DIY Video Information
Here is some research-supported advice to consider for video content:
- Take advantage of CMU-supported solutions. Get started with Panopto/Chipcast.
- Keep it short. 6-9 minutes is recommended based on related data (Guo, Kim, & Robin, 2014).
- Be conversational. This encourages social connection and engagement (Mayer, 2008).
- Use a quick pace and enthusiastic tone. Learner engagement increases as the narrator's speaking pace increases (Guo et al., 2014).
- Personalize when possible. Learner engagement decreases when viewing an experience intended for someone else (e.g., recorded session for another class) (Guo et al., 2014).
You might also consider this “experience-supported” advice from the Creative Media Production Team:
- Consider using a USB or external microphone and do a couple of test recordings to get the levels dialed in.
- Make sure your slides are 16:9/widescreen. 4:3 is so 2009.
- Don’t put a light source (i.e., a window) BEHIND you. Always have the light source on your face or near your face. A small desk or table lamp will do wonders!
- Get the camera at eye level — even if that means raising your entire laptop up on a stand (OR on a stack of books or an upside-down laundry basket).
- When recording: remember you don’t have to get it perfect in one take. When you make a mistake, just PAUSE, collect your thoughts and start that section again. Keep the recording going — recording a few seconds of silence is OK and can be edited out!
Let us help you set up your remote recording space or give some feedback on a sample recording you've created. Contact us to schedule a remote consultation.