Tips for Great Video and Audio

Video Tips

The TOP TWO most important things:

  • Get people/students to TALK ON CAMERA.
  • Get some slow steady camera shots.
  1. Film any shot for at least 10 seconds – shoot more video than you think you’ll need – it will help when you edit later.
  2. If you have a tripod, use it. If you don’t have a tripod, rest the camera on a flat surface. If that is not possible, lean or brace yourself against something to limit camera movement.
  3. When zooming; panning (left to right or up and down); or moving the camera – pause/continue filming for a few seconds before and after your movement if you can.
  4. When zooming; panning (left to right or up and down); or moving the camera – move the camera slower than you normally would turn your head – camera motion needs to be slow and steady.
  5. Try to get a variety of shots – some close-up/detail shots, medium shots, and wide shots.
  6. If using multiple cameras, make sure to get both close-ups and wider shots to keep interest and enhance production value. One camera should frame subjects with a medium shot (as described above), and a second camera should frame subjects with a wide shot showing the entire subject, panel, stage, etc.

Audio Tips

  1. Consider other people’s reaction to what you are seeing: If you need to prompt them, ask, “What is your favorite part of this experience?” “What has surprised you the most?” “What would be the first thing you’d tell someone about this experience?” Make sure people speak in complete sentences and paragraphs. “Yes” or “no” answers are not engaging.
  2. Turn the camera around and get your own reaction.
  3. Stand near street musicians, commuter crowds, anything that tells your experience though sound – this audio can help you later on when editing create a fuller documentation of what you’ve filmed.