The Ultimate List of Video Production Tools

The Ultimate List of Video Production Tools featured imageWhat Tools Do You Need For Video Production?

Video production is quickly becoming more and more popular, as churches and other businesses realize the value that a video can bring them.

Using a video to reach people, to showcase what you do, and to represent your church or your business is a great use of video production.

Getting started with video production can be really tricky, however, especially if you don’t know what tools you need to create a gorgeous and moving video.

This list of video production tools will ensure that you are prepared to create any video.

Not only will you need to invest in a high-quality camera and microphone, but also professional lighting and software for post-production.

Camera and Microphone

The camera that you use will play a huge role in the overall quality of your video, which is why it is so important to look for a high-quality camera. Many beginners start out by using the camera on their phone. While this may work for a short period of time, the end result will not look very professional, which can be frustrating.

A DSLR is a great option for filming and has the added bonus of being used for still shots, as well, which is great for anyone on a budget. While this is a step up from using a smartphone, professionals who are serious about video production will want to invest in a camcorder.

The end result of using a camcorder over a DSLR or a smartphone is that the video will be much more stable, have been zoomed, and will be clearer. Along with the camera, no matter which option you choose, you will want to invest in a tripod. No matter how careful you are when holding a camera, there will be shaking, which will lower the quality of the video. A portable tripod will instantly improve video quality and is a great investment.

Even if you invest in a camcorder, having an external microphone is important. Great audio pickup is key to a high-quality video, but smartphones, DSLRs, and some camcorders aren’t designed to capture the high-quality sound that you need for a great video.

Using an external microphone will instantly improve audio, no matter whether you are interviewing someone, filming a song, or recording a sermon. While it can be tempting to buy the first microphone available on the market, choosing the best one takes a little work.

Microphones can be omnidirectional, cardioid, and uni-directional. Uni-directional microphones are used to pick up a single audio source in front of the microphone. Omni-directional microphones pick up sound from all directions, which means that they aren’t the best choice for interviews. Cardioid mics pick up sound from the sides and the front of the microphone.

Understanding the differences in the various microphones on the market and which one will best suit your needs is important. Since there are switchable microphones available that can switch between different pickups, these may be a good option for some people.

Lighting

The lighting that you have when filming a video will play a huge role in how the video looks and it’s quality after post-production. Poor lighting will make a video look low-quality, and this is something that a lot of beginners really struggle with.

Investing in lighting involves more than simply going to the store and buying a lamp or spotlight. It’s important to understand the different types of light that you can use when setting up your shot, as well as how shadows can improve or diminish the quality of a video.

Using ambient light is the most common way to start recording video, and it generally results in attractive shots – as long as there is enough light in the shot. Natural light from outside makes everyone look great, but it isn’t always available. In this case, you will want to invest in a reflector to help improve your lighting.

Another great option that is worth the investment is a softbox. These are set up and used in a single location when filming, which means that they are not a great option to carry with you when shooting live footage or b-roll. Having a variety of lighting options on hand will ensure that you can always perfectly light every shot, making everyone look their best.

Software

Many people forget that they need software when they are going to be involved in video production. It’s easy to focus on the physical equipment that is necessary for recording, but the software is just as important, if not more so than a great camera.

Editing and production software will make it much easier to take footage and put it together into a cohesive and attractive video. Even with only basic editing skills, great software can make a video look and sound much better.

While professionals will spend time focusing on color correction and making complicated cuts, even beginners can benefit from video production software. This software makes it easy to remove uncomfortable pauses and even to insert text in the video.

While learning how to use video editing software for professional results is time-consuming and can be tricky, most people can benefit from using this software to improve their videos. The end result will be much more polished and professional than a video that is put together without great software.

Conclusion

It can be daunting to start making videos, especially if you don’t know what equipment you need to buy to help your videos stand out and look great. By investing in a great camera, tripod, microphone, lighting, and software, you can take control of your videos and enjoy ones that look and sound professional. This is beneficial for the company or church that needs a video, as the end result is sure to impress.

Choosing the best equipment can be tricky, as you need to consider how often you will use it, your comfort level with the equipment, and your budget. However, with a little research and honesty about your budget, you will be able to choose the best equipment for your needs easily, resulting in high-quality videos that you can be proud of making.

Sources:

https://www.uscreen.tv/blog/video-production-equipment/

https://www.tech-bug.com/video-editing-tools-for-making-videos/

Duke Taber has been a Senior Pastor of various churches since 1988. Prior to that, he was involved in the Christian rock scene opening for such notables as Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Rez Band, and once played briefly with Darrel Mansfield. Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.Currently he is serving as a Technology Consultant for Living Waters Fellowship in Mesquite Nevada