Producing Your Course
Audio & Visual Equipment

A big part of your course creation involves creating videos that help your students to quickly grasp what you are teaching. In many cases, you are going to want to create video courses with yourself in it – or at least parts of your courses – from shooting live video with a video camera. When producing a course, it is important to have the right equipment ready. We created this list so that you don't have to spend too much time with trial and error.

Keep in mind as you read that you do not need to have the most expensive, top-of-the-line audio or visual equipment to create high-quality videos. And no, you do not have to hire a professional crew or go to film school. These days, you can create videos of good quality with very reasonably priced equipment and some general knowledge about how to use it.

Now let's a look at what we will need.

Video Camera

When your goal is to produce courses with lesson videos of the best quality possible, it can be tempting to blow a ton of money on the latest, most expensive gadget but these days, it’s really not necessary to spend a lot to produce excellent, high definition videos. Here's why...

  • Mobile phone
  • Smartphones these days have gotten so good with video that you may not need anything more. Just make sure you get one that is built after 2018. Also, have a tripod with adjustable legs so that you can shoot and you're all set. There are many different mini tripods available for phones these days. Look for tripods with adjustable legs that allows you to shoot at many different angles.
  • Webcam
  • Webcams may also work as long as they are capable of producing 1080p videos. A popular webcam you can buy on Amazon is the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 which gives us clear and crisp HD videos.
  • Video recording camera
  • If you do want to step up and get yourself a dedicated video camera, you might want to check out video recording cameras from Canon or Nikon. A Canon VIXIA HF R800 is a great all around choice for under $200.

Audio Recording

When you have great looking visuals, you will also want to have audio that is nice to listen to. Unfortunately, one of the things in creating high-quality audio for your videos is, it is not as simple as just speaking into your camera or laptop and coming out with studio quality sound.

Instead, great sounding audio requires some level of prep work and in some cases, tedious post processing.

  • Lavalier Microphone
  • A lavalier microphone, in short for lav mic (also known as a lapel mic, clip mic, body mic), is a small microphone that clips to the lapel or some other part of the speaker's clothing. You can get a lav mic for as low as $20. They clip right onto your clothes so you don't have to feel tethered to a cord and can back away from the camera to get a beautifully framed image.
  • Shotgun microphone
  • A shotgun microphone is a highly directional microphone that picks up sound coming from one direction. As it is a unidirectional microphone, it picks up sound when the sound source is directly in front of them. When the source of the desired sound is moved to the sides and rear, it doesn't pick up the sound as much.

Lighting

While equipping yourself with the right camera and audio recording device is important, we should not overlook good lighting as that is one of most important things you need to create video courses that look truly professional.

To shoot high quality videos, you will want to try to shoot videos in places where there is plenty of light, preferably natural light. If you are shooting in a room without much light, you might have to add some artificial studio lights to balance things out.