You can record and send us a short video using just your phone. This guide can help you accomplish that from conception to submission.
- Related: Create your own Voice Your Choice selfie photo
- Download DWD Canada's full Video and Image Toolkit (PDF)
1. Think about your message
Before recording your video, take a few moments to decide what you would like to contribute. Personal stories are an impactful way to connect people to the cause and to guarantee that the voices of passionate Canadians are heard. While all details of your personal story are important, this type of outreach requires a compressed version.
Perhaps jot down all your ideas then find a way to condense them into a couple short sentences. Ideally, we are looking for short “soundbites” that are to-the-point, appropriate and dynamic. When making amateur videos of this kind, viewers’ attention spans are quite short, so concentrated sound bites are often the most meaningful types of information to share. Further, short sections of video make it easier for us to edit into a larger video compilation or montage. It is important to take all your passion for the issue and summarize it into a few meaningful snippets.
This sample video, put together by DWD Canada volunteer Andrew S., offers ideas on what to say.
2. Explore your phone options
Before getting started, take a look at your phone’s video settings. The video camera option is usually accessible through the camera icon on your phone. Once you click on the camera icon, there should be an option to choose the video camera which is usually represented by a small film reel, projector or video camera icon.
Many smartphones have two cameras — one on the front and one on the back. By using the camera on the front of your phone, the video image will be visible on your phone’s screen so you can see exactly what your video will look like. This way, you can ensure that lighting is sufficient and that you are in the frame.
3. Do a test run
Shoot a quick test run message so you can experiment with factors such as distance between you and the camera, lighting, background and sound quality.
If you are shooting the video yourself, ensure that your phone is set up and angled correctly. In the how-to video, you will see an example of how to create a stand for your phone using a simple stack of books. Once set up, try sitting or standing at different distances from your phone to ensure that you are in the frame and that your voice is clearly picked up by the phone.
4. Film your video
Once you are comfortable with your message, your surroundings and your phone’s functions, you are all set to press record. We suggest filming a few different times and then choosing the version that seems to be of the highest quality. Please refer to our sample videos here and here.
- Have the light source — whether natural or artificial — behind the camera phone. This will ensure that you are visible while sharing your message and that the image or video is well lit.
- Keep the background simple. Try to speak while standing with a blank wall behind you. A quiet park or backyard is another option.
- Speak clearly and limit background noise.
5. Check your phone’s settings
Before sending your video, check the data/Wi-Fi settings on your phone. Ideally, you will want to upload your video while at home and connected to your home’s Wi-Fi. These settings can usually be found in your phone’s “Settings” or "Wireless and Networks” menus. From there, switch your Wi-Fi option to “on,” if it isn’t already. This way, you can send your video while connected to your home internet provider, rather than using your cell phone’s data plan which is often limited.
6. Upload your video
Please upload your video to YouTube and send us the link to your video. This link teaches you how to set up a YouTube account, if you do not have one. Here's a video on how to upload your video to YouTube directly from your mobile phone:
Each phone’s upload settings are slightly different. Here are some guides depending on your type of phone:
If you have trouble uploading directly from your phone, you can email the video to yourself or transfer your video using a USB cable (this usually comes with your phone) and proceed with uploading using your computer. Here's a guide on how to post your video to YouTube using your computer:
If you're looking for additional information, this link provides some guidance.
7. Send us the link (and share)
When you're done, post your video to YouTube and send the link address to [email protected]. You will receive confirmation of receipt from DWD Canada within two business days. We'll compile the videos and post them on our website as we receive them. In the meantime, please share yours with friends and family on social media and by e-mail, so they will know to voice their choice, too!
By submitting my video or image, you agree to the following:
- Your video or image may be shared with the staff members of Dying With Dignity Canada’s National Office.
- Your video or image may be featured on Dying With Dignity Canada’s website or social media pages.
- Your video may be edited for length or clarity.
- Text may be added to the photo or video.
- By submitting your image or video, there is no guarantee that it will be used in Dying With Dignity Canada’s campaign materials.
- In submitting your video or image, you are offering your story voluntarily and Dying With Dignity Canada has no obligation to pay for your submission.