For a successful recording, preparation is key! By following a few best practices, you'll have a stronger performance, more engaged viewers, and increased retention of your content.
Studies show that viewer engagement maxes out at the 5-minute mark. Need to create a longer presentation? Think of ways to break your content up into multiple videos.
Energy and Enthusiasm
Studies also show that speaking quickly and enthusiastically increases viewer engagement. Practicing your presentation will allow you to comfortably present with high energy.
To provide the best Audio/Video quality, make sure you have a these set up correctly:
For the best image, use diffused light sources. Diffusion softens the light in order to reduce shadows or glare.
- If you have lamps, use a shade. For desk lamps, tape white sheets of paper in front of the bulb to diffuse the light.
- Don't use your computer monitor as a light source, especially if you wear glasses. Your screen will cast a blue hue on your face and reflect off of your glasses, obscuring your eyes.
- If your webcam has a utility to adjust focus/zoom, try adjusting those settings to get the best picture.
To get the highest quality sound, remove as much ambient noise in the room as you can (fans, air conditioners, etc). Ambient noise will be very apparent once you listen to your recording. A few suggestions would be to:
- Do a quick test recording to identify any possible ambient noise
- Unplug office machines in the room
- Place a sign on the door to let others know you're recording, and
- Wear a headset with a microphone if you have one (also, Apple Headphones with a mic work well).
- What's in the background of your frame? Make sure there's nothing distracting or anything that you wouldn't want the world to see. We recommend recording against a solid wall so that the viewers concentrate on you, not your surroundings.
- Do not sit with a window behind you: the bright light from outside can make your image underexposed or the window overexposed (or both!)
- If recording on a laptop, do not have it resting on your lap while you record. The result will be a bumpy ride for all.
- Keep your camera at eye-level to avoid any upward or downward angles.
- Maintain eye contact with your camera to insure presence and engage the viewer.
- If you're using a laptop, make sure it's plugged into a power source and set to high-performance mode (PC). Certain laptops enter a mode which allows for extended battery life. This may cause reduced graphics card capabilities or reduced CPU usage.
- Close all other applications that you're not using. Certain applications can take a significant portion of system resources just sitting idle.
In conclusion, every recording scenario has its own intricacies. Take control of your environment by performing test recordings and adjusting as needed. Soon, you'll find the setup that works best for you.