So that was a question I got asked (again) recently. I've written about this before. (Ref: "My Studio Setup For Screencasting Production.") But, it's also good to update the list every now and again.
Below is my latest response to this question. I'd be remiss if I didn't share it with you, as well. So here you go.
For recording/editing stuff on the computer screen, here’s what I recommend:
- ScreenFlow (Mac – via Telestream.net) or Camtasia Studio (PC – via Techsmith.com)
- Snagit (via Techsmith.com)
- Photoshop (via Adobe.com)
- Adobe Premiere (if doing any video editing work.)
- For any add’l fancy video animations, you might also look at GoAnimate.com
For audio setup, here’s what I recommend:
- For desktop recording: Yeti USB condenser microphone (via bluemic.com)
- For recording live/“talking heads”: Shure FP1/FP5 wireless lavalier transmitter/receiver system (via shure.com)
For any camera work:
- Almost any DSLR with video/audio capabilities… though I do recommend a model that has a flip-out / reversible LCD and an audio-in port. (We use a Lumix GH3, but there are other brands that’ll do the job just as well…. Or better.)
- Studio lights… you’ll need at least 3 of these… 4 is better. (One behind the subject, and then two in front of the subject.) For this you might look to dynaphos.com or amazon.com.
If you have any requirements of a backdrop:
We got ours from Amazon.com. If you need a backdrop setup, then I can recommend the following shopping list:
- A 10’ x 10’ frame (I got this one)
- A paper-based backdrop. Check out those by savage paper (also on amazon)
- Clips (I got these). You’ll probably want about 6-8 of these.
eLearning Course Production
Just a quick note here about the tools below. There's a bit of a learning curve with developing eLearning training programs. Beyond the "mechanics" and "buttonology" of learning the software, there's also a bit of theory (adult learning theory, cognitive load theory, spaced repetition, and so forth) that go along with the use of these tools. To that end, I also listed a couple of books that might be of interest.
- For hosting my eLearning productions, I'll use one of the following:
- If you're a small business, information marketer or self-producing your own online courses, you might also want to take a look at some of the cool work Justin Ferriman has done with Learndash. It works as a plugin to your self-hosted WordPress site.
- Here are a couple of books that might be of interest:
- Efficiency In Learning: Evidence-Based Guidelines To Manage Cognitive Load, by Ruth Clark, Frank Nguyen, John Sweller.
- Design For How People Learn, Julie Dirksen.
- Screencasting & eLearning Wizardry, curated by yours truly.
Finally, these articles from Wistia are pretty good, too, for “quick and dirty” DIY setups:
- Video production http://wistia.com/learning/diy-office-video-studio
- “Down and Dirty Lighting Kit” http://wistia.com/learning/down-and-dirty-lighting-kit
Did I miss anything?
What would you add to the list?
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