Capturing Video

Set the Stage

The best recording locations will be relatively quiet areas with little background noise and good lighting. Find a spot where you can comfortably sit. If you have open windows, listen for a bit to make sure there isn’t any distracting sound coming from outside. Pay attention to areas with forced air ventilation, placing your phone or microphone where it won’t pick up noise from ductwork.

Many video recording applications will let you see the image on the camera before you record. Ensure that we can clearly see your face and that you are centered properly in the frame. Avoid sitting where there are lights directly behind you, including lamps or uncovered windows.

For iOS (iPhone) users:  

  1. Navigate to the upload form page on your phone’s browser.
  2. After filling out the form, select “Choose file.” Select “Take Photo or Video” and then select “video.” Press the red button to record when ready. When you are done recording, press stop. 
  3. If you are unhappy with your recording, you can rerecord your story by selecting “retake.” To submit your final recording, select “Use video.”  

For iOS (iPad) users:  

  1. Browse to the upload form page.
  2. Fill out the form and tap the “Choose file” button. Select “Take Photo or Video.” 
  3. By default, your iPad will be set to “PHOTO” on the right side of the screen. Tap “VIDEO” to change modes and then the red button to begin recording. 
  4. When you’re finished, tap the red square button to stop recording. If you’re happy with your video, tap “Use Video” in the lower right of the screen. You will see your new video file next to the “Choose file” button. 
  5. Make sure you’ve indicated that you agree to the use of your file at the bottom, and click “Upload Submission.” 

For Android users (e.g. Samsung, Google, Nokia, LG):  

  1. Browse to the upload form page
  2. Fill out the form and click on the “Choose file” button. This will let you select an available application to record a video. 
  3. Pick the application you would like to use for recording. (We recommend using the Camera app.) 
  4. Select the video option (the video camera on the bottom right of the window) and recording will start. 
  5. Tell use your story. 
  6. Hit the “stop” button when you’re finished, and click the checkmark button labeled “I agree” to submit. You will see the name of your new video file next to the “Choose file” button. 
  7. Make sure you’ve indicated that you agree to the use of your file at the bottom, and click “Upload Submission.”