Technique

While experimentation is encouraged, employing a few best practices can significantly improve video quality.

portrait mode

Practice 1: Orientation

The world has moved to widescreen, not tallscreen so it's important to familiarize students with the proper way to hold a videocamera.

Student Task: Students hold the iPad in landscape mode, making sure the camera is located in the upper left corner facing away from them. As a reminder of proper orientation, students should visualize tv and movie screens before they record each video.

Practice 2: Stability

Not all motion is created equal. Students learn creative techniques to remove unwanted camera shake during recording.

Student Task: Although using a tripod is recommended for standard shots, students are challenged to think of other ways to stabilize the iPad. Leaning against walls, desks, or tables are all excellent ways to steady the camera.

tripod
rule-of-thirds

Practice 3: Framing

Distance, perspective, and composition will impact the students' ability to communicate their desired message.

Student Task: Ask students to frame shots following “The Rule of Thirds”. Students will mentally divide the screen into thirds, both vertically and horizontally, and place the main subject of the shot at the points where the lines intersect.

Practice 4: Sound

Poor sound can impact the ability to communicate a message so students should take steps to ensure their message is heard.

Student Task: Our everyday world is louder than we realize, so have students pay attention to how their recording environment impacts the clarity of recording. Elements like location, speaking volume and distance from the camera can all affect sound quality. Microphones help, but are not required.

Sound

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