I have been working in the Vancouver video production industry since 1982 and I have seen many changes over that time. The most significant change has been the increasing accessibility of video production equipment to everyone who wants one. This includes home computer users as well as professional videographers and editors. In fact, there are now several companies making inexpensive video cameras that can be used at home without having to spend thousands of dollars on expensive professional gear.
Vancouver Video Production Advantages and Disadvantages
This article will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of using a camera such as this one or any other camera you might own to make your videos. It also describes how these same techniques could be applied to producing audio for your videos if you want to do so.
In addition, it discusses some of the problems with using a home camcorder when compared to a professional video camera.
A lot of people think that they cannot make good quality Vancouver video production unless they have a big budget and lots of equipment. That may be true for some types of work but not all. A couple of years ago I was shooting a commercial for an airline company and we were doing about $2,500 worth of business per day. We had a full set built, actors, wardrobe people and everything we needed for the shoot. The camera we used alone cost $80,000.
Vancouver Video Production Techniques like Pros!
In this article, I am going to discuss how you can use some simple techniques to make your video recordings just as good as the pros do it without having to spend a lot of money on equipment or on lots of production help. The secret is in the technique not in the equipment.
If you’ve been creating video footage with your digital camera, cell phone, or another handy device, you may be surprised to learn that there is a world of difference between the results you have and the high-quality professional look.
Professional videographers use techniques that give the Vancouver video production a more “cinematic” look and feel.
The following is some advice on how to get that same look in your productions.
- The first thing to do is to make sure that you are using the highest quality settings on your camera. You need to record at as high a resolution and frame rate as your camera will allow.
You probably already know that you should be using the largest capacity flashcard that you can afford. The larger the capacity, the longer you will be able to record and the more video you will be able to store on it.
- You should also consider using a tripod or other form of stabilization so that the moving image is smooth and not blurred from excessive shaking. Remember, most professional production companies do not use hand-held cameras because the jerky motion of the image is distracting to the viewer.
- A digital still camera can be used to take high-quality photographs of your actors, sets, and props before you start taping your video. These photographs can then be used as “mood” or “setting” shots for the Vancouver video production. Placing these still shots at the beginning of each scene or act, or before shots of a particular actor enhance the look and feel of your video.
- Finally, you may consider adding visual or special effects to give your productions a more professional look. One of the easiest ways to do this is with animated title pages displayed on your computer before you start your video.
Another way to add interest to your Vancouver video production is by overlaying end credits over the action at the end of your production. You can use a simple text editor or a word processor like “Word” or “Pages” to create a list of those involved in your project. Using your video production software, you can have this list displayed in a way that fits the theme of your production and then have it scroll up the screen or flip from page to page just like in the movies.
Since you are responsible for not only directing the cast and crew but also handling the business aspects of the production as well, you are probably quite busy during these last few days before taping starts. Your schedule is full and your to-do list seems to be getting longer every day but don’t let it stress you out; you are almost there!
You’ve hired all your actors and crew, made all your arrangements and done all your research. All that’s left to do now is learn your lines and the rest of the script then practice, practice, practice!
Good luck and have fun!