How to Record and Edit Video for Your Online Course

There are many ways to create your online course, and many tools to help you shoot video, edit video, create great sound, set up lighting, and more.

Best Practices
  • Lighting - keep it bright and balanced.
  • Audio - use a quality microphone and make sure your audio is clear, crisp, and audible. Remember that 2/3rds of good video is good audio. In fact, if you are going to invest in equipment, buy a quality microphone before a quality camera.
  • Video - use high resolution 720p or HD (most modern smartphones and digital cameras can record in 720p). 720p format has a resolution of 1280x720 or an aspect ratio of 16:9 (think widescreen tv).
  • Framing - have a clean background and frame your objects in easy view. For portrait style video, have the objects well lit with a contrasting background (bright or dark); upper torso shot is recommended (for fitness courses, the closer the better).
  • Video length - aim for 5-20 minutes in length (will vary based on your content).
  • Type - keep files to a 1.0 GiB size limit, use .mp4, .mov, or. fly format, and use widescreen 16:9 ratio (even though 4:3 is accepted).
  • Connection - imagine you are speaking to someone as you record your video. Look directly into the camera to connect with your audience.
  • Any camera works, from DSLR cameras, to Flip cameras, to Webcams (not typically recommended but make sure you test your webcam for a high quality picture.)

Screen Recording Software
  • Camtasia Studio ($299) PC or MAC- Easy zoom and pan, most popular tool with instructors
  • Screenflow ($99) MAC only Ð Popular with our seasoned instructors on MACs
  • CamStudio (free) PC only - Open source, includes Webcam integration
  • Camtasia for Mac ($99) MAC only - very easy to use, most popular tool with instructors
  • Debut Video Capture (Free or $29) MAC or PC
  • Front Cam ($30) PC
  • iShowU ($20-69) MAC only
  • Microsoft Expression (Free) PC only
  • Screenr (Free or Premium) MAC or PC
  • Quicktime (Free) MAC
  • Jing (Free) MAC or PC

  • There are several ways you can create a presentation. Consider PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi.