Peter Jackson

Though we may be stuck at home, the show must go on! You can still create engaging and informative content inside your house, even with limited equipment. Here are Myagi’s top tips for filming at home:

Set Up Your Studio

  • Find a quiet place in your home. There’s nothing worse than background noise, unexpected visits by people or pets to distract sales associates from the main message of your video.
  • Make sure there is limited audio interference. It’s easy to separate video and audio for editing, but removing wind, traffic sounds and other background noise is tricky.
  • Set yourself up in an environment and position where you feel comfortable. It can sometime feel awkward filming alone so make sure you feel as relaxed and natural as possible:
    • If you choose to sit down, make sure you are not slouched or slumped–maintaining good posture helps
      you project your voice fully.
    • If you choose to stand, make sure to mark a position on the ground so that you do not move around in the frame, in case you need to make edits.
    • 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, not hanging them idly by your sides.
  • Try to film in front of a wall, or somewhere without too many distractions behind you.

Let There Be Light

  • Make sure you are well lit: this ensures the camera picks up the best possible image.
  • If possible, sit opposite a source of natural light like a window. However, this can backfire if it means your background is a shadowy/distracting room–standing in front of a blank wall helps reflect light back into the shot, so try to find the best of both.
  • 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 shadows, which can be very distracting.
Try out different lights where one of them is the key source of light

Consider The Editing Process

Good preparation will shorten the editing process
  • Have a look at your clothes – do they make a sound when you move? If you are in a large jacket or waterproof materials, for example, they can often scrape against each other and make ruffling noises. Try to wear clothing that does not ruffle or create additional noise when you move.
  • Before you start speaking, and as soon as you have finished speaking, make sure you pause and hold a pose for about two seconds. This makes it easier during editing when you need to cut takes together or insert other clips.
  • If you make a mistake during recording, don’t start over! Just pause and begin your sentence again – with 2-second gaps between sections, you can edit out mistakes easily.

Presentation And Pronunciation

Although there is no physical audience, it’s important to act like there was to engage users later.
  • It’s easy to talk a little too quickly when on camera. Make sure to speak slowly and clearly so that you are very easy to understand.
  • Emphasise certain words in your sentence when they are important. Try and present yourself in an ‘’overly enthusiastic’’ way to avoid sounding bored or comfortable.
  • Speak louder than you normally would. It is very difficult to clean and improve quite audio. Projecting loudly also helps keep the audience’s attention.