The Basic Principles of News Video Production

In the past couple of years, there has been a noticeable boom in online video content, fuelled by technological advancements, social networking sites, and innovation by media outlets utilizing modern digital storytelling methods. But to what degree are users picking up news videos? In video production, the basic principles of news video shooting can be classified into four categories:

  1. Audio Monitoring
  2. Image Stabilization
  3. Sequence Shooting
  4. Lighting

While it may sound a bit daunting, perfecting and incorporating these five qualities in your news video is just a matter of patience and consistent practice. To provide you with a clear understanding of each category, we’ve written a brief summary below for your reference:

  1. Audio Monitoring

It ‘s critical that you keep track of audio through the volume meter and the headphones. The volume meter will show whether the audio signal is elevated or overmodulated. That way, you will be able to make sure that the audio level is balanced well. However, even though the volume meter will show you that the signal is overmodulated, it will not notify you if the signal is being interrupted. This is why it is highly advisable to use your headphones and listen for any signs of interference in the audio.

2. Image Stabilization

Utilize a monopod or tripod to make sure that your camera shots are stable. A video clip that is too shaky can make the audience feel dizzy, and thus avoid watching the footage. Moreover, there are circumstances where you should not utilize a tripod, especially situations wherein extreme movement is required.

  1. Sequence Shooting

Before hitting the record button, it is important to define the focus of your story.  You need to figure out how the subject in the video is depicted based on the story. This is an effective technique that’s going to help you fire with an aim. Always keep in mind that a strong and dynamic video sequencing starts from the field after you pressed the record button.

  1. Lighting

One rule to consider in news video production is, until you set up your stuff, consider the right position with a minimal backdrop that isn’t distracting. Think about your lighting when checking a spot. If you don’t have any lighting equipment on hand, look for a large window that provides natural light. When it comes to shooting news content, it is recommended to accentuate your subjects’ facial features with lighting that doesn’t produce shadows on their faces.

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