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Old 02-11-06, 03:31 PM   #1
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Cool Promo Video Do's and Dont's

Just got a digital video camera and am going to make a promo video. What are the things that I should make sure to put on the promo video and things that I should not do on a promo video. Thanks alot.

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Old 02-12-06, 09:07 AM   #2
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Default Its been covered before

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Use the search function, Look up video, or promo video.
'Theres a fair bit of stuff scattered about.
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Include shots of happy audiences. The segments of straight routines that you "like", cut them in half. Focus on moments of laughter, shock, or whatever, where agents can see the audience loving what you deliver.
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Mr. trix nailed it -- short routines, lots of cuts to audiences...brilliant!
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Never put your contact info on it!
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Old 02-12-06, 02:34 PM   #6
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Old 04-01-06, 11:44 PM   #7
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Default SHOOT GOOD VIDEO

No. I'm not kidding. Shoot good video.

Sounds so overly simple but you wouldn't believe the number of people out there who can entertain ANYONE...but there video looks like crap.

My bachelors degree is specifically in television production. I've seen a TON of crap video before.

Here are some tips for you...

Make sure your shots are lined up correctly. Don't be too tight when you need to be wide or vice/versa.

Make sure your shots are IN FOCUS. (again, no lie.)

Make sure the subjects head isn't CUT OFF.

Make sure whatever you record you leave PAD. (Pad - that means record 5-10 seconds PRIOR to the action starting, and 5-10 seconds AFTER the action has ended) Pad give you time to edit cleanly and allow time for dissolves, and other transitions.

Make sure you can SEE the subject. LIGHTING IS GOOD. If you're onstage - light it right. If you're outside keep the sun behind the camera operator (or at a slight angle behind the camera).

Hold shots steady. For the love of everything holy, use a tripod when you can.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST - if you are TALKING make SURE the camera can hear you. If that means using a mic to project your voice, or a mic that runs straight to the camera (either wired or wireless) DO IT.

There is NO excuse for poor sound quality.

Good luck with your video! It's one of the funnest things I've done in my business.

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