10 Tips for Making Videos Like a Professional

10 Tips for Making Videos Like a Professional
On:May 11, 2022

Today’s top businesses know that effectively communicating any message starts with an impactful video. Videos are incredibly engaging compared with other types of content and they can be both informative and entertaining. In fact, videos are shown to boost conversion rates and 54% of consumers want to see more video content from their preferred brands.

Not just any quality of the video will have an impact on your audience. Make sure you opt for high-quality YouTube video production to get the most out of your investment. YouTube has become the hub for all types of videos that consumers enjoy. Gillespie Productions is passionate about video production. Keep reading to find out how to make videos like a pro.

#1. Plan Ahead for the Video

Not only do your videos need to look good, but the content in them needs to be impactful and thought-out. Make sure to plan your video production content. For example, if you’re putting together a video to promote a sporting event, you won’t want to use the same approach that you would promote a retail store.

A successful social media video production approach starts by outlining your goals. Do you want to educate your audience, drive traffic to your website or promote a particular product? Once you’ve established your goals, determine who your target audience is to help drive the script direction. Don’t rush the script as it is one of the most important parts of a strong video.

#2. Choose Your Background Wisely

Once you’ve done your planning, consider the background of the video. This will have a significant impact on the quality of your video and helps you communicate a particular message. Plus, your video background can coincide with your brand image.

Choose your background based on the type of video, who the audience is, and the overall purpose of the video. The two major background categories are real and fake. Real backgrounds are often outdoor locations, an office space, or a living room. Always make sure that your real background is clean with minimal distractions. Fake backgrounds include curtains and green screens and they allow you to fill the background with nearly anything you’d like.

#3. Choose the Right Camera

Another video tip is the right camera. The camera that you choose will undoubtedly impact the quality of your videos. Make sure that you have access to a good camera when shooting your videos, however, this doesn’t mean you need to invest in professional-grade equipment. Consider purchasing a camera such as a Canon G7X as it is affordable yet still yields high-quality results.

Many bloggers and musicians are also utilizing their smartphones to shoot video content. Even if you go this route for your video, our experts recommend that you don’t use your phone for audio recordings. Instead, purchase a quality microphone separately.

#4. Make Sure the Lighting Is On Point

Professional videography
Professional videography

Lighting is another filming basic to keep in mind. When your video is too dark or too bright, it will detract from the quality of your video and could cause your audience to skip over the content altogether.

There are two primary light sources to consider: natural lighting and studio lighting. Natural lighting is an ideal option for beginners as it is free and will make your video look great. Always shoot outdoors or on a cloudy day to get the best footage as this means there isn’t harsh light on the subjects.

Studio lighting requires additional equipment but gives you more control over the lighting in the video. If you are hoping to scale your video production, make sure to consider purchasing:

  • Key light
  • Reflectors
  • Rim light
  • Triggers and flashes
  • Softbox or shaper

#5. Enhance Your Audio

Make a professional video that much better by enhancing your audio quality. If you have low-quality audio, it will impact the video’s overall integrity and detract from the message. The ideal way to capture audio from your subject is by using microphones other than a built-in mic on your camera. Even if your camera has a quality built-in mic, it is not enough to replace the quality of an external audio recorder.

There are three types of microphones to consider: condenser microphones, dynamic microphones, and lavalier microphones. Each has different use cases so make sure to do your research based on the goals of your video.

#6. Use Music for the Video

Adding music to the background is a standard part of professional videography. It helps to set the mood and increase your storytelling power. Music can also elevate the emotional impact that you have on your users. Before you choose your favorite song to use in the background, make sure that you have permission to use the music. In other words, make sure that it is royalty-free.

The music should be a complement to your message rather than detracting from it. For example, in the case that your video has someone talking to the camera, make sure that the music is quiet enough to hear the person talking.

#7. Stabilize Your Footage

Stabilized video footage is a video-making basic. Without it, your video could have shaky footage that looks unprofessional and could distract the audience. If possible, opt for a camera that has built-in image stabilization. If not, you can purchase a tripod to overcome any shakiness.

Keep in mind that tripods typically work when the subject is still. For example, if you are creating vlog-type videos, you are likely walking from place to place. In this case, a tripod won’t be effective. Video editing software also has built-in stabilization features but they are not a way to guarantee perfect results.

#8. Pay Attention to the Video Composition

Video tips
Video tips

Composition, or how you choose to frame the subject in the video, is an incredibly important consideration when you’re shooting a video. Another tip for filmmaking is to always pay attention to the composition and strive to follow the rule of thirds. This means that the frame is divided into a 3×3 grid and within the intersections is the ideal area to place your subject.

Aim to frame the subject at one of the top intersections of your viewfinder. While you can always place your subject in the middle of the frame, this leaves space in the top third of the frame. Finally, never cut off a subject’s head.

#9. Build Up Your On-Camera Confidence

Perhaps one of the lesser-talked video tips is making sure that the person being shot is comfortable on camera. How one appears will impact the quality and overall effectiveness of your video. For example, if the subject is smiling, wearing nice clothes, and seems confident overall, the audience will be more interested in what the individual has to say.

Camera presence comes naturally to some people while others need to focus more on controlling their emotions. One easy way to improve your camera presence is to sit or stand with your shoulders back, helping you to look professional and relaxed. Always make sure to speak slowly and clearly so it’s easy to understand the messaging. This camera confidence will grow over time, keep practicing!

#10. Film in Segments

Don’t feel like you have to shoot your video content for hours at a time. By shooting in smaller segments, you can stay focused on the topic that you’re discussing. Smaller shooting segments make the post-production process that much easier as well.

If you’re making a video that talks about the 5 ways to become a better public speaker, you can hit “record,” talk about one talking point and then hit the stop button. Repeat the process for each point to keep your thoughts and focus clear. When you’re editing your video, you’ll be happy you approached it in this way!

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At Gillespie Productions, our Wisconsin video production team is passionate about crafting the highest-quality videos for our clients. We implement a robust video production process that allows us to act as an extension of your team. We pride ourselves on getting to know your company from the inside out, working to deliver consistent and engaging videos that drive a strong ROI for your company.

Contact our team today to get started, we’re excited to work with you!