We all like to engage with emotion and I believe moving pictures coupled with sound can set a mood far better than still images. I love it because it creates a whole new level of detail and interaction. It makes the webisphere more personal in a way. The video above is a clip that I created for my new website. And no you are not crazy…It has no sound…because I have a song playing on the site where it’s viewed. Check it out in action HERE. Videos seem to be the hot new thing lately!
I have had this 5D Mark II camera literally for YEARS and never did much video with it. It’s designed for still photographs but also has a high definition video element to it. I feel ashamed that I have not used it more because a lot of professional videographers even use it. WHAT AM I DOING!! I need to be experimenting with it more. I don’t have much experience with video, so I started out by just filming around my office. Practicing a bit. Focusing things and unfocusing things. I tried a few different techniques like panning across print materials, zooming in and out, etc. Those gray stripes that fly across the screen are actually gray striped walls in my living room. I desired an abstract effect to break up the other clips and that striped wall worked perfectly. I just had to get creative with what I had.
And then comes the editing!! iMovie is a pretty basic and standard program. It’s basic enough for me and that’s all I want. iMovie is nothing that the professionals use…everybody has it…but I had never used it none-the-less. So, I went to youtube and searched for basic tutorials. #ilovetheINFORMATIONage. They were GREAT!! They helped me get started and then from there I began to learn on my own. I think the trick to making short clips is knowing and understanding the mood and flow that you desire to achieve before just jumping in to edit. You also want to choose the right music and time things so it matches the vibe of the song that you chose.
Cheers to giving videos a try!! Have you experienced much with video? Or want to? I use my iPhone a lot too. IF you decide to try a video post it up here in the comments. We would all love to check it out!