3. Record the best audio!
If you think you’ve mastered keeping the image steady and well-framed, the next step is to make sure you’re providing the best audio feed you possibly can. Make sure you’re recording in an optimal environment, i.e. a quiet space without background noise or lots of echo. Your office can be a great option, but be mindful of sounds present outside (busy roads, parking lot) and inside (coworkers, loud machines like printers or air conditioners). Many cameras and phones have built-in microphones, but they can be poor quality and often sound very flat. If you absolutely have to use the built-in mic, this will make the environment you record in even more crucial. Position the phone no more than three or four feet away from you and make sure you are not close to any noise source. If there’s a way for you to use an external microphone instead of the camera’s built-in mic, whether it’s a lavalier mic clipped to your shirt or a shotgun mic attached to the camera, definitely take that option. (Check out the PoP Voice lapel mic, which is designed to work with most mobile devices and can usually be found for under 20 bucks.) If you’re going to be a guest presenter on a webinar, make sure to use a headset to assure clean, crisp audio. Regardless of the configuration you end up with, make sure you play back your video to test the quality of the audio before you send off the file. It’s much easier to shoot another take right then and there, than to find out later that the audio you recorded was unintelligible and you need to re-shoot.