How to Film HD Videos

How to Film HD Videos for YouTube?

How to film HD videos for your YouTube channel. The important thing you need to remember is that you have to have good lighting, a decent camera, and a decent editing software that can render your videos efficiently without compromising its quality. I’m not an expert on this subject matter, my husband usually worries about these things for me, but I want to share what we do and what we use to come up with my videos.

EQUIPMENT

The equipment I use to film HD videos are not that fancy. These things help me film with great lighting despite being in a very small room with no open window available for day time lighting. These also allow me to film any time of the day. Here’s a list of names and their prices, plus a link to where we got them, simply click on the picture.

1. Ravelli ALS Full 10′ Air Cushioned Light Stand

The air cushion prevents the stand from sliding even if the locks are loosened.

Price: $31.16 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping.

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2. Opteka 45-inch Translucent/Satin Photographic Lighting Umbrella with Removable Black Cover

The removable black cover adds versatility and convenience to this umbrella.

Price: $14.95

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3.  Photography Studio Softbox Photo Boom Arm Sand Bag

This is a versatile stand that you can use for the hair light, an external microphone, or extra lighting.

Price: $26.91

 

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4. 110V, 60W-150W, 5500K Photo Bulb Studio Video Photography Daylight Light Lamp E26

We have two of these daylight bulbs and they are enough to give great lighting when I film late at night and when I zoom in with my 14-42 mm lens that lets in limited light as it zooms.

Price: $12.60

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5. Neewer New Studio AC Socket Light Stand Mount Umbrella Holder

This holds the umbrella and attaches it to the stand.

Price: $9.99

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6. CHROMO Lighting 160-LED Light Lamp 4 Camera Video Camcorder Hot Shoe Filter NEW

This is optional, but it adds drama to the video and luminosity.

Price: $30.45 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping

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7. 24″ 60cm Portable 5 in 1 Translucent, Silver, Gold, White, and Black Collapsible Round Multi Disc Light Reflector

Price: $7.13

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8. Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone

Price: $17.17

CAMERA AND LENSES

We use a Panasonic GH1 with a 50 mm Prime lens and a 14-42 lens.

A prime lens has bigger aperture so even though I zoom in on a certain area, the lighting isn’t compromised. The problem with it is if you are filming in small spaces, it’s hard to get a wider view and you need to manually focus it. So, for makeup tutorials, I can zoom in on my eyes but I have to minimize moving drastically or else I will be out of focus without knowing it.

As for the 14-42 lens, this is what we use majority of the time, but it gets challenging when I zoom it in because less light comes through since it doesn’t have a fixed aperture like most zoom lenses. It has automatic focus though and it captures videos really well, so this is where my lighting equipment becomes really handy to compensate.

FILMING YOUR VIDEO

Here are some tips that I can share from experience:

  1. Familiarize yourself with your camera. Read the manual, watch tutorials on how to maximize its features. This will really help you get more out of it and film HD videos with ease.
  2. Set up a filming area. This is especially helpful to beauty vloggers who do makeup tutorials, hauls, etc. This saves a lot of time because you just sit in front of your set up and film.
  3. Minimize distractions in your video.
  4. Keep the length under 10 minutes. According to research, average viewers’ attention span decreases after 10 minutes. (I really need to start doing this!)
  5. Bring out your personality more because this helps your viewers relate more to you and prevents them from closing the window before the video is over. (LOL)

EDITING SOFTWARE

I use Cyberlink Power Director, the second to the latest version. I like it because it’s user friendly. Although the effects are minimal, it’s the only thing I can use without giving myself a headache. It also renders videos really fast with a preview option. I produce it as MPEG4 customized for YouTube in 1080 px. This allows me to have high quality videos without dealing with a really large file that takes forever to upload. Rendering your videos in 1080 px will compensate for the processing it will go through once you upload it on YouTube.

That’s all i can share on how to film HD videos. I hope this was helpful and don’t forget to share this to friends or family, or anyone you think is interested. I would really appreciate it!

Watch me talk about how to film HD videos below and see the difference good lighting can do to a video, and how it makes your location and amount of space,  irrelevant. I film in a small office room and it’s pretty crowded with all the gear we use!

 

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  1. Sharon Yoon (Reply) on Monday 18, 2013

    Thank you SOOOOOO much for this!!!
    I’m still new on youtube, so I was COMPLETELY clueless on how to make a good video since I’m also NOT tech savvy, but when I came across your video, you’ve answered all my questions so THANK YOU!!!!!