BEST PRACTICES FOR RECORDING OF PRESENTATIONS

How to record in PowerPoint
There are a number of ways you can record a presentation, but PowerPoint is recommended for best quality. Also, you can record yourself on camera as you talk through the slides. For more information go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=03NRbHpm-JE. Another possibility is Zoom; however, it compresses the slide quality both during recording and play back, making it more difficult for the audience to read them.

Avoid “death by PowerPoint”
Not being able to read the slides is the number one complaint from audiences during recorded sessions. Text-heavy slides may seem meaningful and informative, but they draw attention away from the presenter’s verbal content. Visualize your content to create a more lasting impression. Replace those wall-of-text slides with images, single key terms or brief phrases that help drive the content home. You may need more slides to do this successfully, and you may need to push through them more efficiently.

Waste no time getting into your content
Provide a brief introduction to your topic and dive right into the content. Content is what the audience is there to hear. If your content is compelling, they will stay to hear the conclusion. Providing a lengthy pitch at the beginning will make some attendees tune out.

Sound
For audio and recordings, it is best to use an external microphone, since the computer’s microphone in most cases does not record and playback in high quality. Add an accessory microphone that either plugs into the computer’s USB port, or a small lapel microphone that plugs into the microphone jack. Being close to the microphone also help capture sound better. Remember to speak loud and clear, as it is easy to turn down the volume on a presentation than the opposite. Do not record in an empty room since the sound will echo off the walls, adding cushions against a wall will help. Remember to put sound distractions in another room

Lighting
The lighting issue is often a face being shaded or blocked in some way. The best result is achieved either with two light sources, one on either side of your computer, or a single lamp directly in the top / middle of your monitor. Also, facing a window can normally give you a soft and natural light. Avoid sitting with your back to the window, as you will look like a silhouette without facial features.

Camera
The cameras on computers are wide-angle. The closer you are to a wide-angle camera, the more distorted your face becomes. The screen should show your shoulders and head as seen in the middle picture below. Place the camera in a height where you can look straight ahead and directly into the lens, since eye-to-eye contact results in the best connection between you and the audience. Look at your webcam, not at the screen as much as possible. Avoid having the camera looking up at you as this is an unflattering angle.

Background
A virtual, professional background is recommended to hide personal environments. Be thoughtful and intentional about what is behind you onscreen. Laptop and desktop computers with the newest updates work well with most virtual background pictures. A virtual background works really well with a green screen and uniform lighting.

Your appearance
Think strategically about your appearance. A plain, solid coloured outfit allows for the best contrast. However, do not wear clothing that is the same color as the background you choose. You can use gestures and mannerisms that you would typically use in person. Consider recording while standing up, since most people present a better energy.