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Like what right now on the spot, what's the best tip to making videos? – Don't delete the channel (mellow music) – One of the most important things is just getting the shot

So no matter what phone you have, what camera you have, the important thing is, actually just get some video That's a thing right there Moving up to a camera with full manual control and interchangeable lenses, though, can make a big difference The camera we're using is the Sony A6300 While it is a little bit pricey, you do get a lot of really nice features, including a small body, and most importantly, a really nice looking 4K image

One of the big advantages of shooting with a DSLR or a mirrorless camera are those interchangeable lenses So right now, we're shooting on a very wide 10mm lens, however move over to the Sigma 35mm lens, and we're getting a completely different look So the background is much more compressed, and we're getting a shallower depth of field Now the actual look you wanna go for is completely up to you, but the ability to change lenses can make a huge difference to your shot Shutter speed is also important

Since video is nothing more than a series of still frames played back quickly to make it look like there's actual motion, having a little bit of blur in between the individual frames helps to really sell the effect So typically you want to shoot at a shutter speed that is double your frame rate For example, if you're shooting at 30 frames per second, you want a 1/60 shutter Same thing if you're shooting 24 like we are right now, you want 1/48 or 1/50 on the shutter to give a nice, smooth effect This is what you don't want to do

So we're now shooting at 1/500 of a second shutter, and as you can see, the effect is a little bit choppy It's just not a smooth video look Next, we have aperture This is simply how much light the lens is letting into the camera So a wider open aperture means that you're collecting more light, but it also means that you're getting a shallower depth of field

By closing down the aperture like we've done here, we're letting a lot less light into the sensor Now that can be helpful on a bright day like today However on the flip side, that means that pretty much everything is going to be in focus Next up is ISO This is digital gain, so you can think of it like the brightness filter in Photoshop

You can turn it up and you're going to get a brighter image, however, typically that means you're going to also trade off with noise in a darker area Lower ISOs are basically always better, but sometimes you just don't have a choice So with a newer camera like this A6300, you're getting the ability to shoot in fairly low light and with a really clean image Yeah, I didn't even have a camera when I first started making videos I took screenshots from my iPod and I did app reviews

So I didn't actually have a camera until probably like six months into my channel You get started, that's the most important part All the crazy, fancy, expensive gear in the world will not make the video for you You still have to do it yourself – Skills will come with practice

– Absolutely I'm staring at the microphone right now Something else that's important is audio So while if you have good audio, most people probably aren't going to notice However, if you have bad audio, it's basically a deal breaker

To get better audio, you really do need to get an external microphone So this is what the in-built mic on the A6300 sounds like It's sort of decent, but it's really not ideal Now you're hearing me on the RODE VideoMic Go This is an inexpensive mic that makes a huge difference, and it'll go on pretty much any camera that has a mic jack

Another option is to use Voice Memos on your smartphone Now this might seem a little bit goofy, however it actually works surprisingly well Now you are going to need to do a little bit of work to sync the audio after the fact in editing, however it can sound way, way better than your camera If you really wanna go crazy, you can get a shotgun microphone So this is going to get you the best quality, however it also means that you need to plug it into either a camera with XLR ports, or an external audio recorder

No matter what you're using for audio, you want to be mindful of levels Levels, levels, levels, levels So if it's too loud, you're never gonna get that audio back However, if it's a little bit too quiet, you can always bring it up a little bit in editing And editing is one of the most important parts of making a video

So there are a lot of different editing softwares that you can use, but these are some of my favorites A great option is DaVinci Resolve Now this actually started out as a color grading tool, however, they've since added a lot of great editing features And the best part is, not only is it free, but it works on both Windows and Mac Another great option on the Mac side is iMovie

Not only is it free, but it's a lot easier to use Especially if you're new to video editing, this is a great place to start Stepping it up, we have Adobe Premiere, which works on both Windows and Mac Now this is a lot more advanced You're getting more tools, but it's going to cost you

Last but not least, we have Final Cut Pro X, which is what I use to edit all of my videos Now this is Mac only, however the advantage is that the performance is second to none Once you get into editing, you're probably gonna want graphics, and that's where GraphicStock comes in, who were awesome enough to sponsor this video For example, the beginning of this video was shot in San Francisco So, I can go to GraphicStock and pick out a royalty free image to use in my video, without needing to worry about copyright

There's more to it than just stock photos, as well GraphicStock has tons of other options, including illustrations and vectors, which are perfect for video If you're getting into video, you should definitely check out GraphicStock at the link in the description, or by going to graphicstockcom/youtube to get a free, seven day trial You can get up to 140 free pieces of content, so you might as well give it a try

Hopefully you found this helpful If you did, make sure to drop a like on the video, and I will catch you in the next one

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