Every successful shoot comes down to five basic steps. Of course, there are advanced features and additional functionality you, as the Director, may need to enable to prepare for your shoot, but we can think of those as sub-steps.
You will follow the five basic steps regardless of your shoot setup or workflow. See below for additional information on each step and click the links to visit the specific support articles with screenshots and details.
5 Basic Steps Quick Reference
Think of this list as the "cheat sheet" for the five basic steps. Please scroll down for more details on each.
Step 1: Get Organized
- Optimize your computer
- Adjust recording settings
- Create a Project (and add Project Members if necessary)
- Create Session(s) within the Project
- Invite Collaborators and Subjects
- Load scripts into the Project (if necessary)
Step 2: Begin Session
- Enter Session
- Pair Subject(s) into the Room
Step 3: Recording Prep
Step 4: Record
- Test Record (Upload and Preview)
- Live record
Step 5: Get Your Videos
5 Basic Steps Detailed Reference
Step One: Get Organized
Then create a new Project. This is where you set up and organize all of your recording Sessions for this particular Project.
Once you create your Project, it is time to create a new Session. Think of every Session as the virtual set for each shoot.
If you’re using the Teleprompter, you can save any scripts needed within the Project prior to starting your Sessions.
Step Two: Begin Session
When it is time to begin your shoot, click Enter Session.
Once your Subject(s) pair(s) into the room, you’ll want to check a few things before filming.
Step Three: Prepare to Record
Adjust your camera settings, and frame your shot.
There is no need to adjust any audio settings as OpenReel detects any mics automatically, but if you are shooting with external mics, you may need to utilize our handy Hold to Speak or Professional Audio feature.
When using the Teleprompter, select any of the published scripts within this Project.
Step Four: Record
Do a short test record to verify that everything is set up to your liking. Upload the footage and click Play to preview it.
After you have previewed your test shot and make any final adjustments, you’re ready to begin shooting! Hit that big red record button…. 3… 2… 1… Record!
Step Five: Get Your Videos
Because OpenReel is not capturing streaming footage, you will need to upload the footage from the device to your OpenReel account.
When you click Upload, the footage will begin transferring and the file status will change, alerting you when it’s complete. As soon as it’s finished uploading, it will delete itself from the recording device.
Note: Uploading from a computer for a Webcam Subject will auto-initiate.
You can download (or share) the full resolution, uncompressed .MOV or .webm file from within the Session or from within the Project.
By clicking on the Request .MP4 button, the transcoding process will begin and you’ll be alerted when it’s complete so you can download the .MP4 file.