Common Video Production Mistakes That You Should Avoid

As a general rule, video production is all about telling a story. Whether it's a corporate video, a wedding video, or even a homemade YouTube clip, the best videos are always those that engage the viewer and leave them wanting more.
Image: Matheus Bertelli

As a general rule, video production is all about telling a story. Whether it’s a corporate video, a wedding video, or even a homemade YouTube clip, the best videos are always those that engage the viewer and leave them wanting more.

However, a few common mistakes can quickly ruin an otherwise good video production. This article will look at some of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them.

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1. Not Planning Ahead

One common mistake people make when producing videos is not planning ahead. This can lead to several problems, including poor video quality, wasted time and money, and missed opportunities.

When you’re planning a video shoot, it’s essential to take the time to think about what you want to achieve. What is the purpose of the video? Who is your target audience? What message do you want to communicate? Once you are certain of your goals, you can start planning how to achieve them.

Plenty of resources are available online or from local video production companies if you’re unsure where to start. An excellent approach from video production professionals at Square Daisy is working with clients at all stages of video content creation. Putting together a basic storyboard or shot list will help you to plan your shots and sequences, and make sure that you capture all the footage you need.

It’s also important to think about the logistics of your shoot. Where will it take place? Do you need any special equipment? What are the access restrictions? By planning ahead, you can avoid potential problems on the day of the shoot.

2. Poor Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any video production. The right lighting can make all the difference between a professionally shot video and an amateurish one. Unfortunately, poor lighting is a very common mistake made in video production. This is often due to not having enough time to set up the lights properly, or simply not knowing how to use them effectively.

To avoid this, make sure you take the time to set up your lights before you start filming. And if you’re unsure how to use them, plenty of resources available online can help.

3. Bad Audio

Another common mistake made in video production is bad audio. This can be anything from poor sound quality to distracting background noise.

To avoid this, make sure you spend some time setting up your audio equipment before you start filming. This includes things like microphones, sound mixers, and speakers. Test everything out to make sure it’s working properly and that the sound quality is good.

4. Not Editing Properly

Editing is one of the most important aspects of video production, yet it’s also one of the most commonly neglected. This can lead to videos that are too long, have a choppy flow, or don’t look polished.

To avoid this, take the time to edit your video properly. This means trimming out unnecessary footage, adding transitions between scenes, and making sure everything flows together smoothly.

5. Not Promoting Your Video

Once your video is finished, it’s essential to promote it effectively if you want people to see it. Unfortunately, this is another area where many video productions fall short.

To avoid this, make sure you spend some time promoting your video before you release it. This can include sharing it on social media, emailing friends and family, or even paying for online advertising.

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By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure that your video production is the best. So take the time to plan ahead, set up your equipment properly, and promote your video effectively, and you’ll be sure to engage and entertain your viewers.

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