As with anything that relies on technology, you must account for possible technical problems.
Set up your camera properly
If you plan to include a video of you presenting your slides, make sure your face sits squarely within view. You’ll typically want to include the top of your shoulders and keep your eyes centered within the frame. Make sure that the lighting is appropriate and the background is clear of distractions. Look in the general direction of the camera, which is best mounted on top of your screen or in front of your screen (on which you will be viewing and changing your slides as you present them).
Set up your microphone properly
Whether you are using, for example, an external microphone or a built-in microphone for a camera or earphones, quickly check the volume and quality of the sound recording before you begin. Avoid speaking too close to the microphone because this can cause popping and sibilance that reduces clarity of the recorded speech.
Set up your screen properly
Your slides should fill the screen (e.g., using ‘Slide Show’ mode in PowerPoint) so that the audience sees no other distracting information on your screen during the recording.
Check and practice videorecording your presentation
Schedule some time to practice making the recording. At the beginning, try making a 1-minute video recording so that you know what you sound (and look) like. This will help you to get the right audio levels and to check the pace of your presentation. You can also familiarize yourself with pausing and restarting the recording in case you want to re-record a part of your presentation while recording.
Sharing the task of making the video recording can help to reduce the burden and stress of not only creating and presenting the presentation material well, but also handling the technical aspects of making the recording itself. If you are not familiar with how to make a video recording or you are worried about giving the presentation while handling the technical aspects, consider asking someone to help you.
Here at ThinkSCIENCE, we are very happy to advise our customers on how to record their presentations. We are experienced in recording our own conference presentations and recording teaching courses for universities to offer students and faculty on demand, so we have learned many tips and tricks for making video recordings efficiently.
Check the file size
After you’ve recorded your presentation, check the file size. If you find that your audio file (e.g., MP3 file) or video file (e.g., MP4 file) exceeds any limit set, try compressing the file to reduce the size. Various tools are available for compression without markedly reducing the quality of the recording.