Everyone wants to make money online. Earning extra money through videos is one of the biggest trends for fitness professionals. All you need is a video camera on your smartphone or laptop to get started with filming yourself. You have to practice a lot to learn how to make excellent videos. But you have to follow some tips to save your frustration that I went through in the past few years.
The first thing is you have to plan exactly what you’re going to film. If you want to have the most bang for your buck, you should film the basics first. It obviously depends on your weight training style and the workout programs you create for your viewers. For example, first, you will have to film squats, deadlifts, or bench press to specialize eight liftings. You should start very slowly developing your workout video database and adjust yourself with the entire video shoot. However, I’m leaving these questions for you to help you make better weight training videos for beginners.
- Where are you going to film this?
- What exercises are you going to film?
- What frame are you going to implement?
- Which shots do you want to shoot with the same framing?
- What light source are you going to use?
- Are you going to hire someone to record this for you?
- Are you going to record yourself? With what device?
- Will you include audio in these videos? What will you record?
- Will you hire some video editor to edit the footage? If not, then are you going to learn to edit a video?
- What software do you like to use to edit this footage?
- How will you upload this content? YouTube? Facebook?
If you plan this far in advance, then it will save you a lot of time when it comes to shooting your day. Secondly, you have to shoot successfully. I’ve learned some rules for my shoots through trial and error. Running into problems on shoot day is totally normal.
Clothing that has tight patterns such as dots, stripes, etc. Produce a phenomenon called the moire effect, so it’s better not to wear them. It causes a distortion in your clothing on video. Be careful ladies, some compression clothing also causes this effect and it’s incredibly distracting.
- Never wear clothing which is too light or too dark, especially if you use studio lighting.
There will be times when you are indistinguishable from your background. Unfortunately, you’ll likely to have a grainy and low-quality video if you try and lighten your video to create more contrast in the editing stage.
- If you’re filming outdoors, try to film on a cloudy or overcast day or as close to sunrise and sunset as possible
If you try and record in the mid-day sun, your videos may turn out poorly colored. But if you’re filming indoors, you should try to find a spot that has good lighting. You should avoid direct sunlight or shadows because they make the videos inconsistent. Renting or buying some inexpensive lights will also help you to balance out the light and create a professional look.
- Don’t try or rely on the audio from your camera if you want to have audio with your videos
The onboard audio is low-quality. Period! I would recommend you to use a shotgun microphone for exercise demonstration as some other microphones will cause very loud distortions on your audio. It doesn’t take a lot to ruin your take, even the smallest rub of fabric, hair, or hands near the microphone can do it.
- It’s better to record weight training videos with similar setups, together, if possible
It takes time to set up a new shot, and don’t underestimate that. Consider the time if you’re planning to shoot more than 5 exercises that day.
- Fluorescent lighting or high-frequency lighting causes a flickering effect on your videos
You can see this lighting in the local gym. We can’t detect the flickering throughout eyes but our camera can detect it and it ruins an entire shot.
- Don’t underestimate the power of small details
Your outfit scheme should work well with your skin tone/eye color/eye color/hair color. Your teeth should be clean and whitened. Women, get your nails manicured in a dark color and men, get your nails clean, cut, and buffed. You should make sure that hair is free from fly-aways between shots and clothing should be properly aligned. These small details play a great role to take a video to the next level. What could be worse than that chipped nail polish, slight wedgie, and piece of broccoli in your teeth?
- Edit your videos in order to add brand personality
Once you’re done with shooting the video and recording the audio, you have to edit this content. Editing takes longer than shooting the training video. Use a good editing tool for your video. A tool which is reliable, easy to learn, and inexpensive. Do your research because there are tons of free editing software options available on the market.
You have done everything, now you have got to upload your content. Upload your content to various social media platforms, or on your website. Don’t worry. It’s not like you’re the only one who has been through this. We all had been there where you are right now. All you need is just to keep practicing and having patience. With practice and patience, you will be able to make a video that will cause a “wow” reaction on the audience’s face. So, have patience and keep practicing.