Video portrait and interview

Recording an interview video may seem like an easy thing to do: it's usually about filming a person answering questions on camera. However, there are many parameters to consider if you want to get a dynamic and interesting video for your viewers. We will give you some tips on how to record an interview in the best conditions.

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How to record an interview?

Prepare yourself and your topic for the video interview by talking about the information you will cover and the questions you will ask. Your subject will be more relaxed and the video interview will go more smoothly if you have talked about it ahead of time.

Find a good backdrop to conduct the video interview. Ideally, you will use a location that illustrates something about the person you are interviewing, such as the subject's home or workplace. Make sure the background is attractive and not too cluttered.

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Shine the light

Depending on the location of your interview, you may need to install lights. A basic 3-point light kit will usually give you a more than adequate result.

If you decide to work without a lighting kit, use the available lamps to adjust the lighting. Make sure that your subject's face is well lit, without shadows or reflections.

Place your video camera on a tripod at your subject's eye level. The camera should only be a meter or two away from the person you want to film. This process gives the impression of a real conversation.

Then use the camera's viewfinder to check the exposure and lighting of the scene. Practice framing your subject in wide, medium and close-up shots, and make sure everything in the frame is in focus.

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Good recording, such impressing

Ideally, you will use a wireless HF microphone to record the interview. Attach the microphone to the subject's shirt so that it is not in the way (be careful with hair and beard, which could create unwanted noise!).

A single lapel microphone will not provide a good quality recording of the interviewer's questions. Use another lapel microphone for the interviewer if you want the interview questions recorded as well as the answers.

If you do not have a lapel microphone, use the camcorder's built-in microphone for the video interview. Just make sure that the interview is conducted in a quiet location and that your subject speaks clearly and at a consistent volume.

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Sit right next to the camcorder on the screen/monitor side. This will allow you to subtly monitor the video recording without distracting your attention from the subject of the video interview.

Ask your interviewer to look at you, not directly at the camera. This position gives your interview a more natural look, with the subject looking slightly off camera.

Start the recording and begin asking the video interview questions. Give your subject time to think and formulate answers; don't launch into a new question at the first break in the conversation.

As the interviewer, remain silent while your interviewee answers the questions. Respond with signs of support and empathy by nodding or smiling, but any audible response on your part will make editing the interview difficult.

When you finish the interview and if you can, leave the camera running for a few more minutes. Interviewees usually feel more relaxed and answer questions in a much more natural and relaxed manner. These captured moments can easily break the cold, artificial feel of your interview by giving you content that appeals to viewers because of its spontaneity.