Trying to memorize a whole script for a video is certainly do-able, but can be challenging. Unless you are an expert memorizer or have photographic memory, memorizing a 5 page script about the loan process is a lot.
By memorizing an entire script, you are putting a great amount of pressure on yourself to say everything word-for-word. Almost like you have to record it in one, perfect take.
Luckily, there are some alternative options to memorization - teleprompters!
Using a teleprompter while recording some videos has been a game changer for me. Not only has it saved me time from memorizing loads of content, but it has also improved the quality of my videos.
You may be thinking, how the heck has it improved the quality of your videos? When recording videos and using a teleprompter, your camera and script are both at eye level, making it seem like you aren’t reading from a script. It makes it seem more natural and that you aren’t reading off of a piece of paper or a word...
You always hear people say the reason they haven’t started shooting video is because they don't have the money to spend on fancy equipment. While having the top of the line gear does produce great quality videos, it isn’t necessary for you to go out and drop a load of cash on the top tier equipment.
Using your smartphone is a great way to produce videos, especially if you’re starting out and are still getting the hang of things. However, it isn’t always the best option and finding the right camera for streaming or recording videos can be tough. There are so many options to choose from that it can be hard to actually make a choice! We’ve are constantly looking at and testing new cameras and equipment and there really is no right or wrong camera. There are cameras that are best suited for your needs or how you are going to be using them. We are going to be doing a full month on just cameras in the coming months so stay tuned for...
Lights! Camera! Action! This week’s topic is all about lighting. Like audio, lighting is a critical part of creating great videos. It can make or break your video.
Finding the best lighting for your videos can be tricky. Most of the time people struggle with their shot being too bright or too dark. There’s an easy fix for that! With the help of a couple additional lights, you can greatly improve the look of your shot.
No matter if you are shooting outside or inside, having a lighting set up as part of your recording equipment is one of the biggest components of making great videos. You don’t need the most elite lights out there. You can start out with the basics then move up once you get comfortable enough with using them, but you will eventually want to invest in some good quality ones.
After doing video for so many years, I’ve tested quite a few different types of lighting equipment. Here are some of my lighting kit recommendations:
LumeCube Lume Light...
Throughout the month of May, I will be sharing some information about video recording equipment. I’ll be talking about everything from lighting and microphones to cameras and teleprompters. This week’s topic is about microphones.
Sound is an important element of video production, especially for educational videos. After all, you are sharing valuable information with your audience, so you want to make sure that they can clearly hear what you have to say!
That being said, it’s vital that you use a microphone that produces good quality audio. If you’re shooting on an iPhone, the internal microphone works well, although using an external microphone always makes for clearer audio.
If you’re shooting on a camera and you are not directly holding it out in front of you, it’s best that you use an external mic as well. Without one, you’re more likely to pick up background noise which can be distracting.
Here are some microphone recommendations...
Most people today aim to complete a project flawlessly, ultimately leading them to spend way too much time perfecting one thing. These types of people are called perfectionists. Perfectionists are those who refuse to accept any standard below perfection.
Well we have news for you. Perfection doesn’t even exist!
Nothing is truly ever about perfection. In fact, it’s best not to aim for perfection when you are completing any sort of task. Nothing in reality is perfect, so why put the unnecessary pressure on yourself to create perfect content?
Here are some tips for breaking those perfectionist standards:
Let Go of Your Final Vision
Let go of the expectations of what you want the final result of your project to look like. Having an overall end goal is needed so you know what to aim for during your creative process, but don’t get fixated on that goal. Yes we want to make work that reflects our final vision, but in the end, your work is never truly going to be perfect...
When you’re busy and have a lot to get done, it’s hard to keep track of how much time you’re spending on each task. Jumping from task to task can be challenging and can cause you to lose track of time.
One of the best methods to manage your time is to use a time management method for time blocking.
Time blocking is segmenting your day into chunks of time that are defined by a specific task. For example, you block out time from 10:00 am to 11:00 am to record a video. You start at 10:00 am and once you’re done you can move onto the next project.
During that time, you are only focusing on that specific task. The point of this is to prevent multi-tasking that way you get more done and spend less time jumping back and forth between four or five different projects. With that, time blocking also keeps interruptions from happening so you can get more work done.
But why should you do this?
By blocking out time for important tasks, you’ll get the most...
How long do you think your attention span is? Exactly! You are already thinking of something else, and your video audience is no different. The key to successful videos is to have shorter videos that capture the viewers’ attention right away and are highly informative throughout.
Having a short, but sweet video is key to keeping your views and engagement up.
In fact, according to a study conducted by Microsoft, human attention span is at its lowest ever (thanks to technology!). The average human being now has an attention span of eight seconds. This is a sharp decrease from the average attention span of 12 seconds in the year 2000. More shocking, perhaps, is the fact that research from Jampp found that human attention span decreases by a whopping 88 percent every year.
Take a minute to soak that in. Now, think carefully about the implications of this for your video marketing strategy:
In a nutshell, this reveals a few quick facts:
Behind the scenes footage is footage of the inner dynamics of a company, brand or service. It gives a glimpse into how a product or service is made, who's involved in it, how a company works and the overall environment that it's brought up in.
Going behind the scenes allows your audience to see you from a more human perspective. This allows them to connect with you in a more personable way than scripted videos because your audience gets to see that you, too, are human. They get to see that you are more than just a business, that you are people who care about your customers and value their trust.
Here are some tips when shooting behind the scenes footage:
Tell a Story
Every video has a story! It's a great way to lure the audience in and take them for a ride through what working with you or you client would be like.
Showcasing behind the scenes of how you work to ensure customer satisfaction work is a great way to build trust between you and your potential clients. By...
Ever worked on a project for a long time, thought you perfected it only to realize that the final product has a few tiny errors in it? Believe it or not, it's pretty common for people to miss fine details like these.
Here are some tips on avoiding common video editing mistakes:
Send To Friends
Once you’ve edited your video, send it over to a friend or co-worker for a second look. After spending so much time on one project, it is common that you might have missed something that needs to be fixed. Having a second pair of eyes helps keep you clear of any possible mistakes.
Come Back To It
After spending a couple hours or even a day on a video editing project, your eyes are bound to be tired. Take a break for a few hours and come back to it. You’re more likely to catch mistakes if you’re working with a fresh and rested pair of eyes.
Why do advertisements work so well in encouraging people to buy products? Well, it’s because they tell captivating stories. What makes them even more powerful is ability to tell a story within a short amount of time, but we’ll cover that another day.
The power of great storytelling evokes emotion and takes you on somewhat of an emotional journey. Although text can be a powerful way to tell a story, videos are the best way to visually tell a story. By telling a story, you’re more likely to reel the viewer in for the entirety of the video. It is the best way to connect with your audience on a more personable level.
What goes into planning a visual story are some things we’ve covered in our previous newsletters, such as creating a plan and working the plan. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your visual story:
Set a Goal
Think about what you want your audience to take away from your video. Do you want to leave them with valuable...