Driving with John Chow – Episode 18 The Crop Zoom

Yesterday, I showed you all the gears used to filmed Driving with John Chow. Today, I use Driving with John Chow to show you a neat little video editing trick to cut yourself from one scene to the next scene without having your head jerk all over the place.

Have you ever watched a YouTube video where the presenter was standing in front of her unchanging background (usually her room), and then suddenly jerks to the left or right? This is because she edited the video to cut out a scene that didn’t need to be there. Doing too many of these cuts can be very distracting to the viewers.

Professional studios get around the problem by using multiple cameras. By switching from one camera to another to make a cut, it looks a lot more natural and you don’t get a distracting shift of the presenter. But what if you have only one camera? How can you achieve the same results? Watch the video and find out.

12 thoughts on “Driving with John Chow – Episode 18 The Crop Zoom”

  1. Edgar says:

    John this is the second time your mic dies. Put new batteries lol

    1. John Chow says:

      Ya, the one bad thing about the Sony mics is they drain the battery really fast.

      1. Bhanupriya says:

        Agree with you John. My Sony mics battery also drain so fast. Planing to change it.

        1. faisal says:

          They last 7 hours I think.

  2. Driving with John Chow, world’s best internet marketer! 🙂

    1. RLS says:

      no doubt he is one of the best in IM.

  3. John Gibb says:

    Hey John,

    It’s good you’re teaching newbies (like me) how to make better/awesome videos… I used to get a pro film me and do these cuts, but I think is worth learning what and how to do it on our own, so that next video clips turn into something even better… one tip from here and one from there could make the difference, is it?

    Thank you!

  4. I. C. Daniel says:

    I think 2 cameras will do an awesome job.

  5. Dean Saliba says:

    I recently did my first video, no where near as good as yours though, I did it with the web cam and mic that is built into my lap top, the web cam is good quality, but I will be looking to get a USB mic to improve the sound.

    I am thoroughly enjoying these videos and always find something helpful in each one. 🙂

  6. Susan Velez says:

    I like watching these videos. I have learned quite a bit just by browsing this site.

    I try to avoid staying out of in front of the camera. I am getting better at doing video marketing, but I don’t do enough of it.

  7. I’m really driving with John Chow… Number of cameras used may not really matter but what matter is professional camera.

  8. You should start your own filming company. Next, are you going to start video podcasting?

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