Recording Discipline

Okay, so for the final lecture in this module on presentation and recording for online courses, I want to talk a bit about what I would call recording discipline. Yeah. This is basically about procedures that you adopt when you’re setting your gear up when you’re setting yourself up when you’re actually recording such that you actually get the result that you intend to get. Yeah. And so let’s let’s go into setup first. Now, the first is to talk about your kind of home studio. And what does that comprise and how do you get that set such that you have a good a good chance of a good result? The first is basically just simple ergonomics and space. Yeah, well, you know, comfortable space for the computer. You got the microphone in the right place. You have your notepad close to hand, you have the stuff organized, you don’t have stuff open or distracting around you. You know, you have a space in which you can work and very importantly, that space is calm and quiet, because audio is going to be normally the thing that really throws and gets bad results and causes if you can sort out a reasonably lit and quiet environment that will beat a wonderfully lit and noisy environment every day of the week. So if you have to compromise compromise more in terms of the space and the light, rather than the sound environment, yeah, much better to have a quiet calm audio environment and compromise on the visuals than it is the other way around. Yeah. And then I could go out into the beautiful little garden out there. But you know, it would be a little bit more distracting in terms of in terms of audio, and actually a bit trickier to handle in terms of the light as well. So usually speaking these things, these things are compromises right? But you’re looking for what I would call a fixed rig situation where you can have the stuff fixed. It’s like your working environment, you know exactly what you’re doing. All you have to do is set the camera going set the microphone going set the recording and going have the mind map or slides are what have you in front of you. And the way you go, your recording straight away. In other words, you don’t finicky around too much, you know how the setup behaves, you’re not trying to be clever with it. This just becomes your master rig that you come to again and again. And again. It’s kind of like your little studio. Yeah. And then within our studio, what have we got? Well, we’ve normally got a camera. And typically speaking, we’re using a webcam and screen recorder. And it is important to use the camera settings app. So for example, I’ll see if I can actually get it up on the screen here. I use camera camera settings for Logitech 920. And you should be able to see it up on the screen right now. And I normally have it set on widescreen. And because I’m Britain, I have it on 50 hertz, which is power. You need to pay close attention to this flicker rate. If you’re in the States, for example, you definitely won’t be on NTSC otherwise what will happen is that the frequency of the camera will not match that of the electricity. And so the lights will cause a flicker on the screen that’s incredibly distracting, and basically impossible to create correct as far as I know. So you really do want to make sure the flicker rate is set correctly. But you know, just have to have the framing like this, make sure you’re happy with the lighting. It doesn’t have to be super perfect. But But you know, just basically decently lead. That’s going to work for the course, and then you know that everything is set. Yeah. So I’ll just hop out of that back to my mind map. So that’s in terms of the webcam and the microphone. The most important thing about any microphone, whether it’s a USB microphone, a lavallee, a condenser microphone, whatever it might be. dynamic microphone, is the proximity of the microphone. Most microphones like it when they’re closer to you, rather than further away. So in fact, in the situation right now, I’ve got a USB microphone on the desk right in front of me and it’s bout to hand spans away from me. Now, it’s a little bit of an echoing rudeness. So I realized that the audio is not absolutely perfect, but it’s certainly good enough for an online course, it’s not going to get what gets in the way of the student experience. Yeah. And that’s really the really the test with microphones, make sure that the levels are running well before you start recording. So again, I’ll try and show you what this light looks like in my world. So here, for example, it’s a road NT USB, and you can see how I’ve got the I’ve got the meter the slider, roughly about 75% on the on the sound preferences, such that the level meter is bouncing up to around three quarters of the way up three quarters of the way up the upper level. Yeah, level there. Yeah. And before I start recording, I would always go through configure recordings, which would allow me to actually check those levels and check I’ve got the right mind. Phone before I actually start recording. Yeah, so that’s important. Get software screen recorders. As I say the important thing is go through the Configure recording in ScreenFlow, or the equivalent in whatever app you’re using every single time you record. Yeah, it’s amazing how these apps and software’s have an ability to actually flip the microphone setting so that you thought you were recording on your USB microphone. And without realizing it, the app is flipped over to the internal microphone of the computer, which is absolutely not good enough for online course recording. Yeah, 99 times out of 100. The internal mic on a computer will not be good enough. You need an external mic to actually record good audio. And the only way that you know for certain that you’re on the right mic is to go through configure recording, or to go through the recording setup in Camtasia, for example, or whatever app, whatever it might be, but always Check that you’re on the right mic. The levels are nice and healthy, you’re on the right camera, you’re recording what the desktop or what you thought you were going to be recording before you hit the record button. Okay, so important and usually run a quick test at the beginning of the recording day to actually check that you are actually recording the right thing. resolution you want at least 720 P or 10 ATP ideally, 4k is usually too much honestly for most online courses, but 10 ATP is a very is a very good resolution to to aim for. So that would be 19 1920 by 1080. In terms of the in terms of the screen size, in order to give a widescreen aspect ratio, a 16 nine ratio 16 across nine down. So the ratios will be 1920 by 1080. Or it will be let me think a 1280 by 720 p would be the two typical ones for most online courses. Okay. In terms of setting aspect ratios, you have some apps light switch res x, which will do it for Mac will actually set the aspect ratio for you have your monitor, or you can record partial screen capture. In most of the recording apps, you will actually record a part of your screen in the correct 16 nine aspect ratio that’s really important in order to in order to actually get a good result. Okay. And then finally, I suppose the last note, I’ll leave you on for this recording module and this presentation module. Because honestly, all the students kept, you know, working with me and people have been coached by me in going through brilliante and what have you. Almost always the problem is audio. Yeah, almost always the problems come because people didn’t run simple tests, with headphones actually listening back to stuff through headphones, before going into their full recording. And so, you know, you’re suddenly here, you know, kind of traffic noise or you’re going to hear airplanes going over, or you’re here, you know that the sound, the sound is muffled or the sound is too low, the levels are too low. And always the reason was it simply wasn’t tested prior to actually doing the main recording. Okay. So for the love of all its lead, please, please actually, please actually test all right. And then and then one final top top tip I’ll give you which is that in order to do fluid and one take recording and actually record big chunks of your course at any one time, a really great way to proceed is once you know that through configure recording that you’ve set the correct microphone, the correct screen the correct camera, everything’s hunky dory, and we’re often recording. Instead of using the stop button between lectures, use the pause button. Yeah, we’re going to chop the lectures up in editing I’ll show you in the next module. But basically by using the pause button, what it what it means is that you’re actually in the teaching experience, and you don’t flip over to the canvas of ScreenFlow or Camtasia, or what have you, which is going to distract you. Because you’re then going to go into editing mode, when in fact, you should be in teaching mode. Yeah, it’s usually a very good idea with all sorts of things, but particularly with online course production, to batch process stuff, and to do certain tasks, all these tasks are all the same task at the same time, then you do the next task, again, as a series of a series of tasks. In other words, don’t, don’t record a lecture, stop, go and review the lecture tried edited, come back and record the next lecture. That’s going to be a very inefficient way of working. It’s a much much better way of working to have the mind map structured or have the slides ready. And then basically teach teach, teach, teach, teach, pause, pause, pause, pause, pause between lectures, if you like or between every every second lecture or what have you. But basically, you get some momentum. And fluidity with what you’re doing, you keep your mind focused and concentrated, you finish a recording session, then we can hit the stop button, we might have might have done an entire day of recording or half a day of recording, we hit the stop button, and then our project opens up in our screen recording software, we save it first, but then we can proceed to editing. It’s a much, much better, better way of working. So the last top tip, I suppose is use the pause button. Look, I hope you’ve enjoyed that presentation and recording module. It might have been a little bit different from what you expected to get. But I hope that what it’s done is to give you an overview of the most important choices you can make, and the most important approaches to filming and some of the really critical things to keep in mind in terms of in terms of good presenting good energy, good construction, you know, good argumentation inside your teaching, and then some of the technical stuff that’s actually going to get you a much better result? Yeah. Obviously, a number of things to do with recording, which is specific to do with, for example, webcams and camera angles and lighting and choices of microphones, and use of specific software’s, and so forth. All of those require separate teaching modules, which we actually haven’t brilliant to in the membership. So if you’re interested in having all of those sources, come across the brilliant idea and just sign up for membership, and you’ll find it there. But, you know, you can also find a whole range of resources out online, on YouTube and so forth. So it’s really a question of, you know, how much time if you got to go and research it yourself, as opposed to come to a place where you know, it’s all done for you. That’s, that’s entirely your choice. Okay, well, look, I hope you enjoyed that module. And I’ll see you soon in module four, which is all about editing and post production.