The learning curves of making videos

making videos, filming, making short movies, DIY filmmaking, video editing

I was looking back at the story time videos I’ve made recently and compared the first one to the most recent one. There has been a number of noticeable improvements I’ve made a long the way, perhaps the most obvious one is a high quality camera!

With the first video, it was shot on a Canon DSLR, made in 2011, one of the best camera’s in it’s day, but compared to today’s it is very out of date. It really does show the speed of technological development. The current camera I’m now using is a Panasonic Lumix G7 mirrorless camera. Shoots in 4k and ultra HD, one of the best mid-range cameras out there, and I did plenty of research to make sure that was the case! A quality viewing experience is expected from almost anybody now nowadays, as high quality content saturates most video channels. So if a video is made with anything less people won’t bother viewing it. I probably include myself in that category too actually…

The visual experience is important, but perhaps the audio is even more important (especially given the genre of videos I make). I picked up a sony microphone and attached it to the camera, and a noticeable difference in the sound was heard. It’s better at blocking out background noise, and creates a more bassy crisp sound. Ideal for story narration.

Along with the camera and mic, I’ve also made strides in mastering the editing software, namely IMovie. I’d say I’ve pretty much learnt the ins and outs of it now. At first it really did look quite overwhelming (like photoshop and AI did). But like the others, it is easy to adapt to and learn as you do. Creating thumbnails was another thing I added. Thumbnails help draw attention to the video and can be the difference between a ‘click’ and not a ‘click’.

The last improvement that’s been made is the setting, i.e. the lighting, my position to the camera and the background. This is something that I will constantly change though. As we have lots of interesting objects around Can Cubs, there always something else I could add to the scene. Looking for possible ideas for this part. If you got a suggestion, write it down below! So if you happen to be just starting out I'd recommend in investing in the best possible camera you can buy and a good mic. Mastering software takes time, so don't worry too much about perfecting that straight away. And I leave you with this quote: 'When Life gets blurry, adjust your focus' and this video, that I found useful in shooting.

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