All of us, from at home chatters to media company CEOs worldwide, are experiencing an unintended learning curve when it comes to figuring out how to managing video equipment. Sometimes the results are catastrophic, or just funny, or uninspiring. Even shows that one expects to know more than the ordinary citizenry have created some less than truly professional looking webcam results. So, what can we do, those of us who never expected to resort to Skype and Zoom to see our loved ones face to face? Well, there are useful tips to making videos that while not perfect will sound and look better than the average shaky web cam-generated media. Visually, you want your subject’s eyes to fall in line with the height of the camera. This is key and often does not happen, because speakers are working with a laptop on a desk, or on their thighs. When video-taping yourself, you should aim to have your head in line with the top of the video frame. We all know the mic that is part of the average laptop is not likely to be great shakes. Using one that is part of a headset is somewhat better. Go for a gamer’s headset if you can. The mic will be positioned close to your jawline in this case. If no headset is possible, turn off your audio to make things clearer for those listening. Light-wise, it’s good to remember that ceiling lights cast shadows, which will age you and be less than attractive. Lights that aim slightly above the eyes are better. Indirect window light is even better. Window light, however, is not good in backdrop. Nor is any bright light, actually, as it will throw your face into deep shadow. Obviously, if your call is professional stay out of your bedroom. The goal is to find a low-traffic, monotonous and uncluttered area so the focus can be all you.
- In a Covid-19 rampant world media that includes shaky webcam work has become the norm. All of us, even pro broadcasters, are experiencing a learning curve when it comes to this type of media.
- Even with little prior experience, it is possible to create a decent video, with better than average visuals and sound.
- Whether you are skyping a call, or creating a video, try to get your subject’s eyes set to the same height as the camera.
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