Video Tips and Tricks

Capturing a decent video using a digital camera and then editing the file using video editing software can sometimes pose a challenge, especially to the novice user.  This page will offer tips and tricks that you can use to make a better finished video product.

For directions on using approved video editing software for the beginning user, visit these pages: MovieMaker and Photostory.

Video Camera Tips

Brief description about how autofocus works on a video camera and some tips on how to apply the proper focus to your subjects.

CETV AutoFocus contributed by: Pat Flaherty CETV Channel 21.

This document has information about audio connectors and some troubleshooting tips.

CETV Audio Connectors contributed by: Pat Flaherty

Length of Shot with HD Video Camera

If you are using a high definition video camera to record videos, it is a good practice to break up your shots into short segments by stopping and starting again during shooting. A continuous shoot could produce a file that is too large to import successfully into a program such as Movie Maker.

Digital Still Cameras – Images Uploaded to the Web

If you will be using images from a still camera in your project which will be uploaded to the web, some of those images may be extremely large in file size. Any file over 1 MB should be re-sized to be at or less than 500k. Or, camera settings should be adjusted so that the image is of a lesser quality. The human eye will not be able to distinguish the difference when the image is used in a multimedia project.

General Editing Tips

Plan Your Project – Storyboard

It can be very helpful to plan your project before starting to shoot. A storyboard is a good planning tool. Here is a link on Creating a Storyboard using Microsoft Word.

Plan Your Project – Gather Resources

Gather images, audio files, video clips or other media to include in the project and save these in a separate folder to help facilitate retrieval when you are ready to include them when you are editing your project. Please be sure you are aware of copyright rules for the items you intend to use, especially projects you intend to publish online. Be sure that you understand that items you find online are probably subject to copyright laws unless they state otherwise.

CETV How Not to be a Talking Head contributed by: Pat Flaherty CETV Channel 21.

For advanced users, here are some tips to make your video more dynamic using a few production techniques.


Here is a great resource with tips on asking the right questions during an interview. Permission to use the content given by the author, Larry Jordan.