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Record & Go Studio: Simplified Video Recording

Study Presentation Best Practices

Get inspired and learn best practices by by observing successful speakers and watching tutorials, such as The University of Melbourne's three-part overview (part 1 | part 2 | part 3) on academic presentations. The Univeristy of Queensland's 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) website offers award-winning research talks. Another excellent resource for examples of succinct but inspiring presentations is the TED Talks YouTube Channel. Presentation expert Nancy Duarte's TEDx Talk on The Secret Structure of Great Presentations will be particularly useful in learning to create effective and eloquent presentations.

Write a Script

Example storyboard from The Empire Strikes Back

Unless your video is purposely improvised, it is best to prepare what you will say in advance. You may wish to hold hand-written notes, or place them atop our studio lectern. 


Storyboard Best Practices
1 Storyboards are a tool, not a final product. Spend just enough time to help you create the finished product—the video!
2 Vital components might include:
  • Rough visual sketch of action (with arrows indicating direction)
  • Any dialogue or dialogue notes
  • Indications of length for each shots
  • Directions for performers

Download Storyboard Template

Prepare Your Presentation

Before you begin recording, make sure to gather any resources and props you may need, and arrange the space appropriately. The library has many resources available, including a lectern, projector slide advancer, chairs, and an artificial tree to add some variety. If you will be projecting a presentation on the green screen or using the overhead projector, you may wish to explore these popular presentation software packages:

Emaze | Free
Haiku Deck | Free
Google Slides Free
LaTex Free
Prezi | Free
Slides | Free

Recording Your Presentation

Below are suggested best practices when creating videos in the One Button Studio:




Try to keep your video recording short to provide digestible amounts of information and to maintain the attention of your audience.


Eye Contact


Look at the camera instead of the video monitor that is next to it. Looking at the camera makes it appear as if you are making eye contact with your audience and makes for a more engaging video.




The Studio uses a high quality microphone which results in a nice sounding recording of your voice.  Try doing a test to determine the volume you should use when speaking.





Follow general presentation rules about how to use font, color, and photos on slides.  Keep the slides simple and avoid flashy transitions or animations. Keeping a high contrast between text, images, and background will help make your slides easy to see. Use large text and limit the amount of it.



Green or Blue Screen Recording


The Studio offers green and blue screen recording technology, which allows users to easily superimpose their recording over a different backdrop (like what the weathermen use to do their broadcasts!). Be sure to avoid wearing green if you plan to use the green screen or blue if you plan to use the blue screen. Stand as close to the curtain as you can while recording to reduce the halo effect around your body.



Content adapted from Penn State's Best Practices.