Record a video message

Warpwire is a Duke-supported service that provides simple, secure media publishing. Use it to upload video files, record video and audio, and share with others.

Recruitment Season

We recommend using Warpwire to record and manage informational videos related to the graduate medical training programs in the Department of Medicine.

Find instructions below, as well as a sample collection of videos (in Warpwire called a library).

The Communications team will assist you and is available to answer any questions. 


How to record with Warpwire

To begin, sign in with your Duke NetID at

  1. Once you are signed in, go to
  2. In the top right, click on the + icon and select Capture (Beta). Select Camera Capture if the Beta feature is not available on your phone.
  3. A video recording window will pop up on your computer, or open on your mobile device.
  4. Select appropriate video and microphone settings under the Video 1 and Microphone menus - Warpwire will test your settings so you can see that video and sound are working.
  5. Get close enough to your computer or phone's camera so your face fills at least 50% of the vertical space. This will make you the focus of the video, and get you closer to the microphone for better audio. (If you have a USB microphone that's better quality, use it.) Try to look into the camera when you record (on top of your laptop's screen or top of your phone).
  6. When you are ready to record, click the blue Start Recording button.
  7. If you need to pause while you are recording, click the Pause button.
  8. Click the red Stop Recording button when you are finished.
  9. Warpwire will process your video and it will be saved to the Testing Library.
  10. Click on the icon with the three dots (…) to pull up the video's Settings and give your video a title and a description, and select a thumbnail image (this may take several minutes for thumbnail options to be generated). You can also delete the video and start over if you are not happy with it.
  11. If you wish, record another video for the project.
  12. Or, navigate to or create another media library that you control, and use it for your own video projects and sharing.

Thank you for participating!

Tips for recording on a smart phone

Photographer Ted Richardson suggests these tips for filming on a mobile device:

  • Film horizontally
  • Do your best to record your videos in a well-lit area. Doing this will prevent your videos from looking grainy. Avoid having a window or light source behind your subject. Instead, have the light source more to the side of you or behind you.
  • Always have two hands on the phone. If you’re in low-lite, or conducting a lengthy interview, stabilize your phone by putting it on a flat surface or tripod.
  • Invest in a tripod. The Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit, $35, keeps your phone steady when shooting in low light.
  • We recommend filming at 1080HD @ 30fps (or 29.97fps). Go to the Settings app and then tap on Camera. From there you can change resolution and frame rate as well as recording formats.
  • Make sure your camera lens is clean and unobstructed.
  • To set focus and exposure, tap on your phone’s LCD (on the point you want to focus on), which will lock focus on Google Android devices, or holding your finger in place, which locks focus on the Apple iPhone.  Most phones let you also lock or manually adjust the exposure, too.
  • To fine-tune your exposure, tap the display where you want to focus.  A yellow focus/exposure square will appear. Use your fingers to slide the brightness icon up or down until your subject looks properly-lit.
  • If you’re going to film yourself, get a selfie-stick.   Otherwise, observe the action from the most interesting point-of-view.  Keep up, and keep quiet while following the action as best you can while holding the camera as steady as you can.  Keep recording “as-is” through changing lighting or bumps in the road. (Adjusting exposure and camera position on-the-fly is often more difficult to edit around than the problems happening in front of the camera).
  • Avoid zooming in digitally.  Instead, “zoom with your feet."
  • Videos are only as good as the audio. The onboard mics on the iPhone are decent for recording. You want your subject close to the built-in microphone, but far enough away to have the framing look good.
  • Or you can invest in an external microphone. The Shure MV5, $99, is a great microphone for use with a smartphone. Or the  SmartLav+ from Rode or the MightyMic S iPhone Shotgun Video Microphone.
  • Try not to make noises during audio record (keep rings and jewelry from tapping phone).  Use a tripod for interviews.  Avoid rooms with loud machines or HVAC noise, or people coming in and out.  When interviewing , don’t interrupt the speaker’s replies.
  • Keep an eye on how much storage you have on your phone while shooting so you don't run out.
  • Putting your camera on Airplane mode prevents unwanted distractions and interruptions and also help with battery life.
  • Have fun.    Don’t let “perfect” be the enemy of “good”…. and don’t let “good” be the enemy of “usable.”