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What Are Image Relaxation Videos?

Image Relaxation Videos Definition

Simply put, image relaxation videos are videos that instil a sense of relaxation in the viewer and are usually a combination of audio and visual stimulation.

General Types Of Image Relaxation Videos

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There are two general types of image relaxation video:

  1. Simple Relaxation – this is purely a combination of visuals with audio in the form of either music, nature sounds or a combination of music and nature sounds.
  2. Guided Relaxation – With guided relaxation there is an added dimension to the video in the form of instructions which are usually provided by a voice but could also be in the form of text on the viewing screen.

Parts Of Videos For Image Relaxation

There are three main parts to image relaxation videos:

  • Video Introduction – This would be some instructions, either voice, text or both, to prepare the viewer for the relaxation video.
  • Video Relaxation Scenes – This would be the combination of visuals and audio used to create a sense of relaxation for the viewer.
  • Video Conclusion – This would be some messages, either voice, text or both, informing the viewer that the relaxation video is about to end.

Length Of Videos For Image Relaxation

The amount of time people have available to use a relaxation video will vary depending of their circumstances and what they want to achieve. The length of a video will therefore depend on what human purpose it was created to match:

  • Short Break – Some people may just want a quick break from their work routine or from whatever else they are doing and only have a 5 to 15 minutes time slot.
  • Spare Time – During the day some people may have some spare time in which they want to experience a medium length relaxation session of 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Full Relaxation Session – People who actually use relaxation as a form of recreation will find time on a regular basis to undergo a full relaxation session, usually a guided relaxation greater than 30 minutes in length.

Visual Component OF Image Relaxation Videos

The visual component of image relaxation videos consists of a number of visuals displayed to the viewer with each visual being swapped over using a transition:

Visuals – The visual component of image relaxation videos will be either:

  1. Still Images – These a simply images or more often than not, photographs, of relaxing scenes.
  2. Video Clips – The purpose of video is to capture motion and audio. The motion within image relaxation videos is usually relatively slow to convey a relaxing or calming effect on the viewer. Video clips can be either:
    • Still Video – With this type of video, the camera and scene is fixed and the subject of the video is virtually stationary or moving only very slightly (e.g. a flower swaying gently in the breeze). The purpose of this type of video is usually to also capture the natural sounds close by.
    • Motion Video – The camera will be moving, or panning, whilst the scene is fixed (e.g. providing a panoramic view of the mountain range) or moving slightly or slowly (e.g. waves rolling on a beach).
  3. Images And Video – This will involve displaying a mixture of both images and video clips at different times during the overall image relaxation video.

Transitions – Transitions are the way in which a video moves from one image to another. A transition will be of a specific type and occur over a specific time period:

  1. Transition Type – There are many types of transition with all sorts of names such as slide, flip, breaking glass, etc. Whichever transition types are used, they should help promote a feeling of relaxation and not stress or agitate the viewer.
  2. Transition Time – The transition time from one scene to another plays a role in providing a relaxed state of mind. If the transition time is zero, instantaneous or abrupt, then this could break the relaxed state of mind of the viewer. If it takes too long to make the transition then the viewer may become frustrated and hence lose their relaxed state of mind. A transition time of between 2 and 4 seconds is a good time to allow viewers to change their focus of attention and not feel they have had their concentration disrupted too abruptly.

Audio Component Of Image Relaxation Videos

Audio is added to image relaxation videos to create a more attention captivating atmosphere by doing the following:

  1. Engaging – Engaging the hearing of the viewer; and
  2. Blocking – Blocking out external noises to some degree.

The various types of audio that could be used are:

  1. Music – Soothing and/or inspiring musical compositions to create a relaxed state are frequently used in image relaxation videos. What actually constitutes a relaxing musical sound may in some respects depend on the individual listener.
  2. Nature Sounds – Nature sounds are considered to provide a calming and relaxing effect. Such sounds include: waves on the shore; trickling water in a stream; singing birds and insect sounds in a forest; the wind blowing through the trees; etc.
  3. Voice – A gentle, calming voice speaking whilst the visuals are displayed can instil a sense of relaxation. When a voice is used within a relaxation video, the term “guided” is often used in the video title.
  4. Combination – A combination of audio types can provide a relaxing environment, although getting the right balance can be a little tricky to achieve:
    • Music or Sounds With Voice – A voiceover may be used with a quiet music track or nature sounds and the term “guided” is often used in the video description.
    • Sounds And Music – Combining nature sounds and music together can be successful if the music is quiet as it fills in the gaps between the nature sounds.

Summary On Relaxation Videos

Image relaxation videos can be produced in different formats and for different purposes. However, the essential elements are relaxing audio and visual components. What one person finds relaxing may not be so for another, so you may have to experiment with different forms until you find a relaxation video format that suits you.

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