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How to Make a Music Video with a Web Cam
Making a music video in the comfort of your own room is fun and easy. Whether you're thinking about uploading a DIY video to YouTube or simply making a music video for class, this is probably the simplest option available. With a little bit of know-how, it's also a really effective way to showcase your natural-born talent. Let's get started!
Get a computer with access to the internet and a camera.Many computers have cameras built into the monitor or body of the computer. Know how to operate your camera before beginning. Besides a location for shooting, this is all you'll need. The benefit of shooting from a computer is in its convenience - you won't have to use any technical equipment and you'll be able to edit the video and upload it to sharing sites on the same computer you shoot it on.
Pick a song.The instructions in this section assume that you have either recorded your own song previously or have permission to use someone else's. You should pick a song that you know well - forgetting the parts of a song while you're shooting can mean time is wasted re-shooting.
- Getting the legal right to use someone else's music can be a tricky process (see: How to Buy Music Rights.) If you don't want your music video removed, seek permission before uploading it.
- You don't necessarily need to use an entire song for your music video. Some of the most successful viral videos ever use only a short selection of a larger song.
Plan your shot(s).The simplest option for recording a webcam music video is to simply use one uninterrupted shot of the area where you normally use your computer. For more ambitious videos, you may want to take many separate shots, then edit them together into one seamless whole. In either case, plan ahead. Write an outline or some basic stage directions beforehand. If you or any cast members forget what to do, you'll be able to consult your instructions.
- For videos with a narrative, write a script (see: How to Write a Script.)
- Most webcam videos aren't complicated - some of the most famous webcam music videos ever are nothing more than one person sitting in front of his or her computer and lip-syncing to a short clip from the song.Don't let this keep you from being creative - a more memorable video has a better chance of taking off!
Rehearse!Even if you've planned a simple video, walk through it a few times. You may be surprised by stumbling blocks that you hadn't anticipated - for instance, you might a get a case of the giggles or have a hard time keeping on beat with the music.
- If your on-screen action is meant to be synchronized in time with the song, play the song while you're filming. For this, it can be handy to keep a boombox or a set of speakers off-camera.
- If you've got the hard drive space, leave the camera on for your rehearsals. You may surprise yourself by nailing it on the first try! Even better, you may capture a happy accident that you hadn't planned for. Sometimes this can give you better footage than you would have gotten if everything had gone "right."
Make sure your shooting area is well-lit!Webcams usually have worse picture quality than conventional cameras as-is - don't worsen things with bad lighting. You don't need anything fancy, just a few 100W bulbs. The less the camera has to compensate for low light, the better your videos will look.
- Sometimes a well-done low-light look can give a music video a dark or mysterious atmosphere. If you're going to incorporate darkness into your video, have at least one light source - your audience needs to be able to seesomething.
Get in position, turn on the music, and press "record." The rest is up to you - be confident and show the world you know how to rock out!
- If you have time, record multiple takes. Experiment with different angles and performance styles. You might discover that making subtle changes to your performance or camera can give your video tremendous personality.
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