We’ve seen some of the worst gear you can ever use, we’ve seen it for work, we’ve seen it for home, so it’s time for some more.
One of the simplest things you can do, is if you don’t know how to shoot a video, learn first.
Get yourself a good camera body or a DSLR like the Canon 5D Mark III – this is a fantastic camera for music videos. You’ll want at least a 24mp wide angle lens but be warned, it’s not cheap.
Next, you need the gear to shoot music videos: a budget video equipment to use (or borrow if you aren’t too into the whole DSLR thing), and something to record the sound: in our case, an Alesis HD-3 mixer and mixer, a little bit of tape, two mics and some cheap microphone stand.
Next we need a video editor: you’re not going to get anything more basic than an After Effects (or similar) software because it only does one thing; you’re not going to be editing a single video, you’re going to be editing a whole music video.
Getting some help from your friend might be a smart thing to do, but in my case, I used the help of a friend and my wife made the editing process a breeze.
Once the music clips are done, the clips will be divided into sections, you’ll have a cut that will take you from the beginning to the end, and you can edit with either in Adobe Premiere or after Effects. After that is your video.
I chose to use The Video Editor’s software and after editing, I imported the video, and exported it to a separate file so I could go to the computer. At the time my daughter, who is very, very good at video editing, was playing on her keyboard to listen to the sounds. I’d watched her videos and she was super, super good, a few months later she created this amazing clip, a video to show friends how to animate a photo.
With all the material done, the next most time consuming task was the actual sound recording. I’m a big fan of recording audio with an array of microphones at a music venue. This is because at a music venue, everyone that enters can hear the music, and at the same time they can hear their own singing at close range, and that is an amazing thing.
At the beginning I went with a small array of microphones