There is also the Best Practices for Video Classes and more useful links at the bottom of this document as some of these tips are applicable for video classes and meetings.


INTRODUCTORY FILMING TIPS

  • Frame the camera to capture the environment where the story takes place. It helps to situate the viewer.
  • Use tripods to capture interviews to ensure the image’s stability and not distract the viewer.
  • Audio is crucial! Capture interviews with a dedicated microphone close to the sound source. (ie lapel microphone, directional microphone or an audio recorder will do the job).
  • Close-ups or “details” are perfect for enriching the story and bringing more dynamics to the video. Bring the details of the story close to the viewer!
  • Avoid very sudden movements with the camera. Keeping your arms close to your body can help with stabilizing a handheld camera.
  • Pan movement can show what doesn’t fit on the screen, but you need an intention. The camera movement guides the viewer’s eye, so avoid making random movements. Always have a purpose.
  • Make a checklist with the necessary scenes to present the story. It is crucial to know what you will record instead of trying to discover it with a camera in your hand.

CHOOSING YOUR IDEAL SHOOTING LOCATION

  • Find a location that is well-lit with natural sunlight or plenty of indoor lighting
  • Choose a quiet location with little background noise (street sounds, music, other people)
  • Avoid spaces with lots of echo
  • Turn off air conditioners and heaters to avoid fan noise
  • Provide a seat for yourself that is stationary and quiet (no chairs with wheels/swivels, overstuffed cushions, or squeaky screws)

SETTING UP YOUR PHONE / CAMERA

  • Set your laptop, phone, or camera on a tripod or steady surface (please do not hold your camera while shooting to avoid shaky footage)
  • Shoot horizontally (use landscape mode and avoid portrait mode)
  • Position camera at eye level (if you can, avoid angles where the camera lens is looking up or down on you)
  • Choose a non-distracting background (avoid windows, open wardrobe, showing other people). You may also add posters/signs that relates to your work, space etc

LIGHTING

  • Shoot in daylight if possible
  • Position yourself so windows or your main light sources are facing you, not behind you.
  • Avoid overhead lights
  • When shooting indoors, consider using a ring light that clips to your computer/phone to help light your face

CAMERA PRESENCE

  • Look at the camera at all times
  • Stand/sit up straight
  • Keep your hands to your side or gently folded in front of you (no crossed arms)
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed
  • Smile, especially at the beginning and the end of each response

ANSWERING QUESTIONS

  • When answering question prompts, please rephrase the question at the beginning of your response instead of jumping right into your answer (eg, “The events scheduled for this semester will be pushed to a later date” vs. simply “They will be pushed to a later date…”)
  • Start and end your answers with a second of silence, looking straight into the camera
  • Start and end your answers definitively (Avoid starting every sentence with “so’s” and “um’s” and ending with upward intonations, like you would when asking a question)
  • Start your answer again if a noise interrupts your answer, such as a police siren or dog barking

DELIVERING PRESENTATIONS

  • Direct your gaze to the camera
  • Consider using a teleprompter app in order to minimize looking up and down from your screen.  A few to consider include: CuePrompter, PromptDog, and Promptsmart.

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES TO AVOID

  • Avoid noisy accessories that could interfere with your audio
Can you please take the jewels out for the interview?

A FEW OTHER HELPFUL HINTS

  • If you can, ask a friend/family member to assist you while you record
  • Do a short recording test to make sure you can see and hear yourself clearly
  • Have water handy for clearing your throat
  • A bite from an apple can help take care of a dry mouth!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

You can always do it completely different, and dance during your presentation

TECH SPECS

  • Check your video camera settings to make sure you are shooting one of three formats: 1080p at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, or 1080p at 24fps. 720p and 4k is fine too.
    • On Android phones, the settings are usually in the main camera app behind the gear settings wheel
    • On iPhones, the camera settings are in the main settings icon in the photos and camera section
  • If you are unsure, no worries, your camera’s default setting should generally be ok.

BEST PRACTICES FOR VIDEO CLASSES / MEETINGS

  • Please see Choosing Your Ideal Location, Setting Up Your Phone/Camera, and Lighting Tips above
  • Mute yourself when not speaking to eliminate contributing unnecessary noise
  • Dress as you would if you were meeting in person
  • Speak more slowly than you would in person
  • Keep hand movements to a minimum
  • Avoid eating during the call!  If you must snack, turn your camera off as no one needs to see you chewing 🙂
  • Look directly into the camera lens when speaking and not at the video of yourself or classmates/colleagues

These tips are adapted from the NYU Media Production compiled document. 

USEFUL LINKS

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