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Action cameras are everywhere, but most of our videos could and should be better. Here are seven simple tips that will turn the GoPro footage you capture from dreadful to great.

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QUICK TIPS FOR SHOOTING WITH YOUR PHONE: Discover five quick tips for shooting better video with your smartphone and mobile device.

SEQUENCING: Use your video images like words to create a sequence of images to tell powerful stories.

EDIT AUDIO: Editing the interview can be difficult when your audio is good, it can feel impossible when it's bad. Learn how to fix bad edits when your interview has lots of noise in the background.

STORYTELLING WITH MUSIC: Music in your video is a powerful tool. Use it to set the tone of your story. Discover sources for free and low-cost songs.

USING TITLE TEMPLATES IN PREMIERE PRO CC: Creating title templates for the graphics you use over and over will save time. And it is pretty cool.

LIGHTING: Lighting your video using what you have available on location.

GET GREAT SMARTPHONE AUDIO: Discover the tools you can use to capture better audio when shooting video with your phone.

CREATE A MOBILE VIDEO SETUP: Learn how you can build a mobile video setup for better smartphone audio, lighting and stable shots.

MICROPHONES: Microphone basics: How to get the best audio to tell video stories your audience can hear and understand.

TOUCH TO FOCUS: Learn how to use the manual focus and focus lock to get great shots with your smartphone every time.

FOCAL LENGTH: How to create great looking shots. Composition basics for video.

TRIPOD BASICS:  How to choose the right tripod for shooting your video.

RULE OF THIRDS: See how framing your shot using this simple technique will make a big difference in the quality of your videos.

HOW TO SHOOT YOUR INTERVIEW: Fill the frame with your image. Framing your shot helps your audience understand your story.

HOMEMADE TRIPODS: Tripods from everyday things. How to stabilize your video when you don’t have a tripod.

EDITING WITH PREMIER ELEMENTS - PART 2: Editing interviews and working with audio in Premiere Elements.

CAMERA COMPARISON: What camera is best for your web video? A side-by-side comparison of six types of common video cameras.

CHOOSING A CAMERA: How do you choose the best camera for you? The questions you need to answer before you buy.

EDITING WITH PREMIER ELEMENTS - PART 1: Get started editing with Adobe's Premier Elements.

EDITING WITH PREMIER ELEMENTS - PART 3: Adding and inserting video footage into your timeline with Premiere Elements.

SKIP THE CAMERA FILTERS: Shoot your footage without the color and effects available in your camera. Shoot it clean and add the effects in editing.

MAKE A SOFTLIGHT: A quick and easy way to create a softlight for great interview lighting.

DON'T USE THE DIGITAL ZOOM: If your camera has a digital zoom, turn it off. Learn why you should not use the digital zoom.

CREATE VIDEO GRAPHICS WITH POWERPOINT: Using PowerPoint to create full-screen graphics is a cheap and easy way to dress up your video.

SOFT SELL: Want to brand your company through video? Try the soft sell. Learn how the Outdoor clothing company Filson uses images and personal stories to connect with their customers.

STORYTELLING: How to capture attention before your audience clicks away.

STORYTELLING: Begin at the end. Know where you are going before you start shooting.

STORYTELLING: Every story needs a hero. Who is the hero in your video?

STORYTELLING: The best videos are about people, not things. Humanize your story.

STORYTELLING: How to get the most from your web videos.

STORYTELLING: What are the best ways to make your videos relevant, engaging and discoverable?

STORYTELLING: Discover how to create an "ah-hah moment" that drives your story and leads to your intended outcome.

STORYTELLING: Basic rules of video storytelling

FAMILY VIDEOS: If you are capturing a family event, you need to get ask questions on camera.

BRAND VIDEOS: Protecting the brand identity of your company and organization with your web videos.

WEDDINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS: How to best capture an event.

TIMECODE: What is timecode and why should it matter to you?

FLIP CAM: GoPro, Bloggies, Playtouch and Flip: Getting the most from your pocket camera. How to shoot with your point-and-shoot camera.

PROTECT YOUR CAMERA FROM RAIN & SNOW: Here's a simple way to keep you camera dry when the weather turns foul.

WEB CAMERAS: Learn how to get the most from your web camera.

PRESENTATION: Live broadcast of Drew Keller's simple tips for creating better video stories.

Learning how to edit can be a very daunting experience. The icons and functions are confusing and the process feels really counterintuitive. Just getting started can be overwhelming. Don't give up. Here on StoryGuide we have created extensive tutorials on the most popular entry-level editing software, including Sony Vegas and iMovie. Learning how to edit your video will take you movies from unwatchable to enjoyable. It takes practice to master the tool.  If you go one step at a time you can quickly learn the basics.

EDITING WITH PREMIER ELEMENTS - PART 1:

Get started editing with Adobe's Premier Elements.

 

EDITING WITH PREMIER ELEMENTS - PART 2:

Editing interviews and working with audio in Premiere Elements.

 

EDITING WITH PREMIER ELEMENTS - PART 3:

Adding and inserting video footage into your timeline with Premiere Elements.

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