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  • - What's up, everybody?

  • Peter Mickinnon here, and today

  • we're talking about five ways

  • to instantly make better videos.

  • (cool rock music)

  • Welcome back, everybody, to another episode of

  • whatever it is that we're doing here.

  • I wanna tell you guys about five ways

  • to instantly make better videos

  • that you can start doing today.

  • They don't require money,

  • it doesn't require buying extra gear.

  • They're just five things that you can do,

  • five things that you can think about,

  • just to instantly up that quality,

  • up that video game quality.

  • Not the actual video games, we're talking about video,

  • like your game in, you get it.

  • Number one, lighting.

  • Okay, lighting is the most important thing

  • when it comes to photography, cinematography,

  • film, videos, photos.

  • Lighting controls all.

  • I'm not just talking about forced lighting,

  • or stuff that we're gonna set up,

  • or lights that we have to buy,

  • or DIY lighting setups, outdoor light,

  • just lighting as a whole,

  • be it that it's from natural light,

  • or that it's from something that you've bought

  • that you've set up in-studio,

  • nailing that and locking that down

  • is one of the most important aspects

  • of what it is that we're doing here.

  • And I've mentioned this before,

  • window light is the best light for run-and-gun,

  • get-it-done, have it look amazing, reliable.

  • You wanna shoot near a window, okay?

  • So, for instance, watch this.

  • Now, this is a great example of good window light.

  • The window is literally right here.

  • It's a nice, soft light coming in.

  • It's not too harsh, but it illuminates me nicely,

  • makes me nice and clear,

  • which means it's easy for you to understand,

  • and concentrate, and focus on

  • what it is that I'm saying.

  • Now, because this shot is so clean,

  • and the light is so even on my face,

  • it really gives me a good, wide range of capabilities

  • when it comes to color correcting this footage

  • and grading it, because it's lit so evenly and so nice.

  • Opposed to if I moved away from the window

  • in this same room,

  • you can see how that light loss is significantly different.

  • It's much darker over here,

  • which means you're gonna lose detail,

  • it's gonna look a little bit more muddy,

  • opposed to just standing close to the window

  • and having the whole scene well-lit.

  • This is also, this clip right here,

  • is gonna be more difficult to color grade,

  • and it's probably gonna come out

  • a little bit more grainy because

  • we don't have enough light on the image as a whole.

  • You see what a difference that makes?

  • We're in the same room right now,

  • lit by window light,

  • but just by moving closer to it,

  • or moving further away, or shooting in the corner of a room

  • opposed to closer to the window

  • makes all the difference in how the quality

  • is gonna be perceived in your videos.

  • And the same thing goes for if you're actually

  • setting up studio lights or using the light

  • that's just in your ceiling.

  • The difference is substantial.

  • If you wanna see more on how to do a DIY lighting setup,

  • I'll link the video below that I did.

  • Super budget, you can go to Home Depot,

  • buy everything you need for less than $50.

  • But being able to lock that down

  • and just think about where you wanna shoot in your house,

  • where you wanna shoot in whatever building

  • that you're in ahead of time,

  • it's gonna make your videos easier to watch,

  • it's gonna make that color grading easier.

  • The overall outlook of your videos

  • will be tenfold better

  • if you just think about the lighting first.

  • Use those windows.

  • Point number two is proper music and sound.

  • Now, don't worry, I get asked about 500 times a day

  • where I find my music, how I get music for my videos.

  • I'm going to do an entire video on that,

  • so don't worry guys, it's coming.

  • However, having the proper music and sound effects

  • will 100% change the way people view

  • and see your videos, yourself included.

  • If you use the wrong track for some incredible footage,

  • that footage could be very well perceived as

  • not as good, or not as epic, or not as sad.

  • It's all in the song choice.

  • If you've got some home footage

  • of a baby crawling across the floor

  • and it's some gangster rap,

  • probably not gonna set the tone as well

  • as something a little more family-friendly.

  • And vice-versa, that works as well.

  • If we've got footage of an R8 ripping down the streets,

  • or some people skateboarding,

  • some soft, happy piano might not be the way to go.

  • So song choice is a huge factor

  • when you're thinking about your videos.

  • If it's a cheesy song, your footage is gonna be viewed,

  • and the piece as a whole,

  • is gonna be viewed as cheesy.

  • (cheesy music)

  • If it's a really, really epic song,

  • but the footage doesn't match the epicness of the music,

  • then you're gonna have a disconnect.

  • (epic music)

  • That brings me to my next point is,

  • you wanna actually edit to the music.

  • A lot of times, in music,

  • there are some incredible things that happen audibly.

  • If you match the visuals to the audio,

  • you can enhance that tenfold.

  • It's one thing to have great music,

  • it's one thing to edit to the beat,

  • but when you have sounds of the forest,

  • or if you have the ambient noises of cars going,

  • or you have that egg cracking,

  • the typing, the shuffling of cards, paper being ripped,

  • it doesn't matter.

  • When you have those extra ambient sound effects

  • on top of the great music and great footage,

  • it's the full package, it's the full experience.

  • They're things that are often overlooked,

  • but having proper sound effects makes all the difference.

  • Okay, so what I've done here

  • to show you an example real quick

  • is plug this Road Video Micro.

  • I've mounted it to this external monitor arm

  • that I've clamped to the desk.

  • So in a second, I'm gonna bring that camera closer

  • and plug this directly in,

  • to give me a more rich sound source

  • to show and prove a point to how much better

  • even something random and mundane

  • or normal of a task can sound a lot better

  • when you have good, rich audio to it.

  • Now I'll show you a few of the same clips,

  • but without a microphone to show you that

  • you don't have as much immersion

  • into the clip that you're watching

  • when it does sound as rich.

  • Point number three is learning your software.

  • Look up tutorials, watch different videos,

  • attend seminars, buy training, find training, free training,

  • friends that know how to use the program better than you,

  • ask questions, do everything that you can

  • to learn that software,

  • because that's only gonna help you

  • when you're shooting in the field,

  • and what I mean by that is

  • you wanna plan those shots ahead of time,

  • so that you know how you're gonna edit.

  • So if I think to myself, okay,

  • I'm going to film my friend walking by the screen,

  • and then I'm gonna do a transition

  • that masks him out into the next clip.