How I Record and Edit Art Process Videos
The Messy Ever After Way
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
Recording videos doesn’t need to be expensive. I’ve ditched my DSLR and actually use my smart phone 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 set up pictured above. My life is much easier now.
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.)
Here’s what the final product using this set up looks like:
Close up Videos for Instagram
When I’m doing close up shots of my detail work like this video–
–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!
- Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam
- Logitech Webcam Software
- Computer with USB port
- Video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro or Filmora . I had used Windows Movie Maker in the past, but newer versions of Windows don’t support that program–which is a bummer because I love free things.
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.
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.
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.
Final Product Using Logitech c920 Webcam:
(The last close up clip was filmed with my Canon Rebel T3i DSLR, because it’s easier to handle when moving around.)
And there you have it
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!
If you have any questions, I would love to answer them. And if there is anything else you want to learn about let me know in the comments below.