Lots of tips for better video
Ronald Yaros, a journalism professor at the University of Maryland teaches mobile video in a course titled “Information 3.0.” He offers these 6 Tips for Successful Mobile Video Assignments in the Classroom:
- Good video doesn’t always mean good audio – the microphone should be within an arm’s length of the speaker’s mouth
- Brevity is the soul of wit – keep videos short
- Steady as she goes – a tripod (or a stack of books) makes for a more professional look
- Never interview someone seated in front of a window – the primary light source should be behind the camera
- Be prepared with “plan B” (collecting audio and a photograph)
- Practice, practice, practice!
In our multimedia course, my colleague Paul Turner assigns the book How To Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck. While it’s nontechnical, the book gets deep enough to be really useful.