Tips for presentation filming

Seminar / Presentation / Workshop filming Tips

Filming presentations is a great way to generate cost-effective content. The material is already in place, as is the venue, and nerves are not focussed on performance for the camera. You can even generate multiple videos from the same presentation. If the presentation is being professionally shot, here are some pointers for you, the speaker, to help get the most from the project;
  • Ideally you need to stand with no windows behind you. If you can stand facing windows, rather then them being to one side of you, this is even better.
  • If you are using a projector and screen, this should be off to one side. The room light should be as bright as possible, but where the audience can still see the images on the screen.
  • If the seats are arranged in rows the front seats need to be as far away from you as practical, and with a wide centre aisle. If the audience is small then we should have good flexibility on camera position. The key is to minimise the amount of audience (usually backs of heads) the camera can see in shot.
  • Don't wear clothes with fine checks or stripes, or the same colour as the room walls.
  • The radio microphone will need to be clipped to your blouse, shirt, tie or jacket. The battery pack goes in a pocket or is clipped to belt or waistband. If the blouse/shirt is flimsy, this is harder. If the clothing has no buttons, zips or openings (e.g. roll-neck jumper), clipping the mic is problematical.
  • Mobile phones must be set to silent and kept well away, or ideally turned off.
  • Control over the room air conditioning is welcome, for the purposes of noise reduction.
  • If you talk over someone, or someone talks over you, during the introduction (or at any other key point) this cannot be corrected in editing.
  Good luck with all your speaking engagements.