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Top tips for recording content

This article is aimed at tutors and clinicians recording learning teaching materials using a desktop computer or laptop. It includes some simple tips, from setting up your equipment, organising your recording environment and choosing the correct tool.

How can I record a teaching resource (lecture, presentation, seminar etc)?

The medical school has a number of technologies that support the creation of recorded video content. The tool you decide to use for recording video content will be influenced by a variety of factors (the scenario, equipment and location). The descriptions for the type of recordings below will help you determine which technology best suits your needs.

I would like to record a narrated presentation (audio and slides only)

To create a narrated presentation, you can either use Echo360 Universal Capture or Microsoft PowerPoint 365.

Echo360 Universal Capture is a stand-alone desktop application that allows you to record your computer screen (e.g., a PowerPoint presentation or other materials) with an audio narration, along with a webcam video (optional). It runs on both Windows and Mac.

Recording a narrated presentation with Echo360 Universal Capture

Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to add narrations to your presentation to give it a professional and polished feel. This presentation can then be saved as a video file.

Recording a narrated presentation with Microsoft PowerPoint

I would like to record a narrated presentation (audio, video and slides)

To create a narrated presentation, you can either use Echo360 Universal Capture or Microsoft PowerPoint 365.

Echo360 Universal Capture is a stand-alone desktop application that allows you to record your computer screen (e.g., a PowerPoint presentation or other materials) with an audio narration, along with a webcam video (optional). It runs on both Windows and Mac.

Recording a narrated presentation with Echo360 Universal Capture

Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to add narrations to your presentation to give it a professional and polished feel. This presentation can then be saved as a video file.

Recording a narrated presentation with Microsoft PowerPoint

I would like to record a virtual consultation with multiple people

If you are recording a virtual consultation session for students to review then the best tool for this would be Microsoft Teams.

Within a Microsoft Teams meeting, you can record all the participants’ contributions as well as share your screen or desktop and any content displayed on your desktop, such as PowerPoint slides.

Recording via a Microsoft Teams video call

Filming Location Tips

  • Location – find a quiet location to record. This will prevent any unwanted background noise from being picked up on the recording (which will be distracting for your viewers).
  • Background – a cluttered background can be distracting for viewers. Try to record on a plain, clean background.
  • Lighting – Giving a little thought to lighting will greatly improve the look of your video. Don’t position the light directly behind you, unless you want to appear in silhouette. And avoid lighting from directly beneath or directly above your head to avoid unflattering shadows. Try to position yourself so your face is well lit.
  • Privacy – remember to protect your privacy. Be mindful of what might be in the background of your recordings, avoid displaying anything private/personal or that may offend your viewers.
  • Comfort – creating a recording can be stressful. Arrange your working environment in a way that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. Being uncomfortable will lead to you moving and fidgeting whilst recording which may be distracting to some viewers. It may also generate some unwanted audio.

Filming Tips

  • Camera position – try to line the position of the camera at eye level if you are recording picture in picture. This way the recording will look more natural to the viewers.
  • Camera position – when framing the shot, try to position yourself so that everything from your shoulders to just above the top of your head is in the shot. Remember, you’re trying to make the shot to look as natural as possible.
  • Sound – use an external microphone if possible. This will improve the quality of your audio.  If you are using the built-in microphone on your recording device, the quality of the audio will be affected by how far away you have to place it from yourself – too far and it may sound tinny.  
  • Sound – turn off the speaking on your recording device to avoid any unnecessary audio interference (feedback).
  • Do a test recording – to ensure your happy with the quality of the audio, video, lighting etc.

Don’t worry about the umms and ahhs – they’re not the end of the world!

Updated on 06/09/2020

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