We all know the feeling: you're watching a video of yourself, and you can't help but cringe. But don’t worry! Just follow these tips for video recording yourself to create flattering and natural videos.
|Plan ahead||Prepare a script or bullet points|
|Choose a good spot||Avoid echoes, background noise, and distracting elements|
|Find good lighting||Natural light is best|
|Dress well||Wear comfortable clothes|
|Set up a camera||Use the best settings|
|Get good framing||Use flattering framing|
|Use a microphone||Get a clip-on microphone|
|Practice on camera||Relax and act natural|
|Do test shots||Check audio, framing, and lighting|
|Edit a video||Remove unwanted sections|
|Promote a video||Spread the word|
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12 tips for filming yourself
Plan your video in advance
Being prepared is key when it comes to recording yourself because it will help you relax and be less self-conscious. It will also prevent you from rambling on or going off on tangents when recording. You can start with these tips for filming yourself:
- Decide what you want to say ahead of time
- Write out a script, bullet points, or even a storyboard, to help keep you on track
- If you're planning to use props, have them ready and in view before you start recording
Find a good spot
The location of your video can make a big difference in how it turns out, as well as how you look and sound on camera. Check out these tips for recording a video at home:
- A spot with minimal background noise is ideal
- Avoid areas with echoes
- Don’t choose a spot with a distracting background
- If you will be sitting, make sure the chair is comfortable and won’t squeak when you move
Find the best lighting
Lighting is just as important as location. Bad lighting can make you look washed out or give you dark circles under your eyes. To get good lighting, here are some points to note:
- If recording indoors, try to find a room with plenty of natural light
- If recording outdoors, avoid direct sunlight
- Use additional light sources to brighten up the scene if needed
Dress for success
While it depends on the intent of your video, generally speaking, you should dress as though you're going to be seen by the world. Wearing good clothes can also help you feel more confident, which will come across on camera. Here are some things to think about when picking out what to wear:
- Choose clothing that is appropriate for the video's purpose and audience
- Avoid wearing anything that has busy patterns
- If you'll be moving around a lot, comfortable clothes are a must
- Do not wear clothes that will blend with the background
- For accessories, do not wear anything that will make noise when you move
Set up your camera
Good quality videos start with good camera setups. Viewers will appreciate the content of your video more if you have the right settings. Consider these tips:
- Place your camera on a steady surface
- Consider investing in a tripod to avoid shaky footage
- Adjust the resolution to at least 1080 HD or 4K
- The default frame rate is 30 FPS, but you can set it to 60 FPS for smoother footage. This is especially useful if you will be demonstrating fast movements or rigorous physical activities
- Position your camera to shoot in landscape mode. Shooting in portrait mode may be limiting, especially if you are demonstrating something
Frame yourself well
Good framing is essential for a flattering video. It also helps highlight your best features and downplay any areas you're not as confident about. Here are a few tips for self-recording:
- Leave some headroom and avoid cutting off the top of your head in the frame
- Center yourself in the frame or follow the rule of thirds
- Make sure the camera is at eye level. Setting it too low or too high can highlight some unflattering facial features
Use a microphone
Audio quality is just as important as visual quality when it comes to videos. Ideally, you should have crisp, clear sound so that viewers will easily understand you and not mishear what you’re saying.
- A microphone is not always necessary, especially if you found a quiet spot. However, using a microphone greatly improves the overall quality of your video.
- You can invest in a clip-on microphone or a wireless lavalier microphone.
Practice your camera presence
Not everyone is charismatic on camera, but there are a few things you can do to help you come across as natural and confident:
- Always look at the camera (unless you are demonstrating something)
- Slow down your speech and enunciate your words
- Watch your posture: stand or sit up straight, but avoid being too stiff
- Avoid making distracting hand movements while speaking
- If you are feeling stressed or anxious, it will show in your video. Take a few minutes to relax and clear your mind before starting to record
Do a test shot
Don't go recording immediately without doing some test shots. The last thing you want is to find out that your camera angle is all wrong or that the lighting is terrible once you've already started. Consider these factors:
- Check the framing, sound, and lighting
- Listen for any background noise that might be picked up by the microphone
- Check to see if there are any shadows on your face
Don't be afraid to experiment
If you're not satisfied, don't be afraid to try again! Don't stop until you record something you really like, or else you'll end up releasing a video you're not truly happy with. Here are things you can do to switch things up:
- Try different angles and distances to find what is most flattering
- Move around to see how your body looks in the frame
- Experiment with zoom, focus, and other camera settings
Edit your video
This is not necessary, but it can help you remove any unwanted sections of the video. Adding graphics will also make your video more engaging and professional-looking. Here are some editing recommendations, as well as apps to use:
- You can remove sections where you are stuttering, rambling, or where there is dead air.
- You can add simple text graphics to aid the viewer in understanding your content.
- If you are using a computer to record, you can use video-editing software, such as Movavi Video Editor.
- If you are using your phone to record, there are many editing apps available for free, like Movavi Clips.
Promote your video
How can you get feedback on your video if no one knows it exists? Be sure to promote your video once you've released it. Brace yourself for constructive criticism, but also be open to positive feedback! Here are ways to promote your video:
- Share your video on social media
- Embed it on your website or blog
- Send it to friends and family
With these tips for filming yourself, you can learn how to record high-quality videos that are flattering, natural, and engaging. Take note of these factors, and you'll be on your way to creating great videos in no time!
- Being prepared is key. Knowing what you’ll do or say in advance, scouting a good spot, and picking out good clothes, will save you a lot of time. These will also help boost your confidence when recording.
- Mind your setup. Nowadays, video quality is essential in getting you more views. Make sure you have the right settings, audio, lighting, and framing. Feel free to make test shots and experiment on different things before your official recording.
- Act natural. It’s easier said than done, but showing how comfortable you are on video makes you more pleasant to watch. If you’re camera-shy, take the time to practice so that you don’t look awkward on the recording.
- Make edits. Editing your video can make a big difference. Improve the quality by cutting out any unwanted footage or adding at least simple graphics. Make sure to find a good and easy-to-use editing app.
Frequently asked questions
How can I confidently record myself?
If you’re not used to recording yourself, a good way to boost confidence is to be prepared. Plan your video in advance, so you know what you want to say and stay on track. Then, make sure to find a good spot and lighting. This will help you look and feel more confident when recording. Lastly, smile! Relax and be yourself, and try to forget that the camera is rolling.
How do you film yourself without being awkward?
If you're camera-shy, the best thing to do to remove the awkwardness is to get used to having a camera on you. You can practice by recording yourself in short bursts. You can also get comfortable with the camera by filming yourself doing everyday activities. Lastly, you can edit your videos down to the most natural and flattering footage.
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