How to Film Keyboard Switches (Step-by-Step)

Keyboard switches can be some of the most complicated parts on a keyboard, but with proper lighting, you can make them look very cool in your video! There are many methods and camera angles that can be used to film the switches, each of which has its own positives and negatives. This tutorial will show you the best ways to film keyboard switches using your camera phone, DSLR, and other equipment so that you can produce high-quality content that your viewers will love!

If you’re like me, you love the keyboard switches on your mechanical keyboards but hate the bottoming-out noise they make when depressed. I’ve tried a few different approaches to reducing or eliminating the sound, including using O-rings and lubricants, but none of these were very successful. I finally figured out that if I film the key switch itself with my DSLR camera before pressing it down, it mutes the noise significantly!

Want to create your own keyboard switch short film? Don’t know where to begin? This guide will walk you through how to film keyboard switches in 4 easy steps! It includes tips on how to set up your camera, how to use the right light, and how to make sure your keyboard movements are smooth and fluid so you can get the best footage possible! Here’s what you need

Step 1 – Choose your keyboard switch

The first step is choosing your keyboard switch. For this tutorial, we will be using a clicky tactile Cherry MX Blue switch. Step 2 – Open the back of the keyboard: The next step is to open up the back of the keyboard. To do this, you will need a Phillips head screwdriver and remove all screws from the bottom of the board until it comes loose from the case. Step 3 – Get rid of all excess wires: Now you have access to every wire on your board, use your fingers or a tool to get rid of all excess wiring that might get in front of your camera lens when filming.

Step 2 – Choose your camera

What kind of camera you use will depend on the project you are filming and how much budget you have. If you are trying to film a keyboard switch and want the best quality, using a DSLR is your best option. You can set up your DSLR with a tripod in an area that has minimal light. However, if this isn’t possible or practical for you then using any digital camera that has HD capabilities would work as well. Just make sure it can zoom in close enough to get a good shot of the screen!

Step 3 – Set up your shot

To take a close up shot of the keyboard, set up your camera on a tripod and make sure that it is at eye level. If you’re taking a wide angle shot, you can set the camera on its side for more of a profile view. You’ll also want to make sure that there’s enough room in the frame so that you don’t need to zoom in too much on the keyboard.

Step 4 – Filming

The keyboard should be filmed from at least two angles so that the viewer can see what is happening with the whole keyboard. The camera should be close enough to the keys so that they are visible and far enough away that you can see what is going on with both hands. You will have a lot more control over the video if you film one hand at a time. If it’s easier, you can use a tripod, but be aware of your lighting and sound quality as they might not come out as well this way.

Step 5 – Importing into FCPX

Once you import your clips, there are a few things you need to do before editing. Right-click on the clip and select Transitions then choose Wipe Left. This will create a transition that wipes from right to left over the keyboard switch. Next, right-click on the clip and select Video Filters. Select Pixellate, then change the settings in the box below. You can adjust these settings depending on how much of a keybaord switch you want to see. 

Step 6 – Adding Music

Adding music is the final step in the production process. It can help make your video feel more polished, but it’s also a great way to add tension or excitement if you want viewers to anticipate what’s coming next. Be sure that you have the proper licensing for any music you use. You can find free royalty free music on websites like AudioJungle and PremiumBeat, as well as YouTube channels like Free Royalty Free Music.

Step 7 – Color Correction

Color correction is the process of tweaking the colors so that they are as close as possible to what they should be. This is usually done in post-production, but can also be done while filming. After doing a color check (which we did when setting up our camera), you’ll want to tweak the color settings on your camera or in post so that you have a good baseline for what you want.


Filming keyboard switches is a great way to help you get up close and personal with your work. It can also help you figure out what’s wrong when it seems like everything else is running smoothly. We hope this step-by-step guide has helped you successfully film keyboard switches, and we hope that you found the information valuable! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.