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 Kaltura Webcam Aesthetic Tips

 Guide for improving the look and sound of your Kaltura webcam videos.

This section of the guide will show you how to improve the look and sound of your webcam videos.

1.   Improve how your video looks
     
a.  Position 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.
      b.  Adjust 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
           ceiling).
      c.   Take 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).

2.   Improve how your video sounds
      a.   Don’t place the microphone (or webcam/monitor in which the mic is embedded) too far away from your mouth. 
      b.   Take measures to alleviate background noise (close your office door, turn phone ringer down or off, alert officemates to your recording, turn off music/fans/other noisemakers).
      c.   Speak clearly and slowly.

3.   Final tips
      a.   Whenever possible, look into the camera when speaking – your viewers will feel like you are talking to them and looking them in the eye.
      b.   Remove clutter from behind/around you that could distract the viewer.
      c.    Sit up straight, check your teeth for food particles, and smile.  You’re ready for your close-up!

 4.   Review your video afterward and rerecord if needed.  Practice makes perfect!

 

Title: Image 1 - Description: Image shows a poorly framed and poorly lit webcam example with a red "X" through it.  Title: Image 2 - Description: Image shows a well framed and well lit webcam example with a green circle around it.

*One final 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.



*NOTE:
Captioning, 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.

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