Shooting video

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Shooting video

  1. 1. Shooting Video Tips for shooting great video for the Web
  2. 2. Planning your shoot <ul><li>Think about what shots you need to tell the story and write them down. </li></ul><ul><li>Get your equipment ready. Charge your camera batteries and make sure you have enough tape/space to start recording. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare a list of questions for the interview. Make sure the questions are open-ended. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Equipment Checklist <ul><li>Camera or cell phone with camera </li></ul><ul><li>Batteries </li></ul><ul><li>Memory cards and tapes </li></ul><ul><li>Tripod </li></ul><ul><li>Microphone </li></ul><ul><li>Reflectors or diffusers </li></ul><ul><li>Lights </li></ul><ul><li>Computer </li></ul>
  4. 4. Shooting <ul><li>Shoot selectively. Only shoot what will be useful for your final product. Stop rolling once you have your shot. </li></ul><ul><li>15 second rule: When shooting b-roll, try to shoot at least 15 seconds of video. This makes editing it into smaller segments easier. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about the audio. Try to avoid loud spaces when conducting interviews and always monitor your audio levels. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Shooting <ul><li>Camera movements: Your camera movements should serve a purpose. Think about your pans and zooms and what function they will serve. </li></ul><ul><li>A note on zooming: Try to avoid excessive use of zoom. Use it rather to move in for a tighter shot and don’t pull out again until you wish to change your shot. </li></ul><ul><li>Observe your light. Look around to make sure your subjects are in the ideal light. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Rule of Thirds <ul><li>Try to position your subject along one of the four points where the lines intersect to achieve better composition when setting up your shots. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Keeping your shot steady <ul><li>There are several ways to keep your shot steady. If you can’t keep the camera steady with your hands, you can use a tripod or monopod or set your camera on a surface. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Resources <ul><li>Make Internet TV: http://makeinternettv.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Video Techniques: http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/shooting_tips/ </li></ul>

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