Make it epic: Travel vlog tips and tricks
Inspiration first! Here’s a sample travelogue we’ve put together using the Movavi’s travel video editor to get your creative juices flowing.
Choose a theme and stick with it
Prepare equipment: Cameras, drones, and other gear
Always on hand
Good for spontaneous shooting
Use an external microphone or replace the audio later
Shoot in 1080p HD at 60fps for a really clear picture
GoPro or other action camera
Ideal for scuba diving, skiing, and other extreme sports
Compact and light
Has a time lapse feature
Choose a reliable mount for your shooting scenario
Get a waterproof housing case
Excellent video quality
Lots of compatible equipment
Big cameras intimidate people; use a discreet camera for intimate footage
Set up auto-focus when you don’t have much time
Use a tripod controlled panning and video stabilization
Great for epic aerial footage and stills
Lets you film at unusual angles
Get an ND filter to avoid overexposure
Use a drone with a gimbal stabilizer to reduce camera shake
Fly safely and responsibly
Making a travel video doesn’t really need much gear, but some things are essential for a good travel or documentary video. Here’s our checklist:
Camera chargers and spare batteries
Extra memory cards and/or an external hard drive
A tripod or a monopod
Secure cases and bags for transporting your equipment
An external microphone with a wind screen
Shoot great footage: 4 Important things to remember
Edit your travel movie with Movavi Video Editor
Step 1. Install the Movavi’s travel video editing software
Download this handy video maker for Windows or Mac, depending on your operating system. Run the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the program. Once Movavi Video Editor has been installed, launch it and choose New Project on the welcome screen. Now, to learn how to create a travel video with Movavi Video Editor, proceed to the following steps.
Step 2. Import your footage
Click Add Media Files to import the music files and video footage you want to use in your travel diary video. All files will be automatically added to the Timeline in the lower half of the program window. Drag your clips along the Video track to move and rearrange them.
Step 3. Improve the quality of the video
Most common problems of the travel video footage come from its spontaneity: you don’t have much time to set up your equipment properly or plan your shots. You can fix over- and underexposure, stabilize shaky cam and crop your frame if needed. Select the clip you want to fix and click Clip properties. In the Tools menu that opens, you’ll find options for Stabilization as well as Color Adjustments. Use the Crop and Rotate tool to fix framing issues if needed.
If you were filming at multiple locations under various light conditions, your movie will look much more professional if you do color grading. Color grading means making sure that color values look good and are consistent in your video. In the Color Adjustments tab, switch to Manual Adjustments and work with temperature, saturation, hue and other color parameters of your clips. Also, check out the Filters tab and try out Color filters to give your visuals an extra punch.
Step 4. Cut footage and add transitions
Travel videos shouldn’t be long unless you’re filming a semi-professional documentary. Select the juiciest and most exciting parts of your trip and arrange them in a meaningful way that will show how you felt and what you experienced on the trip. Use the Split button to cut your footage into scenes. If there are parts you want to delete, select the unwanted footage and click Delete on your keyboard.
For travel video, regular jump cuts are usually enough, but if you want to spice up transitions between scenes, go to the Transitions tab and try out animated transition styles like Crossfade or Zoom, as well as various Blur-ins and Wipes.
Step 5. Add music
Whether you’re planning to use original sound from your video footage or not, additional music is essential to engage your viewers and cause emotional response. You can discard original sound altogether and make a dynamic music video out of your travel video footage. Choose music to taste and sync action in your video to the music drops and rhythm changes – that will attract and keep your viewers’ attention.
Go back to the Import tab and click Add Media Files to choose a tune. If you can’t think of one, there’s a whole collection of built-in music tracks in the video editor: click Music and drag the track you like onto the Timeline.
Step 6. Add titles
Remember the talk about giving context to engage viewers? Use titles and captions to tell everyone about your traveling experience. The Movavi’s travel video maker has over 40 animated title styles: animated title screens, credits, lower thirds, and captions. To add text to your video, go to the Titles tab, select the style you like and drag it onto the timeline. Double click the added title clip to open its properties, then double click the text field(s) to edit the text. In the Clip Properties , set duration and speed of the text animation. Hit Apply to save changes.
Step 7. Save your travel video
When you’re done editing, hit Export to open the saving dialog. Decide, whether you want to save your clip in a video format with general settings or optimize it for viewing on TVs or other devices and select an appropriate preset. If you want to share your travel video on YouTube right away, do it directly from the program in the Upload online tab. Here, you’ll be able to enter a title, add description, tags and privacy setting so that your video gets uploaded to YouTube right after rendering. Click the Start button to save the video with the selected settings.
That’s it! Now you know how to create a travel video in Movavi Video Editor.
Movavi Video Editor
*The free version of Movavi Video Editor may have the following restrictions depending on the build: watermark on exported clips, 60-second video or 1/2 audio length limit, and/or some advanced features unavailable when exporting videos.
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