Though we may be stuck at home, the show must go on! If you have a smartphone that can take videos, you can still create engaging and informative content. Here are Myagi’s top tips for creating effective training videos from home:
1. Select Your Studio
- Find a quiet place—it’s tricky to remove background sounds like wind & traffic during editing. Make sure you won’t get any unexpected visits from people or pets that might distract sales associates from your message.
- Try to film in front of a wall, or somewhere without too many distractions behind you.
- Set yourself up in an environment & position where you feel comfortable. It can sometimes feel awkward filming alone, so make sure you feel as relaxed & natural as possible:
- If you choose to sit, make sure you are not slouched—good posture helps project your voice.
- If you choose to stand, mark your position on the ground so that you do not move around in the frame.
- Make sure your hands are not tucked into your pockets. Though that may be tempting when in front of camera, make sure you’re using your hands to emphasise your words or display an item/product.
2. Let There Be Light
- Make sure you are well lit to capture the best image. If possible, sit opposite a source of natural light like a window.
- Beware, this can backfire if it means your background is a busy/distracting room—being in front of a blank wall reflects light back into the shot, so try to find a suitable compromise.
- If you have additional lighting, illuminate yourself using two lights facing at you diagonally, with another behind you lighting up the wall—this will reduce distracting shadows.
3. Consider the Editing Process
- Check whether your clothes make a rustling sound when you move. Try to avoid large jackets or waterproof materials that might create additional noise.
- Before you start speaking, and as soon as you have finished speaking, pause & hold a pose for about two seconds. This makes it easier to cut takes together or insert other clips.
- If you make a mistake during recording, don’t start over! Just pause & begin your sentence again—with gaps between sections, you can edit out mistakes easily.
- If possible, film in 1080p for the best video quality.
- Save files as .mp4 instead of .MOV for better software compatibility. There are guides online explaining how to convert video files to .mp4
4. Presentation & Pronunciation
- It’s easy to talk a little quickly on camera. Make sure to speak slowly & clearly so you are easy to understand.
- Emphasise important words. Try to act ‘’overly enthusiastic’’ to avoid sounding bored.
- Speak louder than normal—having to increase volume during editing will harm the quality. Projecting your voice loudly also helps keep the audience’s attention.
Bonus: Helpful Equipment
Prices listed are from amazon.com. These are the same items we use & provide to our customers to help them start making content. They are simple to use, even for beginners.
TRIPOD & SMARTPHONE STABILISER RIG
Don’t worry about your phone falling down mid-shot—A tripod & smartphone rig will hold your phone securely & let you set the height & angle before filming.
LED LIGHT PANEL
If you don’t have suitable lighting at home, you can purchase a battery-powered LED panel for a small but powerful light source. You can position this using a second tripod, or attach it atop the smartphone stabiliser via the shoe mount.
The best way to ensure great sound is to record audio separately through a microphone. Some headphones have built-in mics that work for simple dialogue, but a lapel mic ensures clear, high quality sound.