Of course, I’m a big supporter of using videos on your website. There are many ways to record videos for business. One way is to do it yourself. Some of these new pocket-sized cameras are making it very easy
So what’s being shown in all these videos? Not much more than talking heads.
There is so much that can make a great and compelling video: different angles, close-ups, b-roll. But it’s hard to take those shots and mix them in, because the selling point of the little micro-cams is that they will upload directly to the web. And that means no editing.
Editing is how you tell a story. Look at all of your favorite programs on TV. They have different shots, and various angles, reaction shots from the other players, location shots to establish where they are. You can do that if you’re doing it yourself. It just takes a little planning. Planning will make a mediocre video a GREAT video.
If you’re going to shoot with a microcam, here are five things that will make your videos better from the start:
- Make sure you have a steady platform. Use a mini tripod.
- You can’t see what you’re shooting with most microcams. Try not to get that “in your face fisheye” effect. Don’t be afraid to shoot it again and again.
- If there are going to be two or more speakers, don’t swing the cam from side to side. You’ll just make the viewer dizzy.
- Shoot in different locations. Use a background shot to show where you are, then in one edit, you can be moving forward with your content.
- Plan Plan Plan Plan Plan Plan Plan.
If everyone’s video looks the same, these tips will set yours apart. Many folks, however, are attracted by the easy shoot and quick upload of these microcams. If you already have an expensive looking website, don’t sabotage your image with a poor quality video.
–that’s a wrap