Tricks That Give Your Videos Sparkle!
By jennyonthespot on July 15, 2010
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In this video I highlight 4 simple things you can do to help make your videos sparkle!
The "Cliff Notes":
1. Music. GollyOhMyGoodness! If you add nothing else, add music. A little music will take you from *crickets chirping* to *Star Wars Battle scene* in one bat of the eye lashes. But be careful... I suggest using royalty-free music. I have a Mac and utilize my iLife library. I also use Incompetech. There are many other royalty-free sites out there too. The best way to not get a video booted off YouTube is to use royalty-free music.
2. Text. Whether for comedic punch (my angle) or to make a solid point or to tug at hearts strings… a little text will go a long way. I find it also helps keep video shorter. What you can't say or forget to capture in in a vlog, you can add in!
3. Cutting/Editing. This is coming from the Queen of The Long-Winded, but… not only does aggressive editing help keep the video short (thus holding a viewer's attention for full play-time) but it also adds personality and a bit of edginess. When I first starting utilizing my skills in cutting, the feedback I heard the most was regarding how they LIKED unique feel of the cut clip.
4. Transitions. Sometimes the cuts just don't *feeeeeel* right. The transition is a great way to add a different edge, or more likely, softness. Be careful not to over-transition, but keep in mind the power and influence of the well-placed transition!
This is part 2 of a series! Part 1 can be seen here. Join me in the coming weeks as I tackle some of the "hows" of getting these sparkly tricks into our videos!