Video recording best practices


1.      Video + PowerPoint (i.e. video of speaker presenting slides)

This is the recommended and most engaging format. SUGGESTION: if you have access to a paid Zoom account through your University or Institution, you can make the recording in Zoom and save to MP4. There are several tutorials on YouTube. Here is one example: 

Zoom is just one example. There are several other platforms and plugins for this type of recording, and likely most of you have experience (if not expertise) given current practice of online instruction and virtual meetings.

2.     PowerPoint voiceover. If using this option, recommendation is to include headshot on slide 1 (or near beginning) and on final slide as it creates some personal connection with the audience; participants connect to faces.

3.     Recording only (i.e. “talking head”). If using this option, see best recording practices below.

BEST PRACTICES (all applicable to video recording; some to PowerPoint voiceover)

Get the Lighting Right: As a presenter, it is essential that people can see you well. Make sure you have good front light—meaning the light shines brightly on your face.

Choose the Right Background: Try to use a background that enhances your professional image and is aligned with your message. Avoid a cluttered background or anything that can be distracting.

Play to the Camera: look directly into your computer’s camera, not on the screen.

Get Close (But Not Too Close). You want the camera to frame your face, neck, and shoulders. People are drawn to faces, so you don’t want to lose that connection by being too far away, but you also don’t want your face to take over the whole screen.

Pace Yourself: Without real-time visual audience feedback cues, getting the pacing right can be difficult.

Do a Sound Check: If your sound is garbled, people tend to tune out. While people may forgive less than perfect video, if they can’t clearly hear/ understand the presenter they are more likely to leave the talk/session.