Video Best Practices for Students

Considerations for planning your video: 

  1. Decide on the content you'd like to present in your video.
  2. What is the best format to convey my message?
    • Video/audio (head shot) to explain or describe a clinical case (diagnosis, treatment)
    • Many video clips (people, locations, in/outdoor) to illustrate a clinical case (diagnosis, treatment), and assembled in one final video.
    • Video/audio narrating PowerPoint
    • Audio narrating PowerPoint
    • Or, just an audio podcast
  3. If this is a collaboration assignment, how will you film the video?
  4. What tools do you have for recording?
    • Computer webcam
    • Computer screen capture (video/audio) - SN
    • Mobile device camera
    • Tripod
    • Mic
  5. If this is a collaboration assignment, how will you assemble the video?
    • How will you transfer the video clips from your recording device to the computer for editing?
      • Can you connect device to computer and import clips?
      • Can you AirDrop videos (iOS)?
    • Will you add narration?
    • Will you add music?
  6. Does you computer have editing software?
    • Consider length of video

Setting up video and sound

Frame your shot

  • Position your device where light is plentiful
    • Light should be above or facing subjects
    • Avoid shooting in shadow (light behind subject)
    • Choose neutral settings and avoid spaces with lots of distractions
  • Use a tripod.
  • If you don't have tripod, have someone hold the recording device. 
    • Capture meaningful activity - adjust camera especially when subject turn their back to the camera.
    • Make sure device is always attended, secured on a tripod, or computer is on a solid surface.
  • **Position the recording device close enough to capture subjects/activity. 
  • Avoid placing the camera far, it's best to position the camera as closest possible. 
  • Practice the widest subject movement and position the camera so that you capture that move, plus one foot. 
  • Recording with mobile devices - only hold device horizontally (camera always at the top) .
  • Recording with computer webcam - tilt screen to adjust camera angle.
  • Practice the scenario and movements prior to recording.

Capture optimal sound

  • Set your device or computer in a quiet place away from loud sounds, humming sounds, or distracting activities.
  • **If you position the camera close enough, you should be able to capture good sound quality from a mobile device. 
  • If you're recording on your computer mic make sure your recording sound "input" is set close to max.
  • If you have an external mic, position it as close as possible facing the subjects (for aesthetics, place mic out of the camera frame visibility; however, audio is more important and if capturing good sounds means having the mic visible, choose sound quality! 
  • Speak as natural as possible, but remember the mic. 

Do a test recording

After framing your shot. Have subjects walk through what they'll do. Make note and adjust picture and audio.

  • Adjust frame - Can you see the subjects while subjects move?
    • Move camera, computer or mobile device farther or closer to subjects.
    • If someone is holding the camera, they should adjust their position closer or father away from subjects.
  • Adjust audio - Can you hear the subjects as they move and speak?
      • Move computer or mobile device closer to subjects.
      • Raise the mic level in your computer or device.
      • Speak louder if necessary