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Recording a Video? Here are a few selfie video tips and how to take a good selfie video.
Below you will find some great tips on how to take a good selfie video by using these video shooting basics:
When using a smartphone or tablet
Shoot with your camera horizontal so that your screen looks like a widescreen TV. Try to hold it steady. The closer you are to the phone, the less shaky the video will appear, and your audio will be better too.
If you plan to use a laptop or desktop
Most laptops and desktops have a video camera included in the operating system. Windows 10 has a Camera app, and Macs have Photo Booth. These tend to be user friendly, so don’t be intimidated.
You’ll need a good background
Shoot outside facing the sun so that the light brightens up your shot and isn’t behind you. If you shoot inside, use a room that’s well-lit with lots of natural sunlight or lighting. Make sure the background isn’t cluttered.
Choose a quiet room and shut down all programs and devices that make sounds. Speak directly into the microphone if possible and stand as close to it as possible to get the best audio.
Frame up the shot
Put your computer’s video camera at eye level. You may need to raise your laptop by placing it on a stack of books. Looking down at the camera will make your chin and neck look disproportionate to your face. Frame yourself in the middle of the screen so that there is not too much space above your head (headroom). Make sure you are looking directly at the camera, not at some other part of the computer screen. Don’t forget to smile!
Dress for the camera
The best clothing option for on-camera is a solid-color long-sleeve shirt, sweater or jacket. Choose a primary color instead of patterns or prints. Jewel tones and pastels are better than white for the camera. Don’t wear jewelry that moves and makes noise.
Record in the .mp4 format
The .mp4 format is the preferred file type for videos. Other ones such as .mov, .3gp and .wmv are ok, but not as widely used. It’s best to convert them to .mp4 which is easy to do by downloading video converter software.