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Being On Camera: Tips & Techniques

Recording class content can seem overwhelming; however, we have compiled some brief, user-friendly videos that are beneficial for those new to recording audio and video as well as seasoned online instructors.  

While you can complete the videos in any order, we recommend starting with the tab labeled, Planning & Writing a Script.  

Table of Contents: 

01:16 Length
02:24 The Script
03:16 Write to Your Audience
04:01 Structure
04:28 Editing the Script
05:01 Storyboarding
07:21 Logos and Intros

Duration: Approximately 9 minutes

Table of Contents: 

00:15 Narration
01:54 Acting/Getting Comfortable
05:55 Microphone
06:53 Screen Recording
09:06 Talking Heads

Duration: Approximately 11 minutes

Table of Contents:

00:15  Basic Editing Tools
02:10 Trim
03:42 Split
05:21 Transitions
06:20 Add Media to Timeline
07:24 Annotations
08:06 Mouse Pointer and Keyboard Effects
09:26 Add Action: Scale/Zoom
10:20 Callouts
12:21 Shapes and Drawings
13:03 Text
13:58 Exporting
15:10 YouTube Timecode

Duration: Approximately 16 minutes

Note:  For simple lecture slides with audio, you may not need any of the following information as it is geared for more complex video production.   

Table of Contents:

00:15 USB Desktop Microphone
02:37 Pop Filter/Windscreen
04:00 Distortion
04:27 Setting Levels
05:51 Maximum Volume
06:55 Minimum Volume
07:24 Clipping
08:31 Noice Floor
10:20 Recording Problems

Duration: Approximately 11 minutes

Note:  This video demonstrates external microphones and recording levels (among other, more advanced audio topics.  Part 1 is an example to demonstrate concepts of setting up and operating external microphones.  Part 2 uses Audacity as a stand-in for any audio recording device or software to set recording volume levels.  

Table of Contents:

00:25 Framing and Composition
01:32 Eye Level
01:56 Wide Angle Distortion
02:32 Background
03:09 Focus
03:46 Resolution and Clarity
04:48 Color and White Balance
06:00 Light and Exposure
07:59 Three Point Lighting
09:00 Reflector
09:35 Tripod or Stabilizer

Duration: Approximately 10 minutes

  • Try to speak slowly and enunciate.
    • It's easier to edit mistakes if you pause between sentences.
    • If you make a mistake, just pause and start at the beginning of the sentence when you re-record.  
  • Sip water to help your mouth from getting too dry.
  • Using our voices to tell stories places us in a vulnerable position.  We can't hid behind printed words.  When people hear us, they can't separate what we say from how we say it.  The process of "finding your radio voice" can take a while.  For most of us, it doesn't come naturally--so be kind to yourself as you practice.  


The following video (approximately 9 minutes in length) from NPR will provide you with THREE TIPS to help train your voice.