8. Shoot short clips.A common beginner’s mistake is the “endless take.” This refers to shooting a long time on the same scene with no breaks. For some situations, like an interview, this may be appropriate. But if you’re covering an event, don’t let the camera run on and on for one shot. Move positions, shoot another clip, and move to the next location. A storyboard gives you a great shot list to follow and keeps the production moving along.
What’s the minimum length of a clip? Shoot at least 10 seconds of video for each shot. Clips shorter than 10 seconds may not allow the use of video transitions in editing. Ten seconds may seem like a long time, but make sure each shot is at least this length. Short clips also make the editing process easier. Rather than trying to find one moment in a 10-minute clip, you can preview short clips faster. Find your clip, label it, and add this to your media file for quick reference during editing.