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Best Practices for Webcam Recording

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Let’s set the scene. It’s the early evening, and there was a concept in class today that your students need a little more help with. You decide to record a short webcam video using Ensemble Anthem for them.

As you prepare to make this video, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the video a good experience for your students.

  1. Framing – Center yourself in the screen and slightly above the midpoint. Make sure that you can see all of your head and some of your shoulders. You don’t want to be a disembodied head for the video!
  2. Audio – Make sure you’re in a room that is not very echo-y. You also want this place to be quiet.
  3. Background – The more boring, the better. You want to have a plain background so there aren’t distractions for your students.
  4. Wardrobe – Even though you may not be recording the video during “work hours,” you’ll still want to wear something professional. Tip: If you wouldn’t wear it in the classroom, don’t wear it in your video.
  5. Lighting – This can be the trickiest. Make sure your face is well-lit, but you don’t want your face to be “blown out” with harsh, intense light. Natural light is your friend!

Check out this video for examples!

Video by Jared Pyles

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