Video technology has dramatically changed how people learn, share information, and interact with one another. Today, media creation is not limited to traditional video producers. Anyone can create media content to share publicly or within an organization. This facilitates knowledge and information sharing at all levels.

Understanding best practices in video technology lets content owners produce high-quality media content from the conference room, classroom, office or their own living rooms. 

Getting Ready

Today’s technology makes recording media simple; however, taking the time to prepare is essential for a high-quality product. There are several distinct factors to consider when preparing to record a meeting, talk, or presentation.

Equipment

In most use cases, creating video content requires a computer, web camera, and microphone. The quality of your video content will depend upon your monitor resolution, camera and microphone quality.  Good quality options are available at all price points. Prior to starting a recording, check that all equipment is functioning properly. 

Space

Media recordings can take place in nearly any space; from a conference room to a home office. For the best quality video, you should limit noise interference, choose a well-lit space, and keep your background simple and clean. If you do need to record in a larger, more populated space, choose a microphone designed to manage those situations, or opt for a mic mounted to your clothing or headset, rather than a multi-directional microphone on a table.

Script

Taking the time to prepare a script for recording is a helpful way to improve the overall quality of your video content. Depending upon individual preferences, the script can be quite complete or simply well-organized notes.

The Recording Process

Modern video recording tools limit the work for users, whether you are using automated scheduling or on-demand recording. Prior to starting a recording, you should be in place, in front of the camera, and have content loaded on your screen. For the best-quality recording, all screen or supplemental content, like a Smart Board, should be set up and ready before beginning to record.

Finishing the Recording

Once your recording is complete, you still have the ability to improve it. While experienced video producers may be able to record a smooth video from start-to-finish, for most people, a bit of post-production editing offers many advantages. Use video editing tools to remove unwanted content, add additional notes, and improve the quality of captioning.