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Tips for Making Topnotch Pre-recorded Videos

Despite not seeing other people face-to-face, pre-recorded videos will undoubtedly deliver the information you need to different channels on the internet. The popularity of pre-recorded videos resurfaced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, offering an option for people to view the video anytime and anywhere.

There are so many advantages of using pre-recorded videos. The speaker does not need to multitask as in controlling the features of the video conference. Pre-recorded videos are not affected by bandwidth issues, dropouts, latency, or other technical issues that can occur during live teleconferences. People can watch the video asynchronously. This eliminates problems for people who cannot meet at a specific time for a live teleconference or who do not own a computer and must use borrowed or public computers to access the website. However, A pre-recorded video's quality is only as good as the equipment used to create it. Making lecture videos can be nerve-wracking, and the instructor or lecturer must be well-organized to avoid wasting time or waiting in the video.

  1. Choosing a good video platform

A video platform is an asynchronous video technology that allows you to create, host, search, and stream videos over the internet. It makes it simple to capture, organize, and watch video content to communicate, educate, or amusing others. Unlike synchronous real-time video conferencing technologies that provide live two-way video discussions, video platforms provide a variety of on-demand and, increasingly, live, one-to-many streaming video solutions. Some are designed for individual usage, while others are designed for institutional use. Some are mainly video content libraries, while others incorporate local recording, live streaming, editing, and other applications. Choosing a respectable platform is vital for the success of the presentation of the pre-recorded video.

Panopto's List of the 10 Best Video Platforms of 2021

  • YouTube

  • Panopto

  • Brightcove

  • Vimeo

  • IBM Watson Media

  • Kaltura

  • JW Player

  • Qumu

  • Media Platform

  • Microsoft Stream

  1. Making the video

Pre-recorded presentations should be as consistent as feasible and made using one of the following applications

  • PowerPoint Presentation

  • Zoom

  • Google Meet

  • Camtasia

  • iMovie

For the duration of the presentation, there should be an explicit video of the slides. Begin with presenting a video of yourself, then move on to showing the slides.

  1. Recording the Audio

Wear headphones with a boom microphone for audio. If you use headphones without a boom microphone, keep the microphone away from your clothes so it does not brush against them and provide distracting background noises in your presentation. Do a quick test before you record your complete presentation: start recording, say a sentence at regular volume, show your slides, and then stop recording. Then, play it back to make sure it is something everyone can see and hear clearly.

  1. Using the right equipment

Before you go out and buy new video conferencing/ pre-recording equipment, think about your company's communication needs and how you will use them.

  • The quality of the camera. Look for a system that supports 4K video conferencing for the most outstanding video conferencing equipment and the highest-quality photos.

  • User-friendliness. If you desire easy-to-use video conferencing equipment, then go for it. On the other hand, it may give a headache if the technology is too difficult to handle. To get the best value, look for an all-in-one video conferencing and pre-recording platform that makes video conferencing and pre-recording simple for all employees, regardless of their technical expertise, while also meeting all of your needs.

  • Consider the Cost. It is critical to budget and discover reliable equipment which fits within your budget.

  1. Finding the best location

The room's dimensions significantly impact the video conferencing camera and microphone(s) required for the meeting room. Next, consider the room's acoustics; it may be time to invest in an external microphone that is designed to reduce background noise and enhance the speaker's voice.

When recording, have the light source on the front, do not sit with a window behind you. Avoid fluorescent and overhead lighting if feasible because they make it look like you have dark undereye circles. The light source should ideally be coming from behind the camera and falling on your face. Your face will darken and a halo appearance will appear if the light is behind you. To eliminate distractions, keep the background as neutral as possible. Avoid recording outside or in areas with a lot of background noise.

  1. Editing the Video Post-recording

Editing provides you a lot more flexibility in terms of production, such as how the video is presented, removing the dead air moments and mistakes during the recording, how the audience could watch the speaker and the slides at the same time, or how you could cut photos or videos with a voiceover. You can also use sound design, music, animation, and other tools to perform more editing. Of course, this takes a lot more time. All you need is editing software like Adobe Premiere or hiring a professional video editor; it will be all worth it.

  1. Looking your best in video

Try to determine the type of environment of your pre-recorded video. Consider the tone and nature of your video and dress accordingly. Wear clothing that is not distracting. It is recommended to stay away from patterns and stripes because they can be disrupting on camera. Wearing a dazzling white or black shirt may cause your camera's brightness to auto-adjust, making it difficult to view your face, so choose a less intense hue. Keep your valuables out of the way. That is, there will be no piles of bracelets jingling every time you move your arm. Simple jewelry or a single statement piece like a necklace or earrings can provide intrigue without being distracting.

Following these guidelines when using pre-recorded videos will ensure that the viewers are not disappointed and that the presenter's ideas are well conveyed and appreciated.


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