Even though it might seem easy, making compelling videos is a skill that actually takes extensive practice – and the right equipment.
The most common failing: trying to produce professional-quality videos with equipment that was not designed for that purpose.
Whether you’re recording events for your own personal collection or with the aim of publishing online, the following tools will help you deliver exceptional, professional-quality videos – every time.
Unless you’re planning to film the next “Blair Witch Project,” a shaky home video isn’t going to win anyone’s plaudits.
Stability and focus are critical to shooting a professional-quality video. Use a tripod with a fluid head or place your camera on a stable surface for best results.
Your phone may be able to capture great-quality images. But zoom in, and you’re likely to see only grainy, pixelated images. As a result, your video will look bad dash-cam footage.
Want to improve your video’s appearance? Use a digital camera that relies on the lens for magnification.
Background noise, variable volume, and unintelligible dialogue can ruin an otherwise well-shot video. Fix these issues by using a wireless microphone that can be attached unobtrusively wherever you need it.
Vibrant videos require excellent lighting, especially when your shots demand faithful reproduction of colors and clearly visible details.
Although most digital cameras allow you to adjust aperture, white balance, and other light-oriented settings, a mounted external light kit can make the difference between uninspiring and unforgettable.