Guest blog by AV production expert, Rob Double who demonstrates how to create quality video and audio content from home during the lockdown
Many businesses are having to change the way they engage with their teams and customers during lockdown.
Creating video and audio content can be a great way to get your message across, but if you’re not technically minded – and you don’t have the support of an IT or production department to rely on – how do you create content that looks and sounds professional?
Understanding how to get the best video and audio quality at home has never been more important. Without a basic understanding of camera and audio, it can be easy to get into embarrassing situations with colleagues and clients alike.
We asked south west London local and AV production expert Rob Double to help us out with some essential tips for creating captivating content from your kitchen table. Rob is the Founder of Access Studios, a production company in Soho, currently working from home in south west London.
Access Studios is supporting businesses to produce high-quality virtual content through a free online video series. This blog post features five videos that explain how to plan and record AV content, each including essential tips on creating the best quality home video and audio content using nothing more than a standard computer or phone.
1. Building a Content Strategy from Home
What is the best way to approach making content at home? This video runs through the individual subjects of the training series and offers some essential advice to prepare anyone looking to try out a home recording strategy. This includes the best way to approach building an online audience.
2. Setting-up to Record at Home
Where is the best place to go in your house when using a camera and microphone?
This video runs through basic considerations for how to get the best quality audio visual content at home, including tips on what to look for in light, noise, backdrop and the ‘little things’.
3. Using Video at Home – Essentials
Whether it’s for a video call or recording a new message for customers, this video outlines how to avoid the common mistakes of camerawork and get the best quality from your computer or phone camera. Topics include: eye level, sound, framing, prompts, phone.
4. Using Audio at Home – Essentials
In audio content, the audience can’t see you – so try to use it to your advantage during the recording process.
This video explains the best ways to get crisp and clear vocals when in a noisy home environment. Topics include: phone mics, popping, ambient noise, basic kit.
5. Going Live – How to Record your First Content
You’re ready to put pen to paper and start recording. This video goes through key hints and tips on how to complete your first recording on your phone or computer. Topics include: scripting, pausing, rule of three, first frame, insurance take, how to record basics.
About the Author
A former broadcaster in Westminster and Brussels, Rob Double oversees content creation at Access Studios, a disruptive studio production company.
Rob previously managed the operations and production for a London TV and podcasting studio, overseeing a production team to deliver multimedia content for daily distribution. He has worked across BBC Radio 4 and World Service programmes, and in 2016 he successfully launched an online political news channel, Core Politics, gaining national news coverage and leading its early growth to over 2,500 subscribers. Rob appears on news reviews across the media, with appearances including The Jeremy Vine Show, talkRADIO and BBC London.