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Getting Good Video: Tip 3 of 3, Get Good Audio

Getting Good Audio:  Of course you can always purchase excellent quality microphones, but the Little Prompter is designed to work with your existing microphone—either your device’s onboard mic or the one you attach separately.

Regardless of the microphone you use, your focus is to eliminate background noise as much as possible.  This means finding a quiet location to record, turn off fans or other noisy appliances, and be aware of the hums of air-conditioners.  In life, we tend to tune those sounds out without even noticing, but on video those background hums and hisses can be very distracting.

In the rare case where your onboard microphone is entirely covered by the Little Prompter—which happens with just a few device models—you may want to purchase a good quality USB mic, too, but give the Little Prompter a test run first.

Getting Good Video: Tip 2 of 3, Lighting

Lighting:  Good lighting makes your video quality seem MUCH better.  Be sure to add light to your focal point (which is your face for most of these videos)—and avoid too much brightness behind you. A bright background darkens your face—and viewers tend to trust well-lit faces more than those in shadow.

Easy ways to get good lighting include setting a lamp on your desk or facing a window during your recording.

Getting Good Video: Tip 1 of 3, Camera Positioning.

Camera Positioning:  There is a lot of fun psychology behind camera angles, but we’re going to keep this simple. To connect with your audience on a personal level, placing your camera at or slightly below eye-level is important.

High angles make you seem weaker or less important, low angles can make you seem aloof (or give your viewer a straight shot up your nose)—neither of which are attractive.  The eye-level-shot helps you seem most approachable.