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Ultimate Checklist: Recording Your First Course [Slides+Cam]

Decided to create your first course but not sure how to start? The solution is simple. Check out this ultimate checklist for recording your very first course. Remember, the first step is always the most difficult. But, as my man Plato says, "the beginning is the most important part of the work."

The end may not be clear from the start, but the goal becomes clearer every day as you take a step forward. With that said, this checklist is designed so that you can follow it in really any order. This is not an exhaustive list, but it does cover the basics. Start with what your most interested in and work from there.

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Hardware/Software Requirements
  • Presentation: PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote, Google Slides
  • Screen recording: Camtasia, Screenflow
  • Webcam: Logitech C920
  • External microphone: Snowball ICE USB Mic
  • [Optional] Lighting kit
Step 1: Build Your Slides
  • Pick the wide format (16:9) so that the video covers the entire width of the screen. This makes it much easier for your audience to see and read
  • Create your beautiful slides. Make is simple, not too much text and not too many photos. Remember to leave the upper right or lower right corner empty for your video.
  • Pick a solid background
  • Let the slides speak for themselves when you want your students to focus on the material
Step 2: Rehearse Your Presentation
  • Open your slides and practice what you will say
  • Take a few notes for each slide on a piece of paper
  • Don’t overthink it, let the words come naturally
  • Try to condense your information as much as possible, cut out extra information to make presentation smooth
Step 3: Set Up Your Studio
  • Make sure that you have a clean background
  • Pick a room with lots of natural light
  • Face the open window
  • Eliminate distraction by limiting outside noise, people moving in the background, or cleaning a messy room
Step 4: Set Up Your Audio
  • Check your volume levels on your mic
  • Check the volume levels on your computer
  • Use a normal talking voice to test if your volume is too high, too low
  • Use an external microphone when possible
Step 5: Set Up Your Video
  • Make sure that your camera is directly at eye level. Look your students in the eyes
  • Your face should be directly in the middle of the frame
  • Align your beautiful eyes with the top ⅓ of your webcam
  • Adjust your webcam settings with Webcam Settings App for Mac
  • Check your appearance before you record (nothing is worse than realizing you have broccoli in your teeth after you already finished recording)
Step 6: Record
  • Take a deep breath. Clear your mind of negativity, and think about all the positive things in your life
  • Speak in a normal tone, take your time, and relax
  • When you make a mistake (we all do) take a deep breath, pause, and begin where you left off (you can always go back and edit
  • Take frequent breaks, shake out your arms and legs
  • Drink lots of liquids during your breaks
  • Look right at the camera, and make sure to smile :) nobody likes a Grumpy Gilbert
  • Talk in a conversational tone, like your talking with your best friend
Step 7: Edit
  • Cut out ums and uhs, make the transitions smooth
  • Hide your webcam layer when you want your students to pay attention to the screen
  • Set your canvas to 16:9 format
Step 8: Export
  • Video compression to MPEG-4, H.264
  • Data rate: 2000 k bits/sec
  • Dimensions: 1280x720 or 1920x1080
  • Frame rate: 30FPS
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Hope you enjoyed this checklist on how to record your first online course. What's the hardest part for you about making your first course? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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