Best Practices for Shooting Video

This page focuses on best practices for shooting video of people, places and things with a smartphone, tablet or video camera. If you need to record yourself then please visit our documentation page on Best Practices for Filming Yourself

Best Practices

The best practices below can be applied to any camera and are essential when recording video. Poor audio and video quality can hinder a video’s effectiveness and ultimately hurt student learning.

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Always shoot with a horizontal orientation. Please do not shoot vertical videos.

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Always hold your camera with two hands and hold it closer to your body. This will help prevent your video footage from being shaky. You can also use a tripod or some other stabilizing device/object to keep your camera still.

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You don’t need to be extremely precise with starting/stopping recording. In fact, it is best to have a little extra time at the beginning and ending of all your recordings as this helps us with editing.

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Make sure there is enough light in the location that you’re shooting. This is usually more of a problem when shooting indoors. Try turning on all available lights and/or unshading windows. You may need to move to another location if this does not work.

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If you need to record someone speaking try and pick a location that is relatively quiet. Try to avoid sounds that would become distracting or overpowering.

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Make sure you select the highest quality recording format that your device offers. There are different options for different devices. Reach out to your media program lead if you need guidance.

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Camera Options

Here are a few of the more common options:

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Point-and-shoot camera


Consider these when deciding on your camera:

  • Ease of File Transfer
    • You’ll want to make sure that you can easily get files from your camera to your media specialist and instructional designer.
  • Current Technology
    • In general, newer technology will most likely record better picture and sound so take into account the age of all your options.

Published on January 03, 2019 at 11:11:05 am CDT. Last modified on July 02, 2019 at 8:45:55 am CDT.