How to Shoot a Web TV Cooking Show

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Share your love of cooking with the world by creating your own Web TV cooking show. Many video-sharing sites allow you to upload user-created content for free, giving you a potential audience of millions. Whether your cooking interests are traditional or exotic, the Web's wide reach will allow you to access people interested in many types of cuisine. Improve your final product by planning ahead and getting all your supplies ready before you begin shooting. Enlisting a friend to help with the filming while you're busy with the cooking can be very handy as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital video camera (two if possible)
  • External microphone (optional)
  • Lavalier microphone (highly recommended)
  • Digital video editing software
  • Tripod (three if possible)
  • Set up a tripod with a digital video camera pointed at you and your main cooking area. Set the zoom level to frame you (from the waist up) and your entire work area. Turn the viewing screen toward you if possible, or have a friend help.

  • Mount a second digital video camera on another tripod if you have one. Point this camera directly at the food preparation area. If you have a friend helping you, have them zoom in and out and pan with this camera as you cook.

  • Hook up a lavalier microphone to the camera that is pointed at you. If you only use the on-camera microphone, your audio quality will not be as good as it will if you use a lavalier microphone.

  • Attach an external microphone to the audio input on the second digital video camera (if you have one). Attach this microphone to another tripod (if you have one), pointing it toward the food preparation area. This will pick up the sounds of the chopping, slicing and sizzling.

  • Test your equipment by cooking a simple dish while both cameras are running. Review the footage on the tapes and make sure you are getting the audio and video quality you desire. Make changes to the position of your tripods or the zoom level on your cameras as needed.

  • Press the record button on each camera, make sure your microphones are on, and perform your cooking segment. After you are finished, stop recording on both cameras.

  • Hook up one of the cameras to your computer and import the footage from each tape. Use your video editing software to splice the two videos together so you can insert close-ups of your food preparation. Edit out any mistakes or content you don't want to include.

  • Upload your video to a free video-sharing site and share the link with your friends. If you have a blog, or use social networking, share the link there as well.

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