I’m thinking in cycles these days. Food cycles, life cycles and anything other concept that refuses to be welded to a rectangular shape.
There are cycles for creating videos. There isn't one way to do this any more. In the past yes, there was a set way to do record video because the equipment, technology and the production system was inflexible.
That was then, this is now.
So much has changed since 2009. Mobile devices can record in high definition. There is the ability to direct uploading to YouTube, Vimeo and other video web hosts via you mobile device. This now includes iPhone, iPads, Tablet PCs and who know what else is in the pipeline at the moment.
So no, you don't need to know more than point, record and upload. Well, it would help if some of you would get to know about the rule of thirds but not a deal breaker.
Can you make good video with a simple camcorder, still camera or mobile device?
Heck yeah. Well, let me clarify - if the point of your video is to tell a story or share your thoughts and opinions then yes, you can. In fact, it might just save a life.
One example is the It's Get's Better Project - Yes there are celebrities and media professional created videos.
But there are also videos from real people who sat in a chair in front of their computers or mobile devices and tell extraordinary tales of survival and encouragement.
Other than trying to keep the device as steady as possible and avoiding direct sunlight as you record another person outside you have just about what you need.
There are things that you can do to make your videos better. That will come in time.
Oh, for those of you on mobile devices, you do have to monitor the cost of uploading unless you truly have an unlimited data plain.