How to record videos for online courses

How to record videos for online courses

  • Farzeen Nasser
    Farzeen Nasser

The core output of your course creation should be a set of videos.

The reason for this is simple: video is a great medium for learning; it’s the closest thing to learning in person. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve got to stand there in front of a camera and film yourself teaching the course like you would in a live Zoom class.

You have an idea for your online course. You’re passionate about the subject, and you can’t wait to start teaching new students and sharing your expertise with the world.

But before you can start selling online courses, you have to create your online course content.

And to create an engaging online course, you need to make some videos.

Follow these four steps to record professional-looking videos for your online course, from recording equipment to on-camera confidence.

  1. Gather your gear

When it comes to video capturing, having the correct equipment is crucial. There are numerous tools available, and deciding one to use can be time-consuming and complex.

You don’t need a professional studio or high-priced recording equipment to create videos for your online course. Fortunately, you can create an amazing studio at home on a budget, as long as you’re prepared to be a little creative.

You just need to gather the gear and set up your environment. The different types of gear include - camera, mics, lighting, and fits.

2. Set up your space or home studio

Finalize how you are going to deliver your content and place whiteboards, paper sheets, green boards, etc. accordingly. For additional background, make it black, white, blue, or grey.

In-person educators know how important it is to create a positive environment for learning.

The same may be said for online classes. People prefer study films shot in a casual atmosphere over big-budget studio productions, according to an academic study on online learning.

So, rather than thinking of your filming location as a movie set, consider it as a classroom. Choose and set up your location with the experience of your learners in mind.

Select a setting that corresponds to the subject of your course. You could shoot a fitness class at your home gym or a cookery session in your kitchen, for example.

Take a look at the vibe in the room. A vibrant colour palette with a moving background might represent a high-energy environment, whilst a simple colour palette and a static background can convey a more relaxing atmosphere.

Plants and photos, for example, might help a lot to increase the quality of your production.

Look for intimate, friendly spaces in your home that "fit" what you're saying. An office, garden, or even a kitchen can serve as wonderful backdrops provided they are well-organized and linked to the topic at hand.

3. Make a video content plan.

You can avoid overshooting material, adding hours of extra editing time, or missing to cover a crucial aspect of your lesson by planning out your video content before you start recording.

It is more suitable to shoot with a camera on a tripod if you are teaching a practical technique and need to show it in the flesh, for example, if you’re teaching something like cooking techniques, yoga or art.

It's also used ​if you ​want to place yourself front and centre as the teacher, and deliver the lesson yourself on camera.

At the outset of a video, always aim to build a favourable relationship with your audience.

Make sure your content is pre-organised, your content delivery becomes smoother and is more effective.

Planning out your video material also entails determining the length of each movie.

Refrain from cramming too much content into a single video lesson. Instead, break each lesson down into smaller, easier-to-understand chunks. Consider making six different videos if you're explaining a six-step process.

4. Record your online course videos

First and foremost, remember that your audience does not expect you to be perfect when it comes to overcoming self-doubt.

They aren't attending your online course to observe a flawless expert. They've enrolled in your course because they're enthusiastic about the topic and want to learn from you.

Create a consistent style and tone. Because you're presenting to an audience of hundreds or thousands of people through the lens, presenting on video is nearly mystical. But thinking about it won't help you because it's very hard to concentrate on a large audience when you're giving a presentation. In fact, just thinking about all of the prospective people watching you will make you nervous and cause you to lose focus. Rather, imagine you are just presenting it to a friend. It would make you feel more confident.

Stay tuned to read how to record your online course classes confidently.