How to Professionally Videotape Yourself

June 6, 2018

 

Since the introduction of smart phone and tablets, the industry has changed.  It used to be that you had to pay thousands for a great video…and truth be told…in some cases, I wish many speakers still would.  But, there are ways to get a professional look pretty affordable.  See this camera here:  It’s a Canon EOS.  The picture is beautiful if you’re shooting a talking head because I’m using a 52 mm lens (sold separately.) I love this camera because its high def, you need some lighting, but not very much and the image is gorgeous.  It costs around $500 with the lens.  The problem is this – the audio sucks!  You’ll sound like you are in a cave.  I’ve used a couple of mics that I’ll list below – and they are okay for a website video --  but the only time I’ve gotten great audio using this camera is when I’ve hired a professional audio producer – which costs.   If you just want to reach out to your audience and say “Hi, looking forward to meeting you at the XYZ conference, then use this canon or a similar XLR camera.  If you want to say hello on Facebook or be more friendly, then choose a white background or get a neutral room divider and use your smart phone or tablet on a tripod.  Make sure that there is NO NOISE or strange distractions like photos in the background or a smoke detector beeping.  And don’t shoot it outside.

 

The audio is pretty good on these smart devices for “Hello, there” videos, but to get a professional look and sound, I still suggest your hire a professional.  But, remember everyone who says they are a professional – may NOT be.  I’ve had some bad experiences! Another important thing…if you don’t want to make video editing your second career, just use someone else. Editing takes a while.  So,  choose your time and resources wisely when videoing yourself.  In summary:

  1.  Make sure your video is clear

  2. Make sure your audio is clear

Then to add a more professional touch with your open, credits (where appropriate) and how to get in touch with you.

 

And finally, if you’re at an event speaking, either hire a professional to video tape you (you don’t want to have to be worrying about this) or get the client too.

 

And remember, SPEAK FROM YOUR HEART BUT BE BUSINESS SMART.

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