- Check that geolocation is turned on in the settings menu on your phone. This way the location for where the video was taken will automatically be saved on your phone.
- Make sure the video activation sound is turned off for when you start recording.
- Make sure the flashlight doesn't turn on when you start recording (some phones do this to get better lighting).
- Set automatic backup for photos/videos.
- Plan your shots. Mobile phones have limited storage capacity. Be selective in what you record. Monitor the amount of space you have available on your phone.
- Practice, practice, practice! Learning to film undercover is a skill that is learned by doing it over and over again.
- Focus on the public officials, not the civilians.
- Get details: badges, license, plates, etc.
- Don’t shake! Keep your camera steady and try to hold important shots for at least 10 seconds.
- Audio: move closer to your subject so the microphone can pick up better audio. Be aware of loud noises that could drown out the sounds.
- Lighting: mobile phones do not record well in low light. For the best images, keep the sun at your back.
- Back it up! Never delete the original file or change the filename. If you do edit, do it from a copy.
- If you want to blur parts of your risky video before uploading it, there are options available online. We recommend using Youtube by first uploading a private video to Youtube. Do the blurring on Youtube and then download the blurred version your phone. Finally, upload to Klarity.
- Link to the tool: https://youtube.googleblog.com/2012/07/face-blurring-when-footage-requires.html.
- Step-by-step guide: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-blur-objects-in-youtube-videos/