Here’s a quick tip on presenting on camera.
Imagine that you have to deliver a presentation on camera.
Many turn to writing out a script and do their best to memorise the lines (which in itself is very difficult to accomplish).
Add to that the stress of delivering the script in a genuine way, and getting it right… it’s almost impossible for most unless you’re a trained actor.
Instead, write out some key points you want to address.
Then you can give yourself a bit of time to look at each key point and talk about it from the heart and draw on your knowledge and experience. You’ll sound a lot more natural and less robotic!
It was close to midnight when I received an email from Andre, the owner of the dental practice, The Smile Place Mt Eliza. It was one of those emails where upon opening you were taken aback because it was a few pages of scrolling worth of text! It was an idea, a script, a stroke of genius! Andre must have been inspired at that moment because the first thing he believed he had to do was to get his idea down on an email and send it us to get it out to the world.
A few days later, we were at his practise one evening after the last patient had been looked after and the magic began by the makeup artist and costume hire shop started to transform one of the dentists into a blood sucking vampire for this little project!
And after about 3-4 hours, we had shot everything and celebrated with a 10pm pizza from the local.
The next day, we got to work on editing this piece and couldn’t stop because we had fun both filming and editing. Once we got ’round to Andre’s to show him the draft, he was extremely happy and couldn’t wait to share it with the staff.
After a little bit of boosting on Facebook (less than $10), this video got thousands of views within days. People were sharing and tagging friends and family.
It’s so great to see a business owner who’s brave and not afraid to get creative and have a bit of fun with their marketing. Great job Andre!
There are some business networking groups that have asked me how to create their own promo video… if you’re in one, here are a few pointers on making a good promo video that doesn’t JUST talk about your group.
In this video I’m going to be talking about some tips for using your GoPro camera.
So with GoPro cameras, they’ve got a wide angle lens on them. So what you want to do is get in nice and close to whatever you’re filming if you’re a bit too far away. Everything that is kind of medium or long distance away from you from the camera will seem really small really far away because that lens is a wide lens so you need to get in nice and close. Don’t be afraid to get in right into the action.
The next step is a little bit techie but what you need to do is if you can get into the settings and change it to a high frame rate. So what that means is usually cameras shoot at about 25 frames per second. What you want to do is increase that frame rate to let’s say fifty frames per second or 60 frames per second so you can just get to the settings and change that frame rate to something a bit faster than 25 frames per second.
The reason for that is if you’re walking around with your GoPro and it’s it might be a little bit shaky the footage might be a bit shaky putting it in a higher frame rate means that if you’re giving the footage to someone to edit or if your editing yourself what you can do then is slow down the footage. And in slowing down the footage it will look it will appear to be a lot smoother kind of adds a nice look to the video, when you overlaying that on top of let’s say a voice over or a talking head.
And the last tip is to use a grip or a gimbal for your GoPro so yes you can hand hold your GoPro but you can introduce quite a lot of shake just by hand holding it. If you’re using a grip and there’s a lot of manufacturers these days that are producing what are called gimbals and what they are, these devices where you can actually mount your GoPro to this mechanical handle. So what that means is if you’re walking around with this gimbal you’re GoPro footage is going to be really smooth, it’s going to look professional and its going to be a lot easier to watch as well.