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If you want to show your efforts, do it with style. Also, make sure to follow the guidelines below in order to get the best reception on your videos!

Choose a camera

  • Obtain a camera with HD resolution capability and a zoom function that works during recording.
  • If you want long videos, make sure that your camera will support long recording times.
  • Make sure to get a high-capacity memory card if you want to record the build process and/or multi-hour tests.

Placing the camera

  • Use a tripod or a mounting clamp to stabilize the camera.
  • Keep the camera mounted when recording in a given work space.
  • Set back the camera far enough so the whole work space can be seen when the camera is zoomed out.

Set the space

  • Provide ample lighting to the work environment, such as by turning on all lights on the room or by opening the shades on your windows.
  • Clear out any unnecessary clutter from the work space and nearby surfaces.
  • Clear out any clutter on the floor.

Set the camera settings

  • Record video to at least 720p resolution.
  • Use progressive mode (e.g. 720p or 1080p). Do not use interlace mode.
  • If your camera has an option for 60 frames per second at 1x playback speed with audio, you should use it.

Prepare yourself

  • Decide what you want to record.
  • Make sure to speak loudly to the camera so as to not mumble.
  • Dress decently when doing an important video.
  • Be yourself.

Handling the device

  • If you want to show something up close, bring it to the camera, or use the zoom function when recording.
  • In order to show the other side of the device, rotate the device. Do not move the camera.
  • After the many hours of effort of making a S.H.O. drive, you want to be sure that when you record video of it in operation that you can show that there is no hidden wire connecting to it. Therefore, make sure that the video recording device is far enough from the subject to show not just the top and bottom of it, but also some distance above, below, and beside it as well.


  • Get a video account on YouTube if you haven't done it already.
  • When uploading to YouTube, upload the original videos unedited.
  • Some camcorders may split your video into separate files up to 4 gigabytes. You can use the YouTube Video Editor to merge them on YouTube.
  • If you are not sure about presenting the video on your video channel, you can set your YouTube upload to private or unlisted until you are ready to show it.
  • You can create a new channel specifically for these videos if you don't want to mix them with your existing YouTube channel.
  • You may edit original videos, but do not cut the video too often, and especially do not cut the video in ways that may appear to others as hiding a trick. If you upload these videos, make sure to also upload the originals too.
  • You can also create a Facebook page and upload your videos there.
  • Network with other replicators to build the S.H.O. Drive community.
  • When publicly demonstrating the S.H.O. Drive, encourage witnesses to record their experiences using Facebook Live via their cell phones.

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