This guide will go over tips and recommendations on equipment for your home studio setup.
Live lectures via Zoom or recording lectures for an online class
Common hardware requirements for home video capture as well as our recommendations:
- You’ll need either a built-in microphone or one that connects to your device. Built-in microphones are often not the highest quality, but should be good enough for basic lecture recordings. If you want higher quality, you might consider purchasing a headset. The Logitech H390 headset is a USB headset with enhanced digital audio and in-line controls.
- If you have a computer without a built-in camera, consider purchasing an external web camera such as the Logitech C920. It also includes a built-in microphone. You can mount it on a computer monitor, a stack of books, or a small tripod. If you are using a phone or tablet to record, you will want the device to be propped up and angled properly.
- Drawing tablet
- Network Connection
- If you are recording using an internet application, such as Zoom, your data connection could affect your recording. If possible, use a wired connection into your device directly from your router or modem for a more stable connection. While a wireless connection is more convenient, it’s less reliable and has lower connection speeds than a wired connection. Follow Zoom's bandwidth guidelines to find the data rates you need.
Choosing a Place to Record
- Record when your space is quiet and outdoor noise is minimal
- Record in a smaller space with sound-absorbing materials
- Large or resonant spaces increase echoing
- Avoid spaces with tile or wood flooring, as these surfaces will increase noise levels
- Smaller, carpeted rooms with a lot of furniture, etc. are a good choice for noise dampening
- Choose a space that is near a window. It's a good idea to face a window to bring light in, but avoid sitting with your back to a window.
- Move additional light sources to your recording space, such as lamps
- Zoom also has settings for adjusting lighting: Video Enhancements
- If possible, avoid:
- Lights that are uncovered or undiffused, as they appear harsh on camera
- Lighting that puts part of your face in darkness by positioning lights at different angles