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How to record better business interview videos with your smartphone

To make beautiful videos, you don't need an expensive production equipment. Here's how to record professional-looking films on your phone.
 
Note: It's worth noting that, unless you're making vlogs, creating video content this method has limits when compared to a professionally produced video.

how to record better videos with your phone

Filming interview tips on your phone

  • If you're only using one phone, shooting in 4K will allow you to generate a wide and close-up image during the editing stage using a method called 'cropping in.' This helps you to cut away any stumbling blocks or reduce interview responses to make them as concise as feasible.

  • If you're utilizing two cameras, keep the distance between them to a minimum of 30 degrees, and one should be broad (waist up, for example) and the other close-up (head and shoulders).

  • When speaking to the camera, the subject should face the camera straight on. 

  • Use a tripod to position the smartphone at the ideal height and angle.

  • Unless you're shooting primarily for Instagram/Facebook stories, turn your smartphone to landscape mode.

  • Digital zoom degrades the quality of the footage, therefore avoid it.

  • Because smartphones offer so many weird video functions, make sure you shoot in the standard colour mode.

Audio tips

  • Make sure you use an external microphone to get the best sound quality. The simplest and most powerful tool is a lapel mic.

  • When using a lapel mic, make sure the wire is hidden by running it up the inside of your top/jacket and that the mic is put on the lapel of your jacket, near a button on your shirt, or on the neck hem of a jumper. Make sure the mic isn't rubbing against the cloth, as this will produce a distracting noise.

  • To take things a step further, consider utilizing an external audio device, which will result in a higher-quality recording. However, this will add an extra step to the editing process because the audio will need to be synchronized with the video footage.

  • Choose your position carefully to reduce background noise as much as possible.

 

Lighting tips

  • Make sure the subject isn't lighted from behind. If you sit in front of a window or other strong light source, this will happen. The problem with this is that the individual is silhouetted against the bright background, which is very distracting. The viewer will be unable to see the person's face well while silhouetted, which negates the purpose of using video.

  • Because light is one of the most important aspects of a successful interview, choose a bright place. If there is a window in the room that cannot be covered, place the subject such that the window is roughly 2 o'clock from where they are gazing. Looking into the light will highlight a large section of their face without causing them to squint.

Background

  • Make sure you think about what's behind the subject since it will show up in the final film. Choose a location that isn't congested since you want the focus to be on you rather than the bookcase behind your head. If you want a simple background, find an even-colored wall and sit at least 4-6 feet away from it.