Do you find that the quality of the videos that you record leaves a lot to be desired? Mediocre quality videos can stick out like a sore thumb – and for all the wrong reasons.
The good news is that it really isn’t all that difficult to improve the quality of your videos and make sure it is exceptional – and there are three simple ways that you can do that:
- Increase the resolution and the frame rate of the camera
Both the resolution and the frame rate that you record at have a huge impact on the quality of the video. A higher resolution will provide better definition, and you should try to record at 1080p (i.e. 1920×1080) at least.
On the other hand although a frame rate of 30 or higher is acceptable, try to record at 60 frames per second if possible. The difference that the frame rate makes to how smooth and fluid your video looks will be readily apparent.
- Make sure the video camera is stable and steady
Before you start rolling, make sure your video camera is stable and steady as even small bits of camera shake can affect the video quality. The ‘best’ method to hold your video camera will depend on the type that you’re using, but as a general rule you should grip it with both hands and keep your elbows close to your side for additional support.
Alternatively you may want to try using a tripod stand when recording your video. It will act as a stable base, and as an added bonus it will make it easier for you to pan the video gradually – which is important to maintain its quality as well.
- Find the right light to record great videos
Lighting is inseparable from video quality, and will make a world of difference. Ideally you should try to make sure there is plenty of soft light, i.e. light that is diffused and evenly illuminates the subject.
If you’re recording indoors you might want to consider setting up a basic three point lighting solution. On the other hand if you’re recording outdoors you should try recording when the sky is slightly overcast or during the ‘golden’ hour just after dawn or just before sunset.
Try to avoid fluorescent lighting, or the intense and direct midday sun.
Another key point worth noting is that the audio quality that you record is part and parcel of your video, and will reflect on its quality too. If it isn’t satisfactory you should consider removing it during post-production and replacing it with a new audio track. For example you could use Movavi Video Editor and follow the instructions at www.movavi.com/support/how-to/how-to-remove-audio-from-video.html.
By following each of the steps listed above you should see a notable improvement in your video quality. Just remember to encode it using the right settings as well, as it would be a shame to record videos with exceptional quality only for them to be affected by the wrong encoding settings.