• Stephanie Castillo

Capturing Speaker Format Using Your Smartphone

Updated: Jan 28

This guide will walk you through setting up your smartphone to capture yourself, giving a lecture. Using your smartphone camera over your webcam is one way to increase your asynchronous lectures' video quality.

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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 your eye-level

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. You should set the camera up so that the speaker will be in the center of the frame, captured from the mid-shoulders up, and with some headspace.

  3. Before recording:

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

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

  6. last, adjust your lighting and record a test shot to ensure you and your audio is captured well. If more light is needed, we suggest using desk or floor lamps as additional light sources.

  7. When you are ready, start recording.

The image on the left shows the phone set to video capturing the set. The image in the middle is a screenshot of what the phone will capture, which is the speaker in the center of the frame. Last image to the right shows the placement of lapel mic on the collar of the speakers shirt.

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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