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Shoot Your Life: 5 Tips For Enhancing Your Video Memories

Joshua Lockhart 03-07-2014

With tools like 120fps frame rates on the iPhone 5s, action-packed GoPros, and even Google Glass, it’s becoming clearer that our personal lives will not only be documented with photos, but with video. Yes, we already have Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine to handle our more visual methods of communication, but as technology changes and these video outlets grow in quality, availability, and number, how can you make things even better?


Below are just a few tips to enhance the quality of your videos – no matter what format you’re using.

1. Get Rid Of VVS


You may have heard about VVS (Vertical Video Syndrome) The Scourge Of Vertical Video Syndrome [Weird & Wonderful Web] Vertical Video Syndrome may just be a catchy name which we can use to classify some videos and the people responsible for them, but the issue is real. Do you suffer from this digital ailment? Read More  in passing, but the basic message is this: please stop shooting your videos with your phones in the upright position. We admit that this depends on the viewing options – Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine are most definitely designed for vertical video.

But do not bring those nasty habits on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, or even videos via MMS. It’s simple! Rotate your phone sideways to get that full HD, 16:9, widescreen quality – this will make things look so much better.

2. Consolidate Your Videos Somewhere


Yeah it’s cool that you posted that video from your phone on Facebook, and maybe you have a few YouTube channels floating around because you keep forgetting the passwords. However, a cool idea for keeping track of your videos – and just your videos – is by storing them all in one place. It’s as simple as creating a Facebook page or even a Tumblr. Every time you make a video – regardless of what upload method you use – post it there.

This essentially will create a place for you and your friends to check out all of your videos, serving almost as a more dynamic blog or journal of sorts. It’s good to capture memories. It’s even better to create something akin to a moving photo album.

3. Don’t Worry Too Much About The Quality


We had a post a while back all about keeping ahold of your poor photos Why You Should Never Delete Dodgy Digital Photos [Opinion] The digital age we're now living in has changed our ideas of ownership and copyright. For better or worse. It's also changed the way we do various things. In the field of photography moving to... Read More . Sure, your kid’s face may be out of focus, and yes, that dog is peeing in the background, but twenty years from now, who cares? The same principle goes for video: shaky shots, blurry focus, and grainy noise is totally fine when you really think about it.

That said, don’t delete the bad stuff. Keep it. Post it. (But you may want to post a higher quality version as well – just in case.)

4. Shoot Everything


There are these life purists out there who believe you aren’t really experiencing the world if you’re doing it from behind a camera. That’s… just simply not the case. You’re there, aren’t you? You’re interacting with what’s in front of you, right? So isn’t that an experience?

Our advice is to simply shoot everything with whatever you have whenever you can. Granted, don’t clog up your phone’s memory storage with an hour’s worth of footage from your daughter’s soccer game – that would be a little silly. But do get that shot of her soccer game. Do get a shot of her getting that first ice cream of the summer. Do get that shot of her crying because she just lost a tooth – trust us, it will be worth it in the end. You’ll thank yourself later.

5. Save Everything Offline


You may have stuff on the cloud, but online services do sometimes die. Why not save stuff to a hard drive somewhere? It’s going to be easy enough offloading videos shot with a camera app on your phone. You may need some extra help with Vine, but we have some solutions for that How To Save Vine Videos For Offline Viewing Twitter set a six-second limit on videos uploaded to Vine. It won't even take you that long to download Vine videos. Read More . We also have some recommendations when it comes to Instagram, too 7 Free Ways to Download Instagram Videos Do you want to download Instagram videos? Here's how to save a video from Instagram with the best free Instagram video downloaders. Read More . Basically, you’re set.


In the end, it’s all about capturing memories and providing an easier way to accessing them. Hopefully, these tips will help you out while documenting your life by visual means!

What other ways do you make videos? Do you have any other tips for creating a video journal?

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