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Make a Video

Guidelines to help you create your own video on your mobile device.
Published: 09/14/2021

Video of AEA President Joe Thomas

Below is a video of AEA President Joe Thomas to use as an example when you make your own video.

Video Message Guidelines


Hi, I’m [NAME]. I’m a [POSITION] at [SCHOOL].



My students are at the center of everything I do and referring these bad bills will stop the millionaires tax cut and invest in our schools.

I urge you to find a petition action station near you at and sign the petition today!



We are the [LOCAL UNION] and we are taking action because, together, we know we can make a difference. Join the movement. Join [AEA or LOCAL UNION]!

Phone Video Recording Requirements

Configure Your Phone for the Best Video

mobile phones
For iPhone:
  • Record using the main camera, not the selfie camera.
  • Go to Settings; Click on Camera; Click on Record Video
  • Choose 1080p HD at 60 fps or higher

For Android:

  • Record using the main camera, not the selfie camera.
  • Picture Size: Leave this on 4:3 (12 MP) 
  • Video Size: You should at a minimum have the phone set on 16:9 FHD (Full High Def) at 1920x1080.  You can also shoot 4K by setting this to UHD (60 fps) for maximum quality and frame rate).
  • Turn off "High efficiency video," “Tracking AF” and “Timer”
  • Turn on video stabilization
    • Set HDR (Rich Tone) to Auto

Look Your Best

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  • If this is a recorded video to uploaded, shoot landscape. Turn your phone to the side to create a landscape view like a TV set. If this will be a Facebook Live video, then shoot vertical.
  • Record the interviewee in the middle of the screen. Make sure the video has a little space above your head and shoot down to the bust line.
  • The picture at the top is a great example of a landscape shot that is framed well. 
  • The picture at the bottom has too much space above the person’s head. 
Photo without backlight
  • Do not shoot with your back to the sun or a window.
  • Having the light behind you makes your face look dark.
  • Instead, turn to make sure the light hits your face.
  • Do not use the zoom feature. Move closer to the camera or subject.

Use Accessories

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  • If you have them, use mobile phone accessories like hand grips/mini tripods and stabilizers to improve your video quality.
  • If you have one, use a microphone. If not, be sure to shoot in a quiet space, preferably indoors. 

Keep Track of Time

  • Keep your message short and sweet.
  • Ideally, your video should be about 60 seconds. Two minutes is the absolute maximum.

How to Deliver Finished Video

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  • Do not email or text the video. Hook your phone up directly to a computer and send the original, large file.
  • Emails and texts condense videos and decrease quality.
  • You can also load your videos directly to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. Open up the app you want to share in, load the video, and draft a caption/post/tweet that summarizes why you are sharing the video.

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