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Write a Script

  • Keep the sections reasonable in length. Mistakes can easily be re-recorded.
  • Use an easy to read font. It's important to be clear what is to be read, for instance, don't use numbered bullet points unless you want to read the numbers out loud.
  • Flow. Make sure your script is conversational and easy to read. Look for words or phrases where you might stumble while recording.

Prepare for the Recording

  • Practice the script beforehand. Practice reading it a few times to make sure it flows right.
  • Bring plenty of liquids. Avoid coffee, carbonated beverages and milk products.
  • Whitespace is your friend. Don’t squeeze everything into a tight paragraph. Leave enough white space so it’s easy on the eyes.
  • Overall Length. The audio/video recording should be roughly 15 – 20 minutes in length. It’s ok to have multiple parts to a topic if it requires a longer segment.
  • Avoid dressing in stripes (including ties), busy patterns or bright red. Solid colors are best.
  • Do not wear jewelry that is highly reflective or might make sounds. This will be picked up by the microphones.
  • Wear cool and comfortable clothing. It gets warm under the lights!
  • Do not wear green or blue if you are doing a green screen or blue screen (chroma key) recording. Remember to coordinate if you are recording with another instructor/guest lecturer.

During the recording

  • Speak into the microphone. When wearing a mic, remember to keep your face forward when speaking. Speaking into the mic with your head down will muffle the sound.
  • Stand up while recording. You’ll feel more energized and be able to breathe better. If you do sit don’t slouch. Sit up straight and keep your chin out.
  • Pause between slides. Give yourself a slight rest between slides/segments.
  • Don’t speak in a monotone manner. Use a lower tone of voice than normal, speak slowly and have a smile on your face.
  • Don’t be afraid to stop. It’s easy to cut out mistakes, don’t be afraid to re-record a segment.
  • Turn off cell phones, beepers, or pagers. They can cause audible interference with the microphones.
  • Keep sideways movements to a minimum. It’s harder to keep you in the camera shot.
  • Treat the camera like an audience member. If you do not and never make eye contact with it, the learners will feel left out--like an audience member whom you never make eye contact with.
  • Relax and have fun! This will help keep the learner focused on your presentation.

PowerPoint Tips

  • Use an easy to read font. This will assist in clarity of the slides.
  • Minimize the use of animations. Instead build bullet points using a new slide.
  • Use the PowerPoint Notes. Useful area to place any thoughts or recording scripts.
  • Avoid distracting backgrounds. Solid colors or simple designs are best.