Video review questions (making them)

Video review questions (making them)

ScottA ScottA
For those who post video reviews, what do you use to make them equipment wise?

I would imagine that you probably write out a script as well, but how do you handle it? Printed? On-screen?

Any other tips?
09/02/2010
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Jul!a Jul!a
I normally use my webcam to make them, but I've also used the video feature on my cheapy digital camera too.

As far as a script, I've tried to make myself an outline to follow, as a lot of other video reviewers have had great success keeping on track that way, but I always end up running through the video like I'm trying to explain the toy to a friend or something.

Just try to pretend you're explaining the toy or whatever you're reviewing to somebody in person that you're comfortable with rather than focusing on the fact that it's a video that lots of people are going to see. I find that helps me relax a bit more a focus more on not stammering too much.
09/02/2010
gone77 gone77
I don't script my videos and I use a Sony Cybershot. It's not great and I'm thinking about getting a good webcam that films.
09/02/2010
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I use my digital camera on the video setting or, if I can get good lighting, our camcorder. Oddly, the digital camera works better. Go figure.

I rarely script anything and have found it's often easier to just babble and then edit later - trying to script I come across as too rehearsed and also mess up a lot, requiring a lot of takes.
09/02/2010
Rockin' Rockin'
I use my digital camera's video function, and a Joby gorillapod (tripod).

I don't use a script. I've tried having a short bulleted list open on my monitor (which I face when I've done videos), but I think I do better without it. Instead of a script, I'll do a run-through two or three times, covering anything I think I might want to say (just talking with the camera there, but not recording). By the second or third time, I have a better feel of what I should cover, what I should leave out, how to phrase certain things, etc. It also helps my get any nervousness out of the way, so I don't fidget with the toy as much when I'm actually recording. I agree with Ju!ia that it's good to pretend that you're talking to one person because when people watch, they'll often be watching alone, so you'll come off more personable. ^_^
09/02/2010
Sammi Sammi
I use a JVC video camera with a hard drive, then dump up the raw shoot and edit with either iMovie or Final Cut. I sometimes have a script, or an outline to make sure I cover everything I want to, printed out. Any extra pictures/intro vids I add to the beginning, then just add the titles while editing.

Usually, the raw footage is way too long, so cutting them to 3 minutes or under can be a challenge
09/02/2010
Tuesday Tuesday
I use the webcam that's built into my laptop. I used to prepare a list of items to cover, but now I just wing it. Then I use Windows Live Movie Maker to edit.
09/02/2010
buzzvibe buzzvibe
Quote:
Originally posted by Tuesday
I use the webcam that's built into my laptop. I used to prepare a list of items to cover, but now I just wing it. Then I use Windows Live Movie Maker to edit.
Yeah, that. Only I'm on a MacBook, so I use iMovie.
09/04/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
My video camera, a JVC Everio, works best, but I just did a video using my webcam because I wanted to see what I was filming on my screen.

I rehearse a little in my head, then just go for it. I use Windows Live movie maker to edit also.
09/04/2010
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