6 Tips for Creating Great Pet Videos

5. Frame the Shot

When your pet is ready for her close-up, let her beautiful self fill the frame; exclude furniture, other people or animals who aren’t interacting with your main character. You don’t have to get intensely close and fill the frame with just your pet's head. Try to focus on both the face and body.

If you’re waiting for a puppy to do something interesting, give her some space and a wide angle. You can always zoom in when the good stuff starts happening. With some smartphones, zooming simply means slowly moving closer to your animal.

And if you want to get fancy, take some tight shots,like a paw when puppy is giving a shake,and edit them into the video.

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Framing for Video

6. Timing Sweet Spot

In professional circles, the ideal video length is between two and four minutes. But don’t be afraid to take shorter ones if you’re concentrating on one particularly cute antic. It's hard not to keep filming forever if your pet is doing something really cute, but to make the video watchable to anyone but yourself, you need to make it short and sweet.

“Just be patient and have fun with it,” von Elling says. “Your pet will take their cues from your attitudes and actions, so if you get stressed out, your animal will, too.”

Plus, Top Mistakes Made by Amateur Pet Videographers

  1. Shooting vertical videos with your smartphone.
  2. Posting videos that are too long.
  3. Shaking the camera when shooting. A tripod or small stand will remedy an unsteady hand.
  4. Whipping around the camera when following a pet. Using a wide angle will capture your pet without moving the camera.

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