Many of us find taking pictures and shooting video enjoyable. And often use every opportunity to flex our video production prowess: a casual get-together, family outing, friend’s party, birthday bash, etc. With many digital and technological advancements, shooting videos has become really easy. In fact anyone with a smartphone can record a video.

Although, the end result of shooting a video using using a phone will often vary depending on the user’s skill level. Luckily, there are many tools that can help turn ordinary videos to lively beautiful creations. Read on to find out how to use video production skills to push your video shooting hobby to new creative heights.

First bit of advice, ditch the smartphone and invest in a solid video camera.

A video camera is the basic tool that’s needed from the start. Many video cameras are available on the market, and each one varies in price. Every video camera includes a wide range of features, which dictate the kind of video quality it is able to record. These days, digital video cameras are the norm, and are most often recommended by pros. For best quality visuals, high definition cameras reign supreme, and are the go-to tool for recording professional looking videos.

Once a great video camera is secured, it’s time to get a trusty computer.

A mid to high-range PC is recommended. A lot of great editing software needs to run on solid hardware, to work without a hitch. Investing in a newer video card, along with a flexible motherboard, efficient CPU and lots of RAM is a must for extensive editing. Next comes a dependable DVD burner, to be used to make copies of all the necessary files. Also, on the subject of files: a large storage space will come in handy when saving a lot of video files – high quality video files may take up to 2 gigabytes or more.

Camera, checked. Computer, checked. Now it’s time to choose a video production software.

Just like cameras, video editing software offers a lot of choice, at varied pricing. Inexpensive, simple to use software packages are most beneficial to newbies. Knowing the subject matter and the type of videos to be recorded, will often dictate the type of features and tools the software needs. Once the terminology and the user interface is mastered, it’s time to move onto more technical and advanced programs. A quick search of popular free programs may shorten the trial stage, and save some headache at a later time. Many software companies also offer free trials to those interested, and often only require a quick registration of an email or username.

Before starting to roll, it’s smart to secure some useful equipment for the road ahead. A video camera bag will come in handy when transporting the most important tool of the trade. An external microphone will pick up every bit of sound. And a trusty camera tripod will assure many smooth takes.

Good luck and many award-winning payoffs!

Author: Tomasz Juszkiewicz