Do you remember your fifth (or 15th, or 50th) boating adventure of last summer? I don’t remember mine either. If only I’d captured them on video. I could replay the scene to bring it all back, and relive all those boating moments, preferably in slow-mo. I know, I know, video cameras can be slightly annoying companions in real
time, even though they’re very useful tools in the right hands. But they make it
easy to share an experience or relive our memories long after the season ends
or the kids grow up. Plus, we can edit the footage afterward, making a moment
more special or exciting than in real time.
Video is also a great sales tool, as it allows us to take potential buyers on a virtual tour.
Keep in mind, though, that the best footage to sell your boat will most likely be quite
different from what your family finds entertaining, so it’s important to know what you’re
trying to capture before you start filming. Is it “Buy this boat” or “Wasn’t that a great
day?” or something completely different? Regardless of your video’s intended message,
following some basic rules will help you capture footage others will appreciate. Here are
10 tips to help you create a video that viewers will watch all the way through.
1. Minimize the motion. Even the
gentle bobbing and rocking that we barely
notice (while tied to a dock, or on a
calm lake) will be very disturbing when
watched on screen. Use your legs as shock
absorbers, and take short clips. Beware
of bracing yourself on something like a
bimini frame that may transfer engine
vibrations to the camera.
2. Keep the horizon straight. Yes,
artsy videographers may be able to get
away with using an odd angle here and
there. But basic videos should aim for a
stable, easily understood reference point.
3. Capture a different perspective.
On a heeling sailboat, crouch to leeward
for an up-close look at the water rushing
by. On a center-console, film the wake
By Carol Newman Cronin
Create A Great Boat Video
These 10 tips will work to help you capture memories and share
your love of boating with others