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Paul Wolff


I don’t have a good answer to your question unfortunately. I did reach out to one of my colleagues who is a videographer and he offered this advice:

  1. First, check out the tips and tricks here:
  2. PHONE CAMERA: Be sure to use the most up-to-date smartphone you have available (check with all of the people on the team to see who has the latest smartphone). Smartphone video/audio improves with each new release.
  3. HD SPACE: Make sure you have enough space on your phone for video recordings.
  4. PHONE POSITION: Always record horizontally, not vertically.
  5. OUTDOOR LIGHTING: Assuming the recording is happening during the day, recording on an overcast day sometimes actually produces better results than sunny days with smartphones. The clouds are nature’s softbox for the sun and reduce shadows, as well as harsh lighting from direct sunlight that sometimes causes overblown bright spots in videos.
  6. STABILIZED VIDEO: This does cost a little money, but perhaps get a gimbal of some sort to make handheld filming smoother: Alternatively, the instructor could purchase (or may already own) a cheap tripod. She would then need to purchase a smart phone attachment, but the instructor would be limited to static shots.
  7. AUDIO: I’d suggest the instructor stay as close to the phone as possible when recording. The farther away the person speaking is from the phone, the more ambient noise will be prominent in the audio. Alternatively for audio, if the speaker will be a distance away from the phone/camera, you can purchase a wireless microphone system for smartphones. I have not personally used a wireless microphone specifically for smartphones, but I know they exist. I believe iPhones usually come with earpods which have microphones built in, though the audio is not the best. If you use wired earphones with microphones, you’ll need to purchase an audio cable extender.