Author: Marlene Hielema

  • Vertical Video: Has the time come?

    Vertical Video: Has the time come?

    [responsive_video type=’youtube’ hide_related=’1′ hide_logo=’1′ hide_controls=’1′ hide_title=’0′ hide_fullscreen=’0′ autoplay=’0′]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSkTss-RQv4[/responsive_video] Are mobile devices forcing us to create vertical videos? I have to confess, I’m rather traditional and vertical videos make me cringe – especially when they are played in a horizontal frame. With all the live video apps available now – such as Periscope (which now also works horizontally), […]

  • Microphones for web video

    Microphones for web video

    [responsive_video type=’youtube’ hide_related=’1′ hide_logo=’1′ hide_controls=’1′ hide_title=’0′ hide_fullscreen=’0′ autoplay=’0′]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HBoJbRjL0Q&feature=youtu.be[/responsive_video] In this video post I’m going to let you hear the difference between three kinds of camera microphones that are suitable for web video such as YouTube and online course videos. These mics are for dSLR, mirrorless cameras and handy cams, and they’ll also work with GoPros and any […]

  • What’s the best webcam?

    What’s the best webcam?

    Should you use your computer’s built in webcam, or an external one? This video tests and compares the quality of two good webcams: The built-in Mac Book Pro HD Facetime camera vs. the Logitech C920 web camera. [responsive_video type=’youtube’ hide_related=’1′ hide_logo=’1′ hide_controls=’1′ hide_title=’0′ hide_fullscreen=’0′ autoplay=’0′]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL2kKmG5W60&feature=youtu.be[/responsive_video] Which is the best webcam? Even without making any adjustments […]

  • Turn your iPad into a Teleprompter

    Turn your iPad into a Teleprompter

    Typical teleprompter setups for your iPad (and other tablets) are super expensive, have cumbersome mirrors, and take up a lot of space. Here is a more compact and economical solution for you. Watch the video below to see the setup I use. [responsive_video type=’youtube’ hide_related=’1′ hide_logo=’1′ hide_controls=’0′ hide_title=’1′ hide_fullscreen=’0′ autoplay=’0′]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_oxDGHvvsE&feature=youtu.be[/responsive_video] Here are the pieces of gear I demonstrated in […]

  • $1K Web Video Studio – For the blogger on a budget

    $1K Web Video Studio – For the blogger on a budget

    Almost daily I get emails asking for my recommendation on the best budget video studio equipment. I hear from beginners, itching to get going on YouTube. They need to be in front of the camera, teaching or demonstrating their products and talking about their services. Maybe you have the same question? The essential items you […]

  • Why do I get black on the sides of my videos?

    Why do I get black on the sides of my videos?

    In this video I show you why you get black bars, or black sides, on your videos, and also why some videos are squishy or stretched looking. I teach you how to get rid of black bars, but also why they are not always a bad thing. [responsive_video type=’youtube’ hide_related=’1′ hide_logo=’1′ hide_controls=’1′ hide_title=’0′ hide_fullscreen=’0′ autoplay=’0′]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxAE76RdnEU[/responsive_video] […]

  • Using a reflector disc for video lighting

    Using a reflector disc for video lighting

    [responsive_video type=’youtube’ hide_related=’1′ hide_logo=’1′ hide_controls=’1′ hide_title=’0′ hide_fullscreen=’0′ autoplay=’0′]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_nZRx3ZAs8[/responsive_video]   A reflector disc is one of the most handy video lighting tools you can buy. If you don’t have money for lighting gear, this tool is the next best thing. In this video I give a brief demo of my favourite 5-in-1 reflector disc. The reflector […]

  • How to set up mixed lighting in video

    How to set up mixed lighting in video

    In this video I demonstrate how to work with natural window light when it is mixed with artificial light from an LED panel. I personally love using window light, but it has a few challenges, namely exposure and white balance. This video shows you my exact setup You might be surprised to learn that I […]

  • Video by the numbers – Camera settings

    Video by the numbers – Camera settings

    Video recording size High Definition (HD) 720pFull High Def (FHD) 1080p4K (overkill for web) Recording format AVCHDMP4MOV Export settings For your Web siteYouTubeOnline courses It has taken me a few years to figure out all the numbers and settings associated with video production. I’ve done a lot of testing and made a lot of mistakes! […]

  • How to talk to a video camera

    How to talk to a video camera

    So you’ve got your YouTube channel set up, and you’ve got all the gear. Your next step is to get in front of the camera and talk to it. And, you need to be engaging so that people will watch your video all the way through. When talking to the camera, think of it like […]