Studio Recording Tips!

PowerPoint

  1. Bullets: Use 4-5 per page (recommended) to not overwhelm your viewers.
  2. Font size: Use 26 size font (minimum) for viewers watching from from far away or on small screens.
  3. First slide: Should be a title slides. It makes for a good opener and creates consistency between multiple presentations.
  4. Last slide: Should be a blank or ‘Thank You’ slide. It's courteous and helps you know when the presentation is at the end rather than possibly jumping out of presentation mode to the desktop view.

Prepare

  1. Bring water. Avoid coffee or tea an hour before the recording session. These will dry out your throat. Usually this is not an issue, but it’s more noticeable in longer recoding stretches.
  2. Make yourself at home! Ask questions. Get comfortable. It’ll make the recording more natural.
  3. Check your presentation end-to-end. Make sure all the elements you want are present and in order. Prepare any media references to avoid hunting for them.
  4. Know your intros and outros beforehand to avoid making them up on the spot. You’ll look more professional, and will avoid awkwardness.
  5. The 3 second rule: When recording, both before you start speaking and after you finish, look straight at the camera and wait 3 seconds. It’s less awkward or abrupt, and looks more comfortable.

What to Wear

  1. Avoid wearing jewelry. It can interfere with the audio / microphones.
  2. If you wear make-up, wear what would be a normal amount for you. Most people think of the early movies where you needed to wear a lot of make up. This is no longer the case with our current lighting equipment.
  3. Contact lenses vs. glasses: Contacts are preferred to avoid glare, however both are acceptable.
  4. Avoid wearing white, solid black, or colours that are close to black. It’s hard for the camera to match skin tones and those colours.
  5. Avoid shades of green when using a green screen background. When replacing the background, similar shaded clothing will also be replaced.
  6. Avoid fine patterns or pin stripes. Tight lines can play tricks on the camera with distracting results.

Engage Your Viewers

  1. Keep eye contact: LTS has a studio teleprompter that lets you view your material but still keep eye contact with the camera.
  2. Know your space and work within it: Careful not to move or wander off frame. Depending on the recording, you may have a tight space to work with.
  3. Roll with it: If you make a mistake, just keep going. Like in real life, you shouldn’t stop and start over.
  4. Get comfortable: If not at first, speaking on camera will come naturally in no time.