I think more service providers, coaches and consultants would reach out with video more often if they knew it wouldn’t take a whole week to make one video.

Totally agree. And over the last 10 years I’ve developed a few shortcuts to streamline the video-making process, but with an eye toward keeping the quality as high as possible.

Here are my top 10 favorite shortcuts to quality production.

In fact, they helped me make this video in record time. 🙂

    14 replies to "Top 10 Shortcuts to Top-Tier Video"


      I’ve enjoyed all your videos that I’ve watched. This is one of the best!

    • Edgar

      As usual, totally enjoyed your videos!

      Where is Stevie? Have not seen him for a while.

      • Steven Washer

        Stevie has gone off to study with the monks in Tibet. But he keeps asking for my Netflix password, so I’m not sure he’s taking it as seriously as he says. 🙂

    • Donato Anzalone

      I love you expertise, your tone and your kindness. Each time I listen to you, it’s like listening to a older brother from old compassion for us who neef to learn so much. Thank you.

    • Stephen Byrne

      Thank you so much for these power tips.

      Concerning tip number 6, shooting in 4K, because you can then change shot sizes in editing, without loss of quality:

      I am currently re-shooting an old training course in 4K.

      And I was wondering whether to render in HD, because then, as you say, I can change shot size, and zoom in beautifully close. My only hesitation was: in a few years’ time, whether HD will look low-quality.

      On the other hand, if I shoot in 4K and also render in 4K, this will likely future-proof the videos for several years, though I will thereby deprive myself of the opportunity to edit the shot size as you describe.

      I’m a glass painter, demonstrating the techniques: in these videos, my hands and paint are more important than my words.

      If you were filming practical demonstrations / voice-overs that you wanted to look great also in five years’ time, which way would you go?

      Thank you.

      P.S. My cameras are anyway fairly close. But there’s a limit to how close I can place them, given that I must move around.

      • Steven Washer

        I would go with 4K now in your case. Why deprive your viewer of the full experience?

        • Stephen Byrne

          Thank you, Steve: I appreciate your time, experience, and guidance.

    • Mitzi Perdue

      This was amazingly helpful, especially the background music tip.

    • Jay Creighton

      Thank you, Steve, for another great video. Like Mitzi wrote, I really appreciated the background music tip.

      • Steven Washer

        That’s going to be its own video someday. 🙂

    • Terrence McAuliffe

      Thank you for another “Master’s Class” on video production. I appreciate all the tips what are continuing to improve both your abilities as a teacher, but mine as a student.

    • Jay Overton

      Great video, again! I really appreciate the 10-tip style. They are gold!

    • Sandra Zimmer

      Wow Stevie! This video is so valuable as a production guide. As always your presence and tone are masterful. Thank you.

    • Vickie Wilder

      wonderful video I will check out Viddyoze thank you for making these I’m watching a bunch of your videos I saved.

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