Watch on YouTube: Behind the scenes set up: my home studio
There are so many great tips in the video, you may need to watch it once or twice. I want to teach you so many things about video production, and I thought that it would be valuable to share my home studio set up, along with a recipe that shares some great speaking tips.
There are a couple of ways to record a vlog. You can create a “set” like mine. It can be a brand appropriate background, a backdrop like white, colored material, or green screen, or you could take your production to the field. James Wedmore, a popular video marketer has a great post about how to create a set.
For my home studio, I just use my work space. This is the area where I edit, and watch TV. I have a couple of speakers, a flat screen, hard drives, and mics on my desk. It work s well because it reinforces the Web Video Chefs brand (or at least I think it does).
As Chip and I were developing this site, I actually experimented by shooting in my kitchen, but it wasn’t convenient. All of my production gear is in my home office including lights, so this works best for now.
My Home Studio Set Up
Recipe for Recording at Home
1. Determine your set
2. Set up lights
3. Set up tripod and attach camera
4. Plug in microphone
5. Conduct a mic test
6. Check audio
7. Check shot for framing, and things that may be out of place*
8. Press record, sit down and record takes
*If you’re self-shooting, it may be challenging at first to figure out exactly where to sit, and how to position the camera perfectly. You may want to record a couple of on camera tests to make sure the framing is correct, and that you’re sitting or standing in the right place.
Now that you’ve seen my home studio set up, I’ll get into the meat of my latest tutorial which came via a question from Sandy Cesaire who is developing real estate videos for her new site. She wanted to know about the best way to sit or stand on camera, and asked me for some vocal tips.
Whether sitting or standing, you should always be comfortable. If you’re stiff of not comfortable, it will show in your delivery. Don’t slouch or lean, and if you’re in a chair that swivels, don’t rock back and forth.
When it comes to speaking on camera, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
1. Tone: Is your voice bass, baratone, soprano etc? Pay attention to your diaphram, and how you push your voice out.
2. Volume: How loud you speak
3. Pace: How fast or slow you speak
To avoid being redundant, the video above explains it all, but make sure you’re using words that your audience understands. In my video I explain what a news gang bang is. There are gang bangs in news? Yes… Just watch the video.
Hope this helps. If you have a question, you can always ask us, and we’ll do our best to answer.