3 Easy Tips to Record Videos That Look Professional

3 Easy Tips to Record Videos That Look Professional

Many beginners who are disappointed that their videos don’t look that professional often assume the camera is to blame. However while it is true that professionals often use good cameras, the fact of the matter is that more often than not videos don’t look professional because of technique – rather than the camera itself.

3 Easy Tips to Record Videos That Look Professional

The good news is that there is something that you can do about that – and with these easy tips you could start to record videos that look much more professional:

Keep the camera steady throughout the recording

One of the main culprits that make videos look amateurish is when the camera isn’t kept steady while recording. Not only will this make the video look shaky, but your camera focus may be affected which will cause it to blur and lose definition.

The solution to that is simple: Keep the camera steady. If you have trouble holding the camera steady in your hands, find someplace that you can rest it or use a stand instead.

Make sure the light is good

Professional-looking videos are always shot in good lighting – which generally means that the scene itself should be brightly lit by constant, soft light. To avoid unwanted issues with the contrast you should make sure the light source itself isn’t in the frame or the foreground will appear shadowy and washed out.

Contrary to popular belief it isn’t necessary to invest in professional-quality lighting, and recording outdoors when the sun is out is a good start, or you could find cheap lighting options that would do the job.

Turn on the grid to help frame the video

On most video cameras you should be able to turn on the grid and overlay a 3 by 3 grid on your display. That will help you to frame the scene better using the rule of thirds to align important elements with the gridlines and intersection points.

Even if you don’t want to use the rule of thirds, turning on the grid can be helpful as it will make it easier to ensure that your recording is level and straight. That alone should help your video to look much more professional.

Another factor to keep in mind is that no matter how careful you are when you record your video – it is rarely going to be ‘perfect’. Because of that aside from the tips listed above, it would also help if you were able to edit your videos. While that may not sound easy, you could try using Movavi Video Editor and take advantage of its intuitive and user-friendly approach that will make it much easier than you think.

Armed with the features in Movavi Video Editor you can cut and join video segments, enhance their quality, fix any issues, apply effects and filters, add captions, include audio, and more. All in all by the time you’re done you should end up with a really professional-looking video by using its features alongside the tips listed above.


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21 Replies to “3 Easy Tips to Record Videos That Look Professional”

  1. PrettyMummaSays says: Reply

    Thanks for these tips. They are definitely going to help me. Also, thanks for sharing about the app. Will give it a try soon.

  2. Jhilmil Bhansali says: Reply

    Indeed, Video editing has become so important these days, I ensure the light and grid factors. Movavi video editor sounds user friendly, shall try using it.

  3. Poornima m reddy says: Reply

    These are great tips for shooting great professional type of video.. sharing with budding videographers

  4. Thanks for sharing this Bushra. Quite interesting and very useful for budding photo and video enthusiasts who want to get better

  5. prismaroundgurjeet says: Reply

    Thax’s so much , now my video will look profesprofes with your useful tips .

  6. Siddhi Palande aka book_gobbler says: Reply

    This post comes at the time when I am planning to start my YouTube channel as in start videos for my YouTube channel so I was looking for a guidance in that zone and your post has helped me

  7. littlemissprim says: Reply

    I was gonna start my own YouTube channel in a few days and these tips really helped me gain a better perspective about the things I knew .. thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Deborah Miranda says: Reply

    Wow.. these are some amazing tips..definitely gonna help bringing up my photography skills.

  9. Movavi video editor sounds very interesting never heard about this product before but this is definitely a must try specially for all last influencers who need this on daily basis I think it makes a job easier

  10. Amazing and exciting post. Movavi video Editor looks perfect for the videos. Great read.

  11. jhilmildsaha says: Reply

    I wanted to know about this so much to shoot professional videos. Thanks for the share. It will be really helpful for my youtube videos

  12. Dr.Amrita Basu says: Reply

    Turning on the grid is such a perfect tip.Will be checking out this software.

  13. Princy Khurana says: Reply

    these are some great tips for beginners like me, my videos never look professional and clean. thank you.

  14. The tips sharing for taking good video are just perfect. The points are simple that we tend to forget. Its good to reiterate the points and be aware of it 🙂

  15. Great idea for taking profession video. Tips are simple but we sometimes end up not following. Your article will help recollect and follow in future 🙂

  16. Sharvari Paivaidya Mehan says: Reply

    Good lighting is half battle won. I dint know grid is a good option God videos will try that now.

  17. freemindtree says: Reply

    That’s actually great tips. Number one point is the one that actually i fail in everytime.

  18. These are great tips. Tripod helps in keeping the camera steady throughout. I prefer natural light for photography and videography . Good apps help so much with editing.

  19. Papri Ganguly says: Reply

    Yes. Lighting is very important during the video shoot. I’m in need of good video editing software. Will definitely check out this one.

  20. aritrarelivingdreams says: Reply

    This is a very relevant topics for us bloggers. I always struggle with videos. Thanks for sharing 😊

  21. very handy and easy tips for video making. thanks for helping, i’ll try them next time i’ll make video.

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