Wedding Video Blues: 5 Tips for Better Wedding Videos

I’ve never used a video camera, however my daughter will be getting married this October and I will be filming for the VERY first time. I’m scared stiff ! ! ! Can you please advise me on the best way to …(Read the rest)

How to Shoot Vacation Video that Won’t Bore People to Death

When I was a kid, the Armbrusters had a slide projector.  Which meant that after every vacation they took, we’d troop dutifully to their house for endless carousels of badly-shot Kodachrome slides, narrated  live.  The slide show always seemed longer than …(Read the rest)

5 Tips for Father’s Day Video that Doesn’t Suck

Father’s Day Video.  Memorable–or as undercooked as the runny eggs and cold toast the kids bring Dad in bed?  Here are a five tips to improve the video you shoot this Father’s Day. 1. Find the Hero: Focus your attention on …(Read the rest)

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)

10 Things Bloggers Need to Know about Video

Blogworld and New Media Expo rolls into the Los Angeles Convention Center November 3-5 for an exciting weekend that I understand is being filmed for “Nerdy Introverts Gone Wild” on Spike.  Or maybe not. If you’re a blogger interested in using more …(Read the rest)

10 Things Book People Need to Know About Video

I spoke this past week in New York to the Publisher’s Advertising and Marketing Association. Great location (Random House on Broadway), great sandwiches (chicken and pesto on a great baguette) and lively discussion (scroll down here for coverage) about the need for …(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)

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)