General Recording Suggestions
We want you to look and sound your very best in your video, and to help make that happen, we have some tips and tricks to share with you! Here is a video which shows the difference between raw footage and a finished video.
- Test your tech, lighting, sound, and video quality before recording. Make sure all devices you are using are fully charged before you start.
- We will be adding beginning and ending title cards to all videos in order to have consistency across all the offerings.
- We will be adding subtitles to all videos to support any hard-of-hearing or deaf Handspinning Seminar participants
- Once you are satisfied with your video, please upload it to the link provided to you in your welcome email.
- Record at 1080 frame rate.
- Ensure steady, good lighting. Be sure lights/windows are in front of your face or to the side, not behind you. If possible, cover a window with a white sheet to help diffuse harsh light.
- If at all possible, use a microphone. Either a desktop version or a lavalier mic that clips onto your shirt/top with a battery pack that clips onto your waistband or pocket will work. The lav mic can be great if you’ll be doing demonstrations or moving a lot. If you’re using a lav, please avoid scarves, dangly earrings, and be sure your hair won’t be touching/rubbing the microphone.
- Use whatever device you are most comfortable with to record on: desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Set your laptop on books or boxes to raise your camera to eye level so you’re looking straight ahead, not down. If you choose to use a phone, please turn it so it is in landscape mode (long from left to right) and prop it up so you do not need to hold it. A tripod, or someone to film while you teach are also great suggestions.
- Try to film in a quiet location where you can concentrate & speak freely. If you’re in a large room or a room with hardwood floors, you may want to put blankets & towels on as many surfaces as possible to help absorb sound and avoid echoes.
- If you have a script you would like to follow, take a look at https://cueprompter.com/ It is a free website for any use, with no extra software or apps to download. Please consider sharing that script with us as it would help create the “story-line” of your video.
- Pause & breathe after mistakes. This will make it easier for the video editor to clip errors out, and will help you regain your focus.
- Feel free to make many smaller videos or a longer one with all the mistakes left in (we promise not to create a blooper reel)
- If you are demonstrating a technique consider taking videos where you are just working without explanation, we can overlay audio of your explanation or just music if it’s showing something again from a different perspective
- If you are educating on a particular breed of sheep or other non-technique again footage that shows your subject without script would be wonderful to include. (You know we’re all suckers for cute animals and yummy fibre)