In Summary

  • Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, Dr Dan Golding shares some tips with Swinburne staff on how to improve video production skills

The temporary lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has us leaning on video communication apps like never before. We’re teaching through Canvas, while collaborating and connecting with colleagues via Microsoft Teams. We’re using apps like Houseparty, WhatsApp and Messenger to catch-up with our friends on video. Even Zoom meetings have taken on a whole new meaning, with many of us turning to the platform to join in on a weekly hip hop dance class or gourmet cooking lesson.

Most of us are using our cameras on our computers or mobile devices to connect from home, which is a new experience for many. Building up confidence speaking to a camera can take some time, but there are some simple things you can do at home to improve your video or live streaming presence.

We asked Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, Dr Dan Golding, to share some tips on how to up your video production skills, using some simple techniques and objects from around the home.

Dr Golding is a regular content producer for ABC and is a movie soundtrack expert.

Location, location, location

Find a quiet area indoors where you will have minimal disruptions to film in. Although filming in a courtyard may look great, typically the audio will be of lesser quality due to competing ‘outdoors’ noises.

Lighting is key

It’s important that the person on the other end can see you, so choose a well-lit space to film, if you can. Lamps and lights can help brighten up the space, if natural light isn’t available.

Framing your shot

Consider where you will set up your recording device. Ideally, level with your eye line will be most effective. The aim is to have yourself positioned looking straight into the recording device - whether you are sitting down or standing up is personal preference. If the filming device is too high or too low it could look distorted and be distracting for the person on the other end of the video call. Propping up the device on books or other household items can help to keep it in place and steady. Around arm’s length is ideal for capturing audio and allows you to reach the device to record or end the call.

Where to learn more

If you’re interested in learning more about videography, there are thousands of training resources on LinkedIn Learning, which you can access through Swinburne's staff subscription. Once completed, certifications and skills developed are transferred to your personal LinkedIn account.

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