Educational videos have become a trend these days. Every educator aspires to launch its own video lectures and even you must be one of them too, wanting to create your online course. If you haven’t started yet then it might be the case that you are stuck with many doubts and don’t exactly know how to go about it.
You must be pondering on a lot of questions, right from looking for a studio to arranging for right equipment. However, with a good guidance you can start creating video lectures right from the space of your home without renting a studio.
Here we will guide you on what equipments to use and correct techniques to teach online from home with an interactive video.
Equipments that you would require to record a video at home-
- Camera : Sony Alpha a6000 / Sony Alpha 6400L
- Microphone / audio recorder : Zoom h1n handy recorder
- System : 12gb / 16gb ram, 4-8 gb graphics , i7 / i9 (8th / 9th gen), 128 -256 gb ssd (c-drive) etc
- Software: Premiere pro / illustrator / after effects for various editing & designing needs.
- Tripod: Digitek DTR 550LW Professional Tripod for Cameras
What do you need for a small studio setup?
- Suitable Space - You need to arrange for a small space at least of 10x12 (sq feet) dimension that will be best for a mini studio like setup. And on its farthest wall you will have to place the setting of a camera and microphone.
- Background - You need to make the background look like that of a classroom. Place a white board or paper sheets in the background. Rest you can paint the background with some suitable colors such as blue, white or black.
- Camera - The specifications for camera have been already mentioned above. To further elaborate, you can use a mirror less DSLR that has got the feature of video recording even in low light. You can place the camera in the most appropriate direction (experiment phase) on a tripod and set its height according to that of the subject.
- Lightning - Overall, avoid any sort of extra lightning and try to put the focus of the light only on the subject. For bright videos you can use a three-pointing light and for whiteboard recording you can use roof lights.
- Sound - Get yourself a professional microphone and attach it with the camera. You can check the sound quality by recording few trial videos. For absorbing any extra sound or to cut off the echo effect you can place acoustic panels on the sides.
- Recording - Now that you have made a perfect set up and all the equipments are in place then next comes the part of recording. Here you need to deal with various settings of camera. You can take help from some YouTube guide video or directly ask help from some DSLR expert.
Tips on video recording
Placing all the equipments in a perfect manner and creating a proper set up does require a lot of efforts but so does the part of video recording.
You need important tips to record a video and we have mentioned them for you-
- In the beginning you need to establish a positive connection with your learners so keep your tone accordingly.
- Frame the content of your video recording in advance, and you can even practice it few times in front of the mirror. This way your video lectures will look organized and smooth.
- Don’t extend the video limit over 30 minutes. This is the maximum attention span of your learners and going above this time will only make your videos look lengthy and boring.
- If you are willing to add variety of graphics or animation in between your video lectures then design the content delivery according to it.
- Check your recording right away and look for any improvements if needed. In case you are unsatisfied with some parts then you can go for only shooting those again instead of the whole video.
- Do not pause in between your ongoing video as it takes away the interest of your learners.
- The ending part of the video should look like an ending! Don’t leave your learners guessing about a query or confused over a concept that you have taught in the video.