All right, it is time to record your course, so in this video I'm going to talk about the two main ways to record, one is this talking head thing, and I'll tell you, what hardware, what software that I use to make it happen. And the other way is, a talking head is one, this live stuff, and then there's the talking to your screen, it's called screencast. It's just you talking over the top of your computer while you're working on it. Let's talk about the screen cast first. It's probably the easiest one for people to get started with, because nobody likes talking in front of a camera very much. But let's talk about screen cast.
So you're going to need two parts, there's software and hardware. Software is the stuff that you're going to use to record it. And then hardware is going to be things like a microphone, the computer we're going to use. So in terms of software, so we've got Mac and PC, so you'll decide where you're at, if you're a PC owner or a Mac owner. The free version of kind of recording, on a Mac, is QuickTime. Use QuickTime to record, it's built into Mac, and it records your screen. I'm not going to go through exactly the details of how to record it here. Check out YouTube, there's a lot of how to record your screen via QuickTime. So once you've recorded it though, you get this kind of like big dumb video. If you want to edit it afterwards using a free version, you can use iMovie. That's built into a Mac as well, so that's your free option. On a PC the free option will be, you would need to download a bit of software called Short Cut. Short Cut is the free kind of open source, screen recording editor thing. So you could use that to do it. I don't have much experience on both of those, because I went to the paid version.
For both Mac and PC, probably the most common in all the world for all the trainers, is something called Camtasia. The problem with Camtasia, it's paid, it's 250 bucks to buy. There's no subscription or anything, you can buy it outright. What you might do is, say this is your first course, and you're like, not wanting to whipping this, like 250 bucks on software that I might not use again. So there's a 14-day trial, just time it right to make sure, you know you're ready to do it over the next two weeks, and you're going to record it, and just use that 14 days up. And then you won't have to pay for it. If it goes well for your first course, then your second course you can decide, whether you want to move into that paid version of Camtasia. So free versions of the software, paid versions of the software. Let's talk about hardware.
Hardware for a screencast is pretty simple, you need a computer, to record from, do the screencast from, and you need a microphone. Now in terms of a microphone you can get away with, there's lots of-- if you look online, like how to do it free, people use their cell phone, and it comes with earpiece, and the microphone for talking to people on the cell phone, people use that. I've never had good results for it when I first tested it. Maybe it was just my phone, and my microphone that came with my phone, it just wasn't very good.
So that was the first thing I invested in, was a microphone for my screen casting. It's about 150 bucks, will get you into the amazing, you'll never need anything else, type of, kind of zone, so it's not huge expense. Borrow if you can, I borrowed a lot of gear when I first started from somebody I knew that was doing it, and had stopped. We'll talk about the models and makes that I have, and the ones I recommend, but microphone, probably would be my first recommendation for investing in, because if it sounds bad, man, your course can be bad. Video, you can get away with a lot more, you know, if the quality isn't perfect. But sound is the big one. So we'll jump in and look on screen at a few of the things that are models and makes for my screen casting. Then we'll come back to live Dan again to talk about what software and what hardware I use for this talking head thing that you're looking at now.
So on the computer, and we'll be back, live in a second. I thought it would be good to just kind of show you a few things that I have been talking about so far. The first one is, we talked about hardware, remember, and we said we needed a computer to record it on. What you need to make sure is you're not dealing with a really old bad laptop or a really old computer. Why? Because if you send it to Udemy or Skillshare, or one of the other market places, and the quality or the resolution's not high enough, they'll say, "No, we can't have it." So what you need to do is, on a Mac, I'll show you here, you go up to 'Apple', go to 'System Preferences', and what you're looking for is -- I'm going to click the little dotted thing to get to my System Preferences. Click on 'Displays'. And when I click on 'Scaled', nothing changes except, if I hover above this, can you see that--
So hover above this, you're looking there. Kind of disappears. Can you see, the resolution is-- we're looking for mainly the height, can you see, it says 1080, that is full HD, and that would be my minimum. I know that a few of the other market places, like Skillshare and Udemy, at the moment, have a lower quality resolution. They let you go down to 720, so if you're like, "Man, I've only got this computer, it only goes to a high of 720" then you'll be fine, that's kind of standard resolution, standard HD. The next version up, a big jump in size, is 1080, and it just kind of future proofs your work, but don't stress it too much if you're stuck at 720. Anything below 720, bad, you need to probably go find a laptop, you can plug your-- sorry a screen you can plug your laptop into, or borrow somebody's laptop, but it's not going to work.
My monitor that I've got here goes up to like crazy resolution. I've just started recording what's called 4k. It gets this kind of, see this size there, it's 2160. So it's very tall, loads of quality, loads of resolution, but the problem with doing 4k, is that, man, editing takes a long time, because it's like 4 times the size of Full HD. So it is just so many extra pixels, and when we go to kind of edit it, and my machine really struggles to deal with it. So I'm kind of at the point where I'm like, "Man, should I be doing 4k or just stay here, where life is quick and easy, it looks good", and editing doesn't take very long, or at least my machine doesn't stress out so much.
Now if you're on a PC, you're going to go down to your Start button, which is down the bottom left here, and you're looking for your Control Panel. Inside your Control Panel you're looking for Appearance and Personalization. And in there you can go and play with your different screen resolutions. If that's a little bit beyond you, get some help there. I'm not a full PC person. Better yet, have a look through it, see if you can find that 720 is the minimum. Hopefully get up to 1080 or something thereabouts. And do a quick little test, just record your voice, say, "Hi, Udemy, I'm doing a screen test, just want to see if both my screen resolution size and my microphone is okay." "Please let me know,", and get your feedback earlier on before you go off and start making your course.
Now you can record straight from your laptop, that's what I've done for years. Recently I bought a new kind of monitor, just a nice big one that records 4K. So I'll quickly jump over and show you that now, right there. So this is my little setup, that's the laptop that I use. And I recorded straight off that using Camtasia for years. Now I upgraded to a 4K monitor from LG. I'll show you the make and model stuff in a second, but it's just nice to have a screen that I can read my notes from, and do the rest, I do my screen recording off this thing here. So let's jump in and I'll show you that make and model.
So just in case you're interested, I always like nerdy stuff like this. This is the LG27UD88-W, I bought it last year. There might be a newer model out now. You can see, it's about a $500 monitor, so it's not cheap. But man, it's amazing, like the best thing I've ever used. I bought a $2000 Apple monitor, kind of my last one, and man, this is a real good deal. Remember, software, there's free stuff, there's QuickTime on a Mac, and you can get Shot Cut, you can download on a PC. If you want to get more fancy, you can use Camtasia. They do a 30-day money-back guarantee, and they do a trial as well. I think it's 14 days. You can see, this is the price here, so that's US dollars. I bought it, I love it, it's good, it's useful.
Let's talk about my other hardware, so in terms of-- that's my monitor, in terms of a microphone, I use this one here. The Audio Technica AT2020USB. It plugs straight into my laptop, and I'm recording on it right now. Sounds good. And it's not going to break the bank. You can see here, a refurbished one, 120, so $150 for a brand new one, it's brilliant. The other things you might need, is you might need a stand, and what's called a Pop Filter. It's that little shroud, that thing there. That goes over it, so when you're doing Ps and Bs they don't kind of do this. I'm going to do this into the microphone, so be careful. Turn your microphone down, headphones down if you've got it ready. That ugly noise kind of sounds weird. It's a weird noise your mouth makes when you're doing Ps and Bs. They kind of fire at the microphone to make a big kind of popping noise. But I got a Pop Filter, so you can't really hear it.
You don't really need a stand, it comes with this one with it. You need to set it on your desk. I ended up buying a stand, I'll show you mine now. So this is my setup. There's the Audio Technica AT2020. Plugged in straight into my laptop. I've got a Pop Filter on it, so a Pop Filter looks like that normally. Basically just stops, and we've talked about that, right? My one is a little bit more handy, homemade. Like a semicircle thing that I had lying around, that I put a stocking over the top, stockings work perfect. Don't tell your wife. So I saw the stockings, and just wrapped it around, and it works as a perfect pop filter. So I cheat on buying a pop filter, then I go and spend like $120 on a stand. It's a beautiful stand though. You don't have to spend that much, this K and M one. I'll show you when we jump back in, just a stand that goes in the ground.
Originally I had a desktop stand, this thing here. So it kind of clips into your desk there and swivels around. I just found it got in the way, if you see my desk here. My original desk, when I had, it worked perfect, but in this one I just got-- I made this desk, so it's a bit thick and-- you can kind of see, it's got a work place for it to swing back and forth, just keeps knocking stuff over. So I've got this kind of stand up here. So that's my set up, plug straight into the microphone. Let's jump back in. I promised I'll show you, that's the K and M stand. It's 210/9 microphone stand, it is a beautiful thing, but it's expensive. You get real cheap ones on Amazon, I've got one, and I hate it. Worked fine, I don't know, I'm bit of a nerd when it comes to this stuff, I want the best. Don't want the middle, I want the best.
Same with this Heil Sound PL-2T over here, boom. Like super expensive, and now it sits in the cupboard. So it's not a good idea for your first stuff, to be wasting money on this sort of thing. But if you've been doing a long time, you end up with some jerk, I think I ended up with this one to start with. And man, you kind of move it on your desk, and it makes this like "Aargh' noise, and kind of keeps falling off. I was like, "Man I treated myself." But yeah, those are the two stands.
Now just a couple of other things to note when you are recording your screen cast. And one is, I have-- I use Apple cider vinegar, or you could use Apple juice, just, if you drink that before you start speaking, there's something in it that really helps clear out all the spit in your mouth. And just kind of helps everything run smoothly. If you don't, you end up with, like nervous spit, and it just ends up, you know, you end up kind of having this yucky noises throughout your course, where you're kind of lip smacking and weird yucky mouth noises. So I use Apple cider vinegar mainly just because I'm diabetic. So I can't have Apple juice there, Apple juice works perfect. But yes, look at that, then start recording.
The other thing, if you still can't get rid of it, I found, like at the beginning, I was speaking right into my mic, so I'm about, I always stay about, as a guess, about a cell phone's length away. Just some distance, so that if you get real close, I won't do it to you, but you get real close, it picks up everything inside your mouth, which is weird. And if you get too far away, like this, you end up with this weird echo from the room. It's probably, I hope it's sounding bad anyway. So this sounds better
So that's one tip, the other one is, turn your date and time off. So on a Mac, up here, you can go into your 'Preferences', and turn your date and time off, it's here in the bottom right. I find it's just easier, especially we're stitching lots of videos together or updating old stuff, there's not this flick of dates through there. And it doesn't date your content as much as well, when there's not a clear date in the corner. Turn off notifications, not sure how it works on a PC, but I know, on a Mac, see this little weird thing up here. And then if you just scroll up, weirdly, I'm using my mouse and scroll wheel to scroll up a little bit, for some reason it's just kind of up here, and you turn 'Do not disturb' on. So that you stop getting your messages from friends through during your course.
On a PC, I'm not sure how to stop notifications, but I'm sure you'll work it out. You set your phone to silent, and you make sure you soundproof your room. Now we'll do sound proofing, so when I double up, I'll do sound proofing when we do the talking head thing as well. Double it up in there. So that's it for screen casting. Make sure you do a quick test and send it to Udemy for the Udemy test video. Just to see, they might come back and say, "It's great.", or you might get an orange thing to say, "It's fine, but you could do better." Or they might go red, and say, "Something's wrong with your screen cast, and you need to adjust it."
All right, let's go back to live Dan, we'll talk about the head shot. So it is time to talk about talking head video. So software and hardware. Software, you don't need anything to record it with, because it will record on to either a DSLR camera, like I'm using, or on to a cell phone, if you want to use that. Software wise, you could record and do your editing on Camtasia. They work fine. You could use the free versions for Mac and PC, which is, Mac is iMovie. And PC is Movie Maker, Windows Movie Maker. You could use those to do your editing on, or Camtasia, the pay version. I use Premiere Pro, because it's just a better setup for doing this kind of like live editing of video. Does kind of cool synching things with audio tracks, and it's a bit nerdy. But if you've already got a Creative Cloud license, you could learn that.
So yeah, software-- hardware is an interesting one, because it's pretty easy doing screen casts, right? You basically just need a microphone. For doing this talking head thing you need a camera and a microphone. So when I first started off I never did the whole recording on a cell phone. If you ever look online you will find lots of videos on how to record talking head on a cell phone. I didn't-- first of all, myself, I wouldn't do it, I had a really old dud phone. My new phone's pretty good, I'd like to test it to see how it goes, but I've never tried it, and I just went straight to a DSLR camera, which I'll show you in the setup in a second. So you could decide that you're going to use a cell phone, and yeah, learn to do that. I used kind of an entry-level DSLR camera. And then you need to do audio.
So what I first started doing, and what I would recommend everybody is, remember this guy, familiar? He's AT2020 USB microphone. Audio Technica, that was the thing I used for my screen casting. All I used to do was this, I used to just kind of have it off screen. Not sure when it's off-screen, but like it to just have it down here. Pointing at my mouth, and it sounded fine. A little bit echo because it has to be so far away, but it worked fine. Then I decided one day, because I'm a nerd, I want the fancy stuff. And I went and spent like a thousand bucks on a shotgun microphone, and the thing that plugs into a stand, everything, and it gets expensive, right? So it's not quite a thousand dollars, but nobody ever went-- like I finished the-- I got it going, and got my next course out, and nobody ever went, "Man, your audio is like twice as good." "It's definitely $1,000 better." Nobody ever said that. I could still be making it with my microphone, just off-screen, a lot of people do. I did it, because I just like buying gear, and trying to make it a little bit better as I go along.
So I'll show you what I did, but totally you could use that microphone. Lapel mic, I didn't have-- I bought a lapel mic, and it just didn't work, it sounded like, maybe because I have a deep voice, sounded like I was talking in a barrel. Or maybe I'm just not good enough at setting it up. But lapel mic clips on here, perfect, it's kind of weird, looks weird, like, in a shot, but it's fine. You could try a lapel mic, they're again, cheaper as well. So the trouble with doing a microphone like this one here, kind of separate, is that you have to record this, because it's a USB mic. You plug it into your computer and record the sound through something, like Camtasia, or QuickTime, or whatever you're recording on your computer. But, say an idea, so like here, it's recording separately on to the camera.
So you've got two separate files, the video file and the audio file. Now the trick with that is, afterwards, you make sure that when you're recording on your DSLR, you're recording audio, even though it's really bad, like the camera audio on that thing, this Canon here, is terrible. Just doesn't really work very well, but record it anyway as part of the video, because the video that you want, and what you can do later on, is sync up the audio that you're recording through that microphone, straight on to your computer with the video. You just dump them both into something like Camtasia, and you've got the audio file, you've got like a layer for audio, and you've got a layer for video, you just line them up until my mouth talks at the same pace as the audio that you've recorded separately.
It's not that hard to do, a nice little trick is you can do this. And it means that there's a spike in the audio, both on the camera, and in the audio that's going into your computer. And it makes it really easy to line up, it's why they have clapboards. Just makes it easier to sync the sound. I use Premiere Pro, which does it automatically. You can select both of them, say 'Sync', and just line them up perfectly. So that's if you're going to record them on separate things. That's the other reason I got all the Shotgun microphone and fancy stuff, is that it requires me not having to sync later on. It just records straight into the camera. Overwriting the crappy microphone that's on the camera, with super amazing sound that you're hearing now.
So let's talk about quickly-- now let's talk about it-- lighting is the only other thing, lighting and sound, we'll talk about, but let's jump into my cell phone, and I'll walk you around my little setup. Wait there. All right, welcome. So this is that setup. So you saw me sitting there in my chair. I used a little bit of tape on the ground to show you exactly, just so that I end up sitting in the exact same position every time. They're not kind of-- so my one foot goes here, one foot goes there, and I just make sure I sit there every time.
So the difference between that microphone and this microphone is, how much is this one? I think it's about 300 US. I'll show you in a second. This is a Rode NTG4+. It's a Shotgun microphone, right? Basically it's really good at just pointing down at my mouth, and recording really good audio, whereas when I was using this, it was recording just a little bit echoey. Probably I'm on my-- back on, talking on my cell phone here, so this is terrible audio.
So what happens now is that goes up, through what's called an XLR cable, so it doesn't plug into my computer directly. It can't, it just doesn't know how. So that original one, plug straight into the laptop, which is handy. But this one goes through these XLR cables instead of USB. Goes down this stand that I've got. And plugs into this thing. So this is where it kind of escalates in price, so we go from, I'm going to guess, $400 for the microphone, down to this guy here, Beachtek make this one for focuses. So it gets plugged into the side of that, and basically what it does is it amplifies it. So that microphone records really well, but it doesn't have the battery juice, or the power to turn it into a really good signal that the camera likes. So needs to go in this thing first, and then that comes out of the side of that, into the side of the camera there, and just makes sweet audio.
So you're going to buy that, then that. Then plug it into this. So that is the setup. I'll show you the bits and pieces, like which one I'm using. This one here is the 760D Canon. It's called Rebel 7 in the US. And I will show you the bits and pieces. Actually before we do that, let's do the lighting. So you need basically two lights, you can use natural sunlight, and there's lots of videos on YouTube on how to set up your room with natural sunlight. The problem with natural sunlight is that it obviously can change. And I like mine to be consistent in this room. So let's stand back, let's have a look. So that's how I do it, I have two, one on the top left, one on the top right. One brighter than the other to give myself some contrast. But you just need two lights. You can do it on the cheap with stuff from the US Home Depot. ?? here in Ireland. So I use those two, and that's all I needed for a long time. Then I went and bought another light. Just to light the background because it just looks kind of nice with the-- it was quite dark and gloomy back here. So I just had a third light lighting the background. They call it a fill light, and you just kind of, like fill the background in. That's how I set my place up. I'll talk about these stand boards in a second. But let's go in and look at some of the hardware now on the computer. Let's go.
All right, let's start with the camera. Now basically if you buy any DSLR camera, they basically start at about $500-$1000. So somewhere in there is going to be your kind of entry level DSLR. And that's what I've got, I ended up with the Canon EOS Rebel T7i. And I remember, in Europe it's the exact same camera but they name it the 760D. There are newer ones and older ones for this, this is the one I use. Fits my price bracket, does everything that I need to. So if you end up buying the camera you need to buy a lens as well. And there's some different packs in here. You do a Google research about what you need, but basically, the basics are, you need the body, you need a lens. One of these kind of things would be perfect, so in 18-55, it's a little zoom lens, so you can go in and out a little bit, and adjust for your different, you know, how big your room is. I've got a really massive room, so I get to-- I got a luxury of playing around with different lenses, but you might be in a tiny room, so just do some research about--
“I'm going to use this camera, and I'm going to shoot in this tiny room, what lens should I use?" I'm showing you Amazon, but go to your camera shop, especially for something like this, because, man, if you end up with the wrong lens or the wrong camera, it's expensive. So you need camera body, camera lens, and you need an SD card. They're not very expensive, just to record on to it. What else? Everything else that it should come with. Should come with its own battery and charger, with the base. So that's something that I did.
Now why did I go with Canon, not Nikon or Sony, there's so many different brands. Basically because I have a buddy who also has a Canon. And basically you buy your camera based on what you can loan from other people. So I got to buy my camera body, and go off to him, and say, "Hey man, can I borrow your lenses," and give them back in months. Yeah, that's how it works, right? So I borrowed some lenses, and worked out which I liked, and then went and bought my own eventually. So that's the camera, in terms of the microphone, you can't just buy this Shotgun microphone and plug it straight into the camera. Maybe if you've got a really expensive camera. So this Canon, this Rebel T7, does not have very good audio. It's got a pre-amp, what you're really looking for. And this is a terrible pre-amp. Their microphone plugs into it, and it still sounds bad. So you need to then buy this microphone plus something it plugs into to kind of bump it up a little bit. And this is the one that I use, I use this Beachtek DXA-MICRO PRO. So $200 plus. How much did I spend? So that's 400, not as bad as I thought. So that plugs into this, and then this plugs into my camera, to get the audio straight on to the SD card, ready for editing.
In terms of the lights, you saw there, I had kind of like, I had that light and a big kind of ring light, like one of these. I'd never buy the ring light again, so I can't even find the one that I bought. I'm sure it was about $200. These ones are kind of more for fashion and makeup. I decided I wanted them, because I saw a tutorial on YouTube, and it looked really cool. But it was expensive, and it's just not very good, it's fluorescent lights. I love these ones here, they're cheap. You might not find this model in your area. But you'll find that, weirdly, this-- this one's called Godox, but I've seen it being named a bunch of different things. What you're really looking for is this thing here. 5600K is kind of like a natural light, most of them have it, and I liked this one, it was cheap, it was compatible, it was dimmable. And yeah, I just got two of them. If I was, had my time again, I would have bought three of them, but in the end I've got a ring light that I use, and two of these.
If you don't have lights, or you're not ready to spend money on them, you can just use lamps, and stuff; I did. I had lamps, kind of from the house. I raided the house every time I wanted to film. And just had light beaming all over the place. Fill lights, and stuff, and it just looked okay, but it got tiring, trying to, my wife was asking me where her lamp was, and I was busy using it. My son's room got robbed, everybody got robbed at the beginning. One little thing as well, is if you end up, like you can get fluorescent lights, or you can get these LED lights. LED lights, just so much nicer because they don't get hot. The fluorescent light that I've got there, that ring light, man it gets warm. Heats up the room. It's fine here now that I'm in Ireland, but when I was recording in New Zealand, man, my little room turned into a furnace with that thing.
Let's talk about sound boards and soundproofing, because doesn't really matter how good the microphone is. What does, and how good your amplifier is, I find the best results come from when you kind of soundproof the room. And I'll show you my version of doing it. Let's jump to my cell phone. All right, it is time to talk about soundproofing. So you might notice that my-- looks like somebody squatting in my office, there's towels up, and things on the floor. So soundproofing is probably the best thing you can do to make your mics sound good. Doesn't matter how fancy you buy your Shotgun mic. If you're in a room, and there's like nothing covering the walls or absorbing sound, it will sound like you are recording in your bathroom, which is obviously not good, doesn't matter how good the mic is.
So better soundproofing, there's the cheap way, which is the gun stapling your family's blankets, and do face to the walls. It works absolutely perfect, stick them on the floor. And that works absolutely well. What ends up happening though is your family gets annoyed, after a couple of years of stealing blankets. And what I ended up doing is making some sound boards, and they work great. I'll show you one, over here. So this guy over here. So, hello. And it's just a bit of wood. So I've got some wood from the wood shop. And I made a big rectangle and then, see this thing over the top of it, that's actually just a towel, like a beach towel, so I use a site called Society6. They take art works, and print them on things like pillows and, shower curtains, and towels. So a towel is a really good material to absorb sound. Way better than this stuff, this stuff here, I tried. I put all of this on a wall, and it did super average. Because it's not actually--
Turns out that's not actually soundproof, it's just, it kind of works as sound proofing, but really, it's packing foam. They use it for packing stuff. So it doesn't work really good as a sound insulator. There is stuff that is really good, but it's super expensive. There's stuff you just get on Amazon or Ebay, it's okay, but not half as good as gun stapling towels to the wall, or a blanket. So got the towel stuff. And then I just fold it around the edges, to make it look cool, and then staple it along the back. And then, see the stuff in the back here? That is insulation, it goes in the wall. Sound insulation and heat insulation. You got to make sure, when you buy it, get the stuff that's natural, like this stuff is 100% wool. Basically you don't want the fiber glass stuff, because you'll end up, breathing it in day after day, and it's pretty toxic stuff. That makes your skin itch. So make sure you get the, like nice to touch 100% wool type thing. And I just gum staple that in there as well. They make really good sound boards, and they look kind of cool.
In terms of positioning, the best thing you can do is position just off the wall. Can you see this guy here, he's a big towel as well. And can you see? Like a bracket that I've got there. Just kind of on the wall, just to have it offset. Just really absorbs sound a lot better, if they're not bang up against the wall. Now the reason I've got a mixture of both in here is because this is a new office. My other office was really small, so I had bunch of sound boards on the wall, and it worked great. I got it carpeted, which made it sound great. Then I moved into this place, which is heaps bigger. So I needed this, and go back to my shanty town. Living with stuff stuck to the wall. But yes, it doesn't matter how good your microphone is, if you don't have good sound insulation or sound absorption, it just doesn't work, and the best ones, blankets on the wall. And something on the carpet, on the ground. This has like a fake wood type thing, and it sounds bad, so I just had some old bits of carpet from my last office that I just, totally just, stuck on the floor with some tape, it's pretty bad. That's the dirty mat that I found outside the door when I first moved in. It's all a pretty budget at the moment. But the sound works nice.
So sound proofing, over, yeah, let's finish off that up. So you've seen what's around here. Obviously keep this bit tidy. But I want to go through a couple of other tips for recording head shots. So one is, we talked about it earlier, the screen cast. Just have a glass of orange juice, or in my case, apple cider vinegar next to the-- next to here, just take a big drink before you get started, like I did. Keeps the spit noises down. With Apple cider vinegar, don't drink it straight. Mix a tiny bit with a big chunk of water, it's pretty strong. So do that. Also make sure, wherever you film it, like whenever you film a segment, when you've finished it, and you think that was good, finally got it, download the video, and check it on your computer.
You get tempted to like record a few, and you've not checked them until you're editing. So many times have I've gone back, and the mic was not on, or the battery ran out, or something, or storage on the hard drive, the camera didn't work. So every time you do it, record it, because it's really easy to go back and do a retake, when you've just finished doing it, because it's all still in your head, and it can be a lot more natural. So just, as soon as you're finished, stop it. I end up doing it like, 10 times a day, stopping, going and checking it. Slows things down, but it's a whole lot faster when you find a problem. So just check it as you're going.
Another tip is to record at the end, the intro. So say this is this entire course, so say I do a course, 50 videos. The actual first intro video, do at the end. So I start at video 2, like, "Hey, welcome to the course." And you kind of get started there. Then when you have finished, finished your conclusion, go back and do the intro, because it's so much more natural doing it that way. You've got your confidence up, especially if it's your first video. Plus, throughout the course you've got an idea of who the course is for, what's in it, a lot more clearer, a lot more natural. So you can do that intro. Do the intro last, that's not just for the entire course, but do it for every video as well. Say we're at video 15, and we're discussing how to use the Brush Tool. What I do is, when I'm doing my screen cast, is I will start with just using the tool. I'm like, "Okay, so now go to", I'll start like this, I'll start recording, "Okay, now go up to file, and come down to this, and start using this." So we'll work through the course, and build the thing, then when I'm finished it, I go back to the beginning of that particular video 17, and do the intro for that little video as well. It's more natural doing it that way as well. So I'll record it all then get back to the beginning, and I'll say, "All right, in this course we are going to talk about the Brush Tool." And often I'll have an example to show them as well, like this is what we're going to be making, rather than people just start--
I hate when the tutorial start, and you don't really know what they're making, so you skip to the end, to see whether you like the thing they're making, or it's the thing you meant. So I always start with the exact thing, the exact thing we're going to make in that course. You'll notice on all my videos from my Adobe tutorials that's how I do it.
Other tips, teleprompters; oh, not a teleprompter. So the teleprompter is, not sure if you've seen Anchorman, but it basically it's the words scrolling up the screen, so you can read from it. You can tell I don't do that, because mine's a bit more off-the-cuff natural. You might not like it, some people like that kind of more, a bit more kind of like news presenter reading, where it's a lot more defined and bullet pointed. Reading from a teleprompter, it's not hard, it means you get to spend a bit of time making the language perfect.
Getting a teleprompter is not hard. You can make your own teleprompter if you've got an iPad or a cell phone. I made one, and I tried it, and it didn't work. I didn't like reading from-- because I find my eyes, kind of like reading across the screen, and I didn't quite like it. So have a look on YouTube for like, how to make it teleprompter for $10. I will just show you, it's basically just a bit of glass from a photo frame, and you need an iPad and a free app. You can make your own teleprompter, it's pretty cool. So you might do that for your first course, because, yeah, reading like a robot is better than not doing it very well. So check out how to do a teleprompter, or do what I do and just take a million takes.
So it's like, I guess, a good thing like, don't be like, "Oh man, it's going to take me ages," it takes you ages. So my intro video takes me like two days to film, because I want to get it looking, feeling natural, but I can't just do it once I got to record it like 20 times, for every little take to get one that works. So if you're finding it like, "Man, it's taking me forever", it does take forever, and I've been doing it for a while now, and it still takes me a long time. I just record, if I make a mistake, I just start again, hit 'Stop' on the camera, come back down, sit down, have a glass of water, try again, and it can be real frustrating sometimes, but sometimes it comes out super natural.
So yeah, that's the teleprompter. My last tip, my final tip for recording, is my towel. This might just be me, but man, I get sweaty during my classes. This is what I use, drink of water, dab my five head, because I get so sweaty doing this, especially in this little room, and then I get going. Not sure if that's a tip, but it's what I do, I need to give myself a little bit of-- I don't use the makeup, maybe I should. But just give myself a bit of a dry, and get back into the video.
All right my friends, that is the end of this particular video course. I will see you in the next course. Next video even. Man, this is so natural. Bye. I should really talk from a teleprompter, and stop this wagging. Bye again.