Three images of graduation cap with different photo exposures

Tips for Capturing Video

Videography is an area requiring skill and know-how, but you should be able to capture usable footage by following some basic guidelines.

  1. Be a critical viewer of video. We all watch video, and we know what we like. To produce quality video, you need to view video critically, assessing how the video’s creators used narration, music, text, sound effects, still photography, and other tools to engage the viewer.
  2. Hold it steady. No one likes to watch hopelessly wobbly video. Keep your camera steady. Brace or support the camera, bend your knees, and keep both eyes open. Use a tripod to steady the camera.
  3. Sound matters. Quality sound is important. Many videocameras have jacks for headphones. Use headphones to monitor sound. In addition, an external microphone can make a big difference in audio quality.
  4. Hold shots longer than you think you should. When you think you’ve got enough video footage, shoot even more. You want to think, “There, that should be enough to satisfy the video editor.”
  5. Pay attention to color and exposure. Experts may not need the auto setting on their expensive equipment, but you do. The auto setting will often be enough to make sufficient adjustments to color and exposure.

Video Production Resources

For video editing stations, software, and other equipment, consider using the resources available at the Digital Media Lab, located on the Busch Campus at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, or the Fordham Multimedia Lab, located on the Douglass Campus at Rutgers–New Brunswick.