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How To Make Perfect Craft/DIY/Fitness/Cooking Live Videos Every Time

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Maybe you've been told to hold your phone higher, or to use better lighting, but it's just not helping. 
If this sounds familiar, take a look at this article to get over the overwhelm and confusion and start making live videos!

In today's article I'm going to be talking about some specific difficulties and challenges when doing demos. It could be knitting, crafting DIY; or demoing anything.  

This article will give you an overview of things that can really help and hopefully get you actually MAKING those videos! 
You could be outside or inside creating videos that are for demonstration: like cooking, DIY, crafting or fitness videos. These types of videos are very helpful for your audience, but they can be fraught with quite a few difficulties.

Here are some steps you need to follow to get quality live demo videos.:

1. Use a lavalier mic or shotgun mic for clear sound quality
2. Use soft boxes or LED lighting for clear visuals
3. Use a tripod or gimbal for a steady image

1. Use a lavalier mic or shotgun mic for clear sound quality
To get clear sound quality when recording a cooking or fitness demonstration, it is best to use a lavalier, wireless clip-on or shotgun mic. With a lavalier mic, you will need to clip it to your clothing away from any rustling fabric or jewelry. 
A wireless lavalier mic is ideal if you will be moving around a lot during your recording. If you are recording in a smaller space, a shotgun mic can be a good option, as it can pick up sound from a distance. For both types of mics, it must be good quality to get the best sound possible.

If you are recording a demonstration, it is important to have clear audio of the cooking instructions. A lavalier or shotgun mic can help to ensure that the audio is clear and easy to understand. If you are recording in a small space, a shotgun mic can be a good option as it can pick up sound from a distance. 

2. Use soft boxes or LED lighting for clear visuals
When filming a cooking, fitness or other demonstration, it is important to have clear visuals. This can be achieved by using soft boxes or LED lighting. Soft boxes create a soft glow that is ideal for filming and they are generally quite cheap but bulky. LED lighting is also a good option for clear visuals that are more expensive but smaller. 
It is important to place the lights in a way that will not cause shadows.

Another way to create clear visuals is by using a reflector. A reflector is a piece of equipment that reflects light back onto the subject. This can be used to fill in shadows and create a more even light. 

3. Use a tripod or gimbal for a steady image
When filming demonstrations, the camera must be fairly stable. Consider how you will hold your camera or phone. A tripod or boom arm can help with this.  A tripod can be placed on a table or on the floor, if it reaches high enough to be at your eye level.  A microphone boom arm with a phone or camera adaptor can be better for overhead shots on a desk.  For larger area views, a wall or ceiling mount for your camera or phone or a high rig can be a more permanent and professional option.

Another thing to keep in mind is your background.
Make sure that your background is not too cluttered and that there is enough light so that you and your food, crafting or workout equipment are the focus of the shot. 
You may also want to consider using a green screen so that you can have more control over your background in post-production. 
Make sure you are comfortable and organised while shooting. 
If you are doing a live demo, this means having all the ingredients and equipment you need within reach. If you are doing a fitness demo, this means having a clear space to move around in and being aware of your surroundings. By being prepared and taking the time to set up your shot, you can help ensure a successful live cooking, DIY or fitness demonstration.

If you're looking to improve your live video skills, consider these tips on sound, lighting, and camera placement. With a little practice, you'll be sure to wow your viewers every time.

I’d love to hear about you and your experience with getting clear live videos.. Leave me a comment on how it went for you or drop any questions you want me to answer!


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