Part 2: Video And Your Events

In a previous post (here), we discussed the different types of videos you could record for your events.  In today’s post, I wanted to discuss some of the various tools you can use to record these events.

I bet many of you have smartphones and most of your smartphones have video capabilities. In fact, most of those smartphones even record in HD quality.  This is a great place to record and edit your video.

And if you don’t have a smartphone, a tablet will do the job as well.

  • Shooting With Your Device:  I’ve mentioned before I’m an Apple Fanboy, so let’s begin by discussing recording video using an iPhone.  The tendency is to record this video holding your phone straight up and down.  I would recommend that you turn the phone (or iPad) on it’s side.  The recording of that video will be full screen now.
  • Framing:  To frame up a simple video of a speaker, put that speaker slight left or slight right of center.  And another idea, is to place the speaker just a hair above the camera.  This will give them the appearance of authority to the audience.
  • Apps:  The Apple App Store has a great version of iMovie for your device for $4.99.  I would do some very minor editing in adding a fade in and fade out from black.  This will give your video a little bit more of a professional feel.   The Google Play Store also offers an app called Magisto.  I have not used it, but it has stellar reviews, and the app is free.
  • Microphones:  In most cases the microphone built into your phone will do the trick.  But if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to capture better quality audio, I recommend the Belkin iPhone Directional Microphone.

What have you used to record video?  Any tips that have worked for you?   In our next post, we’ll discuss how to use these videos you’ve recorded.

Your Thoughts?