Video Production Tips

Learn video production tips and techniques for creating better videos for the web. Everything from pre-production to post-production and video editing: including information about the latest video cameras, video production techniques, video editing tips and more.

A Creative Exercise for Writing Your Video Script

A Creative Exercise for Writing Your Video Script

Coming up with winning ideas for your next video script can be tough, but just because you don't have the money doesn't mean you can't bring excitement to the table. Take a trip through the creative process with these tips.

Stabilize Shaky Footage with Adobe Premiere [Reel Rebel #45]

Stabilize Shaky Footage with Adobe Premiere [Reel Rebel #45]

So you have some footage that has just a little more shake than you'd like. Fortunately for you, you have some options in post-production through Adobe Premiere's Warp Stabilizer feature. Just remember, fix that before you get to this point next time.

The Key to Making Stock Video? Think Like an Editor

The Key to Making Stock Video? Think Like an Editor

Those out there trying to make a living shooting stock video would be wise to think of the types of moments an editor can use when they need to transition a scene smoothly. You can set the scene pretty easily with these three kinds of clips.

How to Create the Sin City Effect in Adobe Premiere [ReelRebel #44]

How to Create the Sin City Effect in Adobe Premiere [ReelRebel #44]

Getting that black and white and just one other color effect is easy when you follow these steps in Adobe Premiere (Final Cut Pro is similar). It's a color correction technique that has been used in movies like Sin City and Pleasantville and you can use it when you want to do something a little creative with your video.

How to Back-Light the Subject of Your Video [Reel Rebel #43]

How to Back Light the Subject of Your Video [Reel Rebel #43]

Backlighting the subjects of your video can raise production value in many ways, and we're going to give you three of them. Backlighting can raise the production value of your videos and...well, just make your videos look cool.

Can A Mobile Phone Shoot Business Videos? [ReelRebel #42]

Can A Mobile Phone Shoot Business Videos? [ReelRebel #42]

Using the camera in your phone to shoot a business video can be an attractive thing for people looking to create video on the cheap. Unfortunately, with these types of cameras, the limitations are such that there are very few instances when it makes sense to use them.

How to Script Your Explainer Videos with Celtx [Video]

How to Script Your Explainer Videos with Celtx [Video]

Writing the script for a narrated explainer video can be tough, especially when you're trying to visualize a whole bunch of information and trying to figure out the timing of everything. The following video demonstrates how to use Celtx when writing the script for your explainer video.

Convert Product Demonstration Viewers into Customers with These 6 Tips [Creator's Tip #94]

Convert Product Demonstration Viewers into Customers with These 6 Tips [Creators Tip #94]

How do you get people who watch your demonstration videos to not only watch, but become customers later? Here are six tips that can be a little bit of a balancing act, but are absolutely essential in gaining trust with potential customers.

How to Create YouTube Export Settings in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere [ReelRebel 41]

How to Create YouTube Export Settings in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere [ReelRebel 41]

One of the most overlooked aspects of uploading videos to YouTube and Vimeo is the proper export settings from your editing software, such as Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere. Selecting the correct export settings means having the highest quality video possible when it uploads to a popular video site.

Don't Seek A Video Jack-of-All-Trades When Looking for Quality Video Production

Dont Seek A Video Jack of All Trades When Looking for Quality Video Production

When you go to a doctor, do you want them to go ahead and take care of your teeth while they're at it? That's why it's strange when those seeking video want a jack-of-all-trades who can do everything related to a video production. For small stuff, it's OK. For quality productions, it's a problem.

Achieve Bokeh With Shallow Depth-of-Field [ReelRebel #40]

Achieve Bokeh With Shallow Depth of Field [ReelRebel #40]

Creating that creamy, out-of-focus background with a sharp, in-focus subject in front of it is all a matter of shallow depth-of-field. And if you really want to impress your friends, call it "bokeh." It's achieving a film-like look and making you look more pro.

Three Professional Ways to Light Faces [ReelRebel #39]

Three Professional Ways to Light Faces [ReelRebel #39]

You've probably heard of three-point lighting and you use it to perfection. However, if you want to really look pro, you can change the way your key light shines on your subjects' faces to create a desired dramatic or more flattering look. Introducing short, split, and butterfly lighting.

How to Use Light Diffusion Gels for Soft Lighting [ReelRebel #39]

How to Use Light Diffusion Gels for Soft Lighting [ReelRebel #39]

Giving your video production value means using professional lighting. However, that professional lighting brings with it an additional problem: harsh lighting that is uncomfortable to your subject, sharp shadows, and makes your subject look unnatural. Diffusion solves that problem.

Slow Motion Tutorial: Heighten Drama and Make Things Look Awesome [Reel Rebel #38]

Slow Motion Tutorial: Heighten Drama and Make Things Look Awesome [Reel Rebel #38]

Slow motion isn't a difficult thing to do. But there is a time and place for it. We take a look at what slow motion does for the clips in your timeline and how to achieve those effects in iMovie and Adobe Premiere. And we even have a bonus tip for you if the basics aren't enough.

How to Plan for Your Shoot: Storytelling the Stillmotion Way, Part 3

How to Plan for Your Shoot: Storytelling the Stillmotion Way, Part 3

Part 3 of the Stillmotion's series on Vimeo's Video School talks about all the preparation you need to put into a shoot before you actually go out there: storyboarding, shot lists, preparing the essential gear, and of course, keeping it simple when it calls for it.