Little Tips

April 15, 2017_Can I Make a Good Instructional Video that Lasts only 60 Seconds?

You bet!  Check this out:

The 60 Second Instructional Video from Carleton Academic Technology on Vimeo.


Nov. 13, 2017__Questions about using a teleprompter for Webinars

I got a great question from a tech vendor in Georgia today.  He asked if you could use a teleprompter to present a webinar.  My response was

“The linear nature of a teleprompter would be a little problematic when questions are posed.  But, a teleprompter can still be an effective tool, especially if the presenter use a remote like the ikan elite bluetooth remote  to subtly pause and start the rolling text to respond to questions.  Having a couple prepared responses like “that’s a great question, and we’ll cover that a little later in this call” would enable a presenter to get right back on track, too.

So, a teleprompter can still be a great tool for a video conference, too, though a little practice with a remote is important.  And remember, the biggest benefit to a teleprompter is that it gets you speaking confidently directly into camera–making that essential personal connection with your online viewers.

Nov. 10, 2017__”More Professional without Spending More Time”

“Everyone that I’ve shown the latest prototype immediately wants one to use. I’m hoping to get an entire set for our faculty. This will make screencasts and other web recordings look so much more professional and polished without making the faculty spend more time on them.”

–Eric B. Mistry, MA, Instructional Technologist & Media Specialist at College of St. Scholastica

Nov. 9, 2017__”Little Prompter Worked Perfectly”

“The Little Prompter worked perfectly with my Nikon DSLR with the 24-70mm lens, which has an 83mm diameter.  My iPhone 7 plus and the Teleprompter app were easily readable from as far as 10 feet away.  This is a great tool for my video production work.” 

–Jeff Achen, Video Producer,

Nov. 8, 2018__Inside Higher Ed Article:  Creating Effective Videos

Here’s a good article by Salena Rabidoux and Amy Rottman with some good tips about creating good instructional videos.  (The statistics I’ve seen favor an even shorter duration than they recommend, but I like that they’re suggesting to keep it short!)

Nov. 07, 2017__Have Little Prompter, Will Travel!

The Little Prompter weighs less than a pound and can travel with you nearly anywhere.  Take a look at this short demo video!

Nov. 05, 2017__Three Basics for Getting Good Video (3 of 3)

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.

Nov. 03, 2017__Three Basics for Getting Good Video (2 of 3)

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.

Nov. 01, 2017__Three Basics for Getting Good Video (1 of 3)

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.

Oct. 26, 2017__Writing and Producing Your Own High School Musical

If creating and developing content for the performing arts interests you, you can also check out Dann’s educational DVD “How to Write and Produce Your Own High School Musical,” available through Films Media Group.