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Guidelines for Shooting Effective Video. Instructional Technology Services. Keep it Steady. Use a tripod Brace yourself against something solid Use the human tripod technique Camera shake is annoying to viewers When publishing to the web, shaky movies translate to larger movie files .

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guidelines for shooting effective video

Guidelines for Shooting Effective Video

Instructional Technology Services

keep it steady
Keep it Steady
  • Use a tripod
  • Brace yourself against something solid
  • Use the human tripod technique
  • Camera shake is annoying to viewers
  • When publishing to the web, shaky movies translate to larger movie files
when to shake
When to shake
  • Lose the tripod when:
    • You want to communicate a fluid or unstable situation
    • You want to impart a documentary style effect
    • You don’t have time to setup the tripod – news type situations
lose the zoom
Lose the ZOOM
  • Use the zoom feature to frame your shots
  • Avoid zooming in and out during a shot
  • If you must, zoom in or out slowly
  • Zooms, pans and tilts take up valuable time, if they don’t enhance your movie it’s best to leave them out
headroom
Headroom

Too much Just right

lighting
Lighting
  • This is one of the most important factors in taking good shots
  • Try and have the light at your back
  • Avoid having your subject standing in front of a white or bright background
  • If your camera has backlighting controls, use it if the light is in front of you
establishing shots
Establishing Shots
  • Use establishing shots to give the viewers an idea of where you are
camera angle
Camera Angle
  • Hold the camera low and shoot up towards subject to make them appear large
  • Film down on your subject to make them appear small
  • Frame your subject in the corner of the screen they are facing to convey a sense of being trapped
sound check
Sound Check
  • Use an external microphone, especially when conducting an interview
  • Even a cheap external microphone will give you better results than the built in microphone
  • Use instrumental music as background for shots with narration
to the point
To the Point
  • Eliminate shots that don’t contribute to your project
  • Once the message is conveyed cut to another shot
  • Cuts are almost always better than zooms, pans and tilts
  • If in doubt, leave it out!
lead time
Lead Time
  • Try and leave about 5 – 10 seconds of lead time when taking shots
  • This will enable you to some leeway when editing your movie on the computer
most importantly
Most Importantly…

PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!

video activity
Video Activity
  • In your groups, shoot 1 – 2 minutes of video and employ 3-5 techniques covered today.
  • When you return, please cue your tape to the beginning of your footage.
  • Be ready to share your video with the rest of the class.
rule of thirds
Rule of Thirds
  • Always placing your subject in the middle of the screen is BORING.
  • Always placing your horizon in the middle of the screen is BORING.
video activity1
Video Activity
  • Shoot some video that effectively illustrates the rule of thirds.
  • When you return, please cue your tape to the beginning of your footage.
  • Be ready to share your video with the rest of the class.