How to create professional videos
How to get started creating professional videos
Starting out in video productions is a wonderful and fulfilling endeavor but in todays ever-changing video industry it can be frustrating in the beginning just trying to figure out how to get started. You might be asking yourself, what equipment do I need, how do I edit my video, how long should my video be, and a million other questions. So we have written this article to help you get off to the right start.
When it comes to equipment you choices are endless because there are a lot of ways to set up your production. For example you could be building a studio with lighting and a green backdrop, or you might be building a producing set in you garage, or getting geared for for outdoor shoots. The options are endless. What we hope to give you here is a basis for choosing equipment that will apply to almost any setting. Lets start with the basics.
The Camera is the most important piece of equipment that you will invest in when starting out in video product, you really want to go with a camera that other people are using producing similar videos to what you want to do. DSLR cameras are really big these days because they take such great video and are a fraction of the cost of professional video camera and a whole culture of DLSR producers has emerged with cool camera accessories and mounts emerging over the past several years. These mounts and fixtures are all associated with 15mm rail systems and there is a lot of information about them.
All that being said there are still a wide range of consumer and prosumer video camcorders to choose from, we currently are using the Canon FX305 which we fell is a great camera for the price.
Most professional video shoots include some type of light systems, them out common is know as three-point lighting where you have two lights to the right and left of the subject and one in the center, this arrangement creates a great lighting scheme and eliminates shadows that can ruin a otherwise great shot.
Depending on the environment you may be able to get a way without adding lighting to the set but there are some things to consider when doing this. First don't ever shoot with a window behind you subject during the day. The light will overpower the scene and make you subject look dark and shadowy. It is better to shoot away from the window with the camera between the window and the subject.