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The Age of the Self-Tape is Here

Not just for aspiring actors any longer, the self-tape has become a staple for companies of all sizes throughout 2020 and 2021. Whether it's a testimonial, conference, internal or external video, the age of the self-tape is here and it isn't going away in 2022. Need a guide for how to make your self-tape look like... you didn't tape it yourself? Keep reading!

There are two components to recording yourself or a colleague well: how it looks and how it sounds. We're here to set you up with the basics so if your boss, colleague, or sister-in-law asks you for a self-tape, you're ready to roll (no pun intended).

In the world of stock photos, setting up a perfect recording is easy! We're going to show you how to achieve this look with what you have on hand, showing ideal framing and overall look.

How to set up your video

  1. Turn your camera horizontal.

  2. Place your camera at eye level.

  3. Make sure your entire face fits in the frame.

  4. Make sure your face is well lit! We want to see you clearly.

  5. Make sure you have a clutter free background. But don’t put yourself against a wall, ideally there is depth to your shot

You should now look somewhat like this, although polka dot shirt is not required. This Shutterstock model is clearly posing during the day, another great tip for great self-tapes.

How to set up your audio

  1. Quiet location is a must!

  2. Avoid spaces with lots of echo, outdoor noises, or other loud distractions.

  3. Turn off air conditioners, fans, heaters.

  4. Sit in a chair with no wheels if possible (trust us).

The Oncology Social Work team at Sansum Clinic did a great job setting up their remote lecture with the help of Lure.

How to record yourself

  1. Press record on your device.

  2. Smile, and WAIT 3 FULL SECONDS looking directly into camera. This gives plenty of room to edit around your video.

  3. Begin your video looking directly into the camera. Try not to look around the room, it should feel like you are speaking directly to your audience.

  4. Mistake? Start again. If a professional company is editing your video, like Lure Digital, you can keep recording. If you've been asked for a clean take, stop recording and start from Step 1.

  5. Finished? WAIT 3 FULL SECONDS looking directly into camera.

Sending your video to an editor

After all that hard work, your video editors will want you to send your video with full resolution. Try WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive or other large file sharing softwares. Sharing iPhone to iPhone? Make sure both sender and recipient are on WiFi and use iMessage to send.

Still need help?

Want to make your CEO smile like this stock photo model below, but still want more help? We've included links to several sources in this article, including the very handy guide we just stumbled upon, NYU's Tips for Recording Yourself on Video, that dives into more detail about performance and what to do with your hands.

That said, we're here for you! Give us a call at 323.596.0606 or email us at for help recording and editing self-tapes for your business.


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