What video device shall I use?
You can use any device with filming capabilities, such as your iPhone, iPad, tablet, GoPro, drone or video camera.
How do I hold my device?
When using an iPad or iPhone hold it horizontally so you are filming in a landscape aspect ratio. Avoid holding it vertically as there will be black bars on the side of your finished film.
How to avoid fast pans and zooms?
Zooming and panning are natural filming impulses but they can often lead to footage that your editor may find hard to use. Fast and erratic footage comes across as jarring and less engaging. If you are going to zoom, please hold the frame for at least 2 seconds before you zoom in or out, and try to pan as slowly and smoothly as possible.
How to film action shots?
Try not to zoom in as this can be shaky and jarring. Ideally get close and pan sparingly. Try to follow your subject as best as you can, keep it all smooth and steady.
How do I light a scene?
Shoot videos in brightly lit areas whenever you can. Additionally, avoid shadows that will make your video grainy. At the same time, you need to avoid pointing the camera directly at a lighting source. This will create overexposed shots and potentially a lens flare. Your lighting source should be stable and steady. Abrupt lighting changes will cause your device sensors to adjust unfavorably, making the video look odd.
How do I record audio?
Excellent audio is just as important as excellent video footage. The built-in microphone in almost every camera and smartphone is not up to the task of capturing great audio. You will likely end up recording the wind and other environmental noises instead of the audio that you are after. Ideally. Professionals typically use a separate device to capture audio. Invest in an external microphone which can be attached to your camera or smartphone to capture audio.
How do I avoid background noise?
Background noise is sometimes hard to avoid but do not worry. As long as your subject can clearly be heard you will be fine. Filming inside in a quiet room is preferable. Try not to film outside in windy conditions as wind can distort audio.
What images should I include?
It is great to add images. These can be photos relating to your film, such as people, locations, and essentially anything that you feel is important to your story. You can also include graphics such s charts and logos. Images can be used as cutaways and can serve as good introductions and conclusions to your film.
How do I film interviews?
Make sure your subject is clearly in view, not too close and not to far away. A good frame is a subjects head and shoulders, slightly off centre with an interesting background such as a busy painting or a nice looking room. Encourage your subject to speak clearly and articulately. Try not to film with your subject in front of a bright window as it might overexpose, showing your subject as a silhouette. A good idea is to use a tripod to hold your camera steady instead of holding your device. It is a good idea to include a couple of takes.
What are cutaways/overlay?
Cutaways are an important aspect in creating an engaging film. They will give your film context and make it more compelling. Cutaways are video footage or photos that accompany and compliment your interviews and can be anything from shots of related activities and locations to a specific object. It is a good idea to get a wide variety of scenes.
What is an opening scene?
A good opening will set the scene for your story and give context to your audience. Some examples of great opening scenes are an introduction spoken directly to camera, an establishment shot of your building, grounds etc, and a group scene.
How to transfer my footage and photos to my computer?
Most devices have a USB or similar connector to transfer footage to your computer. It is then as simple as dragging the footage from the device folder into a new folder on your computer for uploading to the online editing platform.
How do I upload my video and image files?
You can upload directly to the online editing platform. Make sure to keep at least one backup copy of your video files.
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