Video:Indoor Home Video Tipswith Nicole Michaelis
Our home videos are prices records of our personal histories. Unfortunately most of us don't have the time or equipment to make professional-quality home movies, but by following these tips, your videos will be as fun to watch as they were to make.See Transcript
Transcript:Indoor Home Video TipsHi, I'm Leann Bello with About.com Gadgets.
Indoor Home VideoHome videos are priceless records of our personal histories. They help us to keep our memories alive, or to share important events with friends and family.
Most of us don't have the time or equipment necessary to properly shoot, light, and edit our videos, but that doesn't mean our videos can't look great and be entertaining for all our friends and family. When shooting home videos inside, there are several steps you can take to make them look and flow better.
Home Video LightingFirst, don't shoot against a window, turn the person around and stand in front of the window. Joey is much easier to see when he is being lit by the window. or use a backlight button. Joey is much easier to see when he is being lit by the window.
Natural light coming from a window is more flattering than overhead light.
If you don't have enough light in the room, get a camera light or lamp or check if your camera has a manual exposure button. Manual exposure brightens the image.
A great way to make your subject brighter is to use a lamp coming from the direction of the camera to provide fill light for the subject.
Try to stay close to the subject so you can see her face.
Home Video EditingMake Cuts. Remember to turn off your camera when not in use. For example, Barbara wants to share old photographs of her family. A great way to make this home video exciting is to have the narrator speak while shooting each photograph individually.
"These photographs and letters are so precious to me. They mark my family history. They're from my great grandmother and document what she exchanged with my cousin in England."
Video shot without Cuts vs. Video shot with Cuts.
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