Video Recording Guidelines
When it comes to video recording, it's a whole free world out there. Here are a few tips and best practices to set you on your way to becoming a pro at video recording.
Find a place that has good lighting. Use as much natural light as possible. If there isn't natural light, turn on all the lights in the room or use softbox lighting. The last thing you want is a video that is black and dark.
Find a good camera and set the recording option to the highest quality possible. We recommend a video camera that records at least 720p (1280x720) or higher. This will ensure that the video is at an etiquette quality. Most modern smartphones or digital cameras have the capability to record at 720p already. A ratio of 16:9 is recommended.
Record as close to the camera as possible or pick a quiet place to record. This will ensure etiquette sound quality is picked up by the recording device. Use of a lavalier microphone or an external microphone (if available) will give you the best recording quality but if none is available, get close to the video camera is the next best alternative.
Keep it steady, use a tripod! The last thing you want is to make your viewers nauseous. Use a tripod when recording when possible. This will allow you to have a steady shot at the subject.
Remember that most devices are viewed in landscape. So if you are recording from a Smartphone, it is a good idea to record in landscape mode rather than portrait mode to prevent black spaces when uploading your video.
Keep it short and sweet, unless you're filming a movie or lecture. We recommend your videos to be within 3 minutes in length.
Last but not least, test your video before doing the real thing. This will ensure you have all the right settings and also because practice makes perfect!