It is easy to look at someone else’s finished work and not consider that it probably took several attempts and a lot of editing to get it to appear flawless. The truth of the matter is that what we get to see from other people is usually the result of a lot of “behind the scenes” work. Even seasoned professionals often go through a number of takes and false starts to get a decent set of shots to make a complete video. It is wise to prepare well for your shoots and realize that it is unlikely you will be able to get all the way through (even a fairly short video) on the first try.
You might get it right straight out of the gate
Although it is possible to start recording and get great video right from the start, more often then not you will be going over the same material at least a few times before you move on to the next section. Be prepared to run through your entire presentation several times, if necessary, to have a good version of each part of it available for editing. Sometimes the very beginning of a section will be great but the middle or the end will not be as good as the third or fourth time you did it. This goes for fully scripted as well as more impromptu recordings.
This is more like what usually happens
I make videos many different ways (fully written out as well as totally made up on the fly) and each time I do, it takes me several swipes at it before I am willing to work with the raw footage I have accumulated. I am not the only person to experience this. Most of the talented presenters I work with take advantage of the fact that you can piece together sections from multiple versions to put together one really well crafted video.
Here’s the thing: if you can go all the way through your video without having to stop and you hit all the points you want to, while maintaining a good, consistent energy, throughout, then go for it, that is a dream come true for most video producers. However, if you are like the rest of us, take the time to go through it a few times to give your editor enough usable footage to put together one good video.
Keep at it, you will get better and better
Also, realize that people who make a lot of videos are responsible for many of the great ones you watch. It takes the experience of learning and delivering several presentations before you have the competence to do it really well. Most of the top video makers have been shooting on a weekly basis for years. If you are just starting out or haven’t been at it that long or that consistently, you may need to run through new material a few times before you are relaxed enough to deliver the best performance you possibly can.
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