Someone asked for a thread about making videos where we could have a chat about techniques to make a video and perhaps see and assess some.
Doesn't matter if you want to make $millions on Youtube or just have fun while lazing your cruising day, or having something to put on Facebook for friends and family.
So, if you like, ask questions, or link your video.
If you'd like comments about your video to make it better you can by asking for comments in PMs (private messages) or here in the open.
If the thread works it will be fun, if no one is interested it will wither.. fade and plop off.
Where shall we start?
I think the most important bit is not the technical side - we can fix that later - but:
It you! The Presenter who is the driving force on any segment. We are going to see you, your exploits and your personality for 4 minutes or more. If you do a video each week your audience will come to know and understand and like the personality of the presenter even if you think you're the TV host from hell. You just need to give yourself time to relax into your persona and time for your audience to fall in love.
Take a few seconds video on your phone of yourself right now. Say Hi and your name. 10 seconds nothing more.
And play it back.
Did you smile?
Did you look like a Police arrest photo? Or a scared bunny rabbit in car headlights?
As you do it often you will begin to relax and the real you will come through. No you don't have to be a smiling hyena if you're not a naturally smiley person. But do try it at the beginning and end of each video.
The next thing is to know what to say. All adlibs on TV are scripted. All of them. Everyone one. No matter who it is.
Grab a pen and paper or warm the computer and write what you want to say and then memorise it.
Now go record it on your phone or camera a few times and see what its like. If its an information piece was it done in an informative style? Was it a fun piece? Did it have fun? Did you have fun?
OK Lets have a look into my BS archive of naughty one-shot videos.
I haven't made any for ages and theres none on the chopping block.
Lets just have a look and see how I am trying to tell a STORY whilst having a bit of fun.
Watch the video without reading the stuff under it... and we will watch it again looking at some points ive made
Whole intro is done in just 7 seconds! This is good. get the subject of your video out immedietly and introducing yourself, quickly.
Video should have included a Establishing Shot Est or WS to show where we are. Hoever this video will be OK if you are doing one each week so your audience knows youre on a boat, cruising etc. but its NOT good enough for a new audience or non sailing audience!
At 36 seconds: Instruments. Hold the camera steady when you are talking about something so people can see what it is. This needed Cutaways... close ups done that are edited into the video so people can really see what youre on about.
At 54 seconds VHF Radio goes off. Something unuscripted so use it! Have fun! If it doesnt work just cut it out in edit
In the frst 60 seconds we have done: Intro; Todays subject; looked at a book; sails. instruments and had fun w the VHF all in just 60 seconds!
The Ship: OK, sorry its a bit naughty!
But it was scripted! Just before I did my first Take I saw the ship in the distance so I thought up a (funny?) like to bring it into the video. The first take was no good so I was lucky the ship was still in a good position to still work. Bring in everything you can: If something happens, a kid walks through etc, include it
At 1:45 we do some informative stuff but still in the style of the rest of the video. Glad I could later afford a new dinghy! With information stuff make sure you get your points across: Needed long curing or 7 days, yes you can do it at sea. etc
At 2:00 Todays Problem... sounds like it could be a great regular segment. Also great to show people what actually happens in your video 'world'.
2:45 If you stuff up maybe you can still keep it! I didn't want to do a 3rd take so I flustered through!
Finishing at 3 minutes! Wow!!!!!!!!!!! Who can be bored when its all done in 3 minutes! Seriously, with the camera style it could not have sustained longer than 3 minutes. Audiences turn off. So if your video is longer than 4 or 5 minutes please realise that you have lost half your audience before the end. Bad camera work, bad style, bad presenting will have audiences clicking off so keep your video short until you audience understands you.
Just to cap it...: If you do a weekly video your personality will begin to come out. Relish it and give it a push in the fun direction, or whatever direction you think will 'sell' your story. Don't try too hard, just enjoy it