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4 Step Guide to Shooting Videos at Home

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When it comes to your marketing and virtual events, consumers are still hungry for quality content, but don't let your "Zoom game" undermine your messaging. 

But even with the DIY, home-made vibe, you still want to maintain a certain production standard -- anything less than clear video and audio is unacceptable. Check out our four-step guide, handcrafted by LAI Video producers, to help you create high quality video content for remote interviews!

1. Prepare Your Space

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Your home setup and video background can either be a benefit or a barrier to your video content. To ensure visual symmetry, we encourage recording in a room with some depth behind you (3+feet), as well as a visually interesting backdrop - so, not sitting directly in front of a white wall. A couple of visually appealing background ideas are:

  • Home offices with a bookshelf on the wall

  • A living room with a fireplace or credenza

  • Dining room with a china cabinet

Important Note: Avoid a seating arrangement where your light source is coming from right behind you. Your light source should always be in front of you, yet behind your recording device.

 

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2. Prepare Your Tech

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Advances in technology have made it incredibly easy to record at home, while maintaining consistent quality in video and audio. For your video setup, we recommend either utilizing Zoom Virtual Conferencing Software or recording using an iPhone or Android phone.

To avoid any interruptions mid-recording, here’s a checklist to review before:

  • Check the storage capacity on your phone/computer to ensure there is more than 5GB available.

  • Wipe off the lens of your camera on your device, to eliminate any smudges or haziness.

  • Turn off all notifications on your phone and computer - to avoid miscellaneous noises in the background.

  • If recording on a phone, use headphones, Bluetooth preferred, or an external microphone for high audio quality.

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3. Action!

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No matter the recording method, keep your eye on the camera or computer lens, not the main screen. To help fight the temptation to look, try elevating your computer screen/phone using a platform (e.g. a stack of books or an elevated food tray). 

When working with an LAI Video producer, we’ll walk you through the entire process via Zoom. Like the above diagram, we’ll instruct you to join a custom Zoom meeting room so that the producer can ask you questions during your interview in real-time.

Most importantly, stay relaxed and conversational - you’ll do great!

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4. Send us Your Content

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Of course, in a lot of instances, recording your thoughtful content may just be the first step. Send your recordings to our talented team of editors and motionographers to best wrap your messaging with an appropriate amount of branded, graphic firepower to get attention and make change. 

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