A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of being a videographer or filmmaker. It's such a big job! But I want to show you how easy it is to become a great video producer, even if you've never recorded an interview or shot an entire event yourself before. The key is learning from other people who have done it before and then practising until your skills improve and become more efficient. Here's what I recommend doing:


Top 15 Video production skills to learn



1. Scriptwriting

Scriptwriting is a skill that you can develop over time. There are many things to consider when writing your script:

  • What is the story about?
  • Who are the main characters and why do they matter in the story?
  • How does this relate to other stories or movies you've seen before (or even just TV shows)?

The first step in writing a good script is making sure it's clear what you're trying to say. Even if you have an idea for something, everyone involved must know exactly what their role is going into filming and editing so there isn't any confusion later on down the road when the time comes around for post-production work such as audio mixing or colour correction—things which can make or break even great projects!


2. Storyboarding

Storyboarding is the art of creating a visual representation of your story. It's a process that allows you to see exactly how you want viewers to feel by acting out each scene and explaining what's happening in each shot.

Storyboards are useful for:

  • Creating an outline for any type of video production project, including commercials, documentaries and corporate videos.
  • Developing ideas for new videos or movies based on existing ones (e.g., if you've already created one but want to make it better).
  • Showcasing clients' products through still images or short clips before hiring a professional crew—makes it easier for them to understand what they're getting into when hiring someone else!


3. Budgeting and scheduling

The ability to budget and schedule is one of the most important skills you can learn as a video producer. Budgeting is necessary for every business, but it's especially true when working in this field. If your project doesn't have a plan and timeline, then no matter how much time you spend on it, there will be wasted time and money because of missed deadlines and failed productions.

Creating budgets is also critical because they help determine how much money your client wants to spend on each piece of content—which can vary greatly depending on what kind of video they want produced (e-learning vs storytelling vs vlogging). Once this has been decided upon by both parties involved in creating said content (the client/client), then scheduling becomes even more important because now we know how much time will be needed by each team member(s) throughout the production process itself!

Staying on budget while working together with other professionals who are also trying their best not only helps us stay organized but also keep track of everything happening around us which makes things easier once everything gets finished up nicely after being completed successfully which ends up saving both parties time as well as money spent thus making everyone happy :)


4. Shooting video

Shooting video is a skill that you'll need to learn if you're going to produce high-quality videos, whether they're for your business or personal use. The best way to do this is by doing lots of practice. Here are some tips on how to get started:

  • Set up the shot before filming—this will help ensure that everything looks good in post-production. This means having good lighting set up with proper white balance and exposure, along with an effective camera angle (a good rule of thumb is that if someone has their eye level at waist height when standing upright in front of them). You should also make sure there aren't any unwanted reflections off surfaces such as windows or mirrors so those won't appear in your shot later on when editing video footage together into one cohesive piece."


5. Lighting and sound design

Lighting and sound design are two of the most important aspects of video production. Without proper lighting, your footage will not look professional or polished. Likewise, without appropriate sound effects and music, your video will be dull as dishwater.

When it comes to lighting: You need to know how to light a scene for maximum effect! It’s all about using proper exposure (the amount of light entering a lens), depth-of-field (a blur effect) and backlighting when necessary. For example: if you want something bright on screen but don't want it too close up or far away from him/her; use a backlight while keeping everything else dark except where they are talking at that moment - this way they'll appear more realistic instead than just having them sitting there like statuary statues."


6. Video editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects, and Final Cut Pro X.

Editing software is used to create a video. It’s where you should start if you want to learn how to make videos. You can use free or paid editing software, but most novice video editors tend to use free tools like Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects and Final Cut Pro X as they offer enough features for beginners without being too complicated or expensive.

It's also worth noting that there are many different types of editing suites out there: some are more suited for web-based content creation; others are ideal for professional workflows in post-production houses (the big ones).


7. Typography skills.

Typography is the art and science of using typefaces in a design. It's what makes a design look professional, clean, and appealing to the eye. If you want your video production skills to stand out from others, learning how to use typefaces will help you do just that.

Knowing how to size typefaces can make all the difference between a basic logo or banner ad on an online platform and something more immersive like a landing page with some text below it or even an animated explainer video (more on this later). You should also know how different styles of fonts work together so that they complement each other instead of being too busy looking like they're competing for attention within the same frame space.

Finally—and most importantly—knowing when not also using specific typefaces at all would be helpful during any stage of production from writing scripts through filming/editing down to final delivery


8. Colour grading.

Colour grading is the process of adjusting the colour, or "look", of a video. Video producers can use colour grading to make their videos more cinematic, and also add some visual interest to shots that might otherwise look boring or flat.

It's important to know how to colour grade because it's an important part of video production—and if you're not good at it, then other people will notice! The best way to learn how is by starting out with something simple like adjusting contrast levels in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (or any other editor). Once you've got your feet wet with basic colour correction, then it's time for bigger challenges such as using keying or adding titles and graphics on top of footage shot in camera using Adobe After Effects CC (or any other editor).


9. Recording audio for video.

Recording audio for video is a great way to add depth and dimension to your production. There are many different ways to record audio, but the most common one is through a microphone on your computer or phone. Once you have recorded the sound, it's time to edit that sound into something that works with your video clips. This can be done in several different ways:

  • You could use a program like an Audacity or GarageBand (both free) that allows you to manipulate and mix multiple sounds together at once; however, if you're looking for more professional results then consider purchasing some professional editing software such as Adobe Premier Pro CC 2018 ($299). This will allow you much greater control over editing than using free apps such as Audacity because it comes with pre-built effects and tracks which can help streamline workflow by allowing users to see exactly how everything fits together from start to finish without having any guesswork involved!


10. Animation skills.

Animation is a great way to add personality and fun to your videos. You can use animation to explain a concept, tell a story or make something more memorable. For example:

  • Animating the steps of how to do something will help people understand it better than just showing them doing it in real life
  • Animation helps you tell your story faster without having to show every step of the way


11. Visual affects knowledge.

Visual effects are a great way to create a more immersive experience for the viewer. They can be used to create a sense of scale or to add movement to an image. They can also be used for realism or fantasy, depending on what you want your viewers to feel when watching your video.


12. Videography techniques.

  • Zoom In and Out

When you're recording a video, the first thing that should be done is to zoom in on your subject's face. This will help you capture their expressions, which can be very helpful when editing later on. If you want to show off how big and powerful something is, then pan out from the centre of the frame to show how big it actually is!

  • Panning

Pans are also called “tracking shots” because they track your subject as they move around or walk through an area (like walking down a street). You can use this technique for both establishing shots—where people are standing still—or follow-ups where people move around quickly enough for you not even see them anymore!


13. Using Adobe tools to create title sequences and other graphics.

Adobe tools are used to create title sequences and other graphics for videos. Using these tools, you can create your own custom titles, transitions and more. The most common application of this technology is in the world of video editing where it allows users to add their own text or images to preexisting footage.

Adobe Photoshop is an incredibly powerful program that can be used by anyone who wants an easy-to-use interface with a ton of features packed into one program. It's great for creating logos and graphics for websites but also works well when it comes time to make something more complex like a title sequence or intro video—in fact almost anything else related directly or indirectly to digital media production!


14. Building a brand around your videos.

With the right content, you can build a brand around your videos. Consistency is key to building an audience and creating loyalty, so you must create a consistent look and feel across all of your videos. When it comes to creating this consistency, there are several things you should keep in mind:

  • Use a consistent logo. The way people identify with brands depends on where they see them—in print ads or on TV commercials. In social media posts or billboards? Make sure that every piece of content has some visual element that represents what you're selling (or trying to sell). For example: if I'm selling coffee beans, my logo would be an image of coffee beans. If I were selling Girl Scout cookies (which we'll talk about later), then maybe instead we'd just have the word "cookie" written out somewhere behind someone holding up a baggie filled with a brownie mix!


15. Speaking in front of a camera.

The ability to speak in front of a camera is one of the most important skills you can have as a video producer. If you're not comfortable speaking on camera, your talent will likely be uncomfortable too.

It's also important to know how and when to use voice-over narration and sound effects when filming interviews or other videos.

Many skills go into creating a great video production!

  • Have a good script: Your script should be written so that it's easy to follow and understand, but with enough depth for your audience to get involved in the story. If you want to learn more about writing scripts, check out our guide here.
  • Have a good storyboard: You'll need this before filming starts if you want everything to run smoothly during production. A storyboard can help keep everyone on track while also highlighting any areas where there may be confusion or uncertainty between crew members or actors.
  • Budget wisely: It's important not only financially but also logistically (elevator access) when setting up shoots at different locations such as offices vs. restaurants vs. bars etcetera... so make sure all these details are taken care of beforehand!


Video production is a great way to share your message with the world. It’s also a great way to supplement your business or personal brand, and it can be an excellent way to get more eyeballs on your work. If you want to learn more about video production, find an online course that covers everything from scriptwriting and shooting videos to visual effects creation and distribution methods.