CyberLink’s Media Experts Share Video Tips for Capturing Every Moment that Matters
SANTA CLARA, CA—November 20, 2014—As long as there have been cameras, Americans have been infatuated with documenting their lives, especially around the holiday season. In an effort to uncover the “Evolution of the Holiday Home Movie”, CyberLink, the world’s leading consumer multimedia software company, explored the history of the amateur movie-maker in an informative and entertaining look at the changes we observed over the past 50 years.
As editing tools, mobile devices, and sophisticated cameras continue to enter the market, professional tools such as CyberLink’s digital array of offerings will become more affordable and more common with the everyday consumer. As we enter the Holiday Season, CyberLink is sharing its top tips and tricks for producing creative and professional quality home videos and photos, for folks who are looking to make a splash and keen to share their special moments with friends and family.
“Cyberlink's expertise has been in digital video technologies for decades, our goal is to empower multimedia enthusiasts to experience the power and joy of photo and video,” said Alice Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “We’re eager to share our entertaining research about the evolution of holiday home movies and the tricks of the trade we’ve collected from expert users of CyberLink’s suite of products. Everyone can learn how to produce holiday videos that will be shown at family reunions and get-togethers for years to come.”
CyberLink’s tips for video creation include:
Tip #1 – Invest in a Mini Tripod for Your Smartphone: Mom and Dad’s home videos were always grainy and shaky while they circled the party, eggnog in one hand camera in the other, capturing every moment on film. Tripods and mini tripods for smartphones are an inexpensive and easy way to capture scenes like guests entering a party or kids unwrapping their gifts while giving time for a quick break and time to enjoy the holiday from the other side of the lens.
Tip #2 – Create a Storyline: Be your own Steven Spielberg and make your holiday home movie award-worthy by telling an entertaining story. By creating a storyline in advance to set the framework for your video, you can select an overall theme, a beginning, middle and end to give your movie a Hollywood worthy plotline. To make your movie more unique, consider adding voiceovers, “staged” scenes or even editing your home holiday movie to a stylish video eCard or slideshow to share with your friends and family this year. Go wild and include a 30 second blooper real!
Tip #3 – Adequately Proportion People vs. Scene: Jumping from one shot to another is often jarring to watch in a home movie. Including a few scenic shots like the light of a Christmas tree, snow fall or a table setting can help transition from one scene to the next, so make sure you take a few shots of the surroundings as well. Experts say the general rule is a healthy three to five seconds of scenery juxtaposed with the holiday action in your movie when all is said and done.
Tip #4 – Collect Video from Family and Friends: Chances are you aren’t the only one capturing the holiday action this year. Put the call out to friends and family for their smartphone videos and find editing software with a multi-camera feature. It will let you edit scenes of the same view captured from all angles. Cloud sharing programs can be a great tool in helping to bring everyone’s content together in one place for easy access and storage. Mom and Dad definitely never had that!
Tip #5 – Find Your Classic Holiday Movie Moment: Imagine if Clark Griswold of National Lampoon fame had a smartphone during his Christmas vacation? There are a lot of ways to capture the quirky, candid holiday action that is bound to occur so don’t forget to get involved with your subjects. Share toys with the kids, get the family pet involved, and sneak up on grandma, essentially roll camera until you find whatever is going to keep everyone laughing for years to come!
CyberLink has also identified the top tips for editing holiday photos so you can create classic holiday greeting card which capture and maintain the most festive of holiday moments. To learn more about CyberLink’s holiday home movie and photo tip infographics, visit www.cyberlink.com/event/holidaytips
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