Recording Yourself

Here are some how-to guides for recording your own audio, video and - if needed - your screen as well. These instruction will help you if you are PRE-recording a segment, and then sending that segment to the production team to "press play" on in the broadcast later, not for broadcasting live during a show.

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Below these tips, you will be able to choose your method to find step-by-step instructions on exactly what to do next.


A couple of quick tips before diving into the step-by-step instructions:


VIDEO

At a basic level, think about the framing and composition of your camera shot.

  • Keep your camera lens height equal to your eye level.

  • Too low: chin shot

  • Too high: small perspective

  • Look your audience "in the eye" to interact personally

  • Placement

  • Place your head in the upper two thirds of the screen

  • Don't cut off the top of your head. (You should have about 3 fingers of space above your head in the shot.)

  • The shot should include your head and shoulders.


If desired, learn more about advanced video-specific information here.


LIGHTING

Make sure that your face is brighter than your background. This can be accomplished by moving your camera position to ensure that a majority of the light is in front of your face. Consider taking advantage of natural light by setting your laptop in front of or next to a window or sitting where the light from a ceiling or floor lamp shines on you.


If desired, learn more about advanced lighting-specific information here.


AUDIO

Having headphones or ear buds is one of the most important thing you can do on a recording with 2-way communication, so your microphone isn't picking up the sound coming out of your speakers.


If desired, learn more about advanced audio-specific information here.



CHOOSE YOUR RECORDING METHOD:

There are two main categories of how to record yourself. Click the link of your choice: