It’s been proven over and over again since 2013 that videos sell. Between the motion, the brevity, and the ability to “feel like your there”, video picks up where still photos leave off, and then some! The number of tiny house video tours has increased three-fold in the last year alone and there is hardly a day that passes that there isn’t another video tour of a house. What separates them though is quality. It is not enough to just hold a camera and walk through. YouTube videographers have employed the use of new tools including drone videography, gimbal stands for handhelds, lapel microphones, and more! The steps below are a good way to get started in turning your walk through with a camera into YouTube gold!

PLAN YOUR HOUSE TOUR. Before filming anything, walk through the house and take a few notes on the features you think should be highlighted Take notes of angles that show the flow of the rooms to the viewer gets a sense of the houses flow. Then move back outside and find an angle or two that best present the curb appeal or exterior view of the home.


Filming

FILM EACH INTERIOR SPACE IN SHORT CLIPS. Keep your camera as steady as possible. Using a tripod is a great idea and can allow you to pan left to right to give a feeling of 360º within the room.

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MIX IN INTERESTING STILL SHOTS. Don’t be afraid to mix in interesting still shots of either outdoor amenities or interior architectural features. Just be sure the flow is natural and that the still pics don’t stop the movement of the video at all. Try using editing features to either fade into and out of photos or to create “snapshots” of the image.

USE AMBIENT LIGHTING. When possible shoot during the early morning or the “blue hour” of the day which is when the sun is at a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This allows for a very natural and warm video. You may also want to employ the use of indirect house lighting such as side lamps, under-cabinet lighting, etc. Avoid overhead and/or florescent lighting at all costs.

BUY A LAVaLIER OR LAPEL MIC. There is nothing worse than seeing a great video tour of a house but not being able to hear anything from the person giving the tour. Consider in investing a simple, wireless lavalier or lapel mic. Something as simple as the Pyle-Pro PDWM96 would be better than nothing.

KEEP THE RUN TIME LOW. Videos with lots of views tend to run about 6 minutes long with some traffic tapering off just before 5 minutes. Be sure to keep your tour quick but complete. Don’t run through the house but don’t meander too long on any one thing. While you may think a shot of the sun glistening on the faucet is artistic, others may think it is immaterial and click away immediately.

photo courtesy of 'small is beautiful' movie.

photo courtesy of ‘small is beautiful’ movie. 

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What tips do you have for filming a tiny house tour? Do you film them now? If so, what is your #1 tip for great production? Let us know in the comments below.

  1. Good morning,
    I am interested in developing a business relationship with a tiny homes building company interested in setting up operations in Northern Nevada Reno area. Shoot me an email and lets start discussing this business opportunity.
    Regards,
    John Curry.

  2. I’m so glad for the TH movement, and I hope to live in a TH some day. I have watched a load of videos to find out what I would like in a TH. The worst thing in the videos—although I think people are learning not to do it—is when they move the camera too fast and kind of make you dizzy. Move slowly.

    Now as far as this quote from above: “Try using editing features to either fade into and out of photos or to create “snapshots” of the image,” I wold say if you must use a fade, make it fast. Slow ones drive me crazy! I hate them! (There are other things too that professional videographers think are good or “cool” but I don’t like them one bit. I’ll leave those for another time.)

    My huge email load (even not counting the spam), and the many things I want to take in, take a lot of time; so yes, it’s important to fit the main stuff in a short amount of time. Don’t try to get the person viewing it to slow down and have a cup of coffee with you. This is not the time for that.

    Thanks for running tinyhouselistings!

  3. Good advice. I would add skip the music if you can’t keep it low enough that it doesn’t compete with the narration. Also, no rambling on and on with minute detail about everything. Rather than nattering on about model numbers or whatever, supply a written list of details to accompany the video. Linger a bit over key features but not every little thing. Give a close up of interesting details without obsessing on them.

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