Well, last week I shared a couple of podcasts for a social media course. This week I have been tasked with a short work related video. It took me forever to think of a topic that was simple and easy to capture via video. I was in Nanaimo for a conference and was riding my bike to work every day, and one night I saw a Facebook post about ride to work week…and an idea was born.
It took me about an hour to capture some footage and a couple of photos. Since, my videography skills are limited I had to re-shoot a number of sections. I think with more experience it would take less time. Some of the challenges that I encountered were related to basic filming techniques. I used my iPhone and quickly realized that videoing in portrait mode is a big no-no. It doesn’t effectively capture the whole scene and adds narrowing black panels to the side of the video. So… Lesson #1 place your iPhone on it’s side.
A few other challenges came with lighting. Shooting with the sun high in the sky makes things look shadowy or over exposed, but if the sun is a little lower you can get a few artistic shots in. An early morning or evening shoot is best. For editing and voice over I used Movie Maker–which is standard with Windows. I didn’t have time to learn Adobe Premier Pro, but I think it much more powerful for making great edits with more features. But, if you are just keeping it simple then Movie Maker allows you to do voice over and interesting changes to the video.
I must say it was fun to create a video and I’ve set aside some time over the next few weeks to develop my skills. I’d love for you to take a look at my first ever video! I feel like it was a success. Share your thoughts in the comments below.