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10 tips to record yourself with a webcam

Your eyes and the webcam should be at the same level

Many do not change the place of their computers. This is a mistake because the desktop is usually situated too low. This way, you only film the ceiling and your face is seen from the bottom which is not the most flattering.

I advise you to raise your computer with a box or a few books. Also do not put it too close to your face, to evaluate a good distance count an unfolded arm between your screen and your eyes.

 

The light is essential

Who has not already watched videos where the person is half hidden by an annoying twilight, it is really annoying because we want to see the face of the person who is talking “to us”. The webcams’ sensors are very small, so a lot of lighting is needed to ensure that the image is captured clearly.

During the day, try to face a window and if the sun dazzles just pull the curtains. In darker rooms, it is necessary to increase the brightness of your screens to the maximum and if possible to add a light in front of you.

 

Talk watching your camera

To give your audience the impression that you are talking directly to them, it is highly recommended to watch the webcam and not the screen. Otherwise your viewers will feel that you are dealing with something else and their interest can quickly evaporate.

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Using the green screen in your video: good or bad idea?

A Chroma key allows inlays in photos and videos. It is a technique that has long been exclusively used by the film industry. Technically, the goal here is to superpose, usually an actor, to a set that has been filmed or created on a computer.

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Who has the best role to create training videos?

In an eLearning training program the role of the SME (Subject Matter Expert) is quite clear: he/she shares knowledge, expertise and experience. The SME is a big help for the choice of resources and in verifying the accuracy of the information delivered. The pedagogical designer is active on the organizational part and on the pedagogical supervision of the training (he can manage the LMS for example). The collaboration of the two roles is, as we shall see, essential to create a comprehensive and engaging training program.

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How to use video for onboarding?

We saw in the previous article why video is a great onboarding tool. Now let’s see how to use it to welcome your new employees in the best conditions.

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Why use video for onboarding?

“Onboarding, also known as organizational socialization, refers to the mechanism through which new employees acquire the required knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members and insiders.”(thank you Wikipedia) Why is this step so important? Because it allows the ne new employees to be operational faster and to have a good first experience within the company, which will make them want to stay professionally involved longer.

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How to organize your online video platform

You have your videos ready, you downloaded them on your video platform but everything is a bit messy? It’s the moment to step back a moment and think about the organization of your video platform. Maintaining an easy-to-use interface is not hard, you just need to follow a few guidelines.

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How long should my eLearning video be?

Wondering how long should a video be, it’s as asking the question: how long a human can be focused? Today this question is all the more pertinent as our increasingly multi-tasking functions and easy access to any information at any time, have transformed our concentration skills.

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10 tips for impacting slides to upgrade your video presentation

Want to record a training video, an eLearning module or to communicate in video on an important topic? Your content is ready but now you have to make the slides that will illustrate your words. This is a very important step, impacting slides will ink the information more effectively in the minds of your audience. This is why it is essential to have a good presentation support for your video.

Researchers in cognitive psychology tell us that generally we retain 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 10% of what we read. Visualization is therefore a factor not to be neglected in the learning process. Here 10 tips to create a clear and attractive presentation. Your speech will be more balanced and impacting.

  • Present one idea per slide: Adding slides does not necessarily mean that your video will last longer. Do not be afraid to add visuals, the rule is to limit yourself to one idea / point per slide to not disperse or even lose the attention of your audience. And for greater impact, it is better to write short texts, or only keywords that will emphasize your oral speech.
  • Stay minimalist: As for the pictures on your slides, it is better to have one single striking illustration. Your learners will be easily attracted to the point you want to show them.
  • Use images rather than words: On your slides, prefer images to text. Drawings, graphs, illustrations, diagrams … These are all options that will allow you to give weight to your speech without drowning your audience in too many texts.
  • List information: To communicate more than one information at a time, the ideal is to list them point by point. In general, you should avoid stunning your learners with large blocks of text and long sentences. Use the right colors and font sizes: Use a plain bottom to stay homogenous and to avoid headaches. The font will preferably be a color very contrasted with the background in order to ensure the readability of the text. As for size, do not hesitate to enlarge your titles, and if necessary increase the size of the font of the rest of the text, the important here is that it is your presentation to be readable effortlessly.
  • Pitfalls to avoid: It seems attractive at first, but you should avoid using background images on your presentation. These can make your information not readable.
  • Prefer short format: In front of a video, the level of concentration drops dramatically after 10 minutes. Limit, if possible, your presentation to a maximum of 20 minutes to ensure that the set will be viewed.
  • Be proud of your work: Be confident about your work. Rethink your presentation until you are proud of it. It will then be your best ally to support your speech and add a real value to your video.
  • Know your audience: You know your subject by heart? This is a great start. But what do you know about your learners? Learn about their learning habits and motivations in order to adapt your speech and presentation slides. Your video will be all the more effective.
  • Tell a story: If your slides are an excellent tool to illustrate and convey knowledge, it is you who communicate about your topic the best. An enthusiastic and lively voice is essential: after all, we all love to listen to stories.
Vous avez toutes les clés en mains pour créer une présentation qui captivera votre audience !

A vous de jouer maintenant 🙂



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7 Questions to Ask Yourself for Choosing the Right Video Hosting Platform

Many video hosting platforms are available today. Depending on how you plan to use it, you will not have the same needs, so some online video platforms have specialized.

In order to choose the right platform, you must first identify the specificities you will need. Here are the questions to ask yourself…

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