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- May 13, 2016 at 1:14 AM #90015coolvictorMember
I’m a non-professional video maker and I often shoot and edit video for a sailing community. As I made more and more video, I realized the huge gap between me and professions.
Now I’m practicing my shooting techniques but still I can’t make quick improvement. In order to shoot pro footage, I upgraded my equipment from iPhone to a DC. But it didn’t help a lot.
A friend from studio suggest me to spend more time on practicing editing skills. In his opinion, editing is much much more important than shooting. I’m not so sure that he is right. After all it is the footage itself shows the content and deliver the idea. If editing is the key to a fancy video, than how can an amateur producing professional videos? Most editing tools are not very user-friendly.
I want to quickly improve my production, at least narrow the gap between me and pros. Please help me with some suggestions or comments. Many thanks.
You become a professional when you start getting paid for the work you do. You can be a rubbish untalented professional or a fully competent one. Some are creative and artistic professionals. Editing is simply assembling the excellent images into a coherent narrative. Fancy videos are not a sign of professionalism. Sloppy editing looks awful. Decent editing nobody notices. Camerawork is also down to skill and artistry. I presume ‘DC’ is a digital camera. Learning to compose and frame properly takes time and effort. An iPhone can produce better images than an expensive camera used poorly. Equipment does not make one professional. If I were you, I’d dream up some typical projects, go out and shoot them, then edit them. Editing is equally important as shooting, but either can wreck a project if done poorly. Neither is more important. Good editors can not produce good work with rubbish clips, and excellent clips can be crash edited together.
Your friend from the studio who thinks editing is more important is simply biased. Editors always believe they are the key feature. A group of cameramen will complain about what the editors did with their work. Both will complain about the sound department. This is perfectly normal. Ask a TV director or producer which is most important and they’ll say the entire process!
paulears is correct with every single one of his comments, especially practice, practice and more practice. No one is able to pick up a camera and start turning out professional work right away so grab one, start shooting and start editing. Learn from your mistakes and do another one. Watch movies or tv shows that you like and start analyzing them in every aspect. Good picture and good sound go hand in hand so learn to be able to do both to the best of your abilities. I’ve been doing videos for over 40 years and learn new things almost daily. The day I stop learning is the say that it’s time for me to retire 🙂
I find Sony Vegas, either Movie Studio or Pro, to be very user friendly editing tools so download a trial version of either one (Movie Studio is considerably cheaper and will probably fit your needs very well).
Finally, here’s a video that was produced locally. Watch it and be as surprised as I was when I found out that it was shot on a Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 smartphone. Proof that you don’t need expensive tools to do good video, just a really good eye!
As part of what I do, I take thousands of theatrical photos – a friend of mine takes better pictures with his iPhone – he really has an eye for composition. I wish I had a tenth of his talent. Mine are functional, they do the job, but very, very few are truly wonderful pictures.
Coolvictor, Paulears and rs170a offer some good advice. Good video is a combination of many elements, not just shooting or editing. Lighting, sound, story and audience expectation also contribute to good video. Building good video production skills is challenging when you are working alone, however, Videomaker has a tremendous library of reference articles and videos on how to develop your technique. The video that rs170a provided shows how well a video story can be made with basic equipment. I also have a reference video showing a beautiful video made on an iphone 4. There are also behind the scenes footage showing that it takes a great amount of effort to produce high quality video. Check it out here:
Without seeing your specific issues its hard to offer advice. You mention you are shooting for a sailing community. That could present many challenges if you are trying to shoot on the water. Can you provide some clips and your comments on where you are having problems. Perhaps we can help you out in that way.