Make Interview and Formal Presentation Video for Education and Training

There are many styles of recording video, we’re going to discuss two of four of the most popular versions of video for education and training. Interview and formal presentation style videos are commonly used across social media platforms, YouTube in particular. We will discuss and explain the best way to compose a video for the above styles in this blog.


These videos typically include two people in discussion, with each taking their turn to talk. Let’s begin with a contextual shot providing an overall view of the environment, and both speakers in conversation. This establishes the place, as well as the relationship between the two individuals. Having done the contextual medium longshot featuring both people, it would be best to then switch to a medium close up shot and cut between each speaker as and when they speak.

Medium Close Up of Interview






Not only does this selection of scenes and edits help to focus the viewer’s attention, by picking on subtle expressions of the individuals. It also adds dynamism to the overall video. The cuts between the speakers add motion and variety. In what could otherwise be a boring single shot with no movement.

Two People During A Interview

Formal Presentation

A formal presentation can be a number of different things such as a lecture, corporate presentation or a workshop. Communication is key here so we want to be able to clearly hear what the presenter is saying. Presenters should be mic’d up to capture clear crisp audio. Additionally, having captions on the screen would be helpful to further enhance messaging and communications.

Mixed media is more engaging for viewers than just a presenter talking. Therefore, to support your viewers better understand the presentation, edit together any visual PowerPoint, diagram, or image the presenter uses with the actual video of the presentation. Be sure to sure that any additional media you use adds to, and reinforces, what the presenter is saying. There’s no space for redundant content that serves to distract the viewer. Keeping all your media relevant helps to emphasis and explain important points.

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