Video Recording Tips
- Record your video at a reasonable size. You should record your videos at a minimum resolution of 640x480 pixels. If you are able to record at a higher resolution, that would be even better. If we get a video that’s too large, it’s very easy to make it smaller. If we get a video that’s too small, there isn’t a way to make it any larger without drastically degrading the quality.
- Use a digital video (DV) camera. If you don’t know where one is in your building, ask your technology person. They may not have one themselves but they would likely know where one is. Video quality from almost all cell phones is not high enough
- Use a tripod if one is available. Videos where the camera is shaking are hard to watch, even if the content of the video is excellent. If a tripod isn’t available, try to rest your hand/arm on a stationary item or lean against a wall to be as steady as possible.
- Keep camera movements to a minimum. Constantly moving the camera and/or zooming in and out will make the video difficult to watch. If you need to move the camera or zoom in or out, pause the recording before making the adjustment and resume the recording afterwards
- If you’re unfamiliar with the video camera you’ll be using, read the manual. Video camera manuals are filled with information about how to operate the camera and how to get the most out of it
Submitted by Adam Sanasac, Technology Specialist, St. Francis High School