How to Make a High Quality Video

Heritage Video - who to interview

In a previous hub I discussed what you need to do to set up a successful family heritage video

There are other steps before you even start the interview..

Here are a few basic guidelines:

  • You need to decide how many people you are going to interview in one setting. With limited resources and experience I strongly recommend that you interview one person at a time. If you don’t you are going to get very choppy video with the camera making sudden switches which are disorienting for the viewer and cause you to lose part of what is being said.


  • · I gave you guidelines before about using cameras ( for this use, a video camera is preferable to Skye but not absolutely necessary if you have Skype) You may have computer software that contains a camera which is something I just discovered about my computer software .

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Using a tripod for filming

  • · You must have a tripod. This is a device on which the camera is mounted. Even TV news crews discovered years ago how much better an interview is when the camera is absolutely steady in a way no person can assure. (With breaking news there is no choice).

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  • · Choose a place to shoot where the interview subject is comfortable. You must assure no interruptions, yours or the subject’s so no cell phones, phones in the room or any possible interruptions. This may require a locked door or do not disturb sign. It is crucial to have continuity. It takes a while to get the person comfortable in an interview situation; you do not want anything to interrupt.

My being interviewed.

Lighting for a video

You want to shoot your interview in the best possible light. If you looked at the video that
was done of me for a documentary on my career all the best elements are there.

Professional cameras, an experienced interviewer and great lighting. The last
one can be the difference between a good video and one that is so dark or so
light you can barely make out the figures.

There are some basics. You don’t want to have your subject sitting in front of a well lit area such as a window. The result is back lighting which means your subject appears very dark.

3-Point Lighting

3-Point Video Lighting

TV & Movie Makeup : Apply Foundation for TV & Movie Makeup

Video/Camera Makeup

This one is very optional and it depends on your subject. Believe it or not some people of any age don’t want to be interviewed because they don’t want to look bad. It is true that unless the lighting and camera are good, the person can look washed out perhaps with squinting eyes, an unflattering view. If this is true see if someone knows the basic of video/camera make up. It also depends on how much the subject wants you to do. Blush can give a face some life as will a light (but not nude) lipstick, a light to medium pink is the best bet. Foundation is optional as well. If you do use it make sure you have a matte finish not a luminous one. You will often see during a professional shoot that someone is always powdering the subject’s face. That is to keep a matte finish and not a shiny one. By the way, this is also true of still photography.


If you are interviewing more than one person do the interview one person at a time. Do not pass the microphone back and forth. You are going to be listening through headphones (yes cheap headphones will do the trick) so you have the right voice level. Passing a microphone back and forth means you will lose much of the sound.

The next hub is conducting the interview to get exactly what you want on camera

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