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.

Storytelling Tips from Stillmotion and Vimeo's Video School: Part 2

Storytelling Tips from Stillmotion and Vimeos Video School: Part 2

Stillmotion continues to give great storytelling advice in Part 2 of their instructional video series being played on Vimeo's Video School. In this one, they break down the "discovery" process during pre-production in order to come up with 5 keywords that you will follow throughout the production.

Microphones for Video: Omni Directional vs. Cardioid [Reel Rebel #36]

Microphones for Video: Omni Directional vs. Cardioid [Reel Rebel #36]

Reel Rebel #36 breaks down the difference between omni-directional and cardioid mics. If you don't know the difference, then you should, because finding the right kind of mic for the right situation is a must for any video production. Sometimes you want sound coming from all directions, sometimes you don't. Which situations are those? Read on.

Three Reasons to Embrace Video Storytelling

Three Reasons to Embrace Video Storytelling

See how developing your storytelling skills as a video producer can help you create more compelling videos and make you a greater value to your clients. Some types of storytelling techniques can also help you become more efficient and help you land more sales.

Four Steps to Great Content from Vimeo's Video School

Four Steps to Great Content from Vimeos Video School

What are the things you need to know when you tell a good story, and turn that into great content? Luckily, Stillmotion is going to lend us some tips on what you should be thinking about before you even pick up a camera. This makes things easier on you when you decide that you're going to go on a shoot.

How to Use the Rule of Thirds for Awesome Shot Composition [Reel Rebel]

How to Use the Rule of Thirds for Awesome Shot Composition [Reel Rebel]

One of the most basic "rules" when it comes to shot composition is the "rule of thirds," in which you divide your shot into 9 equal parts with intersecting horizontal and vertical lines and then frame the subject at the intersection of those lines. Here's a video tutorial on it.

An In-Depth Look at Adobe's Next Generation of Pro Video Apps

An In Depth Look at Adobes Next Generation of Pro Video Apps

Adobe is revealing the next generation of their professional video and audio products: Adobe Story, Prelude, Premiere Pro, Audition, After Effects, SpeedGrade and Media Encoder. The company is clearly embracing the market for video production and is ever more committed to delivering value to pros from pre to post - and then some - AND, ReelSEO got a sneak peek look at the new features.

Vimeo's Nifty Tricks on Overcoming A Small Film Crew

Vimeos Nifty Tricks on Overcoming A Small Film Crew

Shooting on a tight budget, and limited crew, can be a pain if you want to give the illusion that your production is good. But the fine folks at Vimeo Video School have some cool tricks to share that can make your small film crew appear a lot larger.

Cool Camera Trick - Create 360º Rotation Shots Using Google Maps' Street View

Cool Camera Trick   Create 360º Rotation Shots Using Google Maps Street View

Vimeo always has great tips and tricks for those who don't have a huge budget and recently, they showed how it's possible to create a 360º rotation shot using Google Maps and Street View, courtesy of Candy Glass Productions, who used the CN Tower in Toronto as their frame of reference. This is a really neat trick.

10 Lessons I Learned on My First Major Video Production

10 Lessons I Learned on My First Major Video Production

Recently, we put the wraps on post production on my Not So Super pilot episode. I thought, since this was my first major video production, I would share what I learned while shooting it. This won't be of interest to those of you who have ...

Basic Advice for Choosing the Best Budget Video Camera

Basic Advice for Choosing the Best Budget Video Camera

If you're shopping for gear to make videos during the sales events this season, you're likely going to be attracted to low cost, budget video gear. Cost is important, and I encourage everyone to make their videos in the most cost-effective way possible, but it's important to know the limitations of the gear ...

Tutorial: How to Create the Old Film Look Effect for Video [ReelRebel #31]

Tutorial: How to Create the Old Film Look Effect for Video [ReelRebel #31]

When you are editing, you’re usually told to use effects sparingly since a little usually goes along way and you don’t want to overdo it.  Sometimes, however, you want a look that is not quite as subtle.  If this is the case, one option might ...

Rhino Slider Review - Affordable DSLR Camera Slider for Cinematic Video [Reel Rebel #32]

Rhino Slider Review   Affordable DSLR Camera Slider for Cinematic Video [Reel Rebel #32]

On this week's Reel Rebel episode we share another common filmmaking technique that's often used by professionals to capture smooth, cinematic looking shots - through the use of a camera slider.  Professional camera slider systems can be quite pricey and until recently, affordable systems were ...

Learn How to Conquer Depth of Field, One F/Stop at a Time [Reel Rebel #21]

Learn How to Conquer Depth of Field, One F/Stop at a Time [Reel Rebel #21]

On this week's Reel Rebel video production tip, Stephen follows up on our first depth-of-field (DOF) overview to dive a bit deeper into how to control depth of field using your DSLR camera's f-stop. Remember, a shallow depth of field is often desirable as it can produce a more ...

Tips for Getting Great Video Coverage when 'Shooting for the Edit' [Reel Rebel #30]

Tips for Getting Great Video Coverage when Shooting for the Edit [Reel Rebel #30]

On this week's Reel Rebel, Stephen talks about the importance "shooting for the edit" and gives some advice on how to ensure that when you're shooting video, you capture enough footage of a scene to provide the editors with full coverage and plenty of shots ...

The Benefits of Using Neutral Density (ND) Filters & Gels in Video Production [ReelRebel #29]

The Benefits of Using Neutral Density (ND) Filters & Gels in Video Production [ReelRebel #29]

In a previous ReelRebel episode on video lighting tips we taught you how you can utilize gels on your lights in order to keep your color temperature correct to get the best look for your shot.  In this episode Stephen gives an overview of neutral density ...