As a video production company, we can't underscore enough the importance of the audiovisual knowledge required for producing a video project. Generally, when someone doesn't have a full understanding of how framing, lighting, and audio work, even the most basic DIY videos end up being low-quality and beyond saving for even the most skilled editor. That being said, there are times when you'll need to appear in front of a camera and you won't have access to a professional videographer. Sometimes you will have to send video files to someone else so they can be edited. Whether you're presenting a webinar, filming a video interview, or shooting a short, informal video in the office, here are five basic tips and tricks to remember while recording that will make a world of difference. You might not win any Oscars, but with a little bit of preparation you'll be able to create an acceptable image on your own.