Video site Vimeo announced last week the launch of Vimeo Video School, which has both instructions on how to make better videos and a directory of video tutorials. It’s available at http://vimeo.com/videoschool.
The front page is set up like a blog, with lessons at this writing including making a good holiday video and setting up a do-it-yourself camera dolly for less than $50. As you might expect the blog posts have videos included as well. If you’re really getting started at the very beginning you might want to start at the Video 101 site, which walks you through the basics of choosing a camera, shooting, and editing (or at least editing if you’re using a Mac or PC.)
But there are lots and lots and lots of other tutorials. Check out the nav on the right side of the page. You’ll see a variety of categories including sound, shooting, and gear. Pick a category and you’ll get to browse through dozens of videos covering very specific parts of video creation. The Lighting category, for example, had over twenty videos, while the DIY category had over five dozen videos covering things like cheap shoulder rigs, shooting underwater, and homemade camera jibs.
Thanks to phone setups pretty much everyone has a video camera with them these days. This site does a good job of bringing a lot of information on good videos into one place, whether you want just some simple ideas on how to make better videos or whether you want to go as complex as making your own equipment. Nicely done!