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How to capture the rain drops - Creative hubpages video making

Updated on May 6, 2014

To create the video up above, I used a Toshiba Camileo x400, 20x Zoom, full HD 1920x1080 pixels

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Creative video making

Making videos takes time and accuracy, and so this hub is going to attempt at helping people with learning other ways to do it.

It isn't easy to teach yourself such things as photography, and video creation, and for that matter many people may seem to appear a bit video camera shy with it all, but with enough practice, trial and error anything is possible, and plus with today's technology you never know what you might learn or come up with.

You don't need to be a Pro

Since I'm still quite an amateur myself, I will only go into the most basic knowledge, and understanding that I've gained from pure experience alone. I haven't attended any type of filming school, or received guidance by anyone whatsoever, and so it's definitely a work in progress, but well worth the drive & determination to continue trying to master this cool craft of film and video making.

Video Basics

  • Scout out an area you would like to begin filming your video.
  • Place yourself at a strategic position to start recording
  • A video camera, camcorder, smart phone or iPad, will suffice for video creation.
  • Think about what it is you would like to display directly prior to filming.
  • Focusing the camera lens to the proper angles and distances is very important.
  • Having a tripod will help you to make your video imaging much more stable.
  • Effectively allowing for a professional production, and help make zooming in and out easy.
  • Practice using your smart phone if your not use to making solo videos.
  • Practice speaking into the microphone to get a sense for things, before film production.

The Tripod is being used to help hold the video camera steady

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Help for beginners

If you're in fact a beginner at filming yourself or others, well it may feel kind of awkward at first. If you feel somewhat nervous, just take a breather and relax, then try to prepare yourself mentally for the some repetitious play with words of your own, even if its not scripted.

You will need to practice a great deal, by speaking into the video camera, smart phones, or differing recording devices, to get comfortable with hearing your own voice on video, and to adapt to how you sound (practice as often as you like till it flows naturally & have fun!). Over time you will find, that it will become more and more easier to create your very own solo videos, where your showcasing any subject of interest as a actual host of the video.

Lighting is a huge thing when it comes to video creation, and so make sure you have ample lighting prior to attempting your practice videos and especially to official recording. Preparing the set ahead of time will help you save precious time, and recording space, or memory (stored by a SIM Card) on your camcorder. (If you can let your family or friends know that you need help to make better lively videos.)

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Things to know about digital camcorders

  1. You should have an active knowledge of your camcorders overall functions.
  2. Understand how to control the on button or power button.
  3. Check for additional features, like image capture capabilities while recording video.
  4. Zoom features may be present, so you can actively change focus.
  5. Most digital camera's have external connections that output to a PC. (USB port)
  6. Know how to recharge the battery (This is very important so that you know when the potential for running out of battery life, which can hinder a timely production.)
  7. Locate the SIM card , and make sure that you have ample enough memory on it to record your video footage.
  8. Learn how to use your camcorders controls, whether its on screen or push button.
  9. These controls should consist of, play, fast forward, rewind, stop and screen options to access all relevant content you've accumulated in terms of images taken, or videos stored.
  10. Also make sure to bring a carry case, this helps if your getting into more of an active motion recording, where the actual camcorder is less stable, and will follow the movement of your body language, and over swaying motion of your hands.
  11. This helps in taking live action as a form of scrolling through a specific surrounding, rather then staying motionless in on position.

If your digital camera has the simultaneous picture taking option you can catch awesome images while the rain drops are falling

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The most important thing to know

Most of all try your best to have as much fun as possible, because the more fun of an experience you have when filming things, you will grow to get even better at it as well, because of being able to let go and get loose.

Having fun really isn't an option neither, because if you don't do so, your production has a great chance to turn out a dud, mainly due to the lack of liveliness expressed, and even if its purely original works.

Try! using Windows Live Movie Maker (Comes automatically with Windows Vista, and Windows 7), in order to edit your videos once everything is said and done. Don't worry about errors made during recording and production, because you can edit them out using this cool editing tool.


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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @Intriguewriter, yeah its a cool way to capture the audience on the web today, by using authentic and official original videos, as well as imagery.

      I used the zoom lens on my camcorder, and had to hold my hands very steady to capture them images of the rain dropping, my Toshiba x400 has a 23 times zoom lens, and it allows you to take simultaneous pictures while recording the video footage.

      I'm new to it all, and so I'm also learning the ropes to this cool video imaging, and picture taking thing as well.

      I use to use my smart phone though, and maybe by by using it for quite some time, maybe the skills I developed being an intense camera phone person, probably rubbed off I guess. I also have a tripod, but I just got into using it recently for making basketball tutorial videos, and a few others.

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      6 years ago from worldwide

      hey thanks for this video! I am just starting uploading videos. I have a really good camera canon 550d but I have not been using it because of the fact that I do not have a tripod. I have used my webcam for now which is not that great but I am going to start using my canon when I get a tripod. Can you tell me how you did the pics with the thumbnails and stuff ? It looks really really nice. I like the way you put your hubs together really really cool. I am going to put some better vids together because I am currently doing this 30 vids in 30 days challenge thing. I am also trying to learn about photography and other interesting stuff. When I go home today I am going to put some videos together with my canon I might actually look for a tripod today. thanks for the video once again.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @p10kabhijita , Yeah man me too, I wish more people used the option, and so I figured why not try to help and inspire others with making my own.

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      Abhijit Aswath 

      6 years ago from India

      I wanna see a lot more of video hubs. This is a great concept. Thanks for sharing.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @Rosie2010, you and me both on the part of be learning, I definitely need more practice as well, but it was worth making the effort to help other who have yet to try it all out for sure.

      Yeah, that Toshiba camcorder is nice, its my wife's and I found it for her at best buy, we had caught a good sale like 3 months back, and its far better then any smart phone I'm sure.

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      Rosie Rose 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya CloudExplorer, I am just learning video-making, so your hub is very helpful to me. Your rain capture video is interesting and your narration and audio is so real. Your video is so clear and sharp. I wish I had a videocam like yours, but right now, I'm just using my regular camera while learning. Very helpful hub. Voted up and definitely useful. Cheers!

      Have a nice day,


    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @TTombso8, yeah I got lucky and caught some cool footage of the thunder storm the other day, and it was so fun to make the video to, I just need a bit more practice though to learn to use the tripod.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Wonderful hub, Cloud. Makes me wanna run out and get a camcorder. Hubby would probably have a heart attack. :) Voted up and more!

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @thecrazzykylex for reading my hub and for the kind vote, I gave it my best actually, and its only been about 3 months or so since I been using this camcorder.

      For a long time though I had gotten so use to using my smart phone all the time and for many years. So I just had to upgrade to this cool Toshiba camcorder, and ever since the new hubpages video tool became our new option to utilize.

      I love creating video hubs now, it has become fun to do since I upgraded, and I tried uploading a few videos I made years back with my android phone, but the quality came out super low.

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      Crazzy Kylex © 2012 

      6 years ago from Incredible India!

      Simply loved the way how you designed your hub. You present like a PRO!

      I'm a novice and have problems keeping my cam stable. This really proved a lot useful. Well, Great hub, voted up and appreciated!


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