Anyone who’s ever been a serious photography hobbyist knows that a camera is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your webinar equipment. You need all sorts of accessories to make it work. The same holds true for video gear for your webinar. A video camera on its own can’t do much, unless of course your goal is dark, shaky video clips.
HOW TO CHOOSE A VIDEO CAMCORDER FOR YOUR WEBINAR
The most obvious piece of equipment, the video camcorder takes on many forms, from built-in webcam to a high-end studio camera. And depending on the scale of the presentation, probably somewhere in between lies the right match for your needs.
HOW TO CHOOSE A MICROPHONE FOR YOUR WEBINAR
Just about every recording device that most people own today includes a microphone, but not all can provide the pristine audio quality that you’ll require for the audience to clearly understand what you have to say.
Although a built-in microphone pales in comparison to using a separate microphone, it’s not always possible when using a webcam (because it may not support an auxiliary cable).
Whether you’re looking to capture the sound of a group by using a shotgun microphone, a stick mic for conducting a stand-up interview, or a microphone clipped to the lapel of the speaker, there are clear advantages to using a separate microphone held away from the camera.
Here are some choices:
Lavaliere: It’s the clip-on microphone often associated with television interviews. Also called a lapel mic, it attaches to the subjects’ clothing about six to nine inches from the mouth.
Stick microphone: Used for a variety of situations ranging from speaking on a stage to conducting a stand-up interview.
Shotgun microphone: Mounted on a stand or on a pole with a technician holding it over the speaker, this type of microphone can pick up sound from longer distances. It works well with a moderated panel or interview format.
HOW TO CHOOSE AN AUDIO MIXER FOR YOUR WEBINAR
It’s the cool-looking console in a recording studio with all the sliders. Of course, you don’t need anything that sophisticated. But when you’re combining sound from multiple sources into a single channel or signal, it’s necessary to use a mixer.
In addition to altering sound levels, the audio board lets you tweak the signals’ level, frequency content, and dynamics to refine the sound quality. Although many webinar situations can simply do without an audio mixer, whenever you introduce two or more audio sources, using one is a good idea.
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