Are you trying to record great footage for a home movie, but feel that the quality of your videos doesn’t quite cut it? That problem is all too common, but the good news is that there are lots of ways that you can improve it and record better quality video footage for your home movie.

While there are many factors that will affect the quality of your home movies, there are 4 tips in particular that you should try for a start:

Record at high (preferably HD) resolutions

The resolution of your recording is basically its dimensions measured in pixels. The more pixels there are in your video, the better its definition will be and the clearer and sharper it will look.

As far as possible you should try to record at high resolutions – preferably in HD. Not only will that ensure that the quality is good, but it will also have the right aspect ratio so that no black bars appear around your videos later on. Typically it is best to shoot for 1080p Full HD, but if your camera lets you record higher than that you could definitely do so.

Set the frame rate to 60 frames per second

The more frames there are in each second of your video, the smoother it will look – especially when there is any sort of movement taking place. Although a frame rate of 30 or higher is acceptable in general, if you want your home movie to really look fluid you should try to set it to 60 frames per second.

The impact of the frame rate on your video will be very visible, and it will definitely make movements look far less jagged. However videos recorded with high frame rates also take up more storage space, so be sure you’re prepared on that front.

Avoid using the ‘zoom’

As a rule it is always best to try to not use the zoom when you’re recording home movies. In most cases the zoom will digitally enlarge the image in the video footage, but its resolution will not increase in tandem with its size.

In short if you ‘zoom in’ you’ll end up with a video that has a lower effective resolution than it otherwise would have. Needless to say that is not good, and the more you ‘zoom in’ the more the quality will be affected. Rather than using the zoom – try getting physically closer if possible.

Don’t move the camera around too much

Although it may seem like a great idea to grab the camera and run around to follow the action – your video quality is likely to suffer if you try that. Moving the camera too frequently and too rapidly is going to make the video footage look shaky, and when it is eventually encoded it will make compression artifacts more likely to appear as well.

In short you should keep the camera still as far as possible, and pan or move it gradually if the need arises.

It should be noted that while these tips apply to recording home movies, they are also a good set of guidelines for recording any type of video, or even when creating animation or using the best screen recorder. For example if you use Movavi Screen Capture Studio to record videos from your screen, the tips above will help you improve its quality as well.

At the end of the day being able to capture high quality video footage can make a world of difference to your home movies. It is the best place to start if you want to create home movies that look impressive, compelling, and professionally-produced.