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To be entirely honest there are many steps that you can take to record better quality travel videos – regardless of whether you’re using a smartphone, digital camera or camcorder. But as a starting point you should focus on four in particular, as they will have the most impact on the quality of your travel videos:
Movement is never a good thing when you’re recording videos, as even shaking the camera a little bit can cause it to lose focus and make the image look blurry. That is the main reason why you should try to keep the camera as steady as you can at all times.
The easiest way to do that is by holding the camera with both hands and keeping your elbows locked at your sides. If you still have difficulty keeping it steady you may want to think about getting a camera holder so you can secure the camera and prevent too much movement.
If you want to record footage of something that is further away it may be tempting to turn on the zoom in your camera. Unfortunately that is rarely a good idea, and in most cases using zoom will actually cause the quality of your video to deteriorate.
Instead of ‘zooming in’ to a subject that is further away, insofar as possible you should attempt to physically move closer instead.
How you frame the subjects in your travel videos will affect how it looks and its perceived quality – and the rule of thirds can be a good place to start improving that. It basically involves dividing the frame into thirds horizontally and vertically, and then positioning the subject in one third or on one of the lines or intersection points.
In most modern cameras you can turn on a grid that will allow you to see the rule of thirds, making it easier to position your subject.
Without sufficient light your videos will look shadowy, grainy, and lacking definition. However at the same time it is important to be aware of where the light source is, and to avoid placing it in the frame or the contrast will cause issues as well.
In short you should try to position yourself in such a way that the scene you’re recording is brightly lit, and yet the light source is not in frame but preferably located somewhere behind you.
By following these tips you should be able to improve the quality of your travel videos. As you can see these techniques aren’t particularly difficult and yet they will be able to transform the way that your videos look.
After recording video footage, you may want to convert video to a different format to ensure it is compatible or compress its file size. That can be done easily with a Movavi Video Converter – and will just take a few clicks.
On top of allowing you to easily convert videos, Movavi Video Converter will also let you edit and improve your travel videos. In fact you could even create animated GIFs out of some of your short clips, or save frames from your video as images to add to your travel photo collection.