Simple method for recording great interviews locally while being directed remotely
1. Pick a spot where you’ll be lit by soft window light. Face into the light. Pay attention to the background. Don’t have a big, bright window behind you.
2. The key to good sound is to get the microphone as close to your mouth as possible. Use your wired earbuds that have a microphone (or buy a real lavaliere mike such as the one at Amazon for $40). The best place for a mike is right above your sternum. Wearing something with buttons makes mike placement easier. Tape the mike inside the garment, especially if you do it around a button. Don’t bury the mike under layers of cloth. Use soft tape which doesn’t crinkle like many of the clear tapes do. And stay away from jingly pendants or other noisy jewelry, including bracelets that can bang against a table.
3. Take a big rubber band and put it around your laptop’s screen. Then take two paper clips and bend them out 90°. Use plastic-covered paper clips and put them behind the rubber band onto the laptop screen.
Put the smartphone on top of the paper clips and hold the phone in place with another rubber band.
4. Put the laptop on top of a box or stack of books so the phone’s camera is at the level of your eyes. Plug in your microphone cable.
5. Fire up the video conferencing software of your choice. Expand it to full-screen and position the phone so that the phone’s camera covers a part of your interviewer’s face. This will make for the best eye contact.
6. When everyone’s ready, start the phone’s camera and switch it to Video. Then hit RECORD and record your interview or presentation. For long recordings, stop and re-start your phone camera every fifteen minutes or so to keep the file size manageable.
Video files are huge. So you can’t just email them. My favorite way to send files smaller than 2GB for free is with WeTransfer. Here’s how:
1. Go to WeTransfer.com, accept or deny their cookies, click “Send a File” and accept their Terms of Service.
2. Click the big + sign to add your files.
3. Find the file or files you want to send; it’s probably in your Photo Library. Once you choose them, click Done to return to WeTransfer.
4. Click Next, accept the default “Send an Email” and click Next again.
5. Put in the requested email addresses and click Transfer.
6. WeTransfer will verify your email address by sending you a number code. Just follow their instructions and then your transfer is on its way.