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Holiday Food Video Tips

Ever wonder why food looks so much better on your plate than it does on camera? As it turns out, there are a few simple tricks to filming food so that it looks as good as it tastes.

We’re not talking about crazy food industry sleight of hand, like using shaving cream instead of whipped cream. We’re talking about easy ways you can use existing tools in your kitchen to make your meal picture perfect.

In the video below, we’ll walk you through the four key ingredients you’ll need to create a feast for the eyes.

Filming Single Take Oners

Image Credit: Film camera by ponsulak on Shutterstock 

From epic fifteen minute long fight scenes, to fun holiday commercials, single take shots are suddenly everywhere. What used to be a cinematic feat is rapidly becoming commonplace in TV shows, music videos, and online videos.

Still, not all “oners” are made the same way, or for the same reasons. If you’re considering attempting a single take, whether it’s to show off your office’s holiday spirit, or to announce a fancy product release, read this post first. We’ll cover all the different types of single take shots, and how to overcome common challenges they can pose. 

How to Light a Horror Scene on Film

As the nights grow longer, and the shadows deepen, our minds tend to turn to things that go bump in the night. With Halloween around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to embrace the spookier side of filmmaking.

In this episode of our How To Video series, we’re diving headfirst into the world of horror. Our video tutorial will walk you through exactly how to light a scene for a most frightful effect. You’ll learn tips for working in adverse conditions, adding atmosphere, avoiding lens flare, and getting a truly terrifying end result.

psychology of video and customers By A. and I. Kruk on Shutterstock

Photo Credit: A. and I. Kruk on Shutterstock

It’s no secret – video is everywhere! Brands are using video in new and exciting ways and enjoying unheard of results, like higher time on page, lower bounce rate, and jumps in SEO. But why? What is it about video that leads to higher engagement and interaction rates?

It has a lot to do with human psychology. Video as a medium is more engaging than other mediums, tugging at our heartstrings and captivating our attention better than anything else. If you’ve ever cried at a movie, you know what we mean! And, when you use it in your marketing efforts, a lot of these same effects carry through. The difference? That emotion and connection can ultimately help convert a viewer into a paying customer.

In this guest post from our friends at Lemonlight, we’ll take a look at just why video is such a powerhouse and how you can use that to your advantage.

People Watching Video on Smartphone by Jacob Lund

Photo Credit: Jacob Lund on Shutterstock

It’s a hard truth that not every product is exciting. They might be incredibly necessary, they might even solve important problems, but at the end of the day, they are still… boring.

However, that doesn’t mean the stories told about these products have to be boring. In fact, using video, you can demonstrate the exact opposite. The key to success is to use powerful, emotional connections to sell something that otherwise might be seen as dull.

In this guest post from Bold Content Video, we’ll examine four different campaigns that managed to deliver exciting videos about relatively boring products, with key takeaways for your own business.

firefighting online with video

It’s one of those days. Everything is going wrong – products are failing, websites are crashing, and customers are grumbling. Worse, they’re posting about it online for the world to see!

Before things get out of hand, you need to start engaging with your customers in a helpful and meaningful way. That’s where video comes in.

Video can be a powerful tool to respond to your audience in a time of crisis. However, there are several keys to getting it right. From employing empathy, to adding value, and showing rather than telling, here’s our guide to fighting fires with online video.

There are numerous ways to approach video marketing. There’s the explainer video approach, the interview approach, the webinar approach, and there’s the storytelling approach which we’re huge fans of here at SproutVideo. While there are many more, one trend that we have never explored is the idea of disturbing your audience with what we call the “yuck factor”. 

Not sure what we mean? Refer to the viral sensation Dr. Pimple Popper (aka Dr. Sandra Lee) who has millions of social media followers and just debuted her new TV show on the TLC network earlier this year. In the following video, she shares how her embrace of video marketing to both entertain and educate people online has skyrocketed the visibility and business of her practice over the past four years.

In short, sometimes grossing out your audience is the key to success! Let’s take a look at how creatives from different industries have leveraged this approach to video marketing, why it has worked for each of them, and how you might be able to apply these lessons to your own business.

Please note that some of the video examples we share below may be intense so please watch at your own discretion.

long-form video trends

When you think about video marketing, chances are you think of videos that are 10 seconds to two minutes long. After all, we’ve all been told that nobody has the attention span for anything much longer than that. The accepted wisdom is that we must keep our videos short in order to get any views.

What if we were to tell you that there are some very good arguments for incorporating long-form videos into your 2018 video marketing strategy? What if we were to tell you that some of the best corporate videos out there are 10, 20, and 30+ minutes long? And, what if we told you that these types of video could lead to more engagement?

Below, we share five reasons that long-form video is a growing trend. Learn when to use long-form video (with examples), how to best measure the efficacy of your long-form video, and how to get the most mileage from it.

Company PSA Videos

Some companies would prefer to stay as far away as possible from controversial issues. However, people have begun to expect more from brands. It’s not enough to have a good product, you also have to be a good global citizen.

But, it’s clearly dicey, at best, to take a stand. Just look at the recent scandal that engulfed Papa John’s after they weighed in on the NFL protests. So, how does a brand responsibly take on a serious and potentially divisive issue?  

One strategy that has worked well in the past is a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video. With full control over the message and optics, you can carefully craft a video that best communicates your position. Here are the five key ingredients for a powerful PSA video, and the eight steps you need to take to make your own.

Sony RX0 action cams for business video

Everything from their marketing to their compact and waterproof design tells you that action cams are for sports, adventures, or similar high-adrenaline endeavors. However, their innate flexibility has allowed for innovative uses in many areas of filmmaking.

In fact, newer models of these “action” cams are beginning to create a new category entirely: the everything camera. For instance, the RX0 by Sony exemplifies this trend towards highly versatile, lightweight, and capable cameras. We recently had the chance to test one out, and were surprised by its potential for business video applications.

In this post, learn what makes these new cameras so insanely useful from both a technical and business perspective. We’ll illustrate these points using the RX0 as an example.

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