Speaker tips for recording

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Welcome!

This page has recording instructions for your Confab talk, as well as some best practices to help you make your recording quality top-notch. 

A few notes to begin:

  1. We suggest using Loom as an easy way to record your talk—it’s a free app that records audio, visual, and your slide presentation at the same time. (Again—it’s fine if you have a different way to record yourself and your slides. This is just one recommended platform.)
  2. If you are ambitious and have a different way to record and edit your presentation and slides, that's OK, too! If you are going your own route, please send us a sample of what you have planned so we are all on the same page.
  3. We highly recommend that you connect to the internet via a cat5 cable rather than wireless. This will ensure the highest bandwidth for your recording session.
  4. Give yourself some time to experiment and practice! Record yourself in small increments, and watch the recordings until you find the right fit and finish for your setup.
  5. Have a plan for life’s little interruptions by kids or pets. Many times these are an opportunity to adapt and have some fun. 
  6. Drink water 30 to 60 minutes before you record to be properly hydrated.
  7. If you are planning to do any editing, be sure to give yourself a “slate.” This could be achieved by simply clapping your hands at the beginning or counting down (“3, 2, 1”) and beginning.

Questions? Email tenessa.gemelke@braintraffic.com or amy.pletch@braintraffic.com and they’ll help you figure stuff out!

AV recommendations

Clean your webcam!

  • Oftentimes a recording will look fuzzy or blurry, which is usually caused by oil or debris on your camera.
  • Using a microfiber cloth or lens cleaner, give your camera lens a wipe-down to clear away the smudges and oily fingerprints.

Check your lighting

  • Position yourself so that most of the light is coming from in front of you, off to the sides.
  • Experiment with desk lamps and window lighting to properly light your face for the camera. This will help your appearance and also prevent your camera from attempting to adjust the lighting during the recording.
  • If you have a harsh light coming from a window, don’t be afraid to use it by putting a thin sheet over the window to diffuse the light. This will give a very soft and complimentary light.

Camera positioning and backdrop

  • Position your camera so your eyes are level with the camera. This may mean you have to put your laptop up on a stand or a pile of books.
  • Practice looking directly into the lens or a spot on a wall. Don’t be tempted to look at your own image when you do your actual recording—your audience is watching it through that tiny camera and they want you to look at them!
  • Avoid walkways and doors in case someone walks through.
  • Avoid clutter in the background.
  • Place things behind you that tell subtle hints about you. Remember, the viewers’ eyes are going to wander, so display a few fun things on your “set” that bring you joy. While you curate your background, try to rehearse without a screen in front of you.
  • Movement and complexity on screen means more bandwidth needed - please avoid busy or moving backgrounds (fireplaces, glittery backdrops, etc).
  • Try positioning your camera with a corner behind you to create some nice depth.

Check your microphone

  • When at all possible, use a mic and headphones—this doesn’t have to be anything fancy. If you have a pair of wired earbuds with a mic that come with most phones, that’s perfect. It’s OK if you only have access to the microphone on your laptop—just know that you will get better audio quality and less echoing if you are able to use better equipment.

Resources

How to record your Google Slides presentation using Loom

  1. Sign up for a Loom account.
  2. Download the Loom Chrome extension.
  3. Open your Google Slides deck and launch Loom from the extension icon.
  4. Select “Screen and Camera” and “Full Desktop” for your recording settings, then select your desired mic and camera. Important note: Under “advanced options,” toggle “Control Menu” to hide the recording controls.
  5. Click “Start Recording.”
  6. Wait for the countdown.
  7. At the top right of your Google Slides page, click “Present” to move into full-screen presentation mode.
  8. Do your talk!
  9. When you’re finished, continue to look at the camera for 5 seconds before you end your recording so we can edit that part out.
  10. Click the Loom extension icon to end your recording. 
  11. Your video will then process to your video library.

You can watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how to record your Google Slides talk with Loom. Also see this example of a recording.

How to record your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation using Loom

  1. Sign up for a Loom account.
  2. Download the Loom desktop app.
  3. Open your presentation slides.
  4. Open the Loom desktop app.
  5. Select “Screen + Cam with Full Screen” as your capture mode settings. 
  6. Important note: Under “advanced options,” toggle “Control Menu” to hide the recording controls.
  7. Once ready, click “Start Recording.”
  8. Launch your presentation into Full-Screen Presentation mode. 
  9. Present your talk!
  10. When you’re finished, continue to look at the camera for 5 seconds before you end your recording so we can edit that part out.
  11. Click “End Recording.” 
  12. Your video will then process to your video library.

How to get your recording to Confab

If you recorded to the cloud via Loom, send us the link here:
https://airtable.com/shrN4zYhlypFGhpeA

If your recording is stored on your hard drive, upload the file here:
https://www.dropbox.com/request/7ezo1bbA709iY73emczS

Note: Please send us the highest-quality version you have.

Upload your final slide deck here:
https://www.dropbox.com/request/82UkvhvizQ6hBrtFROsD

Note: Please keep a recording of your talk on your computer until after the conference.

Thank you for being amazing!