Beginner Videography and What Mistakes to Avoid!

At the end of this video you will know the common mistakes to avoid as an aspiring videographer And some tips our team has learned on their journey. Hey everyone, its Elliot here to empower your inner video creator. I get it, creating takes time and a part of the process is learning from your mistakes. Our team has made plenty of mistakes. So lucky for you we’re gonna share them, so you can avoid these mistakes as you turn your creative pursuit into a career. A common mistake people make is buying an expensive camera. Which is something that you technically don’t need to do because you’re likely to have a camera on you already… like your phone! You can start making videos or even practice shooting on your phone. A lot of professionals use them to create vlogs, documentaries and other online content. Filmmaking it’s expensive at all levels, so make sure you embrace your limitations. If you work at an office, see if you can use your office space. If you need extras, ask your friends. If you need a dog in the scene, maybe ask your neighbor if you can borrow his dog for the day. Be resourceful will immensely help you out as a filmmaker, okay? When you’re out filming things can get really hectic. If you’re filming a wedding and event or your short film, you can burn through SD cards really quickly. Before you get yourself into a panic, always check your SD cards before filming, because you don’t want to find out that your SD card hasn’t been formatted and you don’t have enough space when you’re filming and on the flip side before you format a card, check it. You don’t want to accidentally delete your footage if you haven’t exported or backed it up properly. A good tip for our video team is to flip the SD card in the case. For example: SD cards where the labels are shown our empty cards. Those that are flipped are exposed and shouldn’t be inserted in the camera until the files are backed up. JONY: Alright, get out of here. What’s really important is white balance. Make sure to set the white balance before shooting in other words, DO NOT USE AUTO WHITE-BALANCE. (it sucks) I mean, you *can* use auto white balance but if you do that then if your subject moves or if something in the scene changes your camera’s gonna change the white balance and everything’s going to be all over the place. Our team recommends that you use a custom Kelvin setting when setting your white balance that way nothing’s gonna change in the middle of your shoot. If your camera doesn’t have a Kelvin setting you can also do the custom white balance setting which is when you take a picture of something white with auto white balance like this piece of paper and then you go and change it in your custom white balance settings. Feel free to experiment with your camera’s white balance settings and try different things out but I’d highly recommend that you end up really setting it so that everything that is supposed to be white in the image looks white. That’s great. Thank you Hey, okay Alright One thing you can never have enough of is pre-production. This phase is absolutely crucial if you want a smooth production. A rushed pre-production will leave you with a much more difficult, a much longer and much more expensive shoot and editing phase. Pre-production is sometimes the longest step in filmmaking. This is when the scripting, casting, location scouting, and many more is planned out. This is the safest place to make mistakes so make it here. Don’t spend hours and hours getting a shot that doesn’t add anything to story. Great videographers always think about how each shot will be used in the final edit. They’re constantly thinking about how their footage can be cut in relation to the shot before and after. When shooting be sure to schedule a little bit more time than you think you need in order to get some b-roll, and some different angles. There you have it. Those are four mistakes that you can avoid in your next production. to make it more efficient and your product more impressive. Is there a mistake that you keep making? The best way to fix it is to acknowledge it, so let us know in the comments. If you found this video helpful and want more tips about video creation, don’t forget to Like and Subscribe! Keep creating and I’ll see you next time.

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  • Oh wow I was just editing in filmora then I get a new notification 😂

  • Wow! Thank you Team Filmora!

  • Flimora

  • Maravilha voces sao feras..rsrs


  • very helpful

  • Much informative 👍

  • Just wanted to say, I love your software, style, and communication with fans, I have bought filmora 9 and filmorapro without hesitation. Love you!

  • Cool

  • i need to learn how to adjust my white balance my sony camera sometimes turns skin from yellow to red…

  • Hey Flimora Need Help It Wont Let Me Load My projects after I back out of flimora that is making me post less and it getting annoying because its been happening for a month now and I cant contact flimora can u reply to me or someone help me🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • sadness is when you can't even afford a quality phone ☹️☹️

  • You guys make a great product! My issue is my kid yelling at the top of his lungs at someone while playing fortnite in the background. But that one of many issues.

  • Excellent advice…..I can hardly use anything manual on my camera since i'm the subject being filmed or action shots of fish being caught……
    How about a instructional of a outdoor event such as fishing….
    I could use all the help I can get as that's almost all the vids I do….
    Thanks in advance….

  • Can you please add the rendering button back. My computer is so slow and the rendering button made it easier to watch it without lag

  • Hi filmora,can you please add more type of rotation such as 360 rotation?tq

  • Hello filmora..please add pause button for screen recorder.basic need .no one cannot record a single shot video….pause button helps a lot to make a video.or else we need to depend on 3rd party tools because of pause button and some sketch tool bars.

  • How do I put and image over an object in a video, so that it follows it. Or and icon that floats over a persons head

  • Filmora is best editing app love from India

  • Mistake #1, don't choose Filmora until Fimora 9 stop being so buggy and laggy.

  • please make a guide video; how to edit cinematic video's?

  • Does anybody know how you can download version 8 because to be honest I’m not a fan of version 9

  • thanks for the tips left a like

  • Amo filmora y solo voy a decir que extraño el botón de renderizado xD

  • Why filmora 9 is not available for 32 bit OS ? 🙁

  • JJ my love 😍😍

  • Who is here give likes before watching filimora teams videos ??


  • move your feet instead of electronic zoom: record at highest camera quality like achd/60 frames/s, un-zoomed. move the camera as close as you can without interruption of shot filling the screen with the image you wish. you can zoom in later in post but too much zoom with look fuzzy.

    keep the light source on your back, lighting up subject from camera's perspective.

    divide your screen into a two up by three wide grid, some cameras have this feature that you can turn on. not every shot is done in the center moving subject to the left third or right third can make the shot be more natural feel and the grid will help you reshoot the same angle more than once.

    Critique shows, movies and videos on how they shot the scene so you can reproduce it into your own work

  • I just tried to update Filmora 9 but in the process it showed error and it had already uninstalled the existing Filmora 9. I´ll try again, but this was not encouraging. 🙁

  • Could you make the font a bit bigger in the next update?

  • I want some horror music how I will get

  • Please fix, Save project. Because when i open it can't read for some reason 😭 and i have to make again'.

  • i have a question for filmora 9 do i need to by the buisness option to be able to upload my videos to youtube

  • Version 9 is horrible 8 is way better. I lag so much I can’t even edit man

  • Dog: why? whyyyyyy?? XD

  • They should have kept the old version and just added the updates. I like the old version better. I am using ver# 8.7.6 to create all my videos. I think it is better in my opinion then ver#9

  • hello, i dont know if this is the best way to send this message, but i had to send it here because i dont know where to contact you guys, so my question is, i got some effect that i paid for but it does not work, am i suppose to pay every month to access it, because it shows that i have downloaded the effect on my filmora account but i cant use it, please help.

  • hi j j . i am akkal lama from Nepal, i used to Filmora old version but in Filmora 9 it is difficult to add freeze frame zoom in out . could you explain. some ideas pleas. and i want to buy full version but how ? can i use visa card ?

  • #MadewithFilmora

  • Elliot , Johny ,and Jj sensi ,
    Thanks for boosting my editing level 900000 lol well seriously i really really appreciate your teams all work for us to make amazing vids and thats all .
    Have wonderful and Amazing spring break everybody.

  • I can't see subtitles to my video!
    Here a shot video record:
    Thank you.

  • Ok, get the Updates like release done and we are happy – The current 9.10.11 has weird lags all over and it refuses to work with my 4gb AMD card but force-uses the bullshit 25mb onboard Intel APU. And on top my effectstore subscription was canceled now with the merge to filmstocks like wth?! It was said we keep our subs and dont have to pay more. Now all my projects are locked down since they have effects that I paid for but now cant since Filmora doesnt have their own effects anymore. Also why is Filmstocks only accepting Creditcard and nothing else?! Why should I keep using it if it doesnt even support PayPal?! To summarize: the updates are making it worse, the whole software forces itself on a 25mb APU, lags with every click, disables my payments and thus makes all my open projects unusable – So much for working with professionals…

  • jj always slays.

  • how do u get rid of yellow line lag 🙁 please help

  • Your proxy imported files are not being replaced with the HD vids when I export. The quality of the proxies sticks and affects the quality of the exported file. how do you export so that it uses the hd file instead of the proxy? The xported file is the same qulity as the proxy instead of the HD file.

  • No more, I want flimora 8.5.0 back. Flimora 9 is missing a lot of features, for 32bit and 64bit

  • Hi, how do you lower the volume from a video?



  • I'm guessing it's yes, but are these videos edited with filmora?

  • I have a sony dsc w800 camera
    In that case the video out is coming in avi format can I open avi format in filmora

  • Thx alot! These are very useful for amateur vidoe grapher like me.

  • Don’t smartphones white balance themselves?

  • True about not needing expensive gear. I started with the most unlikely & laughable lil' camera. That really helped me focus on creativity. I learnt a lot with Filmora Video Editor too. So thank you

  • Great to know


  • So I am trying to bring myself to filmora 9 but I just feel like I am having issues with it. Its probably me but I just tested my editing capability with film8 and can you give me an honest assessment and tell me what I can do better using filmora9? Here is my amateur video that I made and I would love some constructive feedback so I can get better. You guys normally want us to post our creations. I guess I am trying to convince myself whether or not I need 9 instead of 8. Thanks for all the hard work. I use filmora in all of my videos on my channel❤

  • How I get all effect pacobpf filmora

  • Is it possible to reconnect a sliced clip aside from the undo feature in 9

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