Everything you need to know to make your SHD house tour video
We are so excited that you will be joining our community of open homes for Sustainable House Day. This event wouldn’t be possible without generous homeowners and renters like you. Your participation will contribute to the deep well of resources we are creating for Australians who want to live sustainably.
While Sustainable House is a hybrid event, we are still continuing elements of our the virtual event, like house tour videos. This is because they provide such a great resource for people who cannot visit your home in person!
We debuted video house tours at our 2020 event, and they were a huge success, and have now received tens of thousands of views and have helped facilitate in-depth discussions about sustainable design and building with people across the country. You can view all these videos on our YouTube channel or via the house profiles on our website to get inspiration for your video this year.
This page will go through everything you need to know to create a fantastic house tour video for SHD. You can submit your video to us via WeTransfer by using this link.
If you are struggling with this process, please see the “How to get help” section to get support.
By creating a video for Sustainable House Day, you are giving us permission to publish your video on Renew’s YouTube channel, to post it on the Sustainable House Day websites and to share it on SHD social media in perpetuity. If you have an issue with this arrangement, please reach out to us.
- Your video must be between 3 and 8 minutes long
- Please compress your video to keep it within a reasonable size, with a resolution of no more than 1080p. (Find more information about video quality here.)
- We prefer videos in MP4 format, but will also accept any file type that is compatible with YouTube.
- All videos must include the Sustainable House day introduction animation. You can easily download the snippet of video here — just right click this link and select ‘Save Link As’. When you are putting together your video, ensure that this sits at the start.
- Please include an Acknowledgement of Country in your video. You can find a guide to doing this here. You can look up the First Nations people whose land you live on here.
Your video’s content is what will engage people and keep them interested. Our audience is very interested in the nitty gritty of how sustainable features work in the home, so don’t hold back on discussing details (within the time limit). Information like where you sourced your recycled building materials, how you found your architect/designer, specific challenges you faced in designing or building your home or how you made decisions in the building process are all great things to include. Ultimately, you know what’s most interesting about your home and your story.
Please note, you can not use copyrighted images or music in your video, or it will be removed by YouTube.
The following are some examples of content to include in your video.
One option is to record an interview either virtually or in person with a designer, architect, builder or other expert involved in your home’s sustainable features. This could be your architect for your retrofit, or the hempcrete supplier who helped you build your walls.
To the right is an example of an expert Q&A video from 2020.
Another approach is to give a tour of your home, either through video clips with voiceover narration, or on camera.
To the right is an example of a house tour video from 2020.
We understand that not everyone will want to shoot a video of their home. A less time-consuming option is to record yourself giving a presentation about your home via software like PowerPoint or Keynote. Some of the most popular videos from 2020 were slideshows. There are more details on how to achieve this below.
To the right is an example of a slideshow video from 2020.
Shooting and editing a house tour video
We are lucky to live in an era in which it’s easy for anyone to shoot a video of decent quality with their phones. There are many resources online that can help you shoot a professional quality video with a smartphone. If you are interested in going this route, we recommend using a simple editing app like Splice (for iPhone) or FilmoraGo (for Android) which provide free music, captions and many other features for video editing.
Smartphone video tips:
- Always shoot in landscape if possible, by turning your phone on its side. This video will be uploaded to YouTube, which uses landscape video layout.
- To avoid shaky video, use a smartphone tripod to shoot still scenes and a handheld stabiliser to shoot moving scenes. Both can be bought cheaply or created yourself out of household objects if you don’t want to purchase one.
- Think about your lighting and do a test shot to check how it looks. Avoid backlighting for scenes of people talking.
- Watch your recording back to see how it looks and reshoot if necessary.
Of course, if you own a video camera, DSLR or drone you can feel free to us any of those to shoot part or all of your video.
Here is an example from 2020 of a video tour that is well shot.
Slideshow narration videos
Slideshow narration videos provide a simple way to share the detailed information our audience loves. It’s easy to make these videos through with a variety of methods, including Zoom and screen recording software.
- Your presentation should look professional and eye catching. Canva is a great free online software for design which enables you to choose from hundreds of free templates to create professional looking presentations. Here’s a guide to using Canva for slideshow presentations.
- Don’t put too much text on each slide. The slide should be a reference for viewers, not an article containing every detail. On that note, it’s best to not simply read what is on your slides, but to speak about their content.
- Use photos! People want to see what you home looks like.
- You are the star of your presentation. Make sure your voice is energetic and engaging. Feel free to share your feelings and opinions to allow the viewer to connect with you.
- If you’d like to show a brief clip you’ve taken of your home, videos can be embedded in slideshows as well as still images.
There are several options for recording your slideshow presentation.
Screen recording: If you have a Mac, you can use either your screenshot capture or Quicktime to record your screen and audio as you give a presentation (see a guide here). If you have a PC, you can use an app like Screencast-o-Matic to do the same thing (see a guide here).
Zoom: By using a Zoom meeting, you can easily record a presentation including live video of yourself from your webcam. Simply start a Zoom meeting and screenshare your presentation. Start recording when you are ready to begin your presentation. See a guide to recording Zoom meetings here.
Here’s another great example of a slideshow narration video from 2020:
All videos must include the Sustainable House day introduction animation. You can easily download the snippet of video here — just right click this link and select ‘Save Link As’.
When you are putting together your video, ensure that this sits at the start.
Audio quality is another important consideration for your video tour. If you are shooting a slideshow narration video, using headphones with an attached microphone will provide better sound quality than your computer’s built in mic. If you are shooting a video that involves scenes in different locations, consider sound quality. Does the room have too much echo? Is there a street nearby?
Make sure to test your audio before shooting or recording a presentation to avoid having to rerecord it later.
You can always add a voiceover to shots of your house. This can improve the audio quality by allowing you to record audio in a more controlled environment.
Here is an example of a video with voiceover from 2020:
How to get help
We understand that making a video isn’t something everyone is comfortable with, and it’s possible you may need more guidance than is provided here. If that’s the case, please get in touch with us as soon as you can at email@example.com with the subject line “Video help”. We will have volunteers available to help you through the video process.