Your Virtual Filming Session – Getting Prepared

Below is all of the info that you need to get prepared for your virtual filming session. Please let us know if you have any questions about anything before our virtual filming date.

We will, of course, do our last-minute tweaks and set up when we log on together at the time of our virtual filming session, but as much of the setup as you can do ahead of time will save us time in the moment, and make your filming session faster.

Your Virtual Filming Session – Getting Prepared

Below is all of the info that you need to get prepared for your virtual filming session. Please let us know if you have any questions about anything before our virtual filming date.

We will, of course, do our last-minute tweaks and set up when we log on together at the time of our virtual filming session, but as much of the setup as you can do ahead of time will save us time in the moment, and make your filming session faster.

Your Equipment

Your Equipment

At this point, you should be all set with your equipment (camera, lights, microphone, tripod) and your background for your virtual filming session, based on our previous tech sessions.

If you are still unsure about how to set up and use any of your equipment, or need any suggestions, guidance, or further support, please let us know ASAP, so we can get everything sorted out before our day of filming.

At this point, you should be all set with your equipment (camera, lights, microphone, tripod) and your background for your virtual filming session, based on our previous tech sessions.

If you are still unsure about how to set up and use any of your equipment, or need any suggestions, guidance, or further support, please let us know ASAP, so we can get everything sorted out before our day of filming.

What to Wear For Your Virtual Filming Session

What to Wear For Your Virtual Filming Session

Just a few reminders:

  • Solid, rich colors look best on camera. Jewel tones are great and really pop. Deep shades of blue, purple, green, pink, red are typically good choices for many people. Choose a shirt color that looks good with your hair color, skin tone, and eye color – choose the best color(s) that make you feel vibrant, youthful, and energetic.

  • Remember that you always want to contrast with the background, so your image pops on-camera. You do not want to blend in! So pay attention to the colors in the set (wall, curtains, couch, desk, furniture, artwork, props, etc.) and choose something that both looks nice with, and contrasts well, in that space.

  • Also, if we’re we’re going to be filming 2 separate videos, please choose 2 separate tops, so we can switch your top between videos. We want the viewers to know for sure that these are 2 different videos, so there’s no temptation to feel like they don’t need to watch one or the other – in other words, we don’t want them to assume they already saw that video because they see you again, in the same outfit.

Just a few reminders:

  • Solid, rich colors look best on camera. Jewel tones are great and really pop. Deep shades of blue, purple, green, pink, red are typically good choices for many people. Choose a shirt color that looks good with your hair color, skin tone, and eye color – choose the best color(s) that make you feel vibrant, youthful, and energetic.

  • Remember that you always want to contrast with the background, so your image pops on-camera. You do not want to blend in! So pay attention to the colors in the set (wall, curtains, couch, desk, furniture, artwork, props, etc.) and choose something that both looks nice with, and contrasts well, in that space.

  • Also, if we’re we’re going to be filming 2 separate videos, please choose 2 separate tops, so we can switch your top between videos. We want the viewers to know for sure that these are 2 different videos, so there’s no temptation to feel like they don’t need to watch one or the other – in other words, we don’t want them to assume they already saw that video because they see you again, in the same outfit.

Your Tech Setup – Overview

Your Tech Setup – Overview

The Overall Plan:

We’re either going to:

Option #1: Film your video with your SmartPhone (iPhone or Android) as the “camera”

OR

Option #2: Film this video using your computer as the “camera”

PLEASE NOTE: If you are going to be using your SmartPhone as your camera, then we will also have you log in from a nearby laptop separately as well, so we can communicate and see each other on the laptop, while actually positioning the SmartPhone directly in front of you, to be the “camera” for our shoot. (FYI, the positioning of your laptop doesn’t matter, it just needs to be close enough so that we can see and hear each other during the session, before we start recording, and between takes.)

The Overall Plan:

We’re either going to:

Option #1: Film your video with your SmartPhone (iPhone or Android) as the “camera”

OR

Option #2: Film this video using your computer as the “camera”

PLEASE NOTE: If you are going to be using your SmartPhone as your camera, then we will also have you log in from a nearby laptop separately as well, so we can communicate and see each other on the laptop, while actually positioning the SmartPhone directly in front of you, to be the “camera” for our shoot. (FYI, the positioning of your laptop doesn’t matter, it just needs to be close enough so that we can see and hear each other during the session, before we start recording, and between takes.)

Your Tech Setup (If Filming With Your SmartPhone)

Your Tech Setup (If Filming With Your SmartPhone)

STEP 1: Prep your SmartPhone – Part 1 (please complete this step PRIOR TO our final pre-production tech session)

  • Make sure that your phone’s operating system (iOS or Android) is up to date

  • Download the “OpenReel” app to your iPhone or Android phone

    You can find the iPhone app here (must click this link on your iPhone):
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/openreel-capture/id1542979247

    You can find the Android app here (must click this link on your Android Phone):
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.openreel.capture2

  • Make sure you have at least 5GB of storage available on your phone

    If you don’t have enough space, it may be helpful to remove some larger video files from your photos library (if there are any)

    For iPhone users: click on Settings >> General >> iPhone Storage (it will tell you at the top how many GB of storage space are used/remaining).

STEP 2: Prep your SmartPhone – Part 2 (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Make sure your phone battery is fully charged to 100% (PLEASE NOTE: this could take several hours to complete, so make sure you attend to this a few hours before our session starts)

  • Close down all other applications on your phone

  • Turn on “Do Not Disturb” and set it to “ALWAYS”

    For iPhone users: click on Settings >> Focus >> Do Not Disturb >> Toggle Do Not Disturb On

  • Disable “Bluetooth”

    For iPhone users: click on Settings >> Bluetooth >> Toggle to Off

  • Make sure that you are connected to a reliable WiFi signal

STEP 3: Setup your equipment (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Set up your SmartPhone in your desired filming location

  • Place your SmartPhone in the phone tripod horizontally, with the camera on the left

  • Plugin your external microphone (if you’re using one)

  • Set up your lights (if you’re using them)

  • NOTE:
    If we ARE going to be using the teleprompter feature for a scripted video, set up your phone so that you have the camera on the FRONT side of the phone facing you (the side with the screen), with the camera on the LEFT.

    If we ARE NOT going to be using the teleprompter feature for your video, set up your phone so that you have the camera on the BACK side of the phone facing you.

STEP 4: At our scheduled filming session time, log in to our filming session on your computer

  • From your computer’s browser, click the private link you were sent in your filming instructions email

    NOTE: you must use Chrome or Firefox browser

  • After you click the link, you will need to:
    Enter your Name
    Enter the unique Session ID
    Click “Allow” to access your camera and microphone
    Click “Enter Session”

STEP 5: Log in to our filming session from your SmartPhone (i.e. your camera)

  • AFTER we log in together on your computer, I will have you open up the OpenReel app on your SmartPhone, and walk you through the steps to enter the filming session

  • After you open the app, you will need to:
    Enter your Name
    Enter the unique Session ID
    Click “Enter”
    Click the actual Session folder for the filming session

STEP 1: Prep your SmartPhone – Part 1 (please complete this step PRIOR TO our final pre-production tech session)

  • Make sure that your phone’s operating system (iOS or Android) is up to date

  • Download the “OpenReel” app to your iPhone or Android phone

    You can find the iPhone app here (must click this link on your iPhone):
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/openreel-capture/id1542979247

    You can find the Android app here (must click this link on your Android Phone):
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.openreel.capture2

  • Make sure you have at least 5GB of storage available on your phone

    If you don’t have enough space, it may be helpful to remove some larger video files from your photos library (if there are any)

    For iPhone users: click on Settings >> General >> iPhone Storage (it will tell you at the top how many GB of storage space are used/remaining).

STEP 2: Prep your SmartPhone – Part 2 (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Make sure your phone battery is fully charged to 100% (PLEASE NOTE: this could take several hours to complete, so make sure you attend to this a few hours before our session starts)

  • Close down all other applications on your phone

  • Turn on “Do Not Disturb” and set it to “ALWAYS”

    For iPhone users: click on Settings >> Focus >> Do Not Disturb >> Toggle Do Not Disturb On

  • Disable “Bluetooth”

    For iPhone users: click on Settings >> Bluetooth >> Toggle to Off

  • Make sure that you are connected to a reliable WiFi signal

STEP 3: Setup your equipment (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Set up your SmartPhone in your desired filming location

  • Place your SmartPhone in the phone tripod horizontally, with the camera on the left

  • Plugin your external microphone (if you’re using one)

  • Set up your lights (if you’re using them)

  • NOTE:
    If we ARE going to be using the teleprompter feature for a scripted video, set up your phone so that you have the camera on the FRONT side of the phone facing you (the side with the screen), with the camera on the LEFT.

    If we ARE NOT going to be using the teleprompter feature for your video, set up your phone so that you have the camera on the BACK side of the phone facing you.

STEP 4: At our scheduled filming session time, log in to our filming session on your computer

  • From your computer’s browser, click the private link you were sent in your filming instructions email

    NOTE: you must use Chrome or Firefox browser

  • After you click the link, you will need to:
    Enter your Name
    Enter the unique Session ID
    Click “Allow” to access your camera and microphone
    Click “Enter Session”

STEP 5: Log in to our filming session from your SmartPhone (i.e. your camera)

  • AFTER we log in together on your computer, I will have you open up the OpenReel app on your SmartPhone, and walk you through the steps to enter the filming session

  • After you open the app, you will need to:
    Enter your Name
    Enter the unique Session ID
    Click “Enter”
    Click the actual Session folder for the filming session

Your Tech Setup (If Filming With Your Computer)

Your Tech Setup (If Filming With Your Computer)

STEP 1: Prep your Computer – Part 1 (please complete this step PRIOR TO our filming session)

  • Make sure your computer is updated to the current operating system, if any updates are available.

  • If you are using a Logitech external camera, download the Logitech Camera Settings App to your computer. We will use this app to make final tweaks to the framing of your shot during our filming session.

    You can find the app here (available for both Mac and PC):
    https://support.logi.com/hc/en-us/articles/360053977993-Downloads-C922x-Pro-Stream-1080p-Webcam

    Click on the “Downloads” tab on the left side of the screen >> Select Windows or Mac >> Choose your operating system >> Click the “Download Now” button.

    After this app is downloaded, find it on your computer (most likely in the Downloads folder, or on your Desktop) and install the app onto your computer.

STEP 2: Prep your Computer – Part 2 (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Disable any personal firewalls or VPNs. These can block your connection to the OpenReel platform.

  • Close down all browser windows and open applications on your computer, including quitting programs that run in the background, like Zoom, Dropbox, Adobe, etc.

  • Clear the cache on your Chrome browser.

    To do this, with your Chrome browser open, click on the Chrome menu at the top left side of the screen >> Select “Clear Browsing Data” >> Make sure “cached images and files” is checked >> Click the “Clear Data” button.

  • Make sure that you are connected to a reliable WiFi signal, or hard-wired directly into your internet router

STEP 3: Setup your equipment (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Set up your Computer in your desired filming location

  • Plugin your external microphone (if you’re using one)

  • Set up and turn on your lights (if you’re using them)

STEP 4: At our scheduled filming session time, log in to our filming session on your computer

  • From your computer’s browser, click the private link you were sent in your filming instructions email

    NOTE: you must use Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browser

  • After you click the link, you will need to:
    Enter your Name
    Enter the unique Session ID
    Click “Allow” to access your camera and microphone
    Click “Enter Session”

    NOTE: If you’re logged in, and don’t see us, please close your browser, and log in again.

STEP 1: Prep your Computer – Part 1 (please complete this step PRIOR TO our filming session)

  • Make sure your computer is updated to the current operating system, if any updates are available.

  • If you are using a Logitech external camera, download the Logitech Camera Settings App to your computer. We will use this app to make final tweaks to the framing of your shot during our filming session.

    You can find the app here (available for both Mac and PC):
    https://support.logi.com/hc/en-us/articles/360053977993-Downloads-C922x-Pro-Stream-1080p-Webcam

    Click on the “Downloads” tab on the left side of the screen >> Select Windows or Mac >> Choose your operating system >> Click the “Download Now” button.

    After this app is downloaded, find it on your computer (most likely in the Downloads folder, or on your Desktop) and install the app onto your computer.

STEP 2: Prep your Computer – Part 2 (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Disable any personal firewalls or VPNs. These can block your connection to the OpenReel platform.

  • Close down all browser windows and open applications on your computer, including quitting programs that run in the background, like Zoom, Dropbox, Adobe, etc.

  • Clear the cache on your Chrome browser.

    To do this, with your Chrome browser open, click on the Chrome menu at the top left side of the screen >> Select “Clear Browsing Data” >> Make sure “cached images and files” is checked >> Click the “Clear Data” button.

  • Make sure that you are connected to a reliable WiFi signal, or hard-wired directly into your internet router

STEP 3: Setup your equipment (please do this RIGHT BEFORE our filming session)

  • Set up your Computer in your desired filming location

  • Plugin your external microphone (if you’re using one)

  • Set up and turn on your lights (if you’re using them)

STEP 4: At our scheduled filming session time, log in to our filming session on your computer

  • From your computer’s browser, click the private link you were sent in your filming instructions email

    NOTE: you must use Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browser

  • After you click the link, you will need to:
    Enter your Name
    Enter the unique Session ID
    Click “Allow” to access your camera and microphone
    Click “Enter Session”

    NOTE: If you’re logged in, and don’t see us, please close your browser, and log in again.

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