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Tips For Filming Successful One-Minute Videos

Tips for filming one minute videos

Tips For Filming Successful One-Minute Videos

Because of today’s short attention spans, and the fact social media is the major player for people viewing videos, the most common length for a video tends to be one minute or less. But achieving that length can be a challenge. I’ve seen it over and over again where an organization wants a one-minute video but wants so much content in the video that achieving a one-minute length is near impossible.

So how do you acheive that one-minute length or less? Here are some helpful tips to keep you on track:


The first step to creating captivating one-minute videos is meticulous planning. Before you even pick up your camera or smartphone, take a moment to brainstorm your concept, story, or message. Get yourself an arsenal of diverse ideas. Experiment with different styles, themes, and perspectives. Assess what will resonate most with your audience and align with your overall brand.


Once you have a clear vision of what you want to convey in your one-minute video, it’s time to know your messaging. Ensure your messaging is concise, engaging, and packed with compelling content. Remember, every word counts, so craft each sentence with utmost care. Inject emotions and storytelling elements to create a fulfilling experience, even within this brief timespan.

Visual Storytelling

One of the secrets to making a lasting impression with a one-minute video lies in the art of visual storytelling. Determine the most effective shots to convey your narrative. Experiment with different camera angles, lighting techniques, and composition to add depth and intrigue to your shots. Breathe life into your videos through dynamic frame-to-frame transitions that keep viewers hooked from start to finish.

Music and Sound

Don’t underestimate the power of music and sound effects in enhancing the impact of your videos. Select a soundtrack that complements your message and sets the desired tone. Avail yourself of a variety of audio effects to enrich the viewer’s experience and immerse them fully into your world. Remember, a well-chosen sound can evoke emotions that words alone cannot.


Filming a one-minute video is just the beginning; the magic truly happens in the editing room. Use professional editing software to cut away any unnecessary elements, ensuring every frame contributes to the overall story. Pay attention to pacing, rhythm, and timing. Incorporate creative transitions, text overlays, and color grading to add finesse and coherence to your final product.

Optimize for Mobile Viewing

Considering that the majority of viewers watch videos on their mobile devices, it’s crucial to optimize your one-minute videos accordingly. Ensure your content is easily digestible on smaller screens by using bold, eye-catching visuals, legible fonts, and concise text overlays. Appeal to the viewer’s shorter attention span by delivering your message succinctly, leaving a lasting impact in just a single minute.

Final Thoughts . . .

You’re now armed with the knowledge and techniques to create successful one-minute videos. Remember, though, it’s all about effective planning, scripting, visual storytelling, and editing. And don’t forget to experiment with music, sound, and seamlessly adapt your content for mobile viewing.

Gregg McLachlan
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