5 Tips How to Make a Music Video and Post Production Tips
5 Tips When Making Your First Music Video
A Band's Guide to Music Videos. Making a music video is a fun and exciting experience for your band. Avoid some common pitfalls by following these simple tips.1. Have a way to playback your song on site.
Whether the band brings a boom box, i-pod with speakers, or just blare it from the car, you are going to need the song to play back to make lip syncing as painless as possible. Once you start taping, take multiple takes, even if you like the first take. The first few takes will be the freshest, but you may need the third or fifteenth take to cut in where the bass guitarist was picking his nose.
Then...Have a blast taping your video!
2. Dubbing fun.
Dubbing is a pain, but most music videos show at least a few sections where the band is actually "singing" to the tune. Watch several of your fave music videos and try to see how often the video is spliced up. Also, frames are often lost during transfer, so don't be surprised if suddenly the band is out of sync after thirty seconds of being right on.
3. Post production.
Post production is the art of taking hours of video footage and splicing and dicing it down to three minutes of perfection. While pros use Avid, Final Cut Pro, Premier, or other editing software, basic software like i-Movie or Windows Movie Maker can be used for post if that is all you have available.
4. Finishing touches.
Play the rough to a "test" audience and honestly listen back to their feedback. Can the colors be played with a little bit more? What about lighting? Is the lip sync convincing? Were too many effects used (often a sign of amateur videos which focus on the coolness of effects instead of the quality of the whole). Does it tell a story? Does the video represent your band?
Promotion can take another book of tips. What is the quality of the dvd album cover? Who is pressing the DVDs or are you launching online only? Where are you planning to distribute? Can you have a launching party of the first music video? Are you selling the video separately?
Making your first music video is a fun and amazing experience, and the more videos you make, the better you will become at capturing your band's style in a few short minutes.
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