Please review these recommendations for creating the perfect pre-recorded presentation.
Do not use camera flash or light.
Avoid having a window or light source behind you. (Otherwise, you’ll look like a silhouette). Instead, have your light source more to the side of you or behind you.
If possible, place a lamp or light source behind your camera. Practice some poses to make sure you’re lit well and not reflecting.
Try to use a soft light vs. a hard, bright light. (Hard lights will create shadows).
Make sure you are not zooming in or out. The zoom feature will produce a blurry, unusable video.
Make sure to frame your video so that you appear in the center of the frame/view.
Frame your video so that the top of your head is very close to the top of the frame/view (you do not want a lot of extra space above your head). A general rule: Place two fingers above your head – and make that the tippy top of the frame.
AVOID SHAKY FOOTAGE:
Prop your computer or camera up on a flat, sturdy surface. If you are using someone to hold the camera, make sure they are holding it with two hands and are being extremely steady. We want to avoid it looking like the video is shaking/etc.
TALK DIRECTLY TO YOUR AUDIENCE:
Look straight at the camera lens as you film. Pretend you are making eye contact with someone – look right at them vs. up/down/all around.
You can not only see someone smile – you can hear it, too! Smile as you talk.