Why On-Camera Video?

Using on-camera video is a fantastic way to make a course more visually interesting, communicate ideas more effectively, and engage with students in a more personal way. Being able to create excellent on-camera video is a useful and practical skill, and learning how to achieve good results can be a fun and interesting challenge.

This guide will help you through the process of planning what to film, selecting your recording locations and gear, and assisting you as you put it all together to produce a high-quality, visually interesting course, no matter your previous experience.

Take the time to read this complete On-Camera Video Guide before you begin. In many ways the initial approach to on-camera video is similar to screencasting. If you are not familiar with the Screencasting Guide, it will be helpful to take a look before you begin. Planning Your Course will help you structure your course. In Great Audio, the sections on Choosing a Room, The Right Equipment for the Job and Troubleshooting are all applicable when shooting live video. It will also be helpful if, before you begin, you look at a variety of Envato Tuts+ courses that use live video to see which styles appeal to you. The Examples of On-Camera Video section is a great place to start.

Test Video

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with this On-Camera Video Guide, the next step is to record a Test Video for review by both your Editor and the Course Producer before you receive approval to record your course. Do not skip this step.

If you’re planning on recording multiple setups or locations we ask that you record a Test Video of each setup before you proceed. The Envato Tuts+ Course Producer is always available to help you with each stage of production and answer your questions as you go.

Examples of On-Camera Video: