If you and your client have a digital relationship, you’re likely reliant on high-quality videos in order to get your work done and achieve your collective goals. Let’s make sure your videos are clean and concise to maximize their value. The following information is for anyone looking to learn a few basic tips on how they can shoot videos for their clients or how you can shoot betters video for your trainer.
Ask yourself if you’re centered in the shot. Is part of your body cut off? It’s important your entire physique can be seen in order for your viewer to take a look at form and alignment.
Take this video for example. It isn’t a bad video; you can see the hips, spine, knees, and ankles. The fact that it’s a little off center is annoying and slightly inconvenient, but it still gives you the information to get the job done.
Also, consider the angle you want to see as a coach when you have a client send you a video back so you can check on their form. Just like you would walk around them inspecting every detail of their movement if you’re in person, ask for videos to be taken so you can see from different angles.
2. Shot Selection
What angle did you choose? If you’re choosing a squat, did you set the camera below your center and between your feet? Although this might be, er, fun, it probably won’t provide the best detail on how to perform the squat or receive feedback. Be sure your positioning is conducive to the work you and your client or trainer are trying to accomplish.
It’s not that you can’t effectively monitor the spine, hips, knees, and ankles in this video but you can feel more of a desire to watch it because it’s cut off much less than the previous one. Not only will this help your social media, but it’s also a way to show your clients you’re detail oriented and you put out a quality product. There’s a difference between a static camera where you’re moving in and out of the frame and a dynamic shot where the camera is moving around you and you’re moving in and out of the shot.
3. Camera Orientation
An important factor in filming is whether your camera should be vertical or horizontal. If you upload a vertical video, it will probably have black lines on the outside. A horizontal video might make you look much further away, which doesn’t offer a good visual of what the movement is.
Before you decide on the orientation of the camera, determine what the video is for. If you’re uploading something for social media, it’s smart to record with a vertical position since that’s how social media platforms operate best. If you’re planning on editing the video or mixing it with other clips, you’ll need to hold it horizontal so you can avoid those black bars. For example, this video is shot horizontal but it looks far away. This video, on the other hand, is your sweet spot. It’s centered in the frame, takes up most of the screen, and is good quality video overall.
You don’t need to have fancy edits and unique transitions to make a well-edited video. Just make sure the first part of your video isn’t you clicking the record button and walking away. You don’t need a video editor working your phone; all you have to do is use a video editing app and trim the ends so all you’re left with is the actual movement.
Ideally you want to stick with 3-5 reps of a particular exercise per video, unless you’re filming “follow along” content like P90X. This gives your client or coach an idea of what the movement looks and keeps the video short enough so it’s easy to watch. Later down the road, you can get into voice-overs, text on the screen, etc., but for now let’s just make simple, useful videos.