Check Your Video:

  • A video clip should be continuous and unedited, with no interruption in the events.
  • There is no requirement or expectation for you to create a professional-quality production. The content of video like Audio/Video quality is audible and clearly visible. So, please check the visibility and audibility of recorded video before submitting.

Technical Considerations:

  • Consider the light source before a recording is made. While some cameras may have a switch for recording in incandescent, florescent, or daylight, most low-end cameras are now completely automatic. However, where the light originates is important to consider. Do not place the camera facing the window or other bright sources of light. Also, if you want the scorer to be able to read something written on the board or on a piece of paper, be sure there is sufficient light for the camera to pick up the text clearly but not too much so that there is a reflection (especially on whiteboards). You may need to submit a separate document with the writing if it is critical to understanding the video events.
  • If you are having trouble hearing yourself and/or the students, try placing the camera or mobile camera closer to the action OR use an external omnidirectional dynamic microphone plugged into the “EXT MIC” jack. Unfortunately some of the newer low-end cameras no longer have this jack but if it is present, using an external mic can be very helpful for sound quality. If the camera operator wears headphones plugged into the camera, the sound quality can be monitored during taping.
  • Use a sturdy tripod to avoid shaking images which often stem from shots from a hand-held camera.
  • Plug the camera into a wall outlet when recording if possible. If not, be sure the batteries are fully charged.
  • For safety reasons, as much as possible, tape extension cords to the floor with duct tape.
    If you are new to video recording or the camera you are using, be sure to read the instruction manual that comes with the camera or mobile camera. Even if the manual has been lost, most are available online at the manufacturer’s website. Manufacturer’s sometimes have online tutorials to help you learn how to use the camera or mobile camera. When editing your video clip, it is best to use the free software that comes with your computer. PC's have the program Windows Movie Maker (found in the START menu under PROGRAMS). Both of these are fairly simple to use and can make saving your video clip much easier. There are many online tutorials that will support you in learning how to use these programs. Below are links to tutorials that you may find useful: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Getting-started-with-Windows-MovieMaker