What Equipment You Do and Don’t Need To Record An Online Course In 2023

Apr 24, 2023
What Equipment You Do and Don’t Need To Record An Online Course

Are you considering creating your first or next online course in 2023 but don't know what equipment you need (and don't need!) or where to start? Well, fear not! This blog post will cover the essential equipment you need and what you don't need to record an online course.

Step 1: Start with the Basics

To start with, you will need a computer or laptop. It doesn't have to be the latest or the most expensive model, but it should be in good working condition. It's also essential to ensure enough storage space and memory to handle video editing software and other applications you may need.

Step 2: Audio is Key

Audio quality is equally as important as video quality in an online course. If your course's audio is muffled or unclear, your students may lose interest and miss out on valuable information. The most efficient way to ensure high-quality audio is to purchase a microphone. You don't need a studio-quality microphone, but you should avoid using the built-in microphone on your laptop or computer, which can produce low-quality sound. A great option is a USB microphone, such as the Blue Yeti, which is affordable and delivers high-quality audio.

Step 3: Lighting is Crucial

Lighting is essential when creating an online course. Poor lighting can ruin your video even if you have a high-quality camera. You don't have to invest in expensive lighting equipment for excellent lighting. Natural light is one of the best sources of lighting when filming indoors. You can also use lamps with white lightbulbs or invest in a ring light, which provides an even and flattering light.

Step 4: Video Quality Matters

Having a high-quality camera is essential when recording an online course. You don't need the most expensive camera, but you should use one that can record at least 1080p. A great option is to use your smartphone camera, which can produce high-quality videos. Make sure to film in landscape mode and use a tripod or a stable surface to avoid shaky videos.

Step 5: Optional Equipment

There is some optional equipment you can invest in to enhance the quality of your online course. A green screen is an excellent option for those wanting a professional-looking background. It lets you replace the experience with any image or video you want. You can also invest in a teleprompter to make it easier to read scripts or notes.

Step 6: What You Don't Need

You don't need expensive editing software when creating an online course. You can edit your videos using free or affordable editing software like iMovie or Adobe Premiere Elements. You also don't need a fancy set or backdrop. A plain and tidy background is sufficient as long as it's not distracting.

Creating an online course requires some essential equipment, but it doesn't have to break the bank. The most crucial kit is a quality microphone, good lighting, and a camera that can record in at least 1080p. With these, you can create a high-quality online course that your students will love.

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