Video calls have made it easier and more convenient than ever to interview experts and produce unique video content. All that you need to do is record the call – either using features in the platform itself, or a screen recorder.
However if you want to record more impressive expert interviews via video calls, there are a few tips that could go a long way:
- Adjust the lighting and camera before the interview
One of the key preparatory steps that you need to take is to adjust your lighting and camera position. Try to position the camera as close to eye level as possible, so that your face doesn’t look skewed.
The lighting should (naturally) not be in the frame that is recorded and is best if positioned in front of you and above and behind your monitor. If you have a softbox that would be perfect as it will produce soft and diffused light.
- Optimize your internet connection
The last thing you want is for the video call to stutter or lag at any point while you’re recording, so you should try to make sure your internet connection is as fast and stable as possible.
Ideally you should connect to your router using an Ethernet cable for the most stable connection, but if not you could use Wi-Fi but should make sure your signal strength is good. On top of that you should close any downloads or apps that may be using your connection – and try to make sure no updates or virus scans are scheduled.
Always remember to prepare the background of your frame – and at very least clean it up. It is up to you whether you want a simple and plain background, or if you want to set it up with a few props to set the scene.
In either case you should try to make sure that the background is stationary, and not too crowded that it ends up distracting viewers from the interview.
- Test the video, audio, and connection before starting the interview
Before you actually start to interview the expert, take a few seconds to test the quality of the video, audio, and internet connection – on both ends. All you need to do is let the interviewee know that you’re going to be testing it, and chat with them a little bit.
During your test you should pay close attention for any signs of issues. If there is an issue on your end you should request a few minutes to fix it. Whereas if it is on their end you should let them know and suggest what can be done.
It is up to you to decide which video calling platform you want to use, and the screen recorder that you prefer as well. For example you could use Movavi Screen Recorder to record Skype calls, or could use the built-in recorder in version 8 onwards.
Regardless of the platform and software that you use, the tips described above should help you to record video calls that look and sound far better. After that it should just take a bit of editing on your part to produce impressive expert interviews that you can publish online, share on social media, or use as content in other ways.