March 28, 2017

10 Steps to create a successful video: Shoot, Edit, Schedule Share

It’s time, all of the Pre-Production has been done and you are all set to film your first show. Don’t be nervous.  If you did your pre-production properly, you are most likely already sick of your idea since you have “watched” the show in your head over 50 times now!  That means you’re ready to film, and film efficiently.

Step 7: Shoot the Program

Set up safely. Run all cords and cables along walls, to avoid trip hazards. Bring gaffers tape and tape down all cables and stands that people might walk on, trip over, or bump into.

Shoot with editing in mind. Be sure to get cutaways.

There are lots of elements involved in the “Production” phase.  Audio, Lighting, Shot Composition, are a few that come to mind.  We’re going to look at several elements of production in the coming Blogs to help break this all down for you.

Step 8: Edit Your Raw Footage

Reserve edit time in advance, then:

  • Log and Transfer your Raw Footage
  • Edit raw video
  • Add titles and credits (Be sure to include credits or thanks to anyone who worked with you, helped you, or provided material or music)
  • Export to a high-resolution HD File (We Prefer the H.264 “.mp4” Video Format)

For more editing tips, read our recent post Efficient Recording Cutting Down on Junk Footage & Editing Time.


Step 9: Schedule your Program to air!

Once your program is complete and fully edited, you’ll want to arrange to have it shown on TV.  Hopefully, you have a Public Access TV Station near you that can assist with getting your message heard.  If not, there are lots of great outlets to get your message heard.  Youtube, Vimeo, and Livestream are available, just to name a few.

Step 10: Publicize Your Program

It’s great that you have created your very first masterpiece.  But now what?  Marketing is the fun part and it’s made even easier with the Social Media resources available at our fingertips!  Do what you can to get the word out about your program. Tell the people who appear in the program, your crew members, friends, family, and co-workers. If you are willing to expend a little more time and effort, you can really pay off with the number of viewers that will watch your program!

That’s it!  As promised I am going to jump into some must-know basics that discuss show composition, audio, and lighting.  Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts!