How To Record an Online Lecture (Tutorial + Complete Checklist)

Published on June 30, 2018

Learn how to record an online lecture with this step-by-step tutorial.
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This tutorial teaches how to record video lectures for an online course using your webcam and a Keynote or PowerPoint presentation.

– Screen recording software (Camtasia for Windows:, or ScreenFlow for Mac: or OSB for both:
– Presentation software (PowerPoint for Windows, Keynote for Mac, Google Slides for both)
External USB microphone (Blue Yeti:, or Audio Technica AT2020:
– Webcam (Logitech C920 or newer:
– Basic 3-point lighting kit (
– [Optional] seamless paper background (Savage:

– Make sure your slides are in wide format (16:9) so they cover the entire video frame.
– Create your lecture slides. Less is more. Make sure they are not cluttered with information. Use large san-serif fonts. Use royalty free photos from or
– Use a Three-Point lighting setup: Key, Fill, Back (Explanation here:
– Webcam should be setup at eye level
– Background should be not distracting. Either a solid color or add to the theme of the course without clutter
– Your head should be in the middle of the frame
– Your eyes should be aligned 1/3th from the top of the frame (see rule of thirds:
– Record in a quiet room (no noise from AC, fridge, street, ideally carpeted floor, or get some foam acoustic panels:
– Use external USB microphone (Blue Yeti, or Audio Technica AT2020)
– Check your audio levels before recording. When you speak the levels shouldn’t be too low or two high
– Adjust the cropping, exposure and white-balance of your webcam (on Mac with iGlasses: or ManyCam for both:
– Make sure your appearance and attire are appropriate (avoid bright colors, plaid shirts, reflecting jewelry, bad hair, food in your teeth)

– Take a deep breath and make sure you are relaxed and in a happy mood before and during recording
– Rehearse at least once to warm up
– Make sure you look at the camera so your students feel you are looking them in the eye
– Avoid using complex jargon or fancy words. Speak casually like if you were chatting with your best friend who doesn’t know anything about your subject
– Speak loud, clear, with confidence and passion
– Make sure your lectures are between 5 and 10 minutes (if they are considerably longer try to break them into more lectures. Remember Udemy doesn’t allow lectures over 20mins)
– When you make a mistake, pause, breath and resume from where you left off
– Take a break and stretch often between takes
– Never lose sight of the big picture. ie: why are you doing this? how is your course going to make people’s lives better? how is the potential revenue will impact your wealth and freedom?

– Make sure your canvas is set to 16:9 HD 1080p format (1920×1080). You can also use 720p (1280×720) if you want smaller file sizes at the expense of some resolution loss
– Edit out any mistakes (if possible remove “errs” and “uhms”)
– Only show the webcam layer when you are addressing your students and remove it when you want them to pay attention to your presentation slides

– Set video compression format to H.264 or MPEG-4
– Data Rate/Bit Rate: 3000 kbits/seconds
– Dimensions: 1280×720 or 1920×1080 (16:9 Aspect Ratio)
– Frame rate: 30 Frames Per Second (30 FPS)

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