How to film yourself correctly so that it is fun to watch?
After my round-the-world travel video won an award from TV channel "My Planet" for the best travel video report, I began to get a lot of questions regarding travel video and editing.
Of course, to bring cool pictures from a trip is cool, but to bring a stunning video means to bring live emotions with which you can charge your friends, family, or even the entire Internet &# 128578; Therefore, if you do not know how to make a video about the campaign, then I will give you advice on this.
Therefore, before I give you some tips regarding shooting videos and editing, let’s get acquainted, in fact, with the video that received the award, and on the example of which there will be further tips:
Tip 1. Shoot a lot.
You will be surprised, but the key to the success of the video is a lot of footage from the trip. Let it be unsuccessful duplicates, repeated shooting of a place from a different angle, a shaky camera from shooting on the go and other moments. All this will allow you, sitting down for editing, to have an excess of footage, so that later you will leave only the best frames in the final video. That’s when you manage to shoot cool videos from any travels. Therefore, I always travel with 2-3 GoPro cameras to shoot from several angles at once.
Tip 2. Do not take off on the go.
If you think that shaking the camera from walking will not be so noticeable due to the fact that you are shooting a beautiful landscape, then you are very mistaken. There is nothing worse than making the viewer, and even your friends, look at the swaying view of the mountains as you walk. So you can get seasickness, even without having been to the sea. It’s better to shoot while standing in one place, and already during installation, make the beautiful Kena Burnsa effect. And no annoying shaking.
Also, take off your walking, instead of taking pictures on the go. It can be great to liven up a static video with a landscape or city block when you walk in front of the camera like a regular pedestrian:
Tip 3. Do not shake the camera.
The human eye focuses much faster than any autofocus camcorder. The mistake of many beginners is the desire to show a maximum per unit of time. Do not drive the camera too fast so that your viewers are not dizzy, and your technician has time to shoot a video with excellent focus, without missing out on the small details. You can always speed up the video shot on the camera on the computer, but you will not be able to slow down the blurry video, there will be no clarity.
Tip 4. Cool video = cool equipment.
If you want to make cool travel videos, then get ready before your trip. You will need a camera (and preferably two), an external battery, a pair of 32Gb flash drives, an external hard drive (you want to shoot a lot of videos, right?) And preferably a tripod if you want to diversify your videos. Personally, I mount my videos on a MacBook Air in Final Cut, but I started out, like so many, with Windows and Movie Maker. I know several films and a dozen short films shot only on the iPhone, so do not be afraid to start small, but always strive for more.
So pick up a laptop, camera and embark on the journey of your dreams. The main thing is to remember to charge the batteries &# 128578;
Video: How to Make a Clip on Gopro Hero 5
Tip 5. Use a tripod and GoPro
Every day there are more and more videos shot on the GoPro miniature action camera, and this year we are even waiting for the full-length film "Hardcore", entirely shot on these cameras. The new, fourth-generation camera allows anyone who wants to get it for themselves, because the simplest GoPro Hero now costs 9,000 rubles.
Having bought a tripod in China over the Internet for 10, you can get very unusual angles for your cool videos:
It’s me on the Kruzenshtern sailing barge, I shoot the same name on the stern of the ship with the help of an action camera and a tripod. And it turned out &# 128578; Even with the help of a tripod, you can take a selfie video, even if you travel alone:
Agree, quite an unusual perspective for your travel video?
And of course, a side effect of shooting with a tripod will be increased attention to your person. Many foreigners will come up to ask you what this thing is in your hands and how it works:
Tip 6. No more than 7 seconds in the end, please.
If you shoot a very dynamic clip, and your journey is not a romantic adventure, but a drive and action, then remember when you sit down for editing. not a single frame of the final clip should exceed 7 seconds in timing. Even if you are telling something on the camera, every 7 seconds switch from the view of your face to the landscape and back. That’s why I gave you the first advice, because taking pictures a lot during the trip itself you will always have a margin of video footage, and you can always insert frames for the so-called interruption: dilute the panoramic shot frame by the person shooting this panorama (remember, I said shooting from two cameras?), and smoothly return back to panoramic views.
Tip 7. Use lotions.
The more lotions and special gadgets you have, the better your video will be in the end. Use lens hoods (nozzles on the lens) to avoid light exposure and direct exposure of the sun to the lens. Use the lavalier microphone to walk around the city to give live comments during the shooting of the video, while being at a decent distance from the camera. Choose a camera with a remote control if you often travel alone to take pictures of yourself from the side.
Practice more, shoot a lot of a lot of videos, and you yourself will notice how with each of your shots, the quality of the latter becomes better and better.
Tip 8. Adjust the settings.
On the Sony Alpha 5000, which I’m currently vlogging from my second round the world, I set the following default settings in the camera itself:
- Sharpness: 0
- Saturation: 1
- Color tone: 1
Such settings give me a more vivid picture even without post processing. And on the montage I need to add some frames a little more contrast and everything is ready. Experiment with the settings on your camera and see how the same frame works best.
How to shoot a video blog?
If you want to shoot your video blogs, for example, inspired by Casey Neistat, then of course you can try to make them on GoPro, without additional lotions. In this case, the main thing to remember. do not remove your speech on the go. Everything around you will shake, and the sound will be spoiled by gusts of wind. Never forget about color grading, otherwise only your close friends will watch your videos.
But by my example, I realized when I switched to a DSLR (even crop) how the quality of my videos grew. No Gopro will give you such a quality picture as a DSLR, albeit cropped. I shot all the videos from my second trip around the world on the Sony Alpha 5000.
Which lens to use for vlogs?
A standard (often whale) lens for vlogs is not entirely suitable. Sony Alpha had a 50mm lens. But when shooting a face, a too large frame is obtained, and the focus is very often not caught when you are shooting dynamically and focusing on yourself or on the object behind you. Well, the third factor. there is no optical stabilization in the lens.
For vlogs you need a “shirik”. a wide-angle lens with a focal length of 18 or 24 mm. And preferably with stabilization.
Can I remove the vlog on the phone?
Can I shoot a blog on an iPhone? Yes, quite if you do not have a fourth-generation iPhone or lower. Because starting with the iPhone 5, the front camera began to shoot in HD and the video quality became much better. In general, even full-length films are being shot on phones now, not like ordinary vlogs. For example, you can use different lens attachments to get different effects or just get optical zoom if necessary. In order to work more professionally with the camera settings on the smartphone and fix the necessary parameters, there is a FilMic Pro application. Therefore, if you have only a smartphone camera on hand, you can shoot cool videos on it