Making music videos is something many people claim they possess the skill and can do, but making a great music video is a different thing altogether. Hello, welcome to celebtips24, today I will be writing on top 5 tips for making a great music video. Before I proceed, let me make it clear I’m not writing about the cameras here or video/photography tips. If you want to learn some photography tips, check “Essential photography tips”, I’m sure it will be a great guide for you. So, you can check that out later. That been said, let’s delve into the topic of the day right away.
1. Frame rate
When I started shooting music videos, I didn’t personally know the significance and importance of different frame rates. So, I got a lot of my music videos wrong; and when I say wrong, I mean in the aspect of frame rate. A lot of people don’t know the correct or proper frame rates to use so, I’m going to give you a little bit of insight on which ones you should use when you’re shooting your music videos.
When making music videos, your performances should either be in 24 or 30 frames per second. Personally, I prefer 24 frames per second as that’s the standard cinematic frame rate used by professionals for movies, Reality TV shows, documentaries and stuff like that. So, 24 frames per second is the frame rate that you want to use for that. However, the frame rate that you would want to use for your slow more b-roll shots should be anything above 24 frames per second; like 36 frames per second, 48, 60, or 72. Be sure for whichever one you choose, it should be higher than 24 frames per second.
Some Directors mistake
The mistake I see new directors make is they shoot their performances and their b-roll in the same frame rate, and that just screws that music video up. I took it upon myself to film two shots, one at 24 frames per second and the other one at 72 frames per second. I attempted to slow down one of 24 frames per second in editing as some directors tend to do; when you try this, you will notice the difference between the one of 72 frames per second and that of the 24 frames per second.
If you own a Canon, when, hooting 60 frames per second you can see that the footage will come out to you at 60 60 frames per second, not like the gh4 with the gh4 film over 24. It will come out already conformed into that 24 frames per second frame rate. So, what you want to do is impose whether you’re on Final Cut premiere you go in and just confirm your footage into that of 24 frames per second from 60, and you’ll have a lot smoother b-roll its slow-motion shot.
2. Shutter Speed
Shutter speed actually plays a big part in making a better music video. The actual feel that it gives off, with the shutter speed cranked really high is a lot more edgy and clearer. But when the shutter speed is cranked low and shot in about 50 frames on the shutter, it blurs such that you can’t really see a lot, so just take note of that.
If you’re filming and you want to give off the edgy feel, make sure your shutter speed is cranked high so you know you give off that actual feel. If it is low, then the footage will look almost out of focus you know, it’ll just be milky and I’ll just be all over the place.
3. Picture Profile
I see a lot of directors filming in the standard picture profile which is not necessarily a bad thing though, but if you’re shooting on a flatter profile, it’ll give you more room to edit and post. When you shot in descending light D profile for the gh4 the flatter image, it is a lot easier to grade and post. Also, it’ll give you a lot more room when writing a post to really do what you want to do.
4. Focal and Aperture
These two actually make a big difference in your footage while making a better music video. So, I will say it again; just know the importance of it.
i. With focal length, if you shot two clips with one shot on a distant of 18 millimeters and the other at 35 millimeters, they’ll appear on the same distance from the object view when you see them in the footage. The 35 millimeters clip will tend to look a lot more cinematic. This is because if you zoom in on an object as opposed to getting that close with the wide lens, it gives off a much more cinematic feel. The focal length that’s higher will give you a more cinematic look than the focal length that is lower, take that into consideration.
ii. When shooting with the low aperture, you’ll get a lot more depth of field in your shot. Compare when you shot at aperture 8.0 and when we shot at 1.6, you will observe the depth of field between the two shots and the one that was shot in the lower aperture. If you’re looking to make creamy and blur backgrounds, then you have made sure you use a low aperture. Focal length will also help you when you don’t have a lens that has that lower aperture. It’ll always help to zoom in the object before shooting as opposed to getting close to it with the wide lens. You know, that will give you a more cinematic feel and more depth with your shot.
5. Taking over
Tip number five has absolutely nothing to do with cameras or equipment or editing or anything like that. Tip number five is taking over and what I mean with that is; when you’re on a set, make sure you take over that set. It is very important. When I was starting out, most of the time I go to shoot, it was artists that take over and do what they want to do. I normally found myself very unsatisfied with such a music video.
So, whenever you’re going on set and you notice something you don’t like from artists like: you don’t like the way they’re performing, the location that they came up with, the plot they came up with or any other thing, make sure you say something about it.
You know, I mean it’s your work as well it’s not just theirs. Make sure you give off your vision for your project. Not like you have to make everything perfect, but you know, you can be like hey I think you should do it this way, I think this will look better and most of the time artists will give-in because they know you’re the director, they know you know what looks best.
And you know, every now and then you’ll run into those artists who will not want to give-in to your directions, and with those artists, it’s up to you to either sit through the shoot and give them what they want or to just not shoot with them anymore. That’s on you, just make sure when you’re all set you get the best possible shots for your video mix, that’s your work.
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