I recently received an email asking about resources for video and webinar production. I sent off a list of video, audio, and lighting related resources, so I thought I would expand upon that in three blog posts. This first is on video-related resources for streaming production.
Choosing Cameras and Lighting for Single-Speaker Webinars (1): I actually presented this as a webinar, which hopefully gives the topic some credibility. Here’s the webinar embedded from YouTube, but if you click over to the webinar page you can see individual videos from the camcorders/webcams that I tested and download the handout.
Choosing Cameras and Lighting for Single-Speaker Webinars (2). I converted the test results into an article for Streaming Media Producer, which you can read here. So if you like to read about things, rather than watch videos, click over to the article.
Handout from Webinar. I just looked over the handout from the webinar, and it’s useful enough to get its own line item. Lots of good input on which features to look for, and links to multiple reviews of some of the top cameras used for live and on-demand streaming production. Click here to download the handout.
Streaming Camera Guide 2014: How to Choose Your Next Camera. This was the top story of 2014 in OnlineVideo.net, which I’ve moved to the Streaming Learning Center and other personal sites. It’s a good place to start if you’re looking at buying a camera for live or on-demand production.
Mastering Webcam and Smartphone Video: Last, but not least, there are multiple chapters in my new book on webinar production, including chapters on framing, choosing the best background and clothing, lighting and configuring your webcam. Even with the best gear, if you don’t know these rules, you’re leaving some video quality on the table.
There are also chapters on optimizing video quality in environments like Google Hangouts, plus GoToWebinar, WebEx, On24 Webcast Elite, Onstream Webinars, and TalkPoint Convey, as well as FaceTime and Skype.
As a preview, here are some audio resources I’ll be talking about in the next article.
Choosing a Mic for Webinars. You can listen to various mic and mic/preamp combinations. Bested visited in Safari because I use the QuickTime Plug-in which Chrome no longer supports and is a pain with other browsers.
Microphone Alternatives for the iPhone. Same deal, just for mobile mics.
Mobile Mic Shoot-Out. Need an external mic for video production? Check out the examples in this article. Note that not all mics that work with your iPhone’s video camera work with webinars, so be careful.