May 22, 2020·9 min read

Discover how you can record videos remotely and how to create videos without filming. We share a behind-the-scenes look at a remote video production of our own and share tips for doing it well.

Domino’s Pizza recently created a new commercial that was shot entirely on Zoom. Filmed over the course of a single weekend by remote video recording in Domino’s shops across the country, the “We’re Hiring” ad used real workers and franchise owners as talent.

That ad’s now airing on TV and being promoted online.

This quarantine-era version of a commercial has been embraced around the globe, because everyone around the world understands the restrictions we are all working under.

Remote video production may not be glamorous, but it gets the job done.

Whether you’re creating marketing videos, recording internal communications updates, creating teaching videos, or want to up the quality of your sales videos, read on to discover how your organization can produce awesome video content—even when you can’t do it in person.

  1. Contents
  2. 1.How We Recorded an Entire Video Series Remotely
  3. 2.What Remote Video Production Equipment Do I Need?
  4. 2.1Webcam Remote Video Production Equipment
  5. 2.2Smartphone Remote Video Production Equipment
  6. 3.How Do I Produce Videos Remotely?
  7. 3.1How to Record Videos Remotely
  8. 3.2How to Produce Videos Remotely Without Filming
  9. 3.2.1Stock Video Footage
  10. 3.2.2Animation
  11. 3.2.3Live Video
  12. 3.2.4Existing Footage
  13. 4.What Types of Video Can I Produce Remotely?
  14. 5.What Remote Video Recording Tips Should I Keep in Mind?
  15. 5.1 Consider What Makes Sense
  16. 5.2 Plan, Plan, Plan
  17. 5.3 Set Up a Video Call
  18. 5.4 Stage the Space
  19. 5.5 Ask for Test Shots
  20. 5.6 Give Yourself a Buffer
  21. 5.7 Check for Space
  22. 5.8 Maximize Production Resources
  23. 5.9 Organize Everything

How We Recorded an Entire Video Series Remotely

We recorded an entire video series with the video producer and all of the talent completely remote.

Our Canada-based Kitchener, Ontario office moved to fully remote at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which presented our video team with a brand new challenge.

They were already used to getting creative and being relentlessly resourceful, but this was something else entirely. How do you produce a video when you and your actors are all in separate locations?

This is how we did it.

(Sidenote: The above video, as well as the rest of the social interview series it belongs to, was also produced remotely.)

It started with an idea around presenting recorded, asynchronous video as a totally awesome alternative to endless video call meetings. From there, the video concept took shape with the plan to highlight a few of the biggest video conferencing fails any office worker is (by now) quite familiar with.

The funny thing is, at first glance, the videos might simply look like a recording of a video call (and that is, more or less, the idea). But a lot more went into them than that.

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