Best Practices for Filming in the Classroom

Keep the camera steady.
A shaky or constantly zooming camera is a huge distraction from the teaching message. 
  • Secure your camera to a tripod or mount if possible. 
  • If you don't have a mount or tripod, make sure your camera is on a steady surface or leaning against something stable
  • With the exception of panning and tilting to keep the subject in frame, let the camera be a quiet observer. 
  • Slow panning is also a must (movement or rotation of the camera).
  • You can lose the viewer with a shot that is too far or wide to see what you’re talking about, or if you zoom in and the result is a shaky shot. 
  • If your video is covering something small, get up close so the viewer can see it
  • For larger lesson materials, zoom out so that the subject is captured completely within the video's frame. 
 
Capture great audio.
Nothing will make your video “pop” more than having quality sound to go with a great video. 
  • The microphone is on the camera. 
  • Be sure your camera is close to the source of the sound for the best audio quality. 
  • Good microphones can also be purchased at a relatively low cost.
  • Be conscious of the noise going on in the background. 
 
Know what is in your background.
  • Don’t film against a sunny window 
  • Don’t film a distracting background 
 
Mobile accessories made easy.
There are lots of different accessories that allow you to film quality videos with your mobile device.
  • Lens adapter kits that allow you to capture better videos are available if you are using a smartphone. 
  • Mounts that allow you to attach smaller cameras or smartphones to tripods are available as well.
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