Lesson Title:
Module 4 Video Tips and Techniques

As a means of increasing the quality of video production, you will explore various tips and techniques that will enhance your end product.
Lesson Contents
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Shooting Basics
Check out this video on the basics of shooting your video. This is the best way to start. From this video, we will break it down and look more in depth into the various techniques you can use to enhance the quality of your product.

Video 101: Shooting Basics from Vimeo Staff on Vimeo.

Editing Basics After viewing the previous video, let's look at some editing basics. This next video continues with the basic process that comes after you have shot your scenes.

Video 101: Editing Basics from Vimeo Staff on Vimeo.

Now that we've looked at the basics, let's begin to explore various tips and techniques professional film makers use to grab their viewer's attention and increase the effectiveness of their end product.

Framing and Composition of Shoot
Below is a video discussing the importance of thinking about camera angles and shots.

HFSS Episode #5: Framing for Film from Caleb Pike on Vimeo.

SoundBasically, we are making amateur videos and do not have the sound equipment necessary to get the most professional of sound quality; however, there are some considerations that can improve the sound quality of your video.

The first thing to remember is Proximity!
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Check out this video for details on using mics. While your campus may have a few to borrow, this is something you should definitely try to find ahead of time if you are needing an external mic. An option might be to share external mics with other teams from your building. A Flip video camera DOES NOT have an outlet for this so that is not an option with this camera. The best bet is to test various settings and see what you get. Another option is to do a voice over, especially for outdoor shooting. FYI: Not all of our equipment may meet your needs so it is your responsibility to gather any additional equipment you may need beyond our resources. Check out this video:

Microphones: The Proximity Effect from Videopia on Vimeo.

LightingWhile we don't have much in the way of lighting resources, taking this into consideration can provide a dramatic effect in your video. Watch the video provided to learn about 3 point lighting and how you can improvise with what you have to create some dramatic effects.

Watch the video below and notice the camera shots and angles. Complete the Talley Sheet provided below as you make note of the shots and angles used. What effect do these have on your interpretation of the work? Save the file with your first and last name_camera shots and put in the drop box.
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Respond to the question posted in the Discussion tab above.Additional Material