and see for yourself how they affect the video footage that you’re able to capture. Odds are you’ll be amazed at how impressive the videos that you can record with your existing camera can be, and it will only get better the more you practice.