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Below you will find a series of videos and tutorials that will help you with storytelling and video production.
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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.
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.
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: Discover how to create an "ah-hah moment" that drives your story and leads to your intended outcome.
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.
Storytelling and Scripting
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.
|Capturing Video to Sony Vegas Movie Studio - Tutorial|
|Making your first edit in Sony Vegas Movie Studio - Tutorial|
|Managing Video Tracks and Layers in Vegas Movie Studio - Tutorial|
|Adding and Changing Transitions in Vegas Movie Studio - Tutorial|
|Adding Titles, Captions & Credits in Vegas Movie Studio - Tutorial|
|Adding Visual Effects in Sony Vegas Movie Studio - Tutorial|
|Creating Speed Effects (Slo motion | Speed ramp | Freeze frame) - Tutorial|
|Publishing your movie with Sony Vegas Movie Studio - Tutorial|
Get started editing with Adobe's Premier Elements.
Editing interviews and working with audio in Premiere Elements.
Adding and inserting video footage into your timeline with Premiere Elements.
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