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Here are a few tips to help you shoot better videos using any small pocket camera.

Aim to shoot plenty of material, use the following tips to help you.

  • Shoot more video than you need
  • Use a tripod or other support
  • Hold shoots in the same place for a minimum of 10 seconds

Composition of shoots

Compose your shots carefully, choose the right shoot type for the situation.

  • Wide
  • Medium
  • Close
There is much more information at the Media College about types of shoot and when to use them
  • Make the shoot interesting, movement is good, a person walking, talking, a sign swinging in the wind, a kettle boiling etc
  • Remember the rule of thirds
  • Always playback your shoot before you finish the field, its much quicker to re-shoot now than later on.

Using a tripod

Using a tripod will give a much more professional look. If you don't have a tripod, putting the camera on a solid flat surface will give you much more professional results.

  • Don't forget you can vary the height of the tripod
  • If you don't have a tripod use a flat surface like a fence post or table
  • Move the camera and tripod rather than use the zoom button
  • Consider buying a gorillapod
Light and shade
  • Always shoot with the sun behind you if possible
  • Watch for your shadow being in the shoot
  • If shooting inside turn all the lights on and try and wait for a bright sunny day
  • Shooting either first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon will often give you the best results

Recording Sound

The Flip Video camera only has a internal mic so audio quality will be worse as you move further away from the camera.

  • Watch out for traffic noise
  • Aeroplanes
  • Switch off mobile phones
  • Avoid rustling clothing
  • Allow gaps of silence between each piece of speaking to camera (this helps later when editing)