Are you a fan of traveling and wondering how you can put together some wonderful videos to capture those coveted moments? Well, you are not alone. Many travel and nature enthusiasts tend to get stuck when it comes to creating good travel videos with many imagining that it takes lots of skill to craft good grade videos. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t as it only needs a good camera, a good editing tool and of course some creativity. Here, we dig deeper into the art of creating travel videos whilst giving you some tips on how to spice up those video clips you have. So get a cup of coffee (or something), read through and take some notes.
1. Invest in Good Shots
Naturally, the first place to start would be to perfect the shooting process. Don’t be fooled by the word ‘perfect’ though as you just need some good shots nothing extraordinary. How do you then fine tune your shooting?
For starters, you will need to be a bit creative depending on the surroundings and preferences. Some of the video concepts you can go for include:
This is a good medium for capturing your scene in a matter of minutes. If you are wondering what this is all about then it is simply a photography technique where frequency at which the scene is captured is much lower than one used to view it. Essentially what you are doing with the camera is taking a single frame after every every half, one, two, etc. seconds. The best way to understand this would be to look at one timelapse video and here a good example
You can also opt to take photographs and videos that capture the scene of travel rather than focus on yourself. These are known as scenic overlook shots and one good example is this video
Follow My Footsteps
At times you can center your travel on yourself and other travelers in a way that captures your experiences. This works very well if you are a travel blogger or if you just love being part of your videos.
2. Store Your Clips Well
It may sound easy to do but it comes in handy when you are taking many shots in your travels. Just ensure that you store them well as this will make it easy for you to trace them when you need them perhaps for editing. The best way to do this would be to log the files with descriptive names and store them in a good drive. An SSD drive would be much better than an HDD drive given that it has faster read and write speeds that will be vital if you are handling lots of video files on a regular basis.
Another option would be to store your travel footages in stock platforms where you can earn some coins for unused files. Remember, storing your clips well will ensure that you access the best of them all, faster.
3.Shoot B-Roll Clips Often
If you are going to edit the clips later then you need some secondary footages in plenty. This is what is referred to as B-roll and they will aid in developing the story in your travel videos. They are sort of unplanned videos shots that cover verbal or visual tics hence pretty good in interpreting the core part of the story.
4. Edit Videos Like a Pro
Of course, you do not have to be a pro to deliver awesomely edited travel videos but you will need some effort to the right quality. Luckily, it is the fun part of creating travel videos and here are some tips to get through this process:
- Cut The Unwanted Portions
First things first, you will need to cut those portions you do not want in the final clip. This includes those parts that were poorly shot as well as those parts that may be redundant or unnecessary. Once you have trimmed those parts, moving on to fine tune the clip would be quite easy
- Add background Audio
You can then move on to add some life to the clip with relevant background music. The trick here is to pick music that blends in well with the tone of your video rather than just picking the music that you like but doesn’t fit in well with the travel video. Also, ensure that you choose royalty free music if you are to upload the clips on platforms like YouTube.
- Add Relevant Video Effects
Those complex video effects you see on other videos around aren’t that hard to achieve. In fact, most top video editing tools have lots of effects you can use to improve the look of your clips. Just be careful not to go too far into effects though. In other words, use the effects sparingly lest you want the viewers to lose track of the wonderful moments in your video.
- Add Transition
It is very difficult to have a fine video without some transitions in between. Of course, a video is a tool for communicating meaning that there is need to glue up different scenes together. Transitions are thus important for keeping the flow from one scene to another as clean as possible. This transitions includes cuts, dissolves, fades, wipes and visual effects among others. Again, just like visual affects you should use them smartly so that you do not overdo it and end up distracting the target viewer.
- Color Grade
If you are looking for consistency then having a uniform tone on your clips would be good for you. You can do so using color grading presets which will allow you to add a blanket grade on the clip to create uniformity in the video clips. The beauty is that there are some good resources out there that you can use to do this although most don’t really come cheap. If you do not want to part with some cash, you can go free color grading presets. Perhaps you can create your own-emulate color grades from your favorite videos.
Other Relevant Tips:
- Keep an eye on the lighting for better shots
- Think about background noise and try to minimize the effects or better even avoid the noise
- Try to plan everything beforehand so that you can stay on top of any possible hitches
- Keep your videos short and sweet-they can be longer but make sure they are engaging
Well, that’s it! This is certainly not exhaustive but it will set the ball rolling and hopefully, these tips will help you deliver top notch travel videos you have been craving for. Remember, what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you. In other words, do not be afraid to experiment around as much as you can and see what works for you. After all, travelling and creating travel videos should be super fun, right?