You’re ready to record and wondering what tools do I need to make my presentation look and sound its best? We’re here to help! Explore all the tips to ensure you have a great virtual session.

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  • Tools

    • Recommended software:
      • Zoom (free), Camtasia, Go to Meeting, other meeting – or webinar-based platforms with recording capabilities
    • Recommended hardware
      • Earbuds with built-in microphone or USB microphone (recommended). Avoid cell phones and speakerphones. 
      • Hardwired internet connection
      • Webcam (internal or external)

    For information on how to create and record using Zoom, please refer to the Recording assistance page.

  • Video Format Requirements
    Accepted File Formats: 

    • MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, and FLV

    Accepted video file size limit includes:

    • 640×360 standard definition with 2mbs-5mbs bitrate
    • 1280×720 with 5mbs-10mbs bitrate
    • 1920×1080 HD with 10mbs-20mbs bitrate

    Maximum video file size:

    • 1.8Gb
    • Smaller file sizes are recommended as the file will upload faster for you and playback will be much smoother for your audience.  A 60-minute presentation recording will typically be around 900 megabytes, more if it includes capturing a webcam or motion video.

  • Preparation

    • Background: Ensure your background is visually appealing and not too distracting. A plant or two in the background allows for visual appeal without being distracting. Scan behind you to ensure there aren’t any books, posters, or decorations you would prefer not to share with the #GCSHE audience. The more visual clutter or movement that is behind you, the more likely your video recording quality will be poor or a much larger file size.
    • Lighting: Ensure your face is well lit. Natural light from a window is preferred, but you can also move lamps beside your webcam to brighten up your face.
    • Height: Make sure your webcam is at eye level. This makes it feel like you’re making eye contact with the audience and keeps them from looking up your nose. You can raise your laptop up on books or boxes. Tape a picture of a beloved family member or pet next to your webcam to remind you to smile when you look in the camera. Frame your full head and shoulders in the camera picture. The bottom of the video frame should come to the middle of your chest.
    • Noise: Pick your presentation spot carefully, where you will not be interrupted by family, friends or pets. Mute all cell phones, doorbell alarms, and notifications on your computer such as email chimes or meeting reminders. Close the door to your recording space.
    • Wardrobe: Choose attire that you would wear if you were attending an in-person conference. Plain-colored shirts and pants are optimal; tight patterns or stripes may not display well on screens. Avoid bright white or black tops as they mess up lighting. Consider wearing clothing that is the opposite of your background’s tone. Your webcam will work best if it can find a good contrast between you and your background.

  • Rehearse

    • Record a short rehearsal to test your audio and video. Review the recording and make sure you are happy with how you look and sound. After viewing the result, make any adjustments to the microphone or video settings as needed.
    • Do a content rehearsal to practice your presentation and to test your run time. 
    • Work with your recording platform to find a layout that allows you to share your screen/slides while still showing the presenters on webcam.

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