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Home Broadcasting – Quick Tips

Home Broadcasting – Quick Tips

So now we’re all working from home, it’s down to how we wish to be perceived on screen. As professional as possible is always best for those marketing pieces. So, home broadcasting needs to be as similar to TV presentations, or as close as possible.

Whether we’re using our mobile phone or laptop camera or a DSLR video camera. For Home broadcasting try to have it in a fixed position (a small tripod or clip ideal), not handheld.

CONTENT & LENGTH

Always ensure you’ve worked out your structure and what you’re going to say before your session. Best keep it to a maximum of 2 minutes, ideally 90 seconds, with no more than 5 points. Typically who, why, what, where, when – with the benefit right at the front. You won’t have a teleprompter/autocue at home, so use a small index card or postcard with your key topics. All strapped just above your camera/lens with tape or blu-tak.

ENVIRONMENT

Ideally this should be in a room, large or small, with no other activity happening – visual or sound – so as not to distract your audience. Home broadcasting is best at a time when partners and family are out for their daily exercise. Inside is better than outdoors, which comes with unannounced distractions, sirens, cars, wind noise, people, dogs etc.

BACKGROUNDS

These should be clear and uncluttered, which can be a plain wall with a picture on it, or a plant just in shot. A lot of people use a bookcase. The latter can be distracting if viewers are trying to read what you read, unless it’s out of focus!

LIGHTING

Be aware of ‘contre jour’, or ‘against the day’. Ensure you are lit mainly from the front, or side, daylight being ideal, perhaps with a ‘warm’ tungsten light to one side to provide extra fill and colour.

SOUND

If you don’t have a personal mic from your mobile (hidden under your shirt/blouse), ensure you are not too close to the laptop mic. With home broadcasting, check your settings by doing tests: too close will create ‘popping’, which puts the listener off. Too far away will be too distant and push you to shouting.

POSTURE

Ensure you are seated comfortably in a chair without wheels (or you’ll be rolling back and forth), bottom in so your back is straight. Be comfortable before you start, then position your chair for best framing on screen. Don’t be too close up! And for guys, it helps if you check your shiny nose and/or pate: borrow a little matt make-up from your partner: just a little works a treat. A glass of water nearby is also good for your throat. And smile!

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

Before you make your first video. Trick here is to set up and make your first recording, edit and review. If you’re happy with it, send it to your best professional friends/family (max 5) for their constructive comments, not for publication. And then make your recording the following day, so you are fresh. With home broadcasting I always say the first take is the best. It’s always the most natural for people who are not professional actors.

EDITING

If you haven’t already got your editing in situ, there are plenty of apps to choose from: iMovie (ideal for YouTube), Movavi, Adobe Premiere Clip, Splice and Magisto to name but a few. We use Adobe Premiere Pro CC, but you can always look for ‘Lite’ versions of professional editing software.

PUBLISHING

We mainly use Vimeo, as it has no advertising at all, so there are no distractions or competitors! Obviously, you may wish to use YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Tik Tok, depending on your marketplace.

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Or sse our latest article.

In the meantime, keep well and good luck with your home broadcasting!

Live Action Filming Safety

Live Action Filming Safety

The Government announced that work can now happen as long as social distancing measures are put in place. So we can now consider live action film safety.

Below are the strict measures that all Team360 crew, talent and clients will follow for live action filming:

Pre-Production – for filming safety

A full risk assessment will be carried out with the client to ensure that the shoot can take place safely.
All pre-production meetings will take place by video call.

Locations – for filming safety

All filming locations including client offices, studios and external spaces must be large enough. This for crew, talent and clients to obtain a 2m distance from each other at all times: throughout set-up, filming and de-rigging.

If a location already has social distancing measures in place, all crew, talent and clients will follow guidelines.
Where possible, open areas such as atriums or open plan offices should be utilised, or the shoot should take place outdoors if at all possible.

Cast and Crew

No-one who is considered vulnerable or at-risk should be included in the video production.
Anyone whose household includes someone who is vulnerable or at-risk should undertake their own risk assessment. This must be before agreeing to take part.

Equipment

Only Team360 crew will have contact with video production equipment.
All equipment will be cleaned before and after filming.
Boom mics will be used on all shoots to ensure we maintain social distancing.
If a tie mic is required, this will need to be self-applied.

Transport

Crew, talent and client representatives are requested to travel to the location individually and by car, avoiding public transport where possible.
If public transport must be used then social distancing must be observed and a face covering used.

Hygiene

All crew and talent will undertake hand washing upon arrival at the location and continue this routinely throughout the shoot.
Crew will also carry hand sanitiser in case hand washing facilities are not available.
Any surfaces that crew have touched will be thoroughly cleaned before leaving the premises.

PPE – for filming safety

Crew will wear medical gloves throughout the shoot if deemed necessary i.e. within an office environment where surfaces may be touched.
Crew may also wear face masks if it is deemed necessary for the added safety of those being filmed.

Hair & Makeup

If hair and make-up is required, to keep the 2m social distancing measures in place, this will need to be self applied with direction.

Symptoms

If any crew members, talent or client representatives are showing any of the following symptoms ahead of the shoot, they will need to self isolate. This must be for 14 days and replacements sought, otherwise the shoot may be postponed:

– High temperature
– New persistent cough
– Flu-like symptoms
– Sudden loss of smell and/or taste

Post-Production

Once the shoot is complete the footage will be taken back to the Team360 office to be backed-up , both locally and onto Cloud.

Post-production will then either be carried out by a crew member at home using a copy of the footage or in the production office if there is adequate space available to work whilst maintaining social distancing.

Reviews, comments and sign-offs can all be completed on-line using our Vimeo review systems, followed by download or direct publishing from the same systems.

FOR ASSURED SAFETY, READ OUR LOCKDOWN VIDEOS ARTICLE.

FURTHER READING: From the Production Industry.

E-learning today

E-learning today

E-learning today is conducted via electronic media, typically on the Internet;
“successful e-learning depends on the self-motivation of individuals to study effectively”

Having been involved in e-learning projects over the last 20 years, we’ve seen a lot of changes.

Origins

Originally known as Computer Based Training, e-learning was distributed to learners via Laser disc and CD-ROM. Then via DVD and now the internet, where increased band-width allows for faster access.

Context

E-learning today is imparting knowledge on media and electronic devices. It has extended the method of learning from home to all students.

This is used for induction (onboarding) and CPD, easily accessible with all devices. This includes PCs, tablets or mobile phones, enabling tests and certification.

It can include text, video, audio, animation and virtual environments. This can be a very rich learning experience that can surpasses the level of training you might experience in a crowded classroom. It is self-paced, hands-on learning.

Typically projects are divided into a series of modules linked together in a progressive order. The learner completes a course having successfully passed a series of Q&As, often set out as Multiple Choice Questions.

Experience

We’ve worked with various organisations over the last 20 years:

  • Guidant on the ‘Heart’ for specialists fitting pacemakers in surgery,
  • Zimmer on ‘Knee Replacement’,
  • Aylesbury Vale District Council on ‘Customer Care’,
  • Hyde Housing Group’s Induction Course,
  • QVC’s Induction Course,
  • Surrey County Council’s ‘Business Continuity Programme’,
  • Pearson’s Test of English,
  • GDPR Academy’s e-learning/commerce website,
  • Capital Tuition Group’s ‘A’ level Economics,
  • Jessica Pilates’ home training series,
  • GL Assessment’s series of instructional videos on their latest offerings, with internal and external expert commentaries. These are accompanied by a wealth of demonstrations, ‘how-tos’, product visualisations and interviews.

Future Approaches

Team360 has also included ‘branching’ within videos and modules, to add additional richness in the learning environment. One example at GL Assessment can be viewed here.

If you would like to see examples of our work, or talk about one of yours, please contact us for a demo.

Lockdown Videos

Lockdown Videos

Getting a production team outside to film can be tricky these days, depending on the levels of safety necessary for Covid-19. But don’t worry, there are many ways to video recording from lockdown;

Selfshooters

Team360 supplies single cameramen with their own (long) sound booms for outdoor interviews (like the BBC).

Drones

With our fully licenced drones, we can get closer quality footage, however inaccessible!

Stock

We use stock libraries as well as our own archives for vision and soundtracks. This just in case video recording from lockdown is not always possible.

Animation

Whether it’s 2D (flat illustrative/cartoon) style or 3D, we can create from scratch or source for idents and logos.

Archive footage

Team360’s production archive has material recently created as well as going back 20 years, so name your content! It doesn’t necessarily mean all material has to be video recording from lockdown.

Commentaries

Professional voice-overs can be recorded in our home studio or remotely with our team of professionals from their own studios.

Smartphones

Send us your smartphone self-recordings. Don’t worry, we can help you get the best results. (You don’t need 4K cameras on your phone btw.) Another form of lockdown videos!

Webinars

The ubiquitous WebEx, GoToWebinar, MS Teams, Adobe Connect and Zoom all have recording facilities, so your footage can be recorded remotely.

Again, we can help you improve the visual recording quality and recommend the best platform for your needs. Especially those that record at HD video quality.

So, anything is possible with lockdown videos!

BREAKING NEWS: See our latest May UPDATE following Government loosening of restrictions.

FOR ENQUIRIES: Please contact us here for ideas and a free quote.

FURTHER READING: From the Production Industry.

THE DETAIL UPDATED 1ST JUNE 2020:

Since the Government announced that work that cannot be done at home, can now happen as long as social distancing measures are put in place.

So we can begin to film live action video production projects once more whilst COVID-19 restrictions still apply.

Below are the strict measures that all Team360 crew, talent and clients will follow for live action filming:

Pre-Production

A full risk assessment will be carried out with the client to ensure that the shoot can take place safely.
All pre-production meetings will take place by video call.

Locations – for Lockdown videos

All filming locations including client offices, studios and external spaces must be large enough for social distancing.

This accounts for crew, talent and clients to obtain a 2m distance from each other throughout set-up, filming and de-rigging.

If a location already has social distancing measures in place, all crew, talent and clients will follow guidelines.

Open areas such as atriums or open plan offices should be utilised, or the shoot should take place outdoors.

Cast and Crew

No-one who is considered vulnerable or at-risk should be included in the video production.

Anyone whose household includes someone who is vulnerable or at-risk should also undertake their own risk assessment before agreeing to take part.

Equipment – for Lockdown videos

Only Team360 crew will have contact with video production equipment. All equipment will be cleaned before and after filming.

Boom mics are used on all shoots to ensure we maintain social distancing. If a tie mic is required, this will need to be self-applied.

Transport

Crew, talent and clients are requested to travel to the location individually and by car, avoiding public transport where possible.

If public transport must be used then social distancing must be observed and a face covering used.

Hygiene – for Lockdown videos

All crew and talent will undertake hand washing upon arrival at the location and continue this routinely throughout the shoot.

Crew will also carry hand sanitiser in case hand washing facilities are not available.

Any surfaces that crew have touched will be thoroughly cleaned before leaving the premises.

PPE – for Lockdown videos

Crew will wear medical gloves throughout the shoot if deemed necessary.

Crew may also wear face masks if it is deemed necessary for the added safety of those being filmed.

Hair & Makeup

If hair and make-up is required, to keep the 2m social distancing measures in place, this will need to be self applied with direction.

Symptoms

If any crew members, talent or client representatives are showing any of the following symptoms ahead of the shoot, they will need to self isolate for 14 days. Replacements will be sought, otherwise the shoot may be postponed:

– High temperature
– New persistent cough
– Flu-like symptoms
– Sudden loss of smell and/or taste

Post-production – for Lockdown videos

Once the shoot is complete the footage will be taken back to the Team360 office to be backed-up , both locally and onto Cloud.

Post-production will then either be carried out by a crew member at home using a copy of the footage. Otherwise in the production office if there is adequate space available to work whilst maintaining social distancing.

Reviews, comments and sign-offs can all be completed on-line using our Vimeo review systems. This is followed by download or direct publishing from the same systems.

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We know that this will change over the next few months, so we will be updating this article as and when appropriate.

With all lockdown video production, we are always aware of the latest techniques. Team360 will be following this with our peers in all aspects, whether from broadcast, corporate or e-learning environments.

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