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Here, Let Me Show You: 5 ways to get better Glass videos

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As part of our semester-long Google Glass project, we have been thinking of different POV scenarios we would love to see Google Glass used in. Since the last time we’ve posted on here, the class has thought of a lot of different people that could film with Glass. Just to name a few: magicians, baristas, painters, equestrians, hair stylists and more.

But filming with Glass is not as simple as handing over Glass to a skilled artist or magician and letting the Glass magic work itself. Rather, there are a number of different things to keep in mind when filming with Glass. Here’s a list on some of what we’ve learned so far:

1. Be concise about instructions
When you first launch Glass, you, the main user, gets the benefit of going through the helpful introductory tutorial for Glass. However, the person you’re filming with does not get the same introduction when they’re first presented with Glass. Instead of trying to explain every type of functionality to the person, keep it brief. Tap to get to the menu, tap for the video and tap again to extend the video and tap when you’re finished. Your star won’t be confused by any extraneous instructions — a couple of tries, and he or she will easily get the hang of recording videos with Glass in no time.

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2. It’s all about the hands
It’s undoubtedly cool to see through the perspective of a master magician or a skilled drummer, but if the person’s hands aren’t in the shot, a lot is taken away from the video. It’s important to make sure that the hands stay in the shot because it’s difficult to tell what the subject is doing otherwise. It might be awkward at first for your star, but after some practice and perhaps some adjustments to Glass itself, getting the hands in the frame becomes much more of a natural process.


3. Lighting, lighting, lighting
Because you don’t have much control over a lot of elements when filming with Glass, sometimes certain things can get in the way of a perfect video. Lighting is definitely one of them. When you’re filming, do a test run of the area where your star will be filming his or her POV and see if there are any places that might have excessive light or are too dark. Surveying the area where you’re about to film will save you many retakes.


4. Act natural
For a lot of the people we worked with, it was their first time experiencing Glass, much less filming with Glass. If you let them film without any prior instructions, the footage might come off as a little stiff and awkward, making the fact that they’re filming with Glass very obvious. The purpose of the footage is to make it so that viewers can seamlessly experience the day in the life of an artist or athlete. Before letting them film, brief them on acting as if they were going about their usual business. If they’re still having some difficulty loosening up, give them more time to get comfortable with Glass.


5. Don’t take it too seriously
Have a little fun. Yes, it’s understandable that you want to do everything in your power to get the perfect video, but if you treat the whole filming experience too seriously, you probably will get uninspiring and unexciting footage. Glass is an exciting product, so make sure that your star has fun with it. It will make the whole production a lot less monotonous.


We’re still learning lessons as we continue to film more POV videos with talented people, but we’re getting better now that we’re a little more familiar with Glass. If you have any tips on how to refine videos with Glass, share with us in the comments below.

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