It can be daunting recording videos without any practical experience but we have compiled some tips and demonstrations to help you get started. You can also find information about creating videos using PowerPoint and how to create your course welcome videos. 

Quick Tips


Framing:  

  • Ensure that a majority of the frame consists of the subject and avoid large areas of blank space above the head.
  • Blank space to the sides of the subject are acceptable, provided the subject is filling at least one third of the frame. 
  • For the best framing position, ensure the subject is to the sides or centre of your video (as per image below). 

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Audio: 

  • To obtain good audio for your video, make sure the microphone is close to you.
  • Most microphones will detect background noise, so make sure you are in a quiet location. If possible, use a headset that contains a microphone which can be positioned near the mouth. 
  • The headset you have been provided by RMIT is great for recording quality audio. 

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Background/ lighting: 

  • Avoid backgrounds with strong light sources (i.e. a window on a sunny day). 
  • Have your subject well lit, and thlight source should ideally come from behind the camera. 

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Recording on your smartphone


Recording videos can be an easy and painless experience, and you may already be comfortable using your smartphone to record videos. 

Some tips 

  • Prep your smartphone: Fully charged, plenty of memory space
  • Record in landscape, avoid recording in portrait mode as it's not compatible with most video hosting sites. 
  • Use the camera on the back of the phone, and not the front facing 'selfie' camera. 
  • Use an external microphone that’s plugged into your phone. 

This series of videos will guide you through the basics for using your smartphone to record video.

Recording on your computer


It is also possible to record videos, record yourself and/or screen record, from your computer using the inbuilt camera or an external webcam.  

Many programs, apps and tools can be used to do this, these are some programs you may already have or know of:

QuickTime player: is the default media player for a mac (this is part of the mac operating system” MacOS”) and can be used to record yourself and your screen. Watch this video for a demo.
If this program is not on your computer, then visit the Apple website to download the program.

VLC Media Player: is a common media player program for PC and it can record yourself and your screen. This demo shows how


Watch this video for a demo on how to record using QuickTime player. 

CANVAS STUDIOis a great tool to record your screen or yourself and is ideal if you want to post your video directly into Canvas. Find out how with this demo video.  
FYI, Canvas Studio was previously called ARC, you may hear or see reference to ARC in videos and text. So, when you see ARC think “Canvas Studios” 

POWERPOINT: also has the capability to record yourself or your screen and is a very useful option if you are going to insert the screen recording into your PowerPoint presentation. The Mac version does not have all the same options as the PC version.  (For more information view the section section "PowerPoint: Narrating, recording and editing" bellow. 

OBS STUDIO: is a powerful software that can record your screen and your camera. Here are some useful guides on using OBS Studio.  

Powerpoint: Narrating, recording and editing


You can turn your PowerPoint’s into videos with narrations and multimedia!  

PowerPoint is a great tool that is widely used in the field of education, which makes it the perfect option for you to use to create videos from your presentations.   

This series of tutorials and linked resources takes you through the basics of adding narrations and other multimedia (Audio, Video, Screen Recordings) to an existing PowerPoint presentation, and then exporting it to a video format, that can easily be distributed via an LMS or similar. 

Interactive Video - Click on the buttons to learn more. 

Course Welcome Videos


Are you required to create your own welcome video for your course?
The principle idea of the video is to inform students of who you are or who their teacher is and what they will be learning. 

This is a guide for some basic information to incorporate in your welcome videos:  

  • Who you are and your interest in the course
  • What the key concepts or ideas of the course are
  • Why these concepts or ideas are important
  • How students will benefit from the course
  • What students should do next
  • Sign off

RMIT Studios delves deeper into this topic with a very comprehensive guide of the content to cover when recording your welcome video.

This is an example of a well-executed welcome video.

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