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Are you curious about how to make videos but can't tell a camcorder from a coffee maker? Do the terms 'pan' and 'tilt' conjour up thoughts of tv cooking shows instead of movie making terminology? Or maybe you're tired of always being the audience member and want to start making videos yourself? Well look no further, Video 101 is here! Join the friendly Vimeo Staff as we cover all the basics of shooting and editing videos you can be proud of. We've handcrafted these lessons for beginners of all backgrounds, check it out!

Step 1: Choosing a Camera


Choosing a camera is the first step on your way to making videos that you can share on Vimeo. There are a lot of options to choose from including camcorders, simple point and shoot cameras, and nowadays cellphones with built in video cameras. Where do you even start? Check out the video below for a quick run down of your various movie making options.

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Step 2: Shooting Basics


So you bought yourself a camera or maybe you borrowed one from a friend, cool! Um, but how do you use it to make videos that look good? Shooting video well is a skill that takes time to develop but with a few simple tips you'll find yourself on the path to movie magic. Take a peek at the video below for an introduction to those tips.

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Step 3: Editing Basics


Editing video clips together can be really fun, especially once you master a few basic features in your editing program. With a bit of patience and experimentation you'll be producing smoothly edited videos in no time. For an overview of what you can do in a standard editing program watch the video below.

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Step 4: Editing Details

Do you want to learn more about editing your videos? Choose your platform:

Ready for a challenge? You've watched the 101 series, studied every lesson until it's memorized and you're seeing cameras in your dreams, and now you're ready to start making your first video! Right? Let's start with something simple. Make a 5 x 5, just take 5 video clips, trim each one down to 5 seconds, and then combine them into one 25 second video. Follow all the awesome tips we've gone over and upload it here-

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Video 101

Making videos doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it’s way easier than you think, we promise! Video 101 is here to teach you the very basics of making videos and show you how fun it can be.

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