What Can the U-Record Studio Do For You?
The U-Record Studio is a fantastic resource for producing great looking videos with little or no prior experience. To help you get started here are a few ideas:
Practicing your public speaking skills. Get the most out of in-class speaking by doing a trial run in the U-Record Studio so you can review what’s working – and where you might improve.
Record an introduction to your students to your students in the U-Record Studio and post it up to your Canvas course page.
Have students practice their interview skills and record it for grading.
Creating videos for recruitment, training, or professional development seminars
This affords you the ability to gather your thoughts in one place, create a coherent flow of ideas, and practice what you want to say. It will also most likely make the recording easier, and possibly shorter, as you will have already fully considered your points and will have a script to reference if you need it.
A script will also make it much easier if and when you need to add closed captions to your video.
What to Wear
Generally, you want to avoid clothes that will be distracting (shiny fabrics, bold prints or patterns), or that will get you lost in the background (white, yellow, lighter pastel colors), along with elaborate and/or shiny jewelry. It’s about finding a balance – you want to stand out in the video, but never distract your audience.
When determining where to look during your recording, it’s best to think of the camera as a person who is part of the conversation. Looking at the camera will make it appear like you are making eye contact with your viewers when they watch your video, resulting in a more welcoming, engaging video.
The U-Record Studio uses a ceiling mounted microphone to record audio, keep in mind the volume at which you are speaking, and your location relative to the microphone.
Try to keep your speaking tone and style very conversational, unless you have a specific reason to present yourself otherwise. Like eye contact, this keeps your video welcoming, relatable and engaging, and is typically a much better method for presenting information to your audience.