Posted by Tito Hamze in Media, Sunol Group Media

Do-It-Yourself Filming


Sometimes because of budget constraints or locations of many employees across a huge business network it isn’t cost effective for a company to hire a media production crew or it doesn’t make sense to fly a crew out to a remote locations and I always get asked for ways for people to film themselves and maintain good production quality.  Or how can employees shoot good quality video of themselves and/or colleagues to contribute to video projects?

There are many different ways to film yourself. These are just a few tips and suggestions. I would recommend for anybody filming himself or herself to use a Mac computer and film themselves with the Photobooth app, it is very simple to set up and film. And Macs already come with it. These are just suggestions, if you have a way that you prefer to film that is also fine.

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These are ways to film yourself, quickly and simply


Using PhotoBooth on Mac

  1. Click on the Photobooth App to open itFilming
  2. Select the filmstrip icon to change the function so that it records video. (It automatically opens on the default of photo, so change it)Filming
  3. Press the red record button and film yourself.Filming
  4. Press the stop button when you are finished.Filming
  5. View the video to make sure you are happy with your video.
  6. If happy then right click on the video that you like and click “Reveal in finder”Filming
  7. A window will pop up with the video that you just recorded highlightedFilming
  8. Right click on the file and press “copy [name of video]”Filming
  9. Give that file to the person who requested it, either,, Google drive, email or whatever is your preferred method.


Using a Mobile device

  1. Use your iPhone or any other mobile device
  2. Change the setting from PHOTO to VIDEO
  3. Have a friend film you from a short distance so that you are in camera frame (Head and Shoulders)Filming
  4. Film yourself speaking
  5. Make sure the audio sounds clear if not move a little closer to mobile device.
  6. Capture the footage to your computer. (Using Image capture if on a Mac)Filming
  7. Give that file to the person who requested it, either,, Google drive, email or whatever is your preferred method.


Other Video Camera ie GoPro, Flip camera, Handheld Camera

  1. If you are using one of these cameras I’m assuming you know how to capture the footage from it and send it.
  2. Using this option the audio can possibly sound a little bad depending on what you are using. I would recommend using a hidden mobile device to just record the audio closer to you.
  3. Send the audio and video file to the person editing and they can sync up your video

Filming Interview Style

  1. Set the person up on either the left of the frame or right of the frame
  2. Give the person a medium shot, so like head and shoulders or a little wider
  3. Make sure the person is facing the light or in a well lit room, (if you have lamps that you can take the lamp shade off, that helps if needed.) Example below
  4. If the person being filmed is on the left side of the screen, the interviewer needs to be on the right side of the camera, and in the person is on the right side of the screen the interviewer needs to be on the left side of the camera
  5. The person on the screen should not look into the camera but should look and act naturally. They can look around just try to avoid looking into the lens.
  6. Capture audio either with another device hidden or make sure the microphone on the camera you are using sounds good.

Interview Style Examples:

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  1. Don’t film with a window behind you, if you are going to do that close the blinds it’s always best to film facing a window. If you film with the window behind you it will blow your image out. You will look like a shadowFilmingFilming
  2. Leave like an inch of clearance above your head. Don’t cut off your head in the frame.FilmingFilming
  3. Center yourself in the Frame as much as possibleFilming
  4. Don’t Film yourself in a dark room, either turn on the light or open the blinds for light to hit your face, light should be coming from in front of you for best results, not from behind you.
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  5. If you can use another device hidden in your pocket or out of frame to capture good clear audio then that is always a plus
  6. A room that is very big will have an echo sound to it. Use like a small conference room or office for better audio. Use your best judgment.
  7. If you do use a camera and another device to record audio, if you can clap before each take to sync up the audio and visual. It will help in editing
  8. Turn off air conditions/fans/heaters/washing machines in room you are filming in if possible. Wait for planes to pass by if you hear them.


Dropbox is very simple to use to share files between different people think of it as having a USB drive that you can share with anybody. Some of the files you record will be too big to email, I recommend using this service to send video files to different people

Here is a link to download Dropbox –

(Disclaimer: This link is a referral link I get free space if you use it)


There are many different methods to send large files, use whatever you are most comfortable with.


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*This Document will constantly be updated with tips and suggestions from myself and helpful input from others.

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