This section of the guide will show you how
to improve the look and sound of your webcam videos.
how your video looks
your webcam at or near eye level (so it isn’t looking up your nose or down at
the top of your head). Raise or lower your monitor or chair, if needed.
your webcam so that you are horizontally centered and so that there is a little
bit of space between the top of your head and the top of the screen (but not
too much - we don’t need to see your
measures to ensure the video is well lit (keep office lights on, turn on a desk
lamp, and never ever record with a window in the background).
how your video sounds
place the microphone (or webcam/monitor in which the mic is embedded) too far
away from your mouth.
measures to alleviate background noise (close your office door, turn phone
ringer down or off, alert officemates to your recording, turn off
clearly and slowly.
possible, look into the camera when speaking – your viewers will feel like you
are talking to them and looking them in the eye.
clutter from behind/around you that could distract the viewer.
up straight, check your teeth for food particles, and smile. You’re ready for
your video afterward and rerecord if needed. Practice makes perfect!
note: If using a mobile device to record a video, physically turn the
device to record in landscape (horizontal) mode. Recording in portrait mode
(vertically) is a surefire way to look like an amateur. You don’t mount your television or computer monitor
vertically, do you?
If you have questions regarding other features of the University's Kaltura Video service, please see the Kaltura Getting Started Guide.
transcription, and interpretation services are available through the AESS Communication Access Team.
If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact the IT@UC Service Desk at (513)556-4357 or via email at HelpDesk@uc.edu.