I recently came across some footage I shot at a train station I was at while waiting for my change over and decided I had enough to edit it into a 5x5 video.
What is a 5x5 Video?
A 5x5 video is a video made up of 5 5-second shots, using only natural sound from the camera. Its a video format that is good for starting out making videos (you only need 25 seconds of footage) and often appears in Vimeo’s Video School Weekend Challenges.
Shooting a 5x5 is easy and can be a quick, fun exercise in practicing your composition, framing and other camera skills. Set yourself a theme, go out and shoot, and create a 5x5. Another great thing about putting a 5x5 together is that because you are just using cuts between shots and natural audio, you don’t need a lot from your editing software; you can use whatever you’re happy with. Even if that is your phone or tablet.
If you’re looking for inspiration on 5x5 videos, Vimeo is a great resource. As well as setting 5x5 challenges in the Video School, a search of 5x5s will come back with a huge list of videos that you can watch for inspiration.