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  • Gather media. Hopefully you have gathered some multimedia resources from the pre-production phase, and have some high resolution images to work with.
  • Recording video. Be sure to know the rule of thirds and other framing techniques, as well as know some lighting basics before hitting the Record button for your videos.
  • Recording audio. Read some quick audio recording tips.

Screen capturing and screen recording on your Mac

There’s links in the post-production section on how to record or screen capture your Mac computer screen, but here’s those links here, as these techniques are often used during the production process.

Tips on Interviewing People

There’s a slide deck for interviews 101; the main takeways are:

Before recording:

  • Research the interviewee and their subject. 
  • Test out the recording equipment beforehand.
  • Know how to compose your subject in the video camera frame accordingly (know the rule of thirds!); test out the framing beforehand with a test subject, if possible.

During recording:

  • Record 10-15 seconds (minimum!) of room sound (i.e. with no one talking). This can aid in the editing process to hide the amount of cuts you make.
  • Have the subject look across the frame, if using rule of thirds.
  • Have the subject look directly at the interviewer, or at the camera, but not both. Having the subject’s eyes dart about makes them look like they may not be truthful about their statements.
  • Ask simple questions first –  get them comfortable with any lights you may be using, and being in front of the camera.
  • Don’t ask yes/no questions.
  • If you’re recording a set of interviews, will you be asking the same question for each interviewee? Sometimes you can edit all of the responses in one segment of your video/podcast. 
  • If your spoken questions will be used in your video, make sure you record your audio and their audio, ideally with separate microphones, or if not, at equal distance between the two speakers. The closer the microphone is to the subject’s head (without becoming distracting), the better. An example of an interview using one microphone where one person is too close to the microphone, and the other too far:
  • Decide beforehand if your questions will be in the interview(s), or just their responses. If recording your questions and their responses, make sure to follow the preceding tip. If only recording their responses to your questions, have the interviewee repeat the question in their response, or put the question into their answer.