Recording video resources

Recording on your smart phone

It can be daunting recording videos without any practical experience.

Video quality can vary depending on the type of recording device, the performance of the subject and the presence of various production elements.

Recording videos can be an easy and painless experience, and you may already be comfortable using your own personal smart phone and webcam devices to record videos.

These DIY videos consist of useful tips to record your videos on a smart phone device.

Recording on your computer

It is also possible to record videos on your computer.

If you have a default recording program use this to record your video.

Alternatively, it is possible to record using QuickTime Player.

If this program is not on your computer, then visit the Apple website to download the program.

If you wish to record your screen, instead of using your camera, then select "New Screen Recording" instead of "New Movie Recording".

"OBS" by Hugh "Jim" Bailey is licensed under CC0 1.0

Screen Recorders

If you do not have QuickTime Player there are other screen recorders available, such as Open Broadcaster SoftwareOSB Studio.

This software can record your computer screen or your camera, however it requires some configuration before recording.

Smart phone recording

When using a smart phone to record, ensure that you are recording in landscape and not portrait mode.

Portrait mode is not compatible with most video hosting sites.

It is also best practice to use the camera on the back of the phone, and not the front facing 'selfie' camera.

Video framing

The best possible framing involves positioning the subject to the sides or centre of your video.

Ensure that a majority of the frame consists of the subject and avoid large areas of blank space above the head of the subject.

Blank space to the sides of the subject are acceptable, provided the subject is filling at least one third of the frame.

Audio recording

In order to obtain good audio for your video, make sure the microphone is close to you.

Also, most microphones will detect background noise, so make sure you are in a quiet location.

If possible, use a headset that contains a microphone which can be positioned near the mouth.

A good alternative is the Røde smartLav. This microphone plugs directly into most phones, and some computers headphone jack.

Video background

Position the camera facing away from bright light sources, such as the sun.

If the camera is exposed to bright background light, the camera to overcompensate for increased light coming into the camera.

The camera will darken the foreground image to accommodate for the bright light.

Course welcome videos

If you are required to create your own welcome video for your course the below example may assist you in developing your own video.

You may include the below information in your video.

  • Who you are and your interest in the course
  • What the key concepts or ideas of the course are
  • Why these concepts or ideas are important
  • How students will benefit from the course
  • What students should do next
  • Sign off

More information

RMIT Studios have developed a comprehensive guide of the content to cover when recording your welcome video.

For more information about recording videos, Andrea McLagan describes how to use Echo 360, Google Hangouts and additional recording methods in the Creating video content blog post.