How to DIY your Legal Videos

How to DIY your Legal Videos

DIYing may seem dishonorable, amateurish, and cheap, especially in an industry of high-standards such as the law. However, DIYing your legal videos doesn’t have to be unprofessional or, on the contrary, cost you a fortune. It also doesn’t need to take up a lot of your valuable time.

Today, I’m going to outline how to create highly professional DIY legal videos. From filming equipment, to editing software, to how to publish your videos, we’ve got you covered. Don’t forget about including your legal videos on LegalTube.ca.

1. Filming

A lot goes into the process of filming videos: From script writing to arranging the setting to practicing each scene until it’s perfect. But the one, most important element of the filming process is the actual filming equipment.

Joby GripTight Micro Stand

You don’t need an expensive video camera, an elaborate lighting system, a soundproof room, or high-tech microphones. All you need is a video camera (we use an iPhone) and a tripod (we use Joby GripTight Micro Stand).

In order to produce higher quality videos, you may consider purchasing a digital video recording device. You can find these as inexpensive as $150. You may also consider purchasing an external microphone to help improve the sound quality.

2. Editing

Editing may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s a matter of learning how to use an editing program, and practicing with it. Editing programs can be costly, however, there are free options available. Mac users, try Quicktime or iMovie. PC users, try Movie Maker or ezvid.

3. Publishing

At this point you may feel relieved that you’ve completed your video. But don’t exhale yet. You still have to publish it.

Always publish your videos on owned property (your website). You should also post them on YouTube: the second largest search engine. Learn how to upload and optimize your video for YouTube.

Now you can exhale. Your legal video is complete.

Once you’ve got the tools, read more tips on DIYing your legal videos.

Kelsey Vere

Social Content & New Media Specialist at Digital eMspace
As the Social Content & New Media Specialist for Digital eMspace, a division of LawyerLocate.ca Inc, Kelsey is the sole contributor to Digital eMspace’s Blog and a fellow contributor to LawyerLocate.ca Inc.’s blog, DiscoverCanadianLawyers.ca with Samantha Collier. Kelsey also manages Digital eMspace, LawyerLocate.ca Inc., and LegalTube.ca’s social media networks. Kelsey graduated with distinction from the Advertising Program at Conestoga College in 2013 and won the Outstanding Achievement Award of 2012/13.

2 comments

  1. Kelsey Vere says:

    I’d like to add and update to this blog post. We’ve recently discovered a new piece of filming equipment that we will be using in the future. It’s called the S1 and it’s made by Shoulder Pod.

    Check it out here: http://www.shoulderpod.com/shoulderpod-s1/

    It does the same as the Joby GripTight Micro Stand featured in this post, and more. It can be attached to a tripod, for example, for use outdoors or anywhere where a sufficient tall and flat surface isn’t available and for more control over your subject matter. It’s also great for hand holding and videotaping a subject.

    Check out this video highlight it’s uses: https://vimeo.com/97653212

  2. Kelsey Vere says:

    I’d like to add another update to this blog post. We have recently integrated the iRig Mic Field. It’s a high quality microphone that simply plugs into your iPhone’s headphone port and works with your camera/video app. It’s a simple, effective, and affordable ($100) way to increase the quality of audio in your iPhone videos.

    Check it out here: http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigmicfield/

    Watch this video about the iRig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSDUFQdZ8uk

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