Online video checklist

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Julian Liurette

With this checklist, prepare yourself for a successful online video recording session.

10 Top things to do:

  1. Place you phone or computer-webcam at eye level. Prop it up on books if you need to.
  2. Locate the lens on your device (and clean it if needed). This video will help you identify precisely where to look!
  3. Speak to the lens during the recording. It’s more engaging. Here is an example.
  4. Look straight at the lens, not down or up.
  5. Ideally, avoid looking at yourself.
  6. Frame yourself in the centre.
  7. Be in an area that reflects who you are.
  8. Avoid using headphones unless needed.
  9. Be in a quiet space.
  10. Avoid backlighting which means having a window behind you for example.

There are many online video tools: Zoom, Webex, Google Meet, Facetime, etc. However, for better video and audio quality, we like to use Riverside.fm.

How to use Riverside.fm:

  1. Use your phone rather than computer. The lens on your phone is much better in quality.
  2. Download the app on your phone here: https://riverside.fm/mobile
  3. You don’t have to create an account for Riverside.fm.
  4. Access Riverside via the link you will be provided.
  5. Allow Camera/Microphone use if prompted.
  6. Close other applications on your phone or computer
  7. Put in your name, choose if you have headphones or not and join the studio, that’s it!
  8. You will see a countdown before recording happens
  9. Note that the recordings look and sound much better than what you see live

To sum up: Frame yourself nicely, light yourself evenly, look into the lens, be in a quiet space & bring your energy!

Other useful tips:

  • Look at your notes if needed: as long as it seems natural, viewers will find that professional.
  • Look natural while talking: move your head, feel free to use your hands, pause and think if needed.
  • Imagine you are speaking to an audience. Imagine you are speaking to someone you are training for example.
  • Smile even if it’s a serious topic. It helps convey a sense of warmth and engagement. And remember to breathe.
  • Mute notifications on your computer or phone.
  • If you wear glasses, avoid glare/reflections so we can clearly see your eyes.
  • Use natural light. Sit close to a window. An overcast day is perfect. Avoid direct sunlight. If it’s too bright, close your blinds.
  • Talk close to the microphone if you have one.
  • If you have a good microphone, use it. For example, many use this microphone. 
  • Check your internet speed (download and upload) here. You ideally want a strong connection to allow the video files to be uploaded in a reasonable time. We recommend at least 5 Mbps upload speed.
  • Dress comfortably, avoid brands and logos unless it’s required.


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