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.

Zoom H4N Review: How to Get Better Audio for DSLR Video [Reel Rebel #6]

Zoom H4N Review: How to Get Better Audio for DSLR Video [Reel Rebel #6]

If you're using a DSLR for capturing video, or if you like to separately record audio tracks for your video, you will definitely want to consider a portable digital audio recorder. In this week's Reel Rebel, we'll be reviewing the Zoom H4.  The Zoom H4 is likely the most ...

Storyboarding Tips: How to Plan & Visualize Your Next Video [Reel Rebel #5]

Storyboarding Tips: How to Plan & Visualize Your Next Video [Reel Rebel #5]

I want you to think of one of the best videos you've ever seen. It could be a full-length movie, an episode of a TV series, or even a commercial. Now, once you have one I want you to try to remember what the background ...

Learn How and When to Use Your Camera's Zoom for Video - [Reel Rebel #4]

Learn How and When to Use Your Cameras Zoom for Video   [Reel Rebel #4]

On this week's Reel Rebel, Stephen talks about the basics for using your camera's zoom for shooting video - When it's appropriate to use zooming, tips for how best to use it, understanding the two types of zooms available on cameras (optical zoom vs. digital zoom), and ...

Basic Video Editing Tips for YouTube - The YouTube Advertiser Playbook: Part 3

Basic Video Editing Tips for YouTube   The YouTube Advertiser Playbook: Part 3

There's nothing like the thrill of taking a whole bunch of footage you just shot and piecing it together towards the final product.  Editing can be every bit as creative as the shooting of the video, and for me, it's far and away the funnest ...

When is High Production Value Important for Branded Video? ReelPop Q&A

When is High Production Value Important for Branded Video? ReelPop Q&A

ReelPop Q&A is a new weekly question and answer series made possible by Poptent.  Each week we will choose to answer one question from a reader relating to best practices and strategies for online video marketing.  If you would like us to answer your question ...

10 Tips for Producing Successful Live Events and Webcasts

10 Tips for Producing Successful Live Events and Webcasts

Over the last twenty years of producing live events and webcasts, I've learned a lot about how things can go right and wrong, and from good to bad, and from bad to worse. Most problems stem from the things that have fallen through the cracks. ...

The Basic Types of Interchangeable Lenses for Shooting Video [Reel Rebel #3]

The Basic Types of Interchangeable Lenses for Shooting Video [Reel Rebel #3]

On this week's "Reel Rebel", Stephen Schweickart of VScreen, gives us a quick rundown about the importance of, and basic differences between the various types of lenses you can use if you're knowledgeable enough to shoot video with a DSLR camera, or other video camera that ...

Tips and Best Practices For Shooting Your Business Video - The YouTube Advertiser Playbook: Part 2

Tips and Best Practices For Shooting Your Business Video   The YouTube Advertiser Playbook: Part 2

Last week, we covered the extensive first section of the new YouTube Advertiser Playbook.  In that section, the Playbook details the importance of planning for your video before a shoot.  Now that you have a plan, it's time to shoot.  The way this section of ...

Video Lighting Basics for Beginners: Introducing Reel Rebel Episode #1

Video Lighting Basics for Beginners: Introducing Reel Rebel Episode #1

The following is the first episode of a new weekly video series that we're launching in conjunction with our friend and host, Stephen Schweikart of Vscreen.com.  Our goal with this new series is to expand the instructional content that we offer to not only focus ...

4 Steps for Shooting Successful Web Video - The YouTube Advertiser Playbook: Part 1

4 Steps for Shooting Successful Web Video   The YouTube Advertiser Playbook: Part 1

YouTube definitely wants you to succeed.  The more that you do, the more that they do.  Last year, YouTube gave us the YouTube Creator Playbook, which gave us a step-by-step process in which a great channel filled with great content could reach a wide audience.  ...

The History of Digital Video File Formats [Infographic]

The History of Digital Video File Formats [Infographic]

Real Networks has put together a quick history of digital file formats for video. While they glaze over the pre-digital era (which would have probably been really interesting) they did dive deep starting in 1984 with the first digital video standard. Accompanying all the major ...

How to Make a Video Lighting Rig for Under $100: Tutorial

How to Make a Video Lighting Rig for Under $100: Tutorial

Without light, there is no video. Or rather, with not enough light there is crappy, unprofessional video. So wherever you are, you need adequate light, sometimes, even outside, if the weather isn't fully cooperating. We found this great tutorial from IndyMogul that shows how you ...

Adobe CS6 Production Premium Revealed

Adobe CS6 Production Premium Revealed

Today, at the start of NAB 2012, Adobe is revealing Production Premium CS6. This forthcoming release will convince more editors to make the switch. If the unparalleled integration of the software (through Adobe Dynamic Link) and hardware (Mercury Playback Engine, with extended support for OpenGL ...

Poptent Launches Premium Global Video Production House for Major Brands

Poptent Launches Premium Global Video Production House for Major Brands

Poptent is known as a crowdsourced video production and social community platform for video creators, a nifty way for aspiring filmmakers and video producers to get experience shooting videos for a number of major brands, while keeping video production costs low for the client. Today, ...

Mobile Video Tips: How to Shoot Video with a Camera Phone

Mobile Video Tips: How to Shoot Video with a Camera Phone

Sometimes we forget that mobile video can often be shot on our cell phones.  Luckily, Vimeo has us covered with some tips on how to make even that video production method look good. When you need a quick and dirty video and all you've got ...