While there are advantages to recording with professional video equipment, the technology available in many smartphones is often adequate and is generally better than using your computer. For example, if you are only capturing a single person speaking, a device like the latest iPhone offers a very high-resolution image and good image stabilisation so you can film without the need for a tripod or other equipment.
If you are looking to record a presentation, one of the easiest ways to do this is to record yourself presenting it within Zoom or Teams. You could also use this approach to capture people speaking with or without content. A key thing to be mindful of when recording using Zoom or Teams, however, is the limitations around resolution along with the impacts of poor internet bandwidth from any of your contributors.
Zencastr is a product we mentioned in the audio recording section and they have expanded their product into video with the same key features that we are big fans of:
- Requiring your presenters or interviewees to simply access a web link, no downloads required, and allow it to access their camera and microphone.
- Serving as your video conversation channel yet recording each person’s video and audio locally so that it can process a high-quality video and audio file that is not impacted by internet bandwidth.
- Applying some sound engineering smarts to the edit of your final video track automagically!
In a similar fashion to Zencastr the rise of live video broadcasts, great products are available for producing your video content including Restream and StreamYard.
So far the options described are relatively accessible and straightforward. From here we move into more involved hardware and software. As soon as you go beyond these you add more equipment, cost and technical knowledge to your requirements – we can write more about this but for the moment we’ll cap the complexity here.