6 Simple Tips for Recording Yourself

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6 Simple Tips for Recording Yourself

The following are some useful tips we want to share with you when recording yourself and ensure your next video presentation is engaging and valuable for your audience, and one that will stand out from the rest.

Before Recording, Ask Yourself:

  • What kind of content do I hope to deliver?
  • What are the key points that I need to convey in my video?
  • Where do I want the video to be seen i.e., social media, eNewsletter, website etc.?
  • The length of the video?
  • What equipment will I require?
  • How will I promote the video, and on what platform i.e., YouTube, IGTV, Vimeo, etc.?

Inspired By: The VidAcademy

1. Prepare

It is important that you create a script before you start recording so write out in bullet point form or type up a full script – whatever works best for you. If you’re not a fan of script writing and speaking au naturel comes naturally to you, then go for it – but remember to be yourself, use your own natural language and talk in a conversational style. However, no matter your style of prep, be clear on what points you want to put across, and don’t ramble.

2. Positioning Your Camera

If recording on your phone, make sure the phone is in landscape mode and use a tripod to secure your phone in position. Make sure the camera lens is at the same level as your eyes. You can elevate the camera lens by placing your phone and tripod on a laptop stand or place your it on a stack of books. Also, make sure the camera is at least arm’s length away, so your face is not too close-up in the video. Clean your lens with a lens cloth as this can improve the quality of your footage. Remember to keep looking into the lens when you are filming. Pretend you are speaking to someone; this will translate to your viewers and they will feel more connected to you. Before you start recording, please ensure you clear up any clutter in the background, no one wants to see a mess – it will be so distracting!

3. Lighting

Make sure the light is good on your face so your viewers can see you clearly. Avoid bright light behind you. Natural daylight is best but if you must shoot in the evening then use lamps to light yourself up. Do not have your back to a window as you will look silhouetted and dark and the sunlight coming in will dominate the screen.

4. Sound

Find a room that is quiet, silence noisy digital devices, set your phone on Airplane/Flight Mode, disable alerts or anything that makes noise, and close the windows and doors. We advise you test your recording and listen back.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice

Recording yourself on camera does not have the same natural flow in compared to presenting at a live event, so keep it brief and to the point. Just because people are good at speaking at physical events does not mean they are a natural behind the camera. Practice, practice, and practice again – you want to ensure you come across as natural as possible on screen. Get feedback from your family and friends, as they will notice things that you might not hear or see. Use general greetings like “Hello” or “Welcome”, rather than time-of-day greetings such as “Good morning”. State your name and title or purpose of presentation.

6. The Look

It is crucial you know your audience and what they engage with. What topics are currently relevant to them? Use videos and graphics to illustrate your viewpoints, this will create a sense of variety to the video and will interest the viewer. The presenter should dress professionally, avoid stripes and patterns as these can be distracting. Wear powder to remove shine from your face. You should also consider whether to sit or stand. If you stand, you bring a more dynamic energy to the content captured. Remember to act natural and go with what is comfortable for you, and whatever you do – please smile! Think of it this way, if you were presenting at an event in a room filled with people, how would you like them to see you?

It’s also important to take note that a 1 minute recording is 130 words (6 sentences).

Once you record on your phone the first time, you will never look back. Below are the video editing apps that will help you create a professional video.

  • Quik by GoPro – Mobile and desktop – Free (highly recommend!)
  • KineMaster – Mobile only – €10 per month
  • Adobe Rush – Mobile and Desktop – €12 per month

If you keep all these tips in mind when organising your next virtual event, you will undoubtedly have an engaged and interactive audience.

Get in touch with us when planning a virtual event. We offer a 360 service from planning, to production, and execution all carried out in our studio. Contact us to learn more.

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