Recording High Quality Videos on Your Own

Follow these guidelines to give your audience the best possible experience. With a little planning and experimentation, you can achieve professional results.

Video

  1. Position your webcam at or near eye level (not looking up your nose). Raise or lower your monitor or chair, if needed.
  2. Adjust your webcam so that you are horizontally centered with just a little bit of space above your head.
  3. Make sure the room is well lit. Use flattering natural light to your advantage by facing a window (or a little to the side). Never sit with a window behind you.
  4. Remove background clutter.

 

Tip

  • Use a quality external webcam to improve your video quality and provide more flexibility in framing your shot.

Audio

In film and video production, audio is often thought of as the most important aspect. Clean, clear audio is crucial to keeping your audience engaged.

  1. Don't place the microphone (or webcam/monitor in which the mic is embedded) too far away from your mouth.
  2. Eliminate background noise – close your door, notify others of your recording, turn off your phone, music, fans, etc. Try recording a test and then playing it back in a different room. Do you notice any background noise that you didn't hear when you were recording?
  3. Speak clearly and slowly.

Tips

  • Maintaining audio consistency throughout your video is important. You don't want your viewer to be distracted by dramatic changes in volume level that prevent them from hearing you clearly.
  • When using the built-in mic on a laptop or tablet, avoid hitting or rubbing the device near the mic. This noise will be amplified in the recording.
  • Using a quality external microphone can dramatically increase your audio quality and allow you to position the mic closer to your voice. They can be found for very cheap to very expensive, and the quality usually follows suit. If you are capturing screencasts, where your voice will be heard but you do not appear on-screen, a quality headset microphone is also a good option.

Other

  • Whenever possible, look into the camera when speaking – your viewers will feel like you are talking to them and looking them in the eye. Keep in mind that looking at your computer screen is not looking into the camera - find your camera lens and make that spot your focal point.
  • Avoid long pauses and losing your train of thought. It can certainly help to have an outline and game plan ahead of time.
  • Close all unnecessary programs and turn off alerts so you aren't interrupted. This is especially important when recording your screen or sharing your screen during a web conference.
  • Sit up straight, check your teeth for food particles, and smile!