In 2019, shooting vlogs or videos by thyself had come up to be quite of a trend. But when you’re about to start your first home video shoot, things look tough. There appear numerous facts like- how to set up the camera, learning how to focus camera, how to deal with the sound- etc.
We understand that if any of these tiny facts goes wrong, the entire arrangement will go in vain. And to make things even worse, there would be nobody to remind about the mistakes before you actually end up the shoot.
However, we’ve put together a set of steps to shoot home videos like a pro. Let’s start going through-
Steps on How to Shoot Home Video by Yourself
The whole process of making videos at home smartly is a collection of some distinct processes. There is no fixed type of video we’re talking about. And the tips are, therefore, quite generalized.
Here you go-
Tip 1: Decide The Camera First
Although professional bloggers/vloggers and YouTubers would like to shoot with Handycam or camcorders, some of them go for full SLR cameras as well. And on the other hand, we’ve seen some vloggers start with a mobile or laptop camera, and be successful eventually.
So, it’s nothing wrong about keeping within budget for the first time. If you have enough shooting and post-shooting skills, that even can look fine while published.
However, if you have gears of semi-professional and professional grade, make sure to learn how to use Video camera properly.
Tip 2: Use A Microphone Individually
If you record your home videos with a laptop or mobile phone, you may take the built-in recording feature for granted. But if you ask for our advice, we’ll advise you otherwise.
To have clean and distortion-free sound recordings, use a separate microphone. If you’ve to move around, use one phone/laptop for recording video, and another phone/laptop for recording the audio. Later, you would have a chance to combine the video with the audio using video editing software.
However, don’t forget to hide the audio recorder device from the sight of the camera.
Tip 3: Fix The Positions of the Camera
In home videos, there won’t be the abundance of light. So, avoid shaky moves or unstable camera positioning, as much as you can. You can use a tripod to elevate and stabilize it.
Also, make sure your Handycam or action cam has the automated software for video stabilization or not.
Tip 4: Be The Master of Editing
One of the biggest secrets behind professional home-base shooting is the editing. To master the editing techniques, it takes loads of efforts and time.
However, to bring out the most of your effort, you can use software like Filmic Pro App to minor edits like stabilizing your video. And if you’re looking for basic video editors that can run on a mediocre laptop, we recommend tools like Screenflow.
Tip 5: Mark The Start and End of A Scene
A smart and effective trick for home video is to start and end a shot with hand claps. Why? Well, here is the reason.
While you are shooting yourself in the home, there won’t be an assistant who’ll help you with turning on and off the camera from time to time. So, it’s best to keep the camera on and keep taking shots.
To mark the start or end of sequences, claps will help you to mark the points while you’ll be going through the audio input. There will be spikes to indicate those particular points.