Studio

Whether presenting to a live audience, or broadcasting from your home studio, proper technology is your best friend for smooth, professional results. Here are a few tips to get you started. Still have questions? Check out more resources in our Labs section. Or contact us for a studio design consultation to make sure you’re on track. We’re here to help.

Tips

Choose your location

  • If using a green screen or backdrop, select a space large enough to stand 3-4’ away from the screen.

  • Common studio space is a 10’x10’ footprint in 15’x15’ room.

  • If no backdrop is being used, find a spot with pleasing and non-distracting décor. Remember, everything in your shot communicates and people are analyzing it.

  • Any windows should be in front of you, never behind you.

 

Green Screen

  • Ensure there are no wrinkles or shadows cast on it.

  • Make sure you are centered on the screen.

Bandwidth

  • Make sure you have strong bandwidth with at least 5 mbps up if you are broadcasting live.

  • Test your speed at https://www.speedtest.net/

Lighting

  • Use a lamp or natural light from a window.

  • No shadows.

  • Ideally, you’ll have backlight, key and side light, as well as light from directly in front of you.

  • You’ll want even lighting on your face, with few or no shadows. Be mindful of too much light creating lighting hot spots.

  • Light backdrop screen separately from the subject with less light than the subject.

  • Avoid any backlighting, like a window, which creates silhouettes.

Audio

  • Hide mic cables from camera view.

  • Don’t use a headset. Invest in a USB lavaliere mic or earbuds with built in microphone. Make sure devices are charged before shooting.

  • Make sure everything on your set is quiet before going live. Listen for motors, fans, dogs, sirens, and other noise makers.

Camera Settings

  • If using an upgraded camera, fast shutter speeds are better, 1/100th shutter speed with a 180-degree shutter angle simulated in postproduction.

  • Expose for the foreground, not the background.

  • Camera at eye height or just above.

Graphics / Monitor

  • Don’t get distracted by your own image in the monitor. Minimize and focus on your presentation.

  • Have someone else advance your graphics if possible.

  • Do not stare at your graphics in the monitor, keep your eye line focused on the camera.

  • If that is not an option, make sure your presenter view is directly below your camera, so your eye line does not appear to drop.

Subject  

  • Stand a few feet away from screen.

  • Center yourself in your frame. Don’t leave excessive headroom above you.

  • When presenting, stand up if possible. It keeps your energy level up.

  • If sitting, do not lean into your webcam. Try not to slouch or fidget. Use a stationary chair that doesn’t swivel. Avoid high-backed chair. It should not be visible behind you.

For a studio design consultation, please contact us at info@livemiclabs.com

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