It’s not easy to get about. However, producing a fantastic vacation film does not have to be difficult.
When you’re on the road, you can’t attend important events like birthday celebrations, weddings, or parties. birthdays. In addition, it is not very helpful to see your savings account decrease after each purchase of an airline ticket.
Certainly, you will have the opportunity to visit far-flung places and meet fascinating people, and so on and so forth. Because they weren’t there, none of it is relevant to the friends and family you left behind at home.
To make matters worse, when you chat about your vacation and share the details of your experiences, you come out as obnoxious.
The reality is that returning home and being confronted by feelings of isolation is the most challenging aspect of travelling. Because returning to what you consider to be “regular” life may be startling if you do not have an avenue through which to share the trip experiences you have had. It’s unavoidable.
How exactly can you tell about your most recent adventures without sounding like you’re always trying to pull a hacky bag out of your mouth? Simple. Avoid bringing about your trips in conversation. Create a fantastic trip film to demonstrate to others how amazing the experience was.
Watching videos is enjoyable for almost everyone, and I do mean absolutely everyone. Therefore, if you would want to shoot, edit, and produce a better video of your next trip that will amaze even your most elitist buddy, continue reading this article for some pointers.
The most favourable aspect is that all of the basic equipment you need may be simply stored inside your carry-on travel bag. But first…we’ll go into some video nerdy technical things!
Frame Rate: the Important First Step for Great Travel Videos
Frames Per Second and Frame Rate: Increase Your Speed Above the Limit of 24 fps
Before you dismiss this window, I want to assure you that the next part is not going to be very academic or technical. A simple adjustment that can be made to the settings of your camera is the frame rate. I’ll teach you how to do it on your iPhone, if that’s what it takes. Just come along for the ride.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth…like…millions of words, depending on the frame rate that you choose. This is why it’s vital to get the frame rate right.
The traditional film format, as well as the video format that later emerged as technology progressed, was 24 frames per second (fps).
The filmmakers were able to shoot footage without chewing through miles of costly film or digital storage space by using a frame rate of twenty-four photographs per second. This frame rate is quick enough to catch the majority of the action. Although it’s possible that your hands get a bit blurry as you walk, no one really sees it.
On the other hand, there are now greater selections for trip videos to choose from.
You are able to shoot in whatever format you desire thanks to the widespread availability of low-cost digital cameras (particularly on smartphones) and powerful editing software, as well as affordable and abundant storage devices. HD, slow-mo, or anything else you want. You just have to choose your frame rate, and 60 frames per second is clearly the best option.
60 frames per second is ideal for making travel videos.
If you double your frame rate, your vacation video will be smoother, more professional, and just plain simpler to watch. This is particularly true for images that include action and moving subjects, which ideally make up the majority of your film from your trip.
I can assure you that viewers do take note of high frame rates, even if they are unaware of the specific benefits associated with such rates.
“But I’m not an AV geek like you,” you moan. “I simply want to be able to aim my phone at anything and have wonderful photos come out of it,” she said.
Ok. Cool. There are four distinct frame rate (fps) options available on your phone, and you may switch between them in a matter of seconds.
Changing the FPS on your iPhone
- Go to Settings.
- Click on Camera.
- Choose 1080p HD at 60 fps near the bottom of the next page.
Ta-to-the-da. You may now call yourself an accomplished videographer.
60 frames per second and space for storage
The increase to 60 frames per second results in bigger video file sizes. Therefore, 60 frames per second may not be the best option for you if you often travel without an external hard drive or if your mobile device is overloaded with applications.
You are able to switch between other frame rates at any time, but once you’ve experienced 60 fps, there’s no turning back. Just go ahead and get this item that has been suggested by Wirecutter (hey, just like the Outbreaker backpack!) Get a portable hard drive with 2 terabytes of storage for roughly sixty dollars and keep filming stunning HD footage.
FPS Storage Space
Here at Tortuga, we are all about size guidelines, so here is a quick guide to FPS rates and storage space:
The purpose of One Minute of Video is to:
- This is the smallest iPhone option: 720p HD at 30fps (60 MB).
- The video is 130 MB and runs at 1080 HD at 30fps (the default setting)
- 200 MB: 1080 HD at 60 frames per second (smooth as butter)
- 375 MB: 4k (oh man)
There are a few reasons why I do not recommend recording 4K video on your iPhone, but the primary issue is that doing so will treble the file size of each and every movie. Almost immediately, this creates an issue with storage space.
It is necessary to utilise 4k with care for a number of key reasons, one of which is that it is difficult to edit unless you have a machine that is comparable to a workhorse.
Editing 4k Video Isn’t Worth it Most of the Time
The term “1080p” refers to a video format that has a horizontal resolution that is over a thousand lines per frame, and the number “1080” in the format’s name reflects that amount. The resolution lines in a 4k video are four times as numerous as those in a 1080 video.
That implies that it has a wonderful appearance, but it will also destroy any graphics processor and small amount of RAM in a computer system that is unable to deal with that amount of visual information. What I’m trying to say is that your portable laptop won’t be up to the task.
If you want to edit 4K video on a system that isn’t powerful enough to do it, you need get accustomed to the fact that the rendering process will take several days. Just FYI.
For the best quality vacation footage, shoot in 1080p HD at 60 frames per second. Nuff said.
A few well-placed snaps might make up for a lack of technical expertise when it comes to producing a high-quality vacation film; nonetheless, technical expertise is essential. Literally. Therefore, from here on out, the advice will be on how you can really make a terrific trip video.
Consistency is Key: Make Travel Videos People Watch
A fantastic trip video should focus on one aspect and master it completely.
Is the subject matter of your film the lemurs of Madagascar, the barbecue trucks at SXSW, or you and your pal Jaden getting intoxicated in Thailand? Do not attempt to explain your whole vacation or demonstrate all that you did throughout your time away.
Make a decision on a single subject or a single strategy, and stick with it. Commitment isn’t something that comes naturally to most travellers, but it’s an essential quality in the finest travel videographers.
With his “Where the Hell is Matt?” film from 2005, Matt Harding, who became famous for his Where in the Hell is Matt? video, almost single-handedly reimagined the amateur trip video genre.
Even though the quality is terrible, the images are wobbly, and the framing is all over the place, the tale that it conveys is still incredible even 11 years after it was released. Watching those millions of people enjoy themselves was one of the greatest joys of my life.
More fascinating is the fact that he improved throughout the course of time (his follow up videos in 2008 and 2012 are fantastic). Because practise makes perfect, his original concept—dancing in unusual settings—evolved over time to include more individuals, better settings, and a more honed approach to filming. This person is basically responsible for the creation of TikTok!
Because Stride Gum thought his first video was so great, they offered him $60,000 so he could go on an adventure and film another one. If you ask me, that’s a pretty darn nice trip video you’ve got there.
Nathan Barnatt is a dancer as well as a video producer. The cornerstone of his epic dance music videos that have gone viral is his use of continuous framing. The vast majority of trip videographers have a lot to gain from him in terms of understanding the benefits of taking consistent images.
More Travel Video Tips: Transitions, Gear, and Editing
This mesmerising “hyperlapse” was painstakingly captured by Joshy Washington (not a typo) over the course of many weeks. (An informal definition of a hyperlapse is a time-lapse with a moving point of view.)
Imagine all of the stunning time-lapse photos from the show Breaking Bad that were used in the film of the enchanted Icelandic landscape. Vimeo selected it as a “Staff Pick,” and Matador includes it to this day on the Iceland travel website that they maintain.
Caution is advised, since shooting landscape footage requires far more effort and technical perfection. Let the scenery be the hero of your vacation film instead of yourself if you have the time and editing skills necessary; this will give you the best chance of riding the video’s success to stardom.
Spins, high-fives, and pans are the transitions.
The majority of shots in a trip film are brief—usually lasting less than three seconds, and preferably lasting no more than five to ten seconds—which means that even in a short movie that is just two minutes long, you will transition between images hundreds of times.
Your vacation video’s success or failure may depend on how well you transition from one shot to the next.
The question now is, how can you prevent your short video from becoming a nightmare full of jump cuts? Simple. When shooting video, every single second should be shot with a transition in mind.
If you use this visual signal at the beginning and the finish of your films, editing will be a breeze.
Craig Lewis, a tourist from Australia, utilised a straightforward high five transition at the conclusion of each video clip he took. This allowed him to make his rapid transitions between entirely different settings the focus of his video rather than a distraction from it.
Every time he gives a high-five to the camera (and the audience as well), it amps up the excitement for the next wacky and interesting location. It is an amazing transition device, and one that you should appropriate right now.
A Note for the Perfectionists: If you’ve noticed, at the beginning of the second and third video mentioned above, Craig moves his hand away from the camera. This does not happen at the beginning of the first and fourth clips, however. And that’s just OK for me.
You didn’t even notice till I pointed it out, did you? Transitions take very little time and are not required to be flawless. You just need to make an effort to maintain consistency.
Spinning is another possible transition, but you need to be careful when you employ it. Vertigo may be induced in viewers of a trip film by spinning the camera for every single shot. Because he spins so very, very slowly, Alex Chacon is able to accomplish it effectively.
I prefer to add variety to my transitions by using slow pans in either direction, which involves shifting the camera to the left or right. You may see a portion of a video that I created for the Secret Solstice Music Festival in Iceland down below.
In the first three clips, I pan to the right, and then in the fourth clip, I pan to the left. A transition seems less like a cut and more like a rolling moving canvas because of the gradual movement, and changing directions does not feel abrupt because of this.
What’s the Difference Between a Monopod, a Tripod, and a Gyro Rig?
Oh, yes, the question about the gear. Because of the popularity of the GoPro and subsequent lens attachments for the iPhone, a peculiar environment has been established in which the only thing that trip filmmakers care about is their gear, not their abilities.
A fantastic video is not created by the addition of many embellishments. I have written at length on the many pieces of camera equipment that are necessary for producing high-quality trip videos; yet, the one and only item that is required to produce high-quality travel videos is a camera.
Although a beautiful portable tripod like a GorillaPod is fantastic, all I needed was my phone and a pile of pebbles to get some incredible time-lapse video. Spending hundreds of dollars on tripods made of carbon nanofiber that do little more than take up room in your carry-on suitcase is a waste of money.
Begin with something simple, like a desktop tripod that’s not too expensive, and set a goal for yourself to create intriguing video by leveraging the constraints you have as a springboard for more appealing framing and story-telling.
Gizmos and gadgets will not make you a better filmmaker; rather, they will make you a poorer videographer because they will induce you to focus on the technology rather on the narrative.
Shoot without top-of-the-line gear until you realize that certain shots require specific hardware. Only then should you invest.
Is Handheld Video Okay?
The use of hand-held video cameras is acceptable, particularly for trip videos. I used just my hands to film the whole of that Iceland video, including the pans. But, in general, more steady video is preferable.
When taking time-lapse photographs, you should either set the camera down or use a tripod. Aside from that, though, software that automatically stabilises your camera as well as tools such as Instagram’s Hyperlapse are very helpful in maintaining a viewable video. Hyperlapse is an incredible app to utilise if you video with your iPhone. Simply put, avoid becoming dependent on it.
When you are running away from a bull in Spain, no one expects you to have an absolutely firm hand since jeeps are bumpy and rafting may be really exciting. Having said that, you should do your best since viewers will stop watching your movie if it is too unsteady. Just keep firing those shots, and you’ll get rid of that shaky hand sooner or later.
If you notice that your hands tremble a lot, you should probably cut down or stop drinking coffee. Seriously. Performers on the street, such as Amanda Palmer, will tell you that if you drink coffee, you will never be able to be one of those living statues. You’ll end up shaking much too much for comfort.
Editing Doesn’t Have to Be a Pain in the A**
Editing your kid is the very final stage, but it’s also one of the most crucial. And although there are a few different schools of thought on the length of the video, the style, and other such things, I’ll offer you some of my views on some of the criteria for a great trip film that is viewable and, more importantly, shareable below. Consume them with a heaping teaspoon of salt.
To tell you the truth, my favourite part of making videos is editing them. Seeing my bunch of junk film converted into something that can really be seen is a fascinating process.
Ideal Travel Video Length: 2 Minutes
The length of a travel film should seldom go beyond three minutes, but in all honesty, you should strive for two minutes. Werner Herzog is a filmmaker, and you’re just a traveller with a camera, so he can breach this rule, but that’s precisely the point: Herzog is a filmmaker, and you are just a traveller.
It doesn’t matter how amazing the 4k video is if there isn’t a compelling story to accompany it; piecing together the footage from your vacation in Europe may be a lot of effort, but it’s not a movie. There is a distinction to be made given that this is a travel video.
Your vacation video should not be more than two minutes if you want to avoid the hassle of writing a storyline and blocking each scene. That is not a video of someone travelling. This is a staged performance. Attend film school if you want to shoot for more than three minutes at a time. That is not an attempt at irony. If you wait until after you graduate, I’d be more than happy to see your video.
Music: Almost as Important as Video
When it comes to making a fantastic vacation film, music is really necessary. Seriously. Every single one of the videos that I utilised in this post has been spliced together and edited to a fantastic tune.
If you locate a music that has a constant rhythm, a breakdown, and increasing action, all you have to do is select photos that match these feelings and cut them to suit. Choosing a great song is the cornerstone of the editing process. Problem fixed. Made a trip video that is epic.
A word of advice: the FMA Archive contains thousands of music that you are allowed to use in any way you see fit. You may scroll through some straight-up jams as you browse the site by genre and “most intriguing.”
Sound Matters a Lot… Or Not at All
It’s not absolutely necessary to have high-quality audio for every production, particularly if you’re simply going to play music over what’s being recorded, but if you want to speak to the camera, you should consider purchasing a Rode Video Mic Pro Mini Shotgun Mic.
It gets power straight from your camera, so you won’t need any additional charges or batteries, and it’s quite compact and lightweight. It has the ability to record high-quality audio when pointed at anything or someone. I really adore this little creature.
Final Travel Video Idea: You Have to Not Give a Crap
If you truly want a wonderful trip video that will tell a narrative, make people laugh, or motivate them to visit the globe, you have to seem like a fool while you’re filming it. Only then will you get the results you’re looking for. Seriously.
It’s possible that getting the right photo will need you to engage in conversation with your camera in the middle of a group of unknown people. It’s possible that you’ll need to do a dance while wearing a pith helmet in the middle of a supermarket.
You may have to get up at four in the morning to make up to the top of a temple in time for the sunrise or sit in an uncomfortable position for thirty minutes in the median of a traffic strip to capture the ideal time-lapse image. To create a good vacation film, you have to be willing to seem like an idiot. Embrace it!
Editing is done specifically for this purpose. At that point, everything falls into place. Put everyone else and the fact that you look ridiculous out of your mind, because if you do what you know you need to do in order to capture the picture, it will all be worth it when people eventually hit the “play” button.