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Recording Video and Audio Tools and Guidelines

Information on the hardware and software we recommend for capturing and editing video and audio at CAVE.

Screen Capture

We’ll be presenting our online videos at Full HD (16:9 aspect ratio).

Camtasia

For screen capturing, we reccomend Camtasia. At £231.86 (£157.36 for educational) it ain’t cheap but I’ve never had any issues with this application in over 10 years. This application also lets you edit and retime your videos.

For more information on setting your screen size, check out this video by Russell Stannard.

For more information on capturing high quality videos, check out this link from from Camtasia.

OBS

A free alternative is OBS (Open Broadcaster Software). I’ve used this a number of times and it has also done the trick. I just found it personally a bit clunkier than Camtasia. 


Video

Webcam – Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam

If you need a webcam, I reccommend the Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam. Have a look around as you’ll be able to find a number of good deals usually.

Video – Canon 5D

If you need to shoot video and something a bit fancier than what a webcam can capture, I’d go for something like a Canon 5D. You’ll also need a series of lenses to shoot with. Things can get very pricey here and to be honest, you should not have to break the bank. Get a fairly decent camera and then invest in some good lighting. Lighting is key to getting a good looking still or video.

The following kit list below is not my reccomendation, but more to give an idea of what I’m shooting with.

  • Canon 5DS
  • Manfrotto tripod
  • Lenses – Prime: 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 100mm, 200mm. Zoom: 70 – 300mm


Audio

Rode NT

You don’t want to spend hours recording an amazing video to then find the audio is pretty ropey and it sounds like you are in a tin.

I’ve only used the following microphone but I’ve found the results to be pretty solid: Rode NT-USB Microphone.The good thing about this microphone is that you can hook it in via USB, which is great if you ar planning to switch from one device to another every now and then.

Another mic that has been recommended is the Fifine Metal Condenser Recording Microphone. I’ve not personally used this but I’ve heard good things.


Video Conferencing

Zoom

For video conferencing (online lessons, masterclasses, dailies, etc.), we’ll be using Zoom. We have a license for this, so you will not need to get one 😉

Check out how happy the people in the image below look using Zoom.


Video Editing

Premiere Pro

Again, not really a reccomendation but more a case of what I’ve used in the past and found pretty solid. For editing video, Premiere Pro seems to do the trick.

Another application for editing you can grab is DaVinci Resolve. DaVinci is great for a whole bunch of other things too, and plus – it is FREE.


Lighting

If you are planning to record video with a camcorder, or even a webcam, having decent lighting makes a huge difference. You don’t have to go crazy but having but a couple of softboxes, or a ring light to hand can be really useful.

 

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