CORNERSTONE'S AT HOME
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO RECORD FOR ONLINE
The 3 most important things to get right is the following;
The Framing of the Shot
The Light on Set
Capture the best Audio possible
What we will do is give you the best advice possible to capture the best shot possible for Cornerstone Online.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CAMERA RECORDS IN 1080p
Go to SETTINGS,
Click on Camera,
Click on RECORD VIDEO,
Select 1080p at 30fps
PLEASE MAKE SURE OF THE FOLLOWING:
Use FRONT CAMERA not selfie camera
CLEAN camera lens before
Make sure it's on AIRPLANE MODE
Be careful to not have any time reference in the background of your shot
Test Test Test! Your Audio recording for any shirt movement noises before you record
Here's a few tips on framing your shot
SOME GOOD EXAMPLES
AIM FOR SOFT LIGHT AND AVOID HARD LIGHT
Avoid standing to close to a wall to not have a shadow
never have the sun/window behind you, always to your left or right. Or in front of you,
but be careful of the shadow of the camera or person filming
ORIGINAL SHOT FRAMING (HOME)
ORIGINAL SHOTS FRAMING (HOME)
POST PRODUCTION FINAL
Can be sitting behind a table or standing in the center of the screen.
ORIGINAL SHOT FRAMING (HOME)
SOME DO'S & DONT'S
Here's some tips & examples to help you get good light on your set. Please make sure you either record your video in the morning or afternoon, avoiding the hard light in the middle of the day (11:00am - 2:00pm).
Audio recording, and good audio recording is essential to filming for a good final product. Here are some helpful videos and tips on how to get this right.
WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR SOME HELPFUL TIPS
The original video is from Kevin - The Basic Filmmaker (YouTube) Click Here
THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR
MAKE SURE THAT YOU RECORD YOUR AUDIO ON ANOTHER DEVICE (this will be used as the main audio) + ON THE DEVICE YOU RECORD THE VIDEO ON
DO ONE TAKE TO MAKE SURE THE AUDIO IS GOOD
MAKE SURE THERE IS NO CLOTHING NOISES ON THE RECORDING
SWITCH OFF YOUR AC & EVERYTHING THAT CAN MAKE A NOISE IN THE BACKGROUND
PUT BOTH DEVICES ON AIRPLANE MODE
HOW TO SECURE THE MIC
RECOMMENDED RECORDING APP
Either use the standard Voice Recording App with your device
OR we recommend the following App:
On a Mac, if you have the latest software installed. Follow the following steps:
(Working on the step by step guide for Android Devices)
Click on your phone in LOCATIONS
Click on FILES
Then drag & drop the recorded file in iTalk to your desktop.
UPLOAD to Google Drive to the folder provided.
If you don't have access to this folder, please let us know either via email HERE, or via WhatsApp at +971502936699
On a Mac, if you have the latest software installed. You will find your video in PHOTOS, you can access it on your Mac via the PHOTOS Application.
Just drag & drop it onto your desktop, & upload it to Google Drive.
Watch this video for some helpful tips on speaking to a camera.
Above all, bring energy to the camera.
HAVE THE CAMERA AT EYE LEVEL
ASK WHAT'S BEHIND YOU
LIGHT UP YOUR FACE
MAKE SURE YOU CAN BE HEARD
LOOK AT THE CAMERA
KEEP IT SHORT
Teleprompters are helpful not mandatory. You don’t have to use one, but in working with cameras you may quickly come to appreciate the reasons they exist!
The recommended App is “Parrot”. This can be positioned horizontally as well as vertically.Teleprompters work best with complete sentences, so you will need to write what you want to say in full. They do not work well if you want to extemporise around bullet point reminders - you will struggle with timing.
The device you download the Teleprompter onto cannot also be used for filming or audio recording. You will need a separate device. A larger iPad is better than a smaller phone.
Position the iPad right below the camera lens for that “eye contact” effect. Per the guidelines for filming, this should be at eye level.
Add in several line breaks at the start so that you have time to position yourself and do the hand clap syncing of audio and visual - this is particularly important if it is you alone operating the camera, sound recording device and teleprompter.
It may sound pretentious but be sure to number your takes, like the movie people do - giving an identical name and number to both video and audio tracks. In the case of the video, simply speak out the name and number as you clap hands. Trust me, with potential multiple video and audio recordings all looking and sounding very similar you can get horribly lost in matching a particular video with the actual sound track for it, particularly if you’re up against a tight deadline or you’re tired after a long day prepping and presenting.
Set the teleprompter speed to the best setting for you. This will be trial and error - you will need to rehearse this.
To have the smallest distance between the camera lens and rotating text (ie, to maintain “eye contact”), try to read the text as it reaches the top line on your iPad.
Do not launch into your first sentence straight after the hand clap - make sure you have several beats of simply looking and smiling at the camera. This footage is helpful in the edit to smooth the transitions between segments.
Learn to read quickly - if possible learn to take in two lines at a time. A classic teleprompter give away is to pause at the end of a line when there should be no pause (“We are commanded to love ..... one another”). Punctuation is so important in writing for teleprompter. Punctuate your commas and full stops well and read according to punctuation not to line breaks - remember that the end of a line is not necessarily the end of a sentence.
Build in pauses after key points or sections of your talk by adding line breaks. In some cases you may need multiple line breaks. This allows the viewers and listeners to digest important info. Tame the teleprompter. You must dictate the pace. Do not allow it to hurry you on to the next point.
Write out numbers in words. “172,371” takes longer to say than the space taken by numerals takes to rotate from view. So type out “One hundred and seventy two thousand, three hundred and seventy-one.”
Read lengthy scriptures from a physical Bible or phone Bible App, not from the teleprompter. Unless you‘re famous for having a photographic memory, this looks more authentic. However, to ensure the teleprompter moves at the correct speed with your Bible reading, simply input the full scriptures into the teleprompter. If you speak at your normal speed, when you look up the teleprompter text should be at just the right spot for you to pick up again “direct to camera”.
Write down prayers so you can look down at physical notes while praying - this is better than reading prayers off a teleprompter, which to all intents and purposes means staring directly at viewers while praying - which is both disconcerting and not authentic.
As with all public speaking, bring energy to your speaking, be animated, emphasise words with intonation (make sure you choose the right words though!), smile when what you say would benefit from a smile, and frown when what you say would benefit from a frown. The skill is to look and sound natural, as if you are not reading at all.