Beginning Video Production: Where Do You Start?


Beginning Video Production

Here is a question I received recently about beginning video production.


"Thank you for such an informative and helpful site. I know some photography and photo composition and I now want to get into video production.

I want to create professional-looking educational and sales videos for my small business, but not have to become "Stephen Spielberg" in the process!! I really don't know where to start to learn video production or video editing. What are the steps?

Thanks!  

Jesse (California, USA)"

Thank you for your question! I'm always very happy to hear from someone who is interested in making videos. I don't know what your expertise level is but, if you are just getting started, I would recommend that you start by first learning some basic information about the craft of video production.

Here are a few tips on this...

Beginning Video Production... How to Plan Out and Keep Your Production Moving Forward...

There is a video production process... Since you are just beginning video production you should become very familiar with it as one of your first action's...it is the framework of how you create a video from start to finish.

The Video Production Process

It can be precisely followed or roughly followed but...

it is the way to most efficiently go from "Bright Idea" to "Completed Project".

Following a video production process will enable you to push your video projects through to completion.

Believe me... When you're in the middle of a production...

You'll have a thousand ideas on which way this or that can go and if you don't have a process you are following... Well... Producing just one video can become your "life's work" (laugh).

So... Do little bit of planning beforehand and push your video through to a rapid completion using the basic video production process.

This page..."The Video Production Process Explained" will get you started in the right direction!

Produce Great Material for Your Video...

Once you see how the video production process works and start to use it you will need to get a good idea on how to produce the material you will need for your production.

Video Production Camerawork

A good place to start would be with these articles on digital video cameras and camerawork.

One of the golden rules of video production is... "Great videos start with shooting great material"!

If you want to save yourself a lot of time and expense by not having to shoot video material over again because it's not turning out right... take a look at some of the articles on this site for guidance.

There is a lot to know about digital video cameras, using camera shots, camera angles and different camera techniques that will ensure that you shoot great video material for your production... so be sure to check out these articles.

Video Editing Is the Key to Making a Great Video...!!!

Once you have the basics down, you will need to look for a video editing software program that "fits you"...

Video Editing workstation

Meaning... one that you can easily understand and that you enjoy working with.

Of course, the best way to really learn video editing is to do a lot of it.

Once you decide on an editing program that you like then...

Get in there and edit... Edit... EDIT!!

Here are a few articles on digital video editing that will be helpful.

Your Video Editing Software Program Is Your Primary Tool... Learned It Well…

You may want to experiment with a few different editing programs so... at first... find one that is simple to use and that doesn't have a whole lot of complicated bells and whistles to sift through.

Video Editing Software interface

Then... after you have gained some experience with the simpler ones...

Work up to the more powerful and complex editing programs.

When you are beginning video production it's always a much easier and faster gradient to learn on a simple one first...

Then go to the more complex ones.

When beginning video production there are some very good free video editing software programs out there you can start with that are simple to learn and easy to use. Try a couple of them to practice on.

They can give you a good idea of the wide range of features you'll run into that are in various editing programs and will also help you later on... when you need to make a decision on investing in a more expensive full-featured program.

Some of these free ones are very full-featured themselves, yet simple to use and... of course... the price is right... Free !

Check out a few of them on this site page... Free Video Editing Software.

Choosing One of the More Professional Video Editing Programs...

When you actually get into creating your own videos for your business... you are of course... going to have to get into the more expensive full-featured editing programs.

Adobe Video Editing Software

But... once you've had a little bit of experience in video editing it should be easy for you to decide on which of the more expensive video editing programs you want to invest in and work with.

You really can't go wrong with any the old stand-bys like Sony, Pinnacle, Adobe, Cyberlink or Corel.

Just do a little research before you buy and you will be all right!!

This site page on Video Editing Software can give you some ideas.

Be Patient... If You Practice... It Really Doesn't Take That Long to Learn What You Need to Know...!

When you are beginning video production it really doesn't take long to become proficient in producing your own videos. But, in the beginning, be patient and learn the basics of video production, camerawork and video editing well! Then... Shoot tons of video and edit, edit, edit until you have something that you like.

And just remember that... Practice does make perfect!

Once you produced your videos... Get some feedback on them from people you trust and then do it again and again. Soon you will have worked out your own "style" and the way you make your videos.

And… If you're getting constructive feedback (criticism in the direction of making you better not worse) then soon you'll be producing videos that you'll be proud of and your audiences will love!


So… Do the above… And you'll find that you'll become better and better (and faster and faster) at producing quality videos , in your own style, that really get your message across to your audience. And...You'll be able to pop them out in no time!

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Have fun...!  Dan


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