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.

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 ...

Why Pre-Production Creative Meetings Are Key to Video Project Planning [Reel Rebel #28]

Why Pre Production Creative Meetings Are Key to Video Project Planning [Reel Rebel #28]

Most people, especially creative types, cringe at the thought of having a meeting. However, when you are putting together a video project it is essential to sit down with the necessary parties, do your brainstorming, define your production aims, style, key messages and target audience, and ensure ...

How to Create the Split Screen Effect in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #27]

How to Create the Split Screen Effect in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #27]

The split screen effect, also known as picture in picture or video overlaying, is the concept of showing two video streams simultaneously (traditionally side-by-side) in a given sequence.  There are several instances in which you may want to use a split screen effect editing technique ...

Cinemek Storyboard Composer: Mobile Storyboarding iPad App Review [ReelRebel #26]

Cinemek Storyboard Composer: Mobile Storyboarding iPad App Review [ReelRebel #26]

One of the most important aspects of pre-production is to create a storyboard.  While having a script perfected is important, it is just as important to have a storyboard before you start shooting so you don't miss any essential shots.  This will prevent you from ...

How to Use Cross Dissolve Transitions Effectively in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #25]

How to Use Cross Dissolve Transitions Effectively in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #25]

A cross-dissolve transition is a great transitional editing technique that basically represents the passage of time.  While fast motion is also a great technique to show time passing, cross dissolves are much more common and easier to do.  Learning to do the technique is simple—don't ...

The Importance of the Match Cut in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #24]

The Importance of the Match Cut in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #24]

This week on Reel Rebel, we discuss another important film editing technique that's important to understand when shooting for the edit, called a match cut.  When we talk about shooting for the edit, we're talking about the need to plan your shots in advance, keeping ...

8 Awesome Ways to Use Your Car to Shoot Great Video

8 Awesome Ways to Use Your Car to Shoot Great Video

A lot of times, amateur filmmakers forget the everyday objects and items they use everyday which can be used to enhance their videos.  They are easy to overlook.  After all, that rolling chair in your office couldn't possibly be used as a dolly, could it?  ...

The Importance of Eyeline Matching for Smooth Video Storytelling: Shooting for the Edit [Reel Rebel #23]

 The Importance of Eyeline Matching for Smooth Video Storytelling: Shooting for the Edit [Reel Rebel #23]

Before planning any video shoot, it's important to have a good understanding of how the footage is going to be edited as this can make a big difference in how you approach the shoot.  There's a big difference between shooting and then editing versus shooting for the ...

How to Shoot Video with a Pure White Screen Background [Reel Rebel #21]

How to Shoot Video with a Pure White Screen Background [Reel Rebel #21]

If you've been watching our weekly video tips series, you've probably noticed that we often choose to shoot against a solid white screen background.  Shooting against a solid black or white background is a popular choice for web videos as it helps create an intimate ...