Setting up your recording space effectively is one of the most crucial things a teacher can do. This is done to ensure that students and learners have an excellent learning experience while taking your course. Learners must be able to view and hear your course without being distracted by things like mic buzzing, camera shake, and other distractions. However, it is not that difficult, and you do not require the services of a professional photography studio to build your course. Learn how to set up your own recording studio at home.
before you start
Keep in mind that shooting settings will differ between courses. For example, to make a screen video, simply record your computer screen with an audio commentary of the actions you perform. In the case of live study videos, you can record yourself as the main character speaking or performing a specific task, such as discussing management skills, meditation, and so on. After you’ve finished recording, you can utilize the editing program to collect some screenshots and your own screenshots while you’re talking.
Select your recording tools
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Camera: It’s likely you already own a camera. First, try shooting with a computer camera or a mobile phone camera. If none of these options are suitable, you can get a webcam or consider investing in a DSLR.
Microphone: High-quality audio is essential for offering an exceptional learning environment for learners. As a result, you should avoid using the built-in microphone on your computer or mobile phone. This is due to their insufficient quality. You might also consider purchasing a high-quality hands-free microphone that is reliable and eliminates background noise. It’s even better if it’s so small that it’s difficult to see in the video. Alternatively, a microphone positioned on top of the table might be used. In either case, it is an excellent investment in the quality of your course.
Screencast software: You will need screen recording software such as Quicktime Player, CamStudio, or Jing. Some are free and may be included with your computer, while others must be purchased.
Lighting equipment: Begin by experimenting with natural light. If it isn’t enough, try adding some home lighting. If you don’t get enough lighting, we recommend purchasing an extra side lighting kit.
Set up your audio
- Even though it is one of the most simple tasks, it must be maintained. Make sure your video recording device’s external microphone is correctly attached.
- Make sure your microphone is turned on. The volume of the sound that enters the microphone is determined by “gain”. A constant electric beep may be heard in the recording if the amplification level is set to a very high value.
- Check the audio output settings on the microphone. Instead of mono, it should be adjusted to stereo.
- Speak into the microphone loudly, clearly, and immediately. We recommend speaking 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) from the microphone for best results. You should not speak too close to the microphone or too far away from it.
- Use the Pop filter if you hear a popping sound in your recording, especially with “p” sounds. You can connect to your microphone to absorb the popping sound. Popping sounds might produce unnaturally highs and distract students.
Set your camera’s recording and export settings
Check that your camera is set to the proper recording and export settings:
- Aspect ratio: the ratio of the width and height of the frame, and your video’s aspect ratio should be 16:9.
- The amount of pixels (p) in a frame determines the quality of the video, which is represented as the video resolution. The video resolution must be at least 720p. The resolution of an HD video is 720p or above.
Set up your recording space
Here are some best practices for setting up a recording space in your home:
- Prepare your space: dampen the recording room to assist absorb any echo. To avoid picking up any echo in your recordings, you can add soundproofing panels or use basic alternatives such as spreading blankets and pillows around the area.
- Keep your computer desktop clean: to avoid distractions from the actual course content on the screen. Check that your browser and tabs are clean and clear of non-course relevant stuff.
- Lighting for a “talking head” video: if you’re recording your course indoors, sit near a window where the light shines on you from the front or side rather than behind you. With excellent images and lighting, the main subject of your video should be visible. Shadows in the background or on your face should be avoided. Discover how to set up your equipment.
Here are some tips regarding camera placement and movement:
- Using the rule of thirds, the topic of the video should be in the center of the shot or to the sides. Consider your frame to be a 3 × 3 grid divided into nine equal pieces. In order to provide intriguing visual content, the focal point of the film will need to be along the lines or their intersections.
- If you are creating a “talking head” video, assume you are having a face-to-face conversation with the learners. So that you are neither too distant nor too close to the camera. Position the camera flat so that it is neither too high above nor too far below your face.
Get ready to record your course
Here’s a checklist for your course recording preferences. In addition, here are some best practices for ensuring that learners have a great learning experience.
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