Recording good videos while traveling is never as easy as it seems. No matter how good your camera may be, you’ll have to contend with various lighting conditions, weather, crowds, and lots of other factors.
That being said if you take a few simple steps, you can record dramatically better travel videos – and all you need to do is:
- Keep the camera as steady as possible
Admittedly keeping the camera steady in certain situations while you’re traveling may be difficult, but you should try your best regardless. The trick is to support it as much as possible, so you should always hold it in both hands and keep your elbows by your side for additional support.
If you want even better results you could use a tripod or monopod. A tripod is more stable but will take a bit longer to set up, while a monopod is less stable but is slightly faster and easier.
Another option is to mount the camera on a camera holder of some kind – but that may have mixed results and at times you’ll have less control over how steady your camera is.
- Increase the frame rate that you’re recording at
Generally travel videos contain lots of movement in the frame – and so adding more frames to each second of your video can make it look a lot more fluid. The minimum frame rate that you record videos at should be 30, but it may be a good idea to increase it to 60 if you really want your video to look good.
Just remember that increasing your frame rate will increase the file size of the videos that you record. As such you may want to bring along some extra storage, so that you don’t end up running out at an inopportune time.
- Use an external microphone
If you want to record the sounds and really capture the atmosphere of the place that you’re visiting – you need to use an external microphone. The built-in microphone on most cameras isn’t going to cut it when it comes to recording audio, and more often than not the audio quality will be poor.
Investing in a decent external microphone is definitely going to be worth your while if you’re recording audio of any kind. It doesn’t have to be a studio microphone, but rather you should find one with the directionality that you need.
Another option is to forget about the audio entirely and strip it from your video during post-production in favor of background music. For example you could use Movavi Video Editor and follow the steps at https://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/how-to-add-audio-to-video.html.
Each of the methods listed above should help you make key improvements that let you capture far more impressive video footage while traveling. In fact you don’t even have to wait till your next trip to try them out, and should start practicing with them to see the kind of difference that they can make to your videos.