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Choosing Cameras and Lighting for Single-Speaker Webinars

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While most video producers are sold on professional video cameras for concerts, large seminars, and similar events, are they overkill for single-speaker webinars? What type of camera is best for these productions, which are becoming ever more popular? And what kind and how much lighting do you need to pull them off?

These are the issues that I’ll address in this article.

By way of background, since I’ve been producing a lot of webinars lately, I decided to take a good hard look at this subject, comparing the quality of three webcams and two camcorders. Once I finished my research, it seemed natural to host a webinar on the subject. But you can skim through the results much faster in this article, so I recommend you start here.

Cameras and Tests

The three webcams I compared were the embedded webcam on my HP EliteBook 8760w; the Logitech HD Webcam C615, an external unit you can buy for under $40; and the Logitech Broadcaster, an external unit that costs around $200 (Figure 1, below). The C615 runs on both Mac and Windows computers, while the Broadcaster is Mac-only.

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