Planning Your Video
Planning your video is one of the most important things you can do to make sure that you get good video footage that you can turn into a great movie during editing. Planning doesn''t cost anything; it just takes a little time. Even the simplest home movie can benefit from good planning.
Planning your video doesn't have to be complicated. You just have to do a little forward thinking about your end product before you start shooting. What do you want your viewers to walk away with after viewing your movie? What effect do you want to have on your viewers? Even if they are just members of your family, you still don't want them to be bored out of their mind.
A lot of planning depends on the type of video that you're planning to shoot. How you plan to shoot a wedding will be different than how you shoot a sporting event. Shooting golf will be different than shooting a fast paced indoor game like basketball.
Some Basic Tips for Planning Your Video
Make a list and Pack Accordingly
You've probably got most of your video camera gear in a bag that's ready to go at a moments notice, but you'd be surprised how often one gets to the site of the shoot and realizes that they forgot an extra battery or the AC charger. One of the most important things you can do when planning your video is to think through the shoot and just make a list of all of the equipment that you're going to need. Make sure you invest in a quality hardcover or soft cover video camera bag that has room for extra tapes and all of your camera's accessories.
If you're traveling overseas, be certain to check the AC voltage standards in those countries you are planning on visiting. Purchase s socket adapter for you bag. Remember that in Europe, the voltage is 220-240 volts AC and that the video system they use is PAL while in North America, the standard voltage is 110-120 volts AC and the video system used is NTSC. Plan accordingly when you're visiting foreign countries.
Label Your Tapes
One of the easiest things to do to avoid headaches in the editing room later, is to label your tapes as soon as you're done shooting and before you put them back in your camera bag. There's nothing worse than having to play a 60 minute video to find that special clip that you know your got, you just don't know what tape it is on. Take the time to label your tapes with at least the most basic information about your video. At the very least, mark your tapes with a brief description, the date, time, and the location of the shoot. Don't forget to also mark the cassette tape box as well.
At the Shooting Location
Once you've arrived at your shooting location, it's time to scout around the location and think about what you're going to shoot and best camera locations to shoot from. Think about what you'll be shooting and how to go about getting it. It's easy to just turn on the camera and start shooting, but your movie will be much more interesting if you think through the different shots you might get. Put some effort into considering your position. Don't shoot everything at eye level. You video will be boring. Look for high and low angle shots to give a variety to the look of your video. You video will be much more interesting and your audience will appreciate it.