Visual Contrast for Interviews

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5042

As you watch your video are you noticing that almost every person in it is looking in the same direction? Unfortunately, this seems to happen a lot unless you consciously pay attention when shooting and remember to adjust lighting and backdrops between interviews.

Don’t worry; a simple built-in effect can save you. Use a Vertical Flip effect to reverse screen direction. You don’t need to maintain a L-R-L-R-L-R visual order throughout, but try to get some visual intercutting by changing the direction your subject looks.

Be careful not to flip a screen with text, recognizable logos, or a clock in it. Also be sure to be consistent with all appearances of a person throughout the edit.

For more on DSLR video, check out From Still to Motion.