Video filming and delivery tips

Thanks for your interest in taking part in a Mumsnet video. We've put together some top tips on how to make your own video and how to send it to us. If you have any suggestions to add to this list, please let us know by emailing
Top tips for making a video

1. Get yourself as close to the webcam/camera as possible and in GOOD (preferably daytime) LIGHT. Face the sunlight / light source so you are well lit.  Make sure you are in the centre of the screen - you are the star.

2. Make sure the room is quiet, definitely no music, and as little background noise as possible.

3. Write down a few ideas of what you want to say but put your notes away before you start filming, don’t read from a script.  It's better to be spontaneous and natural rather than rehearsed and if you fluff your lines you can always go back and do it again.

4. Speak straight to camera, don't let your eyes wander off, and don't look down. Imagine the camera is a person and you need to get your point across to them.  At the same time, if at all possible,  be a bit more animated than you would in real life - you need to perform a bit to get your point across.

5. Keep it  short and pithy. We hope eventually to be editing a bunch of mumsnetters into the video - say 10 or so in a 3 minute video - so keep it short and to the point. If you have a number of points to make, leave a gap in between each one so we can edit them separately/ split them up if necessary.

6. Don't be afraid to smile /be funny - we need this to be useful but we would also love this to be funny/ entertaining/irreverent.

7. Mumsnet will be taking videos from YouTube or using material you send us via post or email and editing them into a package to be shown on Mumsnet (and potentially elsewhere) via YouTube. If you do not want your video to appear on the internet please don't upload it. By uploading your video /sending us a video you are agreeing for us to have shared copyright of the video ie we can edit it/use it for Mumsnet purposes and you can use it as well for whatever you want.


In an ideal world you would send us your videos/films as Quicktimes or AVI's either via email to or on a DVD via post to Mumsnet: 

Deane House Studios (Studio 6)
Greenwood Place
Highgate Road

How to upload a video to YouTube

If you'd rather send your video via YouTube, made sure that it's less than 10 minutes long, smaller than 1 GB in size and in an acceptable format; you're ready to upload it onto YouTube ( In case you've never done that before, here's a guide:

1.    You need to set up an account with YouTube to upload a video. If you don’t know how to do this, click here

2.    Click the upload button in the upper right-hand corner of any YouTube page.

3. In the next window, click the "Browse" button to browse for the video file. Select the file that you want to upload.

4. Click the "Upload a Video..." button.

  5. Enter title starting with “Mumsnet Breastfeeding  and then customise your title after a dash  “-“ e.g. “Mumsnet Breastfeeding - Yorkshire mum”

6. Then  PLEASE email us at with the exact title of your video so we can find it.

7. Send us as much information about your video as possible, including Description and Title. The more information that you include, the easier it is for everyone to find your video.

8. Ensure you set your video as Public.

9. Once all these details have been completed, click the “Save Changes” button.

It can take from a couple of minutes to an hour for your video to upload to YouTube.

Last updated: about 3 years ago