Technical Tips

Tips for Recording a Virtual Webinar

Woman On A Video Webinar

When presenting and recording a webinar at your desk, it’s critical that the final video looks and sounds professional. Read tips from Justin Mashuta, an experienced videographer with Shuta Productions, on ways to prep for a polished virtual presentation.

Camera Tips:

  • Position the Camera at Eye Level:
    Place the camera at eye level or slightly above to create a more natural and flattering angle.
  • Frame Yourself Properly:
    Position yourself so your head and shoulders are visible, with some space above your head and not too much empty space around you.
  • Stabilize the Camera:
    Use a tripod or a stable surface to avoid a shaky camera.
  • Check Your Background:
    Ensure the background is clean and uncluttered. A simple, professional backdrop is ideal.

Lighting Tips:

  • Use Natural Light When Possible:
    Position yourself facing a window to use natural light, but avoid direct sunlight that can create harsh shadows.
  • Add Artificial Lighting:
    If natural light is insufficient, use soft, diffused lighting. A ring light or a softbox light can be very effective. Place the light source in front of you, slightly above eye level.
  • Avoid Backlighting:
    Make sure there is no strong light source behind you, as this can create a silhouette effect.
  • Balance the Light:
    Use additional light sources to balance the lighting if one side of your face is in shadow. You can use desk lamps with soft white bulbs.

What to Wear:

  • Solid Colors:
    Choose solid, neutral, or muted colors. Avoid bright white or very dark black, as these can cause exposure issues on camera.
  • Avoid Patterns:
    Stay away from busy patterns, stripes, or checks, as they can cause a moiré effect and be distracting.
  • Simple Accessories:
    Keep jewelry and accessories minimal to avoid noise and distractions.
  • Comfortable but Professional:
    Wear something that looks professional but is also comfortable, as you may be sitting for an extended period.
  • Consider the Background:
    Make sure your clothing contrasts well with your background. Avoid colors that blend in too much.
  • Avoid Shiny Fabrics:
    Steer clear of shiny or reflective fabrics that can create glare under lights.
  • Proper Fit:
    Ensure your clothes fit well and aren’t too tight or too loose, as this can be distracting and uncomfortable.

Audio Tips:

  • Minimize Background Noise:
    Choose a quiet location for recording. Close windows and doors to reduce outside noise.
  • Beware of HVAC Systems:
    Turn off or minimize HVAC systems or fans that can create constant background noise.
  • Mute Notifications:
    Turn off notifications on your computer and phone to avoid interruptions during the recording.
  • Reduce Echo:
    Record in a room with soft furnishings like carpets, curtains, and cushions to reduce echo. You can also use sound-absorbing panels.
  • Beware of Rustling Clothes and Movements:
    Avoid wearing clothing or jewelry that makes noise when you move, and try to stay as still as possible during the recording.

Other Questions?

Feel free to reach out to Clockwork if you have any other questions before recording your next webinar, we are here to help!

In Your Inbox