Saturday, December 19, 2015

Shooting a simple video for youtube.

A little video I shot of my Dad working on Jewellery in his workshop. I'm lucky that I have access to a location that has lots of rich textures and details in specialist tools not to mention a Master Goldsmith! This is a very simple project and for the photographer moving into video its useful to get as much practice as possible. This was shot for Youtube as an instruction video. I used:
  1. Nikon 610
  2. Tamron 24-70 f2.8
  3. Tripod and ball head (it's better to use a slick head)
  4. Sennheiser directional mic
  5.  iMovie (this is a quick edit so nothing fancy is required)

When shooting use live mode and do a few test clips to make sure you're happy with the results. Make sure you have a the key area of the action is in focus (zoom in an manually focus). You'll need to stop and refocus here and there during the shoot to get it right. Remember you're not doing this in one take so do it as many takes as you need. There's a nice level guide in the live view on most modern DSLRs that will help filming and help you keep things level. Its particularly useful when shooting hand held.

Just use the timeline interface to drop your videos in sequence and crop them where necessary by dragging the ends of the videos in to the desired footage. You can drop transitions and titles in using the simple templates and you're away. Practicing with these simple projects will give you a simple grounding that will give results before you move up to something more complicated like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere.

iMovie also has generic video compression built in for the leading online platforms which will makes things far easier then trying to figure out the nuances of video compression yourself (for the record use H264)