Videos put humans in a trance. They capture attention through movement and provoke a wide range of emotion. Those who activate video within their marketing efforts invite viewers to see, hear, and feel their message in a powerful way that makes the audience part of their story.
Like photography, smartphones are an easy way to start creating video. On your phone or with any other camera, here are a few simple techniques to keep in mind.
Orientation – If the audience will only be watching the video from their phones, a vertical orientation is fine. If you want more freedom to use the content in other ways, it’s best to use a horizontal orientation.
Stability – Eliminating jagged movement makes video more enjoyable to watch. It can feel cold to capture, but let the scene play out while the camera is stationary. If movement is required, don’t expect ultra smooth video from a handheld device. Internal stabilization helps and you may be able to get by using stabilization features in video editing software, but motorized gimbals, mounts, and tripods make it easier to be smooth with the raw footage. Stabilized video looks sharp, but also provides added flexibility. For instance, a few panned photos will be less noticeable when combined with smooth video. This can help fill in gaps to bring a story together.
Resolution – When it comes to resolution, you can always shrink high resolution down, but not the other way around. Consider shooting in higher resolutions to have more options with the footage.
Even with so much power packed into a smartphone, relying on one device is limiting. When you realize the value of video, do yourself a favor and invest in a dedicated video camera. Video cameras are fun to use with features built to deliver specific results. High-end video cameras are great and can capture amazing footage when used correctly. Unless video production is a part of your business, pricey equipment may be overkill. Lower priced options can also capture magic and are less risky to use. A good first purchase that will only set you back a few hundred bucks is an action camera with a handheld tripod. These small cameras are easy to use, capture sharp footage, and offer additional mounts to explore unique angles. Most important, the versatility and durability makes these small cameras less intimidating.
The only trick to an action camera? A habit of using it.
Another cinematic angle that adds intrigue to any story is aerial video and photography. In the past, aerial views required expensive aircraft and professional equipment. With consumer drones, capturing high-quality aerial footage is easier than ever. With the proper licenses and little practice, anyone can rule the sky.
No matter what equipment is used, the effectiveness of video comes down to an ability to deliver something enjoyable to watch. Once video is shot, the real work begins. Anyone can shoot video, but it takes practice to capture shots that tell a story while evoking an emotional viewing experience. Organizing, editing, and stitching clips into a concise, brand-boosting video is a valuable art form that takes serious time and perpetual learning.
Along with a deeper dive into videography, the endless debate between polished video versus live, raw video rages on in the Marketing chapter of YDNTB.
As you evolve your craft, remember that a great video is not about conveying every detail. It’s about delivering an atmosphere where viewers can emotionally feel the story being told. Make your marketing videos concise, enjoyable to watch, and rewarding to share. When videos stir up a combination of emotions that convey a consistent message in contrasting ways, your marketing becomes mesmerizing.
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