Checklist: 20 Questions to Make Your Video Great

Since everyone alive today has been watching film and video from birth, we all have some idea of what bad film and video look like.  It’s that stuff you click out of instantly on your browser or your remote, often within …(Read the rest)

Best Way To Learn Video: Play With Your Toys

When I was seven, my new Kodak camera came with a thick instruction manual.  My dad solemnly sat me down and told me how important it was to read the manual before I played with the camera.  After all, I could break …(Read the rest)

What about Video Classes? Can You Help?

Hi Steve, I’ve read your book and improved a lot after reading it – thank you! Now I have a fancy new DSLR, and want to take my home movies to the next level. Do you know anything about some of the courses that …(Read the rest)

Miraculous Video Cure! Man’s Video Stops Sucking!

This is only the second video I’ve ever produced, and the first video after reading your book. The video was shot entirely on a GoPro Hero. I think its apparent, especially to a trained eye, that I’m not using expensive equipment. But I …(Read the rest)

A Good Video is Like a Sentence: 12 Tips to Un-Suck Your Video (#12)

“A Good Video is Like a Sentence” is number 12 in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. Videos need to be about someone doing something. The ideal video follows the classic “noun/verb” or maybe “noun/verb/object” sentence structure …(Read the rest)

Use a Microphone: 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking (#11)

“Use a Microphone” is number 11 in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. The microphones on most video cameras are programmed to adjust their own sound levels: they take whatever they hear and boost it to a …(Read the rest)

Keep Your Video Short: 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking (#10)

“Keep Your Video Short” is number 10 in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. When it comes to video, the old show-business expression “Always leave them wanting more” applies. Anything worth saying in video is worth saying …(Read the rest)

Easy on the Graphics: 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking (#9)

“Easy on the Graphics” is number 9 in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. Unless you have a real design sense (you’ll know because everyone in middle school wanted to work with you on group projects involving …(Read the rest)

Shoot What Interests You: 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking (#8)

“Shoot What Interests You” is number 8 in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. I recently watched a video blog post that featured an orchestra whose only instruments were iPhones. The players—it looked like there were about …(Read the rest)

Turn Off the Digital Effects In Your Video Camera. 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking! (#7)

“Turn Off the Digital Effects in Your Video Camera” is number 7 in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. There is no digital video effect that your camera can do that you should allow it to do. …(Read the rest)

Stop Moving the Camera! 12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking! (#5)

“Stop Moving the Camera!” is number five in a series of 12 video tips to improve your video instantly. One of the fastest ways to make your video suck less:  Stop moving the camara. Pros get to move the camera. You will …(Read the rest)