What are some tips when recording webcam videos?
- Camera angle: The camera should be straight and aligned with your eyes. Look at the small camera to establish eye contact with your viewers. Avoid the “up the nose” camera angle.
- Audio quality: Find a quiet room with minimal distracting background noise. Invest in a good quality microphone if you plan on doing several videos. Speak more slowly than you normally do.
- Lighting: Don’t record in a dark room, it will create a spooky effect. Don’t record yourself in front of a window, this will create a silhouette effect. Place 1-2 lights to shine a light on your face.
- Background distractions: Avoid recording in a cluttered room; busy office space and personal spaces (bedrooms, kitchens) are very distracting. If you are using ZOOM, try using virtual backgrounds.
- Duration: Keep welcome videos short, 5-10 minutes is the recommended time frame.
- TV Personality: One important point to a welcome video is to illustrate your personality in order to reduce the distance feeling between the instructor and students.
Tips for video recording your computer screen (screencast)
- Software: At the University of Denver, we have two free software programs that can record your computer screen, Kaltura Capture and ZOOM Meeting Recorder.
- Script, outline, and slides: If you don’t have these items ready, your audience will see you scrambling around to find them which is distracting.
- Easy to Read Slides: Avoid text-heavy or high detail slides. Read the text on your slides and describe any chats in detail so that people with visual impairments can visualize what you are showing.
- Text and Images: Video is a very visual medium, make sure to include many related images to your presentation.
- Use PowerPoint, Google Slides or PDF: Stay organized and focused on your message by using slides and screenshots. Learn more about “Using ZOOM with PowerPoint or Apple Keynote“.
- Edit video: If possible, edit the video to fix any audio issues and add annotations or graphics.
- Share video: At the University of Denver, we have a video system called Kaltura to allow you to record and share videos. It is integrated with Canvas in the areas called My Media (private folder)and Media Gallery (share with all Canvas course participants)
- Creating a Course Welcome Video
- 15 Handy Tips for Recording Engaging Screencasts
- How to Frame Your Webcam Video Like a Pro
Contact Alex Martinez at the OTL if you have questions or need some help with webcam or screencast recordings.