Acceptable Technical Standards

When you submit your video, we will review it to check production values – we don’t expect videos to be professionally produced, but we do expect that you can see and hear the subjects! If there are questions, we'll contact the content producer. Contact us while you are filming and/or editing if you need help making sure your video meets the standards.


  • Make sure there is enough light so subjects of the video so they are clearly visible.
  • The image must be in focus (text should be legible if capturing a projected image).
  • Position camera(s) to avoid capturing people walking or sitting in front of the lens.
  • In general, frame subjects from the head-on perspective (avoid framing subjects in profile) with a medium shot (just below the sternum to the top of the head).
  • Try to eliminate unsteady or jerky camera movements. If you don’t have a tripod, rest the camera on a steady surface or balance your filming arm on something (a railing, a desk, etc.).
  • Make sure your subjects are facing the camera when they are speaking. Pay attention to surrounding noises – if it’s windy, try to wait for a break or find a quieter space to minimize noise.
  • If you’re using a microphone, place it close enough to the subject to capture audible, intelligible and comprehensible sound.
  • The audio should be clear and free of hum or buzz.