What Is A Talking Head Shot? – Part 2

Here are additional tips in recording a talking head shot:

Use text and images. Depending on the message of your video, you can utilize some texts and images to break the monotony. No matter how pretty or handsome the talking head is, it can be quite uninteresting when it does nothing but talk. Simultaneous flashing of text and images can provide rhythm to the video and engage the viewers more. Say, if you have a three-minute clip, you can insert something every minute. This will help maintain your audience’s interest.

Empower the voice. Whether the presenter, narrator, or you yourself are talking on the video, it is imperative that you empower the voice. This doesn’t mean that you have to speak loudly though. This only means that no one is supposed to speak in a monotone. The volume, tone, and accent must vary according to the emphasis that is called for in the script. For example, if something important must be said and the goal is for everyone to remember it, the speaker must slow down and talk in a modulated and clear voice.

Use subtitles. OK, so this isn’t exactly a must, but in case you want to make sure that the video would be understood thoroughly, then subtitles can be useful. This will also cater to a portion of your viewers who may not be using English as their mother tongue. Besides, when the speaker’s accent is too thick or the quality of the audio is defective, subtitles can greatly promote understanding.

These are some tips you can follow when shooting a talking head. Try them on your next video and explore something new.

What Is A Talking Head Shot?

There are many ways to take a shot in a web video production but one of the most common (and inarguably important) is known as the “talking head” shot. Now, what is this funny-sounding shot exactly?

“Talking head” pertains to a video shot wherein the presenter, actor, or personality is talking directly in front of the camera. In this shot, only the head or the upper body is visible. Think about the news anchor delivering the headlines. That is the perfect example of a talking head.
In web videos, talking heads are very common because they are not only easier to make but catchier too. Let’s talk about some tips on how to make the most out of it:

First, make sure that your presenter is relaxed and comfortable. Since this shot is focused on the head, any discomfort, nervousness, or uneasiness would be very evident. No one would take pleasure in watching such a face, right?

Second, the presenter must also be active and natural. His or her body language must exude confidence in a non-intimidating way. His or her eyes must move naturally too, not like a cat that just saw a rat.

Third, once the subject is ready, you can move on to other things such as props. Yes, you are only shooting a talking head, but tools and objects can make a huge difference particularly in catching the viewer’s attention.

Additional Standard Equipment For Professional Video Production Today

Want to make stunning videos for your customers? Make sure to have these standard pieces of video equipment ready:

Computer– Professional video production involves the meticulous job of editing. A video is never finished until it has been edited and polished to its best. Naturally, you would need a computer to do this. Now, if you’re only editing a home video, your desktop would certainly do. However, if you are producing digital productions that are highly complex, or you are eyeing to create HD videos, you would definitely need a more powerful and loaded computer. This is going to cost much, but the output will be worth it.

Video editing software—Just like the computer, the software you’d need for editing would depend on the output you intend to produce. If it’s just straightforward editing, there are free pieces of software you can utilize. They are even downloadable from the internet. However, if you wish to have more editorial control and sophistication, then you would have to look for a program that gives the options. Again, they would be costly, but at least they can give the quality you require.

External hard drives—External hard drives are vital particularly if you are doing a lot of editing. Video files are huge and it wouldn’t take long before they fill your computer memory. To ensure that you have sufficient space, stock up some hard drives within reach.

DVD Burner—Professional video production companies use DVD burners for their finished projects. Burning the videos is the fastest way to share them anyway. Hence, if your computer doesn’t come with a built-in burner, purchase an external piece.

Standard Equipment For Professional Video Production

If you’re new to professional video production, there are some things you need to know. On top of the list are the equipment you should have. In this article, we will talk about the some of the standard gadgets you would need for a video project or for starting your own video production venture.

Video Camcorder—Obviously, you can’t come up with a video without a camcorder. A camcorder is different from a digital camera. It can record a video for long hours with a hard disk or a flash drive. Its resolution is also high so the shots look great on TV or computer monitor. Both of these features aren’t found on your usual digicam. That said, a camcorder is a must-have if you’re planning to start a business related with web video production. Your good old digital camera just won’t do.

Microphone—Camcorders typically have built-in microphones but it’s not clever to use them as they don’t produce quality sounds. Of course, they can work OK for home movies, but it’s a professional production we’re talking about, then professional microphones are a necessity. They are the ones that can create clear and superior sound.

Tripod—Professional shooting requires the use of a tripod. Even hobby videographers can’t live without them. You see, there are times when using a tripod is much better than holding the camera yourself. This is particularly true for many hours of recording. Holding the camera steady for long time can be very challenging.

Additional Good Ideas For Writing A Good Script

In one of my previous posts, I shared some ideas on how to write a good script for your web videos. Want to know more about it, read these additional tips:

How to write a good script also involves deciding at which point you would want to start the story. Would you like it to run the usual chronology or would want to start in the middle or the end? Flashbacks can be a wonderful thing at times so you may want to consider working on one.

Think about the big scene where a certain situation would change your protagonist. Decide which the “character arc” would be and how are you going to present it. This is a crucial part of the story as it gives depth and meaning to everything that happens around the subject.

It is best to think of your ending. It doesn’t always to have to be the ending that everyone expects or wants. This part will really depend on your purpose. If you intend to have a sequel, then you should create a cliffhanger of some sort; something that will make people crave for more. If not, think of the best resolution that will make the viewers connect all the dots in your story. The entire flow must culminate in a coherent and sensible way.

Now, these tips are just some of the practical things you can follow in order to crop up a good script. They may not come easy especially when the infamous writer’s block is there, but it, too, can be solved. Design a game plan to deal with it. Then, write your heart away.

Writing a good script basically entails dedication and patience. If you have both, then you’re already halfway the job. Remember that success never comes easy. If you want it, you have to toil for it. The more you toil for it, the bigger your chance at success becomes.

Create Web Videos With The Right Microphones

Web video marketing is a hot trend and many entrepreneurs are giving it a go. Some of them try to create web videos on their own while some hire professionals to do the job in their behalf.

When we say “video production,” we are basically talking about two elements: the video itself and the audio. You may have shot the best looking video ever, but if it has a bad audio, then your efforts are useless. Hence, it is important to focus on the quality of the sound too. In the following, let’s talk about getting this done.

Mainly, what you ought to do is use a microphone. But, don’t use the one built on the camera. Almost all video recorders these days have built-in mics, but it’s not wise to use them if you’re making a production for your business. They won’t yield the good sound you require. You should get a microphone that’s designed for the job.

There are various microphones that can be used in creating video for the web. Some of the most common types are unidirectional, omnidirectional, dynamic, and condenser. Let’s get to know each of them briefly:

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More Tips On Buying A Basic Video Camera

pointandshootAnother question you must ask yourself when looking for a basic video camera is, where are you going to use it? Again, if you only intend to capture ordinary details, a small camcorder would do. But, if this is the sole purpose you want a camera for, then perhaps it won’t matter much if you just use your smartphone, will it?

However, if you want to save memories in high quality, going for the costlier options would be wiser. Don’t worry, “costlier options” doesn’t mean thousands of bucks. A decent SD camcorder may be as low as a couple of hundred dollars, but, HD camcorders have also started becoming more affordable to the masses. Some of them can come as low as $300 so instead of going for an SD cam, many people go high def.

Apart from the quality of the shoot, determining where you intend to use the camera is important because it would help you decide how much storage you would need. Pocket camcorders usually have 8GB or 16GB storage onboard. Some cameras also have internal memories and can still accommodate SD cards.

There’s no doubt that having a basic video camera is almost a must these days. Life has never been faster and capturing special moments by taking videos or still photos are one of the best consolations people have. In fact, the gratification some people got from taking photos o filming events prodded them to learn more tricks which landed them into the professional field. So, if you haven’t invested on a camera yet, consider the given tips and grab one now.

Basic Video Camera: What To Consider When Purchasing One

video camWhile almost everyone has a camera phone these days, nothing beats the full-featured gadget. Video clips are just a lot more wonderful when taken by even the most basic video camera. A mobile phone just can’t seize the moment quite as well. So, if you’re searching for standard definition or full HD camera, this simple guide is for you. It will help you wade through tons of choices.

Camcorders greatly vary in styles, functions, and prices. Of course, your decision would mainly depend on what you want and how much you are willing to spend. The latter can be easy to decide on. On the other hand, determining the former can be done by asking yourself several questions.

One, would you like a pocket camcorder or one that has full features? The latter provides excellent shooting quality, optical zoom lenses, image stabilization features, stereo sound, and the likes. Needless to say, these can all make your shooting experience more engaging and fun. However, they can be quite expensive. If the budget is tight, you might not be able to afford a gadget like this.

On the other hand, pocket camcorders are a whole lot cheaper. They are typically compact which makes transferring files to the computer a breeze. If you’re one of those who love to update online friends of your whereabouts, these cameras can be a fantastic choice. Their quality isn’t flawless and the features may be limited, but, nothing can beat their portability and price. If you’re choosing a video camera to shoot the mundane details of every day, a pocket cam may not be that bad.

What it Takes to Be a Video Scriptwriter – Part 2

You need to have a great deal of imagination to write good video scripts.

Following the previous post on what you need to be a good video scriptwriter, here are three other important traits:

Imagination and Creativity—The script is meant to deliver a story that would be portrayed visually. Naturally, it must be lucid and precise so that the output would look as it should. This can be quite challenging especially if you’re not very imaginative and creative. A scriptwriter must be able to play scenes in his or her head and transform them into words in such a manner that could concretize imagination into reality.

Analytical ability—A web video scriptwriter must also be able to pin down the needs and wants of his or her target audience. It is important that he or she is able to classify which truly is important and which isn’t. This ability can save a lot of resources in the long run, not to mention the psychological and emotional stress that may accumulate during production.

Selling skill—It is possible that the marketer is the same with the web video scriptwriter but this may not always be the case. Anyhow, it is important for each to have a little skill of the other. This will make the goals of both jobs more attainable. If you’re a writer who can effectively present ideas and entice audience to take action, then actual sales can definitely be more favorable. Ability to work on a team—Whether you like it or not, a scriptwriter isn’t always nerdy, weird, and lonely. He or she has to work with people too. It is crucial him or her to be cooperative at all circumstances to ensure that the project will turn out the best way it can.

Understandably, it can take a great deal of time to develop these traits. If you’re still in the process of honing them, you might want to consider tapping an internet video company that can help you with scriptwriting for your videos.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Scriptwriter? – Part 1

What do you need to write good video scripts?

Not everyone is cut to be a web video scriptwriter and this is the truth we should learn to deal with. No matter how grand a production is, it won’t matter unless there’s a well-crafted script to work on in the first place. If you’re a scriptwriter- wannabe but uncertain on whether you truly have what it takes for the job, then you must take this entry seriously. Here we will enumerate some of the qualities a good web video scriptwriter should have.

Basic writing skill—You may be raising an eyebrow on this. Of course you should have the basic writing skill! However, this isn’t true in everyone who aims to be a scriptwriter. Some people just think that it’s cool to be nerdy and weird so they want to be a writer. If you’re one of these folks, then think about it one more time. Any scriptwriter must be able to write clearly and concisely. He or she must have an above-average command of the language. If you don’t have it, then you got some serious work to do.

Interest in diverse topics—As a writer, you won’t be able to choose the topic you’re going to work on all the time. There will be instances when the boss or the circumstance would ask you to work on something you’re not very familiar with or fond of. It would help if you’re naturally curious about things because it can give you practical insights on all sorts of subjects.

More of this in next week’s post.