Basic Video Skills

Figure 1 Introduction to Basic Video Skills from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

Video is becoming a requirement for many photographers and journalists as the online market develops. This course will not make you a professional video journalist but aims to give you the fundamentals of video production and will enable you to put together simple professional looking video packages and open up new markets for your work.

This course is split into 6 lessons:

Cameras, formats and setting up
Video rules
Video shots
Camera movements
Crossing the line
Interviews

Cameras, formats and setting up

Figure 2Cameras Formats and Setting Up from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

In this lesson you will learn all about the various video formats, file types and codecs that are used in video production. Setting up your camera is also covered to make sure you film at the correct settings and understand what video functions to use.  

Video rules

figure 3 Video Rules from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

This lesson you will learn 4 simple rules that will drastically improve the production values of your videos. Good video does not require expensive cameras or lots of equipment just avoiding some common mistakes by following these 4 golden video rules.  

Video shots

figure 4 Video Shots from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

Good video, like good photography, requires a number of different shots to keep the viewer interested and to make a visually pleasing story. The three main types of video shot are covered in this lesson with some example footage and suggestions on how and when to use each shot.

Camera movements

figure 5Camera Movemets from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

Camera movements are not recommended for beginner videographers, however, if you access to expensive fluid head tripods and good camera then take a look at these different camera movements and when they could be attempted.  

Crossing the line

figure 6 Crossing the Line from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

Avoid making confusing and disorientating videos by following this very simple video rule.

Interviews

figure 7 Interviews from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

Video interviews often form the structure of your narrative for stories so getting them right is crucial. In this lesson setting up your camera, background choice, and some simple rules are covered to ensure you get great interviews every time.