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Art of the Vidblog

Stephen Niebauer
December 16, 2010 by Stephen Niebauer Staff

Want to document a certain time period or event in your life? Do you take tons of video and never know what to do with it all? Try making a vidblog! Vidblogs are simply what their name states, blogging through the format of video. Sometimes vidblogs are confused with the videos of people ranting, raving or talking to the camera about their lives, but what we’re going to show you is how to make vidblogs that are creative and interesting.

To get an idea, check out this great example of a travel vidblog by Justin Johnson:

The best part is that vidblogs are about you and the people in your life, and that should definitely be the focus. Make them fun, interesting, but most of all, make them the way you want. Try new ways of shooting and editing!

So, how should you go about making a vidblog? Here are some tips.

Shooting Tips:

  • Record everything! Carry a camera on you at all times. Seriously. You never know when the great moments of life will occur. Make it easy on yourself, and don’t stress about planning a masterful short film or something, simply be prepared for moments in your life that you want to record. Convenience is key.
  • Pick the right camera. Since your vidblogs are going up on the web, quality doesn’t have to be perfect. Convenience should come first, and point & shoot cameras are great to have on the go. Most of these little cameras fit in your pocket and the quality of them is getting better and better. Also, aren’t phones shooting great looking video now? Pssh, this is getting too easy!
  • Vary your shots. If you know you are going to make a vidblog out of your footage, shoot a variety of shots. Shoot shots with lots of movement for filler and transitions, and still shots to change the mood. Shoot content that interests you, and change it up. Get creative with the framing.
  • Shoot themes. Shoot shots that are similar to one another, like walking. They add a nice touch to your video to cut back to. In my vidblog, “a great summer”, I cut back to shots of walking around the streets of New York City. Check it:

Editing Tips:

  • Organize those clips. Categorize by event, by day, or however you like. Organization is key when you are looking for that specific shot among the hundreds that you may have taken over the last month.
  • Rhythm will make or break your vidblog. A popular element of vidblogs is music. It is not mandatory, and often, it is overdone. If you want to use music to form the mood, choose a song that you can edit to, or multiple songs that you can edit together. Something with a nice heavy beat works wonderfully to cut your shots to. Make sure you have the rights to whatever music you use! Check out Vimeo Music Store for some cool tunes you can try out.
  • Utilize sound for transitions. Instead of using music throughout your entire piece, sometimes it’s nice to use the sound recorded in your videos to stretch across multiple clips to create juxtaposition and interesting audio atmospheres. Play with the sound. It makes it more interesting. A good example of this is in Andrea’s WinterZeit vidblog:

It can be easy to accumulate a lot of footage, especially when you first get a camera, but organizing it and presenting it can be a challenge. Vidblogs are a great way to share parts of your life in a fun and interesting way. Try it out!

Ready for a challenge?

Using what you’ve learned, take video over the next few days, or weeks and make your own vidblog with the footage!

Accept this challenge


Carl Neumann

I feel my time spent here on vimeo was well worth it and everything one needs to create a great video with very good shooting tips and the vimeo music store can also help you add a song to your video you recorded immediately!!!....awesome indeed.

John Peter Thiel

I agree with Carl. There is so much material here even for the person who has never shot video in their lives, or the movie freak who wants to take their own projects to the next level.

Littleviews & LetsKickScoot Plus

This is absolutely what I was looking for! Since my short time watching Vimeo lessons, I've picked up camera techniques, such as how to use mono-and-tripods and the value of image stabilization, but without a crew, script writer, and announcer (I was all that on my first and so far only post), it is hard to figure out how to compose something interesting out of perhaps what feels like an ordinary day (even though it is not).

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