Kaltura - Best practices for recording video with your mobile device

This document describes some effective practices when recording video with your mobile device.


As you plan to create a video with your mobile device consider the following:

  1. Orient your device horizontally. Avoid shooting vertically. Most educational media is viewed on laptops and desktop computers. Vertically oriented media can look out of place and distracting as it is not how most other media is presented in an educational context.
    A phone with a phone holder on a mini flexible tripod on a table setup to record some legos.
  2. Use a tripod if possible. Even the inexpensive ones are better than nothing. You'll need a phone or mobile device mount for your tripod as well. This helps keep your video from bouncing around which can be difficult to watch for an extended period.
    A photo of a mini desktop tripod. A photo of a mini desktop flexible tripod. A photo of a regular full-size tripod. A photo of a phone mount or holder that can be attached to a tripod.
  3. Create an outline. This will keep your content moving and concise.
  4. Limit duration. Videos over six minutes typically will lose viewer attention.
  5. Record where there is lots of light. Phones do great with light but not darkness.
  6. Don't zoom. Picture quality is dramatically reduced when your phone’s camera is zoomed in. Instead, move the tripod/phone closer to the subject you're recording.
  7. Don’t worry about perfection. Do the best you can and move on.
  8. For more information on equipment - tripods, phone holders, etc. see Advice for Remote Video Capture, by David Olson, DoIT Academic Technology - Video Production. You need to be signed into Google with your UW-Madison NetID account to view the doc.
Once you have recorded your video and are ready to upload it to Kaltura MediaSpace see: