How to create a video like a real professional?
Simply put, video production is when you start creating assets to bring your script to life. Depending on your creative short / learning strategy, the product may include raw video, photos, voice over narration, music and 2D and 3D animation.
Here are some tips to help you get ready for a great video shoot:
- Respect the place
First and foremost, the grace of a professional background goes a long way. Always ask permission if you are interrupting someone’s work day. Pay special attention to exits and your surroundings. Avoid blocking major walkways or causing dangerous accidents with your equipment. Leave no trace! Clean up after your filming day is over මෙන් As if you were never there.
- Prepare the makeup
Always keep a set of makeup full of powder, masks, comb / brush, hairstyles, scissors and nails. High resolution video highlights minor flaws. Get ready for a quick fix with some beauty and beauty products on hand.
- Props and wardrobe ready
Waiting for the props to arrive can be a frustrating and time consuming endeavor on your filming day. Therefore, organize props for your shoot before the shooting date. If someone else is responsible for the props, contact them ahead of time and make sure they are ready. Finally, if you have asked for talents to bring a specific wardrobe, make sure they bring a few alternative options and that they are wrinkle free.
- Collaborate with your video subscriber
Talk to your videographer before and often to make sure you both have the same vision of each shot. A videographer or DP (photo director) is usually the person who activates the main camera during a shoot. This person is responsible for positioning your subject, illuminating each scene, making camera angles and making decisions about any camera movements.
Once you’re all set up and organized, it’s time to start video recording! Let’s start by shooting your raw videos.
Make your shooting professional
The professional look of your video depends largely on how well each scene is lit. Pay close attention to how light creates shadows and how it highlights the look of your subject camera. Shadows should have soft edges and the subject light should not be bright (warm). Lighting is one of the most important video production values that sets an amateur video apart A professional video.
The most common lighting technology is 3-point lighting, which includes key lighting, light filling and backlighting. The key light is usually your brightest light and is placed on the left side of the subject. A fill light is added to the left side of the subject to balance the key light. Finally, the backlight is used to highlight the hair and separate the subject from the background.
Make your audio professional
Always monitor the sound you record. Name a person to listen to with a pair of headphones to make sure the quality is consistent and that the mic does not make unwanted noises. In a training video, good audio lighting is just as important.
I recommend using a shotgun microphone that connects directly to your professional camera with an XLR cable. If you can’t connect it directly to your camera, you can use a field recording machine. Another option that can capture audio is a Lavalier microphone. I recommend this option if the environment is unhealthy. Keep in mind, however, that a Lavalier may cause rust on clothing.
Pay close attention to where you put the microphone. Make sure you have access to the audio you need. For example, you should point a shotgun mic into the mouth of the person recording.
When you monitor audio, pay attention to the levels. If the sound is raised in the post-production version, it is very low, the recorded sound is blurry or rough. Excessively loud audio, on the other hand, seems to be particularly distorted.
Make sure the red light is activated
Sounds stupid, doesn’t it? However, even the best trained professionals sometimes forget to press the records on camera. And, you know, Murphy’s law will ensure that when you forget to press a report, you will miss the best time of the day! To prevent this tragedy, the DP and the director should make sure the camera has recorded. The DP must calculate the time code and confirm that the red light is activated. He will then say “speed”, which indicates that the camera is recording. The director should check the video monitor to make sure that the time code is calculated and that the red circle appears on the monitor. When the director was ready, he finally shouted “Kriya!”
Make changes during filming
A good way to make your editor’s time more efficient is to actively mark the screenplay and shooting list as the filming day progresses. If the transcript changes during video production, write it down and cross the old transcript. If there are multiple steps, make a note of what are the best ones.
If possible, try to show the skill line clearly in the timeline. Once the script is marked, check every shot on the shooting list so you don’t forget anything. Finally, provide the editor with a video copy of your marked copy.
Watch the action
Have you started to appreciate why you should have a production team? Much to balance it out is marking the script, listening to the audio quality, checking the lighting. We’re not done yet!
You should watch the composition. As you watch the action, make sure the video receiver has a good image composition. Fortunately, there is an easy rule to help you get a good composition to begin with: “One-third rule.”
The “one-third rule” states that a photographer or videographer should line up the screen like a tick-to-board. Your content should focus on those “places of interest” or lanes. This shows great composition and aesthetizes the viewer whether your shot is a wide, medium or close shot. It is important to note that the “rule of thirds” is stated as a “rule” but is not a “finish all, be all” solution.
However, it is a strong starting point.
Back up your files
Technology can fail and human errors often exist. The last thing you want is to find all your hard work that has mysteriously disappeared from your hard drive. Once you’ve captured your video, back up your files to at least two locations before you head home for the night. A portable external hard drive and a storage server are two great options.
Make sure the editor is ready to import files into the editor’s computer as soon as possible to minimize the chances of lost or deleted files by team members cleaning up hard disks for more space.
You may think that two or more places are overcrowded. Remember that video files are computer data, technology fails. I have portable hard drives and local hard drives fail. Even my server failed. However, I have never failed more than one project. Tap the wood.
Narration by word of mouth
We have not finished production yet. You have the video, but now you need voice and speech. Once the video recording is more efficient, you will want to start recording your voice.
Remember the edited version you edited on filming day? Thank you for having it now. Most of the time, you have good ideas when you write the screenplay, but on the day of filming those great ideas do not match what you thought. Because you decided to change the shot, the word of mouth may also change. Marking the script saves you a lot of time because you do not need to review scenes to see how the script has changed. Also, this is why it’s important to wait until after you shoot to record over the mouth.
Make sure you participate in a voice recording with a small and medium-sized business and / or partner. Attendance can be personal or virtual. This is your last chance to make any changes to the script.
While recording, make sure everyone has the latest version of the marked version. Make sure you are ready to update the script as you did during the video shoot. Again, this gives the editor a more efficient way to edit videos based on all the final assets you have created.
Ask for oral skills to read each index number in the script before recording. This gives the video editor the opportunity to “take” a few scenes from each scene and provide options. Editors love options!
Go out and see the bigger picture
If you want to know more about the other stages of video production, you should download the e-book A beginner’s guide to making a training video. In this e-book, I gain my decades of training video production experience to break down the process and clear the screen of mystery. I will give you the knowledge and tools to design, write and produce a professional and training effective training video.
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