How to Look Better for Videos, Meetings, Zoom, Skype, and Live Streams
There is a very small but very important detail I see missed in “talking head” videos on YouTube over and over again.
When a person clicks on a video where there is someone presenting well… whatever there must be a sense of connection achieved.
As a viewer I will automatically feel as though the person presenting is actually talking to me or not.
I may not actually know what it is about the video that makes me miss any feeling of connection but I will know when there is none.
That lack of connection as part of the act of communicating can occur due to a few reasons.
It may be that the person is speaking unnaturally or without confidence or it may be simply down to camera placement.
If you watch a video and it feels like the person in the video is talking to your left ear, you will drift.
The same goes if the camera is placed to high or too low in relation to eye level.
It seems like a small point but is vital in the effort to make a completely unnatural situation at least a little more natural.
Download 13 Free Cinematic LUTS
Just click the link below to go to ShutterStock and pick up there free Luts that you can use in any video editing software that accepts Luts.
These ones are for RAW footage so not really suitable for consumer grade footage but you can give them a try anyway!
As usual with ShutterStock there is no sign-up palaver to go through.
Pond5 Free Collection
Pond5 is a royalty free video, image and audio assets website that licenses for professional use.
However if you dig a little deeper into the site you will discover there is a bunch of totally free stuff up for grabs as well.
Types of Lighting For Travel Films – Filmmaking Tutorial
This is an excellent yet very practical tutorial on the use of light when you are out and about wanting to shoot some footage.
Although the title suggests it is for travel videos, which of course it is, the information and techniques are applicable to any “run and gun” situation.
It is based on the idea that you are not going to have any light source other than available light at your location and how to use it the best way you can.
Overhead Video Tutorial: How to Shoot Top Down Video
Top down videos are a great way to clearly show the audience what you are doing or how something is being done.
There is nothing worse than watching a “How to” video where you can’t actually or clearly see the “How to” part!
Of course the pro’s can get pretty complex in the equipment they use to get a great top down shot… and by “complex” I of course mean expensive!
In this video you can learn some cheaper tips and tricks for doing your own video like this with excellent results.
Low Budget Music Video Shoot – Breakdown and Critique Part 1
Another great tutorial video from John Luna this week in which he dissects one of his own videos.
This week it is a video of a music project he completed a while back.
In this video he concentrates largely on the things he did wrong which is always a great way to learn.
The advantage being that he did those things wrong so you don’t have to!
Next week he will be covering what he did right so in the tradition on all good movies, there is a happy ending.
Photo and Video Slideshows in Wondershare Filmora X
Just a quick “down’n’dirty” tutorial here from the guys at Filmora.
Slide shows consisting of still images and some video footage are a great way to get started with any video editing software.
It includes a few standard tips and tricks to spruce up the final video to make it more interesting to watch.
Learn to Edit Better – Cuts & Transitions
This is another marathon live stream from Daniel Batal and of course even though the title says Cuts and Transition it goes way beyond that!
It covers dissolves, pacing, Jump Cuts, in camera effects and much much more! Given that he goes into all of this for over an hour I guess that’s no real surprise!
Make Better Videos using Opening Credits – CyberLink PowerDirector 19
This is a great walkthrough in PowerDirector of building an opening credit or title sequence that is a little more than the average.
Even if you don’t like the aesthetics of the final product or are not even using PowerDirector there are some solid tips on building your own asset rather than just using a preset.