Follow these 10 rules to film a professional tutorial on your smartphone

Want to share a best practice with your colleagues? You can definitely use your smartphone anywhere to spontaneously record your thoughts. But to get a high-quality tutorial, we’d still recommend that you follow some simple rules.

In the span of just a few years, video tutorials have made a grand entrance into companies. A video tutorial is accessible anywhere, any time, and you don’t have to be Steven Spielberg to put it all together. So if you need to explain a technical procedure or share a new business practice with your colleagues, a smartphone can be more than adequate. Here’s 10 tips to get quality results.

1. Stabilize your camera

Even if you don’t have a tripod, stabilize your camera to get a clear video. If you’re not sure about the centering, record yourself using the front-facing camera. The image quality will be reduced, but it will still do the trick.

2. Use a selfie stick

To get an “onboard camera” effect, use a selfie stick. If you don’t have one, ask a colleague to play cameraman!

3. Keep calm

The more relaxed you are, the better your explanation will be. Remember that the video you’re recording is for your team, not for the Academy Awards!

4. Choose the right video app

If you’re not sure about how to center, download the free app Open camera. It will help you set up your “rule of thirds” gridlines (which should be familiar to any photographer) and optimize the results.

5. Accept what you look like!

In the same way nobody likes hearing a recording of their own voice, it can be difficult for many of us to see ourselves on screen. When facing the camera, do your best to look into the lens rather than at a strand of hair, or another random part of your body. And don’t hesitate to do a couple of takes to be more comfortable with the way you look and sound.

6. Use landscape mode

Set up your smartphone horizontally (landscape mode) before you start your video. If you keep it vertical (portrait mode), black bands will appear on the sides of your video when you export it to your computer.

7. Deactivate autofocus

Autofocus mode tends to make readjustments that can sometimes blur the image. To keep your image clear, decide on the right distance from your camera and deactivate the automatic mode. Also, avoid digital zooms that alter image quality.

8. Keep your movements open

Keep your movements wide, open, and graceful! And remember this order: action, pause, explanation.

9. Work on the soundtrack

In a noisy environment, it can be hard to get rid of background noise, even if you have a lapel mic. The simplest is something to record the sound all over again. There are a number of free apps that you can choose from to help you.

10. Make mistakes (and accept them)

One thing’s for sure: your first video clip’s not going to be perfect. But the next one will be better, and slowly you’ll find your style. Trust yourself!