Recording a Video? Here are a few selfie video tips and how to take a good selfie video.
First, figure out which video camera you’re going to use. You probably have a few options: your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. Most of these devices come equipped with video cameras and video recording software. Below you will find some great tips on how to take a good selfie video by using these video shooting basics:
When using a smartphone or tablet
Shoot with your camera horizontal so that your screen looks like a widescreen TV. Try to hold it steady. The closer you are to the phone, the less shaky the video will appear, and your audio will be better too. You can also record audio using an app such as Voice Memos on the iPhone.
If you plan to use a laptop or desktop
Most laptops and desktops have a video camera included in the operating system. Windows 10 has a Camera app, and Macs have Photo Booth. These tend to be user friendly, so don’t be intimidated. Do a couple of practice takes, and you’ll get comfortable with the program.
You’ll need a good background
Shoot outside facing the sun so that the light brightens up your shot and isn’t behind you. If you shoot inside, use a room that’s well-lit with lots of natural sunlight or lighting. Make sure the background isn’t cluttered.
Choose a quiet room and shut down all programs and devices that make sounds. Don’t forget about pets or children that could cause an interruption. Speak directly into the microphone if possible and stand as close to it as possible to get the best audio. Note: You can buy inexpensive lavalier microphones ($10) that pin to your shirt and plug into your phone or tablet.
Frame up the shot
Put your computer’s video camera at eye level. You may need to raise your laptop by placing it on a stack of books. Looking down at the camera will make your chin and neck look disproportionate to your face. Frame yourself in the middle of the screen so that there is not too much space above your head (headroom). Make sure you are looking directly at the camera, not at some other part of the computer screen. Don’t forget to smile!
Dress for the camera
The best clothing option for on-camera is a solid-color long-sleeve shirt, sweater or jacket. Choose a primary color instead of patterns or prints. Jewel tones and pastels are better than white for the camera. Don’t wear jewelry that moves and makes noise.
Record in the .mp4 format
The .mp4 format is the preferred file type for videos. Other ones such as .mov, .3gp and .wmv are ok, but not as widely used. It’s best to convert them to .mp4 which is easy to do by downloading video converter software.
Editing and Sharing Your Video
Edit on your device.
Many devices come with video editing apps or software. If not, you can download free ones. You can also edit videos on YouTube and other websites. YouTube’s “Creator Studio” also allows you to download free music without lyrics.
Display titles for at least 5 seconds.
If you put words on the screen (titles), make sure to show them long enough for someone to read which is at least 5 seconds, probably longer.
Export using the settings recommended by YouTube.
These include the video codec H.264. The maximum length should be 10 minutes. The maximum file size is 1 GB.
Use a file sharing site for large video files.
Services such as Dropbox and Google Drive allow you to send large video files through email.
Upload to social media.
You have a lot of options for posting your video including YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. The video length rules vary on each platform.
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