How I Record and Edit Art Process Videos

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I love watching art time-lapse and process videos. They are mesmerizing and make things look so easy! When I first started recording my art, I struggled quite a bit. I thought I needed to use a fancy camera and my DSLR would stop recording after 11 minutes due to file size limits. I’d have to stop working, restart the camera, and repeat.

Then, once I was all finished, I uploaded the clips, pieced them together, and found out my lighting sucked. If you read my previous post about how to photograph your art on a budget, you already know how important lighting is. I learned my lessons the hard way…

But hey! Now I can show you what I’ve learned!

My Current Recording Set Up (Pre-2018)

Recording videos doesn’t need to be expensive. I’ve ditched my DSLR and actually use my smartphone or a webcam to record. I’m going to show you the three main ways I record and edit videos.

No matter how you record, make sure to have two or three lamps with daylight bulbs on your work. Or work in a room with a lot of windows.

Quick and easy time-lapse videos for Instagram

A lot of my little Instagram videos are recorded and edited with my phone. I used to awkwardly set my phone on top of things to record until I ordered the setup pictured above. My life is much easier now.

Equipment Needed:
Editing:

I use the Movie Maker app that came loaded on my phone to speed things up and trim the video. It’s annoyingly limited in that I can only speed the clip by 2X. I usually speed up the clip, mute it, save it. Open that video, speed it up, save. Repeat until the final clip is under a minute long.

Once the final clip is saved, I delete all of the other videos to free up the space on my phone.

(Update: I feel silly for not already doing this, but @indigoimpressions informed me of a different app to use: Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile. Seriously. I’m all about shortcuts and making life easy, yet somehow I stuck with my tedious way of saving videos. SMH.)

Close-up Videos for Instagram

When I’m doing close-up shots of my detail work, I use the little tripod that comes with the phone holder product I copied above. It’s bendy and can easily be angled in a bunch of different ways. For editing, I still use the phone app.

Longer Videos for YouTube or Instagram

Since a lot of my detailing can take me a while, my phone didn’t have enough memory to handle the larger video files. I recently bought a webcam to use for streaming, and decided to try it out for recording. Turns out, it works really well!

Equipment:

I use the same scissor arm stand for the webcam as I do my phone. It shouldn’t need any additional attachments to screw the webcam on.

Recording:

You’ll need to download the webcam software to be able to record and save onto your computer. I love being able to control the entire process from my laptop. It makes it much easier for me when I start editing as well.

Editing:

Since I have been making longer videos with music and more extensive editing, I use Adobe Premier Pro for these. I love this program, but it does come with a fee. I actually have the whole Adobe Creative Cloud because I use Photoshop and Spark regularly.

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Those are all of the ways I currently film my art. If you are thinking about making videos, I really encourage you to do so. They are great for exposure, and it’s pretty fun to watch the end product!

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-Kelly

@messyeverafter

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