Follow the tips below to make sure your recording turns out amazing!
- Camera positioning -
- For in-class presentations, ensure you’re capturing ALL of the presenting space, including any on-screen slides.
- For teacher observations, position the camera as best as possible to capture the widest classroom area. However, be sure you can still pick up quality audio.
- For self-recording, be sure your head, shoulders, and elbows are in the picture frame. You should allow a little space above your head, below your elbows and on the sides. This also ensures that your hands aren't cut off at the edges of the frame if you sign.
- Background - If possible, stand in front of a solid colored background. Be aware that some cameras do not record bright white backgrounds very well. Remove clutter and make sure there is nothing inappropriate showing.
- Lighting - Make sure you have adequate lighting. Particularly, try to have more light in front of you than behind you. Otherwise, your face may be badly shadowed. Household lamps may help if self-recording.
- Clothing and appearance - Wear contrasting, solid and appropriate clothing. Keep hair away from your face, and lose the gum or candy.
- Audio - Speak from the location where you'll be presenting and check the audio bars at the lower left to make sure you're getting sufficient sound (green, not red, or yellow).
- For self-recording, be sure to sit an appropriate distance from the camera. (Being too close can result in garbled/poor audio.)
- For in-class presentations, be sure the presenters project their voices well and stay turned toward the mic source. You may wish to try a remote mic such as those on our Suggested equipment list.
- For teacher observations, using a camera such as the Logitech Orbit that is designed for room recording will usually be better than a desktop webcam for audio. Alternatively, you can use a remote mic such as those on our Suggested equipment list.
- Mobile recording tips - If you are recording offline using a phone, tablet, or another camera, you'll want to minimize your upload time by recording at an appropriate resolution, so you don't create too large of a file. Some specific tips for different recording devices:
- iOS or Android phones and tablets - Use the free GoReact Recorder App available in the app store.
- Cameras or other devices - set your device to record at a standard or VGA resolution (720 x 480, 640 x 480, or 480 x 360). This will create a video of decent quality, but small enough for an efficient upload.
- Testing - No matter what, after changing your settings do a quick test recording to make sure you like the results.
- Orientation - Be sure to orient your phone/tablet to the desired rotation before you press the record button. If you rotate your device after you start your recording, your video will play back sideways and cannot be changed later. We generally recommend using landscape orientation for your recording.