• Stephanie Castillo

Capturing Room Format with Adobe Rush

Updated: Jan 28

This guide will walk you through setting up your smartphone to capture yourself giving a demonstration or capturing an interview as a way to increase the video quality of your asynchronous lectures.

Recommended Equipment

Setting up

  1. Fasten your smartphone into the adapter and attach it to the tripod.

  2. Place the tripod between where you will be sitting and the window in your room to serve as your light source.

  3. Adjust the tripod up so that the phone's camera is at eye-level of you or the interviewee.

Image showing tripod placed between the room's window and a desk where the speaker/educator will be sitting.
  1. Now open up your camera and prepare to record. You can either use the camera within the Adobe Rush App or use your phone's camera app.

  2. Before recording:

  3. clip the lapel mic to the top of your shirt so that the microphone is resting on your chest below your mouth and chin.

  4. next, connect the lapel mic to the phone and ensure that it is set to capture the phone's audio.

  5. last, adjust the lighting and record a test shot to ensure that the interviewee, yourself, and your audio is captured well.

  6. If more light is needed, we suggest using a desk or floor lamp as additional light sources.

Image showing smartphone on a tripod capturing the interview set, which includes an empty chair in a corner of a decorated room.

To capture an Interview Format

  • set the camera up so that the interviewee will be to the left of the right of the frame, captured from the waist up, and with both look space and headspace.

Image of an interview format where interviewee is to the right of the frame, captured from the waist up, and with space infront of and above their body.

To capture a Demo Format

  • set the camera up so that you are in the center of the frame, captured from the waist up, and some headspace.

  • place the tripod and camera far enough away so that whatever you are performing your demonstration, the demo is in frame too.

Image of a Demo Format where educator is in the middle of the frame, captured from the waist up, and with space infront of and above their body. They are located in a kitchen with a table in front of them and in frame.

When you are ready, start recording.

Once you're done recording, the video will either save to your camera roll or safe within the adobe rush app, depending on which method you chose.

For more guidance on editing on the Adobe Rush app, refer to our blog on Editing in Adobe Rush.

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