Have you ever viewed a YouTube video and wondered how it is so polished, clean, and professional? You can’t help but be impressed by the image quality and how it jumps at you. Think of doing the same for your YouTube channel. Well, it’s not as difficult as you might be thinking. One thing however must be clear. You don’t need to break the bank on expensive equipment and tools. The polished and clean look is more on the technique.
In this article, we outline a few tips that might come in handy for that professional and perfect YouTube video.
The quality of lighting will make a significant difference to the end product. When filming, this should be one of your top priorities. Without the ideal amount of light, your video will have the opposite effect. It will only look like that of a beginner.
While we are on the topic, we should mention natural lighting. The sun is the best source of lighting that you can ask for. The recommended time for filming using natural light is during the morning or evening. At these times, the light is soft. Midday sun is quite harsh and will lead to a shadowy quality.
For indoor filming, you may want to balance your light sources. It also depends on the intended effect; whether you want a soft, warm, or cold effect.
With good lighting, everything in the capture of the camera will stand out. Therefore, you must be very intentional about what is in your background. It is recommended that you have a clean background for a professional look. If you are strapped for cash, just go for a background with a uniform color. You can make use of a clean bedsheet or backdrop paper.
The background should also be free of reflective surfaces that may tarnish the quality of the video with the reflection.
Video editing program
The perfect video has been processed through one or two video editing software and programs. With the demand for quality and professional videos, there are several options in the market. They range in their capabilities but there are some features that you should look for in one.
Look for a video editing program that has the following features:
- Scene transition
- A plethora of sounds and over auditory effects
- The ability to change the videos’ aspect ratio
- Addition of text to videos
- Trimming and cropping of videos
Simplicity is the key
With the different features available in the program, you might be tempted to go all the way in your video editing. The video editing process can be quite fun and it is not unusual to find one or two people who have gone overboard.
We recommended that you keep it simple. Users still want to be able to relate to the video. A simple video goes a long way. It is okay to show smooth and natural transitions instead of just jumping from one scene to another.