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10 tips to make a good travel video
New technologies allow us to remember our best travel experiences through the photos and videos that we upload to social networks. They're free, and they don't collect dust on shelves or take up space in drawers. It is without a doubt the best way to immortalize our vacations.
The photos require technique and good work, but the videos require a little more work and planning. In this article, I am going to give you some simple but very important tips so that you can make a good travel video of your next trip.
Tips to make a good travel video
Define the format of your video
Decide what kind of video you want to make. How long is it going to last, theme, style and content? Design a rundown of your future documentary. Get inspired by the YouTube channels of other travelers to get ideas.
Choose your equipment
A good team does not have to involve a large investment. Technology allows us to have great cameras at affordable prices, but a few more things are needed if we want to make great videos. A video is about image and sound. Therefore the audio is fundamental.
A microphone is essential if we also want to be the presenters of our documentaries or include interviews. A good image is not easily achieved, but a tripod or gimbal will help us a lot to get that perfect shot. Therefore, a complete film crew must consist of a camera, microphone and tripod.
Investigate if you can film
You want to make a video about the imperial palaces of Vienna, and there you discover that it is forbidden to film inside. You have planned an audiovisual guide to Stockholm, but that weekend it is raining all the time and at four in the afternoon it is dark.
You have everything ready to film the craft markets of the Magical Towns of Mexico and when you visit them, it is not market day. You intend to fly your drone in the Sahara desert and when you enter Morocco, they detain it because they are prohibited. All these situations are avoided by researching before the trip.
Filming takes time
Just as a good photographer takes his time before taking the shot, a good filmmaker needs it too. Even the smallest object, you have to film all its angles and take several shots. Make many different planes from each other. It avoids that all the images always look the same, even from the same place.
Film enough materials
The technique known as I record everything and then I put something together is a big mistake that never leads to a good video. You have to record the images and the places you need to mount your documentary based on the script you have created. Once you have those essential images, all the extra shots are welcome. There are never too many.
Pay attention to details
There is a tendency among travel video enthusiasts to shoot wide shots and camera movement. The detailed shots that capture the smallest of the greatness of things and the fixed shots in which the camera remains still cannot be missing from a good travel documentary. Do not forget the resource shots, shots of everyday things in a place, which in editing are essential to dress the video well.
Be careful with the sound
If we want to capture the ambient sound, be the presenters of the documentary or do interviews. First, you have to know the audio features of your equipment, for which it is necessary to have done sound tests before. You must avoid speaking in places with traffic, wind, waterfalls, and construction sites during the filming.
Ues short shots
Do not edit very long shots. If it is a fixed shot in three seconds, there is plenty of time to see it and if it is in motion for more than five seconds, it begins to be long. Therefore, it is very important to have filmed many different shots during the trip.
Make sure the audio works well
The audio must accompany the image. No need to use invasive tunes. Neutral melodies are better than a musical hit. If we need several audio tracks at the same time (narrator voice and background melody), we must adjust the volume well so that they are synchronized and one track does not invade the other. Remember always to use music without copyright so that you do not have rights claims.
The best transition is the one that is not put on
The pre-configured templates and transitions of the editing programs are horrible and destroy the videos. The best transition is the one that is not put on. That is, one take gives way to the next. A fade of two images or a fade to black can add value to the video if we use them at the right time, but other more "artistic" transitions are to send them to the trash and never recycle them.
Nowadays, social networks are tools used by millions of users worldwide. Through YouTube, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, and many other applications, people exhibit their lives either by uploading photos or videos accompanied by texts and personal reflections. When going on vacation, these types of publications tend to be accentuated as users want to share everything they have experienced with their loved ones.Even those have become travel influencers by sharing their experiences and recommending different sites and important places around the world. If you want to become one of them, apply these tips to make a good travel video.