While nothing can replace filming done with intentionality and good planning, there are some tricks to quickly improve your footage in post-production. Here’s how to make videos look better in under 30 seconds.

How to Make a Video in 24fps

While most cameras will auto-set to 30fps (frames per second), shooting and editing at 24fps will make your video look more cinematic and immersive. If you’ve already shot in 30fps or higher, you can still edit and export in 24fps. This will also leave you with more frames to use if you decide to add slow motion.

How to make a video in 24fps

Color Correct

There are several color correction effect options in Adobe Premiere Pro, however Fast Color Corrector is ideal for its simplicity. Once you’ve added the effect to your shot, you just click on the dropper next to “White Balance” and position it over an area that is (or should be) white.

how to make videos look better with Color Correct

If your shot was at the wrong color temperature (or just needs some tweaking), this will instantly make a huge difference.

“Crush the Blacks”

This is a phrase used in the editing room that means darkening the shadows and black areas in a shot. This extra contrast adds a layer of sophistication to your shot and helps the colors and focus “pop.”

Crush Blacks

You can achieve this in color correction effects by pushing the input levels to the right (or by adjusting the contrast outright).

Stabilize

Whether you shot your video handheld or exclusively on a tripod, it’s highly unlikely that your camera moves were 100% smooth. It’s much more likely that some of your shots wobble or move unevenly in a way that can be jarring to the viewer.

Stabilize

Adding the Warp Stabilizer effect in Premiere Pro or After Effects can help smooth out any bumps or pauses. Try adding the effect to wobbly shots and tinker with the controls and you’ll be surprised at the results.

Crop

Based on the same principles as stabilization, cropping your shots can help you change the composition to your liking. Depending on the camera you shot with (and the resolution you plan to export at), you’ll have at least a small window to zoom in on shots. This will leave you with up to 15% or so of room to move your shot up, down, left, or right. You can also rotate across both axes to adjust for a crooked tripod or angle.

Crop

Again, while these tricks will help your footage on the fly, it’s always easier to spend some extra time preparing for a shoot than covering your mistakes in post. If you’re looking to save more time during your next video production, check out these video hacks!

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