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Tips for Better Videos

VineTwitter recently bought Vine, an app used to create videos up to six seconds long. I'm not sure how many videos really are needed of that length. If you like it that's great. The videos also loop and can be used on Twitter, of course.

Regardless of camera or the app you use when making videos, here are five basic video making tips that you might find helpful.

1. Use a tripod. I know. You are probably saying that that defeats the purpose of using the portable video making machines that we call our iPhones. The problem is that most videos that I've seen aren't very good. Tripods are the one accessory that can improve your videos...drastically.

2. Plan ahead. I know. You're still saying that I miss the point. Again, most videos suck. If you have an idea of what you want to record, the chances are that the video will be better.

3. Stop panning. Slow down and try to avoid panning. It makes me, I mean everyone, dizzy.

4. Scenes that are longer than 10 seconds are boring. Try this experiment. Turn on the television. Turn off the sound. See how many times the scene changes. It will be every 5 to 10 seconds.

5. Edit before you offer it to the world, please.

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Joel Heffner is a writer and speaker. He has been writing about photography for about thirty years, ever since his book Amphoto Guide to Wedding Photography was published. Today, he mainly uses two types of cameras, pinhole cameras and an iPhone, a photographic odd couple of sorts.