For those of you who are currently recording audio-podcasts, take note:
There is a slightly different guest intake process and host checklist for our virtual video studio. Below you'll find info and products related to setting up your lights, camera, and studio.
(For one or more people + greenscreen options)
In simplest terms, lighting usually requires that you hit the participant(s) from both sides, to avoid harsh shadow. But, you can light a solo podcaster with a single light. See below.
If you choose to add green-screen... you'll need more space, and (likely) two additional lights to fully and evenly illuminate your background.
- Lighting Supplies
No two rooms are the same. But the more you control for natural light and backlight... the better the end product.Video-Lighting for green screen recording
video - Lighting for Videos in Small Rooms
video - How to Use One Light for Video
video - Lighting for 2 People
video - 5 Most Common Lighting Mistakes
Approximate rule of thumb for lighting in-room participants:
1 person = 1-2 lights
1 person green screen = 3-4 lights
2 person = 3-4 lights
2 person green screen = 4-7 lights
Green Screen Lighting Options
Video-Green Screen Mistakes to Avoid
Video-Small Room Green Screen Guide
Shop - Amazon Kits For Green Screen
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CameraIt's generally best to record through a computer with a good mic & headphones.If your computer camera is standard, you'll want to upgrade.
The following products are available from almost any electronics retailer.
- solo shot - Logitech C922 - usually $99
- wide/multi person shots - Brio Ultra HD Pro - usually $199
- use your smartphone as a webcam on your PC (if your phone has a fabulous camera)
video- how to use your smartphone as a webcam on Riverside fm
video- how to use your smartphone as a second camera-angle on Riverside fm
Internet connection & Power-Plan to setup where your computer will have excellent connectivity.
-Plug in the power cord while recording video.
Solo Podcast MicrophoneMost of my audio podcast clients use a Podtrak P4 with a Shure/Samson microphone. That unit will connect to a pc via usb C.
If you are recording solo & with video - use a mic with a direct usb connection to your computer-
video - Using the Blue Yeti mic
Multi Participant (same room) MicrophonesThis is where you will want to use a Podtrak P4 with multiple mics. Or, some similar solution for multiple in-room audio tracks mated with a single video camera.
video - About Podtrak P4
Connect the P4 to the video podcast computer and do your best to level the volume of each in-room participant.
In this scenario, the host can record separate audio tracks for each in-room participant to the memory card of the Podtrak P4 - while simultaneously feeding their audio into the video studio app.
Podtrak P4 bundles w/mic, headphones, mic stands, etc:
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