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Record a Promotional Video with a DSLR

Video - The Ultimate Communication

The rationale for this series of videos is to help you make your promotional Videos with just the equipment you already own.

I’m assuming that if you are reading this you have a DSLR already.

This tutorial is not a review of different types of DSLR cameras.

You would use a DSLR over a Webcam or a Cell phone camera is purely to achieve a better video image. This will come at the cost of some extra effort.


A good DSLR for filming Face-to-camera needs a flip screen so that you can see yourself and stay in position on-screen as you present.


It must have an audio channel. 


You most likely will need to buy a 3.5mm jack Lavalier microphone, not a cheap one as you need good audio.


Depending on the quality of the audio channel in the DSLR you may need a separate Audio recorder such as a Zoom H1 or USB microphone, close to your mouth, attached to your computer, and recorded into Quicktime or any computer audio recorder. 


If you use either of those solutions you will have low-quality audio recorded on your DSLR and the good quality audio recorded separately.


These two audio sources need to be matched up in the video editing software.


Check that your editing software will synchronize two audio sources.


I will be focusing on iMovie when I show you how to edit your video. 


Be aware iMovie does not synchronize audio nor do any other free or low-cost video editors that I know of.


There is a solution that is easy to use.


After you have turned on both audio devices to record, clap your hands loudly. Any other sharp noise will do, as you will be able to match that manually in any video editor. 


You will have seen the clapper board used on old movie sets. that gave both a visual and a “Clapper” sound for editors to match in Post-production.


You will also need a tripod, sturdy enough for the weight of the camera.


You can use a teleprompter with DSLR, it will be more costly than the one I have discussed in the other tutorials.


Since this is a separate device rather than a software solution, you should avoid really cheap solutions.


They will be more trouble than they are worth - in being hard to use and potentially affecting the quality of the images that are transferred through the double-sided mirror.  



As a Final Tip:

Most importantly, think of how the presentation you are recording will encourage your audience to go to your web page.


As I have said before, your web page is your shop, whether it has eCommerce or not, Just as you would want your physical shop to look attractive and inviting, do the same for your web page.

LIST THE Equipment needed


**Required - **

Tripod $10 - $20.00 

3.5mm jack Lavalier microphone: $40.00 plus


**Suggested: **


**Optional extras: **

Audio recorder such as a Zoom H1 - $99.00

USB mic inc stand: from $40.00, suggest Blue Yeti $70.00

Teleprompter: From $100.00

3 x LED lights and stands: From $60.00

Green Screen and stand: from $80.00

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