ReadOut Submission Help

The following page has tips and help guides for those applying to ReadOut 2021.

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Tips and Tricks for a Great Video

  • Start with introducing yourself and your book title.
  • Remember to look at the camera while you read.
  • If possible use natural light.
  • No matter what your light source is, make sure it is in front of you (behind the camera) and not somewhere behind you.
  • Film in landscape rather than portrait.
  • Video stability is key. If you have a tripod for your device, GREAT! If not, just make sure it’s in a stable place during the video. It’s best not to hold the device.
  • Silence your cell! What would be worse than to be halfway through your reading, a reading that you are totally killing, only to get a notification chirp or a phone call in the middle? If possible, put your device on airplane mode so this doesn’t happen to you.
  • Make sure you have enough storage before you start. Unfortunately, video can take up a lot of room on your device’s storage. For some of us, this may not be a problem, but a lot of us live on the edge of our device’s storage. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 3 Gbs free for a 5 to 7-minute long video, leaving room for retakes.
  • Don’t zoom in, its best to take the wide-open approach.
  • If you have an external microphone for your device, again, great! Since most of us probably don’t, a great tip is to not block the built-in microphone. If you are using our tip about stability just make sure not to have a pillow or book blocking the microphone.
  • AE/AF Lock – Your device will try to autofocus while you are filming. This can be an issue if you have low lighting or intend to pick up a book, or just have anything else in the shot that the camera may pick up on. Most Vloggers suggest locking your autofocus to a fixed position so that the lighting and the focusing isn’t a distraction to your viewer. On an iPhone, click the red shutter button to start a video. On an Apple iOS device, tap anywhere on the screen and you will see AE/AF Lock come up. (AE stands for auto exposure, AF autofocus), you are all set. Please note, some Android devices also have this function depending on the version and app you may be using.
  • Just be yourself! We are excited to see everyone’s great submissions!

Sample Video

Below is an example of a video submission.  Videos should be 5-7 minutes long.