Planning your video

Basic – presenter only

  • Personal preparation for on-camera presentation: Plan your appearance. If you are presenting your own video; visual and audio presentation is important. If you intend to appear on-camera consider your clothing: 
    • Select appropriate and comfortable clothing.
    • Avoid complex patterns or print, as these tend to be distracting and can strobe on camera. 
    • Avoid wearing loud colours as these tend to be distracting also.
    • Select colours that separate the subject from the background.
    • Remove jewellery or accessories that are likely to create distracting noise.

Documents to help you plan


Locations, formats, consent and more

Considerations Notes Links
Pre-location visit and location considerations Consider an appropriate location, preferably a location that is both relevant, visually interesting and minimises noise interference (e.g.: loud public places, air-conditioning units, etc.)

Find out more about location considerations.

Create a shot list

Planning a shot list can be extremely beneficial. It will help you to direct the production and ensure that you capture all the footage you need. 

A shot list can save you lots of time and money, particularly in post-production. You want to avoid the situation where you need to go back and re-create or re-record events because you missed an important shot. 

Consistency can be a challenge if you need to re-shoot a scene. With live events, you will not get a second chance to capture an event, so planning the shot list can be essential and not merely preferential. 

Find out more about shot lists and storyboards.
Shooting basics There are many ways to improve our video productions, beginning with shooting the raw footage. 

Find out more about improving your filming. 

Camera purchasing and formats There are many different video file formats used in everyday cameras and mobile devices. 

Find out more about file formats, purchasing cameras and common devices

Third parties and consent If you are involving third parties in the production of your video you will need to obtain consent for their contribution and for the declared purposes for your video, which may be educational and/or promotional. It is always advisable to obtain written consent from third party participants as evidence for records.

Find out more and download the "Deed of Release Images and Testimonials" forms (pdf).

Casting/talent You might consider casting for a role, even if it is simply a presenter role. Consider the importance of the portrayal of the role and who might best encompass that portrayal. Casting is usually a decision making process involving auditions. It is always advisable to obtain written consent from third party participants as evidence for records.

Find out more and download the "Deed of Release Images and Testimonials" forms. 

Copyright When creating video, please be aware of copyright material you may be using. 

Find out more about Copyright

Please contact CLIPP for more information.