Tips for recording a presentation?

Before recording your presentation, consider the following production and presentation tips. These 10 tips will help you produce high-quality RichMedia presentations.

  1. Be aware of your environment; If possible, scout the location where the presentation will be recorded prior to the presentation. Make note of lighting conditions, ambient noise levels, availability of adequate electrical outlets, and network connectivity (if required).
  2. Tape down cords and cables to avoid tripping and loss of power.
  3. If your microphone uses batteries, keep fresh, spare batteries on hand.
  4. Avoid excessive zooming, panning, and tilting to ensure a higher-quality videostream. We recommend placing the camera on a tripod whenever possible.
  5. Set the camera to manual exposure mode if possible so the picture's brightness will not fluctuate when the presenter moves out of the frame.
  6. Photograph the presenter in medium close-up (head and shoulders). When a relatively low resolution is used, wider shots can reduce the clarity of the video.
  7. Avoid using a plain white wall or walls with small or busy patterns. Whenever possible, use a solid color background. Video with a solid-color background compresses cleanly and efficiently.
  8. Put the camera at eye level or slightly above eye level. The presenter should be photographed head-on or slightly to one side. If the presenter will be favoring one side of the room because of the seating of the audience or needs to look at a screen, the camera should be on that side.
  9. Use bright, even lighting whenever possible. Appropriate lighting is critical to obtaining a high-quality video for your presentation. Overhead florescent lights, typically used in conference rooms, may create shadows under the presenter's eyes.
  10. Some consumer-level camcorders shut down when not recording. Ensure your camera does not shut down during the presentation, by recording the presentation to a videotape (or disk, if applicable) in the camcorder while capturing the video. Make sure you have sufficient videotape to cover the length of the presentation.
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