This Spotlight is sponsored by Gamuda Land.
Ever wanted to shoot cool videos like those viral TikTokers and Instagrammers? Well, we’ve got good news for you! 😀
Sometimes, it seems as though all our favorite Instagrammers and TikTokers just have that secret sauce for making their videos pop a little more, flow a little smoother, and ooze that viral quality while making it all seem so easy.
And at some point, many of us have even tried to replicate all of that, even though our videos don’t always end up with that same level of fit and finish on par with the best in the game. Of course, these things take time and practice, and anyone can get there eventually by picking up the know-how and putting in the effort.
But if you aren’t sure where to start, fret not! Here are a few simple hacks to help you level up your TikTok videos and Instagram Reels:
1. Use a tripod, Align Tool, and timer to make smooth transitions
Most of the transition effects on TikTok videos and Instagram Reels involve you combining two clips in a seamless manner. And the perfect way to do that is to ensure your second clip starts off right where the first clip ended.
To do that, use a tripod, along with the Align Tool and timer within Instagram. Alternatively, you can use a third-party app like CapCut and its Overlay feature to get the same effect.
STEP 1: Set up your tripod and use your selfie camera to set the scene, then take your first clip.
STEP 2: Activate the Align Tool, so you have an idea of the position where you left off. Then, set a timer and get in place, before filming the second clip.
STEP 3: Combine both clips together and trim it so the transition is smooth.
2. To do a jump cut, make sure your cameraman jumps together with you
Known as a jump cut, a.k.a. a person jumping and the background changing, this is one of the most popular transition effects. While you’ve probably seen a TikTok video or Instagram Reel with this effect, here’s a behind the scenes look at what filming it is actually like.
STEP 1: Jump, and make sure your cameraman jumps together with you.
STEP 2: Go to your next location and repeat.
STEP 3: Stitch all your clips and try to time the change of scenes together with the beat.
3. One of the easiest transitions is by covering your camera
A fun way to transition from scene to scene is by using the camera cover effect, and you won’t need any extra tools other than your hand or surroundings. Just remember to fully cover your phone’s camera to get the best result.
STEP 1: Cover your camera lens completely (with your hand or a surface). Then, click record and remove your hand/start filming your first clip. End your first clip by covering your camera lens again.
STEP 2: Start and end your second clip in the same way.
STEP 3: Stitch your clips together and edit your transitions until they look seamless.
4. You can use built-in effects or manually swipe for seamless cuts
The great thing about TikTok and Instagram is that they have all kinds of built-in effects and transitions that you can use for your short videos. For instance, you can use Instagram Reel’s Transition: Warp to transport yourself from one place to another just by turning your head.
Alternatively, you can achieve the same effect by doing a manual DIY transition.
STEP 1: Film yourself using the selfie camera, then turn your phone towards the right.
STEP 2: For the second clip, turn your phone towards the right before you start filming.
STEP 3: When you put both clips together, you’ll get a sort of warping effect.
Ready to take your TikTok videos and Instagram Reels to the next level?
Maybe it’s time to test out your new-found knowledge and see if you have what it takes to win up to RM35,000 in cash prizes!
From now until 31 December 2022, head over to Gamuda Gardens, Gamuda Cove, twentyfive.7, Jade Hills, or Horizon Hills to shoot a video for a chance to win big. It’s all up to your creativity — take a walk by the park, visit a nearby mall, as long as you manage to capture what a home means to you.
Here’s how to participate:
STEP 1: Create a vertical video that is up to one minute long at selected Gamuda Land townships (Gamuda Gardens, Gamuda Cove, twentyfive.7, Jade Hills, or Horizon Hills). In the video, explain what a perfect home means to you; be as creative as possible!
Then, post your video on either Facebook, Instagram Reels, or TikTok, with hashtags: #TYL2022 #ThroughYourLens #gamudaland #SincereResponsibleOriginal. Remember to set your account to public.
STEP 2: Visit the contest landing page, fill in the submission form, and include your social media posting link. Don’t forget, the deadline is 31 December!
STEP 3: Shortlisted winners will be invited to a prize giving ceremony at a Gamuda Land township, where the grand prize winner will be unveiled.
Grand Prize: RM12,000 cash prize
1st Runner Up: RM5,000 cash prize
2nd Runner Up: RM3,000 cash prize
Consolation Prizes: RM1,000 cash prizes (x15)