In spite of the fact you can’t produce quality videos and films without high end equipment, the truth is that you don’t really need to have an astronomical budget in order to achieve this goal. However, the video production process is not exactly easy mainly because you will be faced with several problems on the set once you start shooting the video. While you can’t avoid all of these issues – think what will happen if the main actor gets sick for instance – most problems can be averted if you are farsighted. Let’s explore the most common problems that may arise and what you can do to fix them.
- The video exceeds 1:30 minutes
As a rule of thumb, the longer the video, the less inclined the viewer wants to watch it. Frankly, you can’t blame them since most videos that exceed their designated time frame are filled with superfluous comments and irrelevant content. Fixing this implies creating a list of the facts that you want in your video and leave it to the production company to edit them properly.
- Mediocre cutaways
Although you’re trying to provide your viewers with as much info as necessary in a short period of time, abrupt leaps from text with music to graphics with a voice-over will ultimately result in a chaotic and difficult to follow video. Not to mention that there’s also the risk of slipping some unwanted sounds or pictures in your capture. This is why you should always tape several extra footages, so you have something efficient to patch up the aforementioned errors.
- Confusing storyline
The fact that you know all the ins and outs of your product doesn’t automatically mean your audience is familiar with them as well. Jumping from concept to concept or using acronyms nobody has heard of are surefire ways to determine viewers to skip your video. This is why the importance of coming up with a clear, concise and comprehensive storyline before entering the actual production phase cannot be stressed enough.
- Inappropriate lighting
In the event that you don’t have the appropriate amount of lighting on the set, then chances are that the computer will interpret different colors as similar during the post-production phase. The worst part is that this problem can’t really be addressed during the editing phase, even if you add more light to the picture. Luckily, this predicament can be resolved by attaching an extra light to the camera. However, keep in mind that this solution only applies to close-up shooting (up to 6 feet away from the lens).
- Wobbly imaging
While on the set the video you’re filming might look good, chances are the camera is not steady if you’re holding it in your hands. Even though for the untrained eye things look perfectly normal, the wobbly images will become noticeable when you will sit down to edit the video. Without denying that you can correct the unsteady imaging during the post-production phase, don’t forget that you’ll need a top of the line computer and a lot of patience. This is also why you should seriously consider investing in a tripod.
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