Thank you so much for applying to be a guest expert for the Cafinnate Academy!
We’re excited to welcome you into our community!
As mentioned on the application page, we take pride in the quality of the content of our masterclasses as well as the production quality!
For that reason, we’re eager to collaborate with experts who are ready to step up their video skills so that they can go on to record their own online courses, masterclasses and video content, while using this CCA collaboration as a stepping stone on that journey.
So without further ado, carve out an hour to watch the Video Making Masterclass below to learn how you can step into the video content space with confidence.
STEP 1: Once you’ve got all your equipment setup and ready to go, record a short test video, and send it to us for feedback and tips before recording your entire masterclass. That way when you hit record for real, you know your setup is on point!
Let us know if you have any questions.
STEP 2: We’ll schedule an online chat to talk you through your video setup and areas for improvement if appropriate.
STEP 3: Record and send your masterclass
STEP 4: Your masterclass gets edited, packaged and uploaded to the Academy Website
STEP 5: Your masterclass is officially launched on the agreed upon date, and will receive your 1 month free access to the entire academy.
Specs for Recording good quality Video & Audio
- Audio is crucial. You must use a microphone. A Lavelier Mic (AKA Lapel mic) that you can plug into your camera or phone. This is a great option: https://amzn.to/2YVoJZm. If audio quality is bad, you’ll have lost the interest from your viewers already. A microphone is a worthwhile investment.
- Visuals. Recording on your phone (depending on the make and model) is fine. Before you record, go into the settings of your phone/camera and ensure the recording settings are set to 1920 x1080 and 30 fps (Frames per second). You’ll have to figure out your device for where to check/change those settings. Position the camera so that it’s at your eye-level.
- Lighting. Make sure you are well lit. If you have a Ringlight like this one https://amzn.to/30RlWBY that’s great. Otherwise set your camera up in front of a window, so that you face the window. That will ensure that you’re well lit. If you’re using a DSLR camera to record, set your camera to 1/50 shutter speed, about 3.5 f/stop and about 400 ISO. These are manual settings and will need tweaking depending on your specific lighting conditions. But it’s a starting point and it’s best to work in manual mode, rather than letting the camera decide on auto. Without getting too technical in this explanation, play around with the settings. Otherwise contact us directly for more detailed explanation of these settings and how to use them for your specific situation.
- Background. Check your background for any unnecessary clutter or distractions. Setup your camera in the position you plan to record, and take a photo. Look at the photo paying special attention to all the things in the background. Move items if you need to. If you can’t move items, move the camera until you have a background that doesn’t compete for attention when you’re speaking to camera.
- When recording, if you stumble on your words, simply pause and start again. Leave a few seconds of silence before you begin speaking, so that in the editing process, the gaps are big enough to make the cuts.
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