Home Video Studio - Set Up Your Video Studio on Any Budget

How trainers can purchase, set up, and position your video equipment to save time, money, and record courses effectively
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  • Lectures 81
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2016 English

Course Description

UPDATED: 2016-07-04. In this two-hour course, you will learn how to set up and configure your own video studio on any budget. You will learn what equipment is needed and you will receive recommendations on different types of equipment based on your available budget. Activities and resources are available at the end of each section to reinforce what you've learned and guide you in applying what you learned so you can take action and implement the setup.

The course takes you through a linear process of understanding the key concepts, making the right choices based on your vision for your videos, and implementing your choices. You can go through the course step by step or you can jump around to just get information on the specific area you need help with. 

This course is divided into 4 major sections: Basics, Microphones, Lighting, and Camera. 

In Basics, you'll learn about WHY a studio can help you create videos faster, the rule of thirds, framing, and choosing a background.

In Microphones, you'll learn about the different microphone types (handheld, lapel, headset, etc.), their interfaces (USB, XLR, 1/8 inch or 3.5mm), what type of microphone to buy depending on your video style and your budget, and how to properly test and record with microphones.

In Lighting, you'll learn about the different types of lights (incandescent, CFL, LCD, halogen), what types of lights are best for different situations, what color temperature is and its importance, changing the lighting intensity, what three-point lighting is, and how to properly light a studio for video recording.

In Cameras, you'll learn how to use the camera you probably already have, what settings to use on your camera, how to choose another camera if you prefer, how and why to stabilize the camera to make the shots look more professional, and how to use multiple cameras help you hide mistakes.

What are the requirements?

  • You should have a space in mind where you want to set up your studio.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Assess what equipment they currently have and what additional equipment is needed.
  • Identify what budget they have to work with – budget, hobbyist, or prosumer.
  • Position (frame) themselves to make a more appealing shot.
  • Understand why a camera’s manual focus is better than autofocus for studios and how to properly set focus.
  • Learn about the different types of microphones.
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of various microphone types (lapel, shotgun, desk, etc.).
  • Choose the type of microphone that is best for their studio based on video style, preference, and budget.
  • Identify microphone interface types (USB, XLR, one-eighth inch or 3.5mm) to ensure compatibility with their equipment.
  • Choose accessories that will complement the microphone type (pop filter, wind guard, shock mount).
  • Identify noise sources Know how to best treat a room to reduce noise.
  • Understand the value in recording “silence” (room noise) at the beginning of a recording.
  • Test audio and check levels prior to recording.
  • Learn how to best set microphone gain.
  • Identify the different lighting types (clamp, softbox, room, ambient).
  • Choose the right type of light based on budget and style.
  • Understand the use of reflectors and diffusers with lighting.
  • Choose a bulb type (incandescent, CFL, LED, halogen) based on energy consumption and how it affects the subject.
  • Identify and understand Kelvin color temperature of bulbs.
  • Understand the importance of maintaining consistent color temperature.
  • Choose which color temperature range to use when shooting in a studio.
  • Change light intensity using a variety of methods (distance, dimming, number).
  • Understand what three-point lighting is and how to use it to light their subject.
  • The different names of lights (key, fill, hair) and their positions for optimal lighting.
  • Understand background lighting and its value.
  • Set the distance and angle of lights for lighting their subject.
  • Identify the cameras available to them now.
  • Choose a camera based on budget.
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of various camera types (smartphone, webcam, pocket camera, camcorder, GoPro, DSLR).
  • Select a resolution and frames per second (fps) to use for recording.
  • Choose the file type to use for recording.
  • Understand the value of stabilization.
  • Choose a method of stabilizing based on camera type and budget.
  • Position the camera to provide the best view of the subject.
  • Where to set manual focus on the subject. How to set manual focus on yourself.
  • Where and why to use multiple cameras for recording.

What is the target audience?

  • This is course is for students who want to know what they need for recording video in their home video studio.
  • This course is for students who have different budget levels and need to know what type of equipment to get depending on their budget
  • This course is not for anyone wanting to create Hollywood-level videos.
  • This course is not for anyone wanting to set up a professional studio. This is for a home studio.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Basics
Welcome and Introduction
Preview
02:28
Course Overview
01:26
Meeting Your Instructor
01:09
Valuing the Studio
01:58
Borrowing and Investing
02:37
Understanding Equipment Tiers
02:29
Additional Equipment
03:05
Framing
Preview
03:25
Backgrounds and Shooting Indoors
03:18
Shooting Outdoors and Greenscreen
02:40
Positioning with the Background
03:00
Framing and Background Summary
01:00
Activities - Section 1 - Basics
Article
Resources - Section 1 - Basics
Article
Section 2: Microphones
Microphone Section Overview
02:08
Microphone Interfaces Overview
01:10
Eighth Inch or 3.5 mm
Preview
02:07
02:18
02:01
Wireless
01:26
Microphone Interfaces Summary
04:32
Microphone Types Overview
00:33
Lavalier
Preview
04:15
Handheld Recorders
02:58
Handheld Microphones
03:55
Desktop
Preview
02:32
Shotgun
03:31
Headset
02:28
Microphone Type Summary
02:24
Noise Overview
00:40
Minimizing Noises
02:58
Soundproofing
Preview
01:38
Room Noise
00:59
Microphone Positioning
02:46
Noise Summary
00:48
Activities - Section 2 - Microphones
Article
Resources - Section 2 - Microphones
Article
Section 3: Lighting
Lighting Introduction
00:45
Hard Lights
01:50
Clamp Light and LED Examples
03:53
Soft Light - Diffused
Preview
01:53
Soft Light - Reflected
Preview
01:50
Softbox Setup
Preview
05:20
Room Lights
01:10
Ambient Light
01:25
Light Types Summary
00:37
Bulbs Overview
00:15
Bulb Types
02:45
Kelvin
Preview
02:35
Lighting Intesity - Brightness
00:55
Lighting Intesity - Dimming
00:42
Lighting Intesity - Distance
00:34
Lighting Intesity - Number
00:59
Lighting Bulbs Summary
01:15
Lighting Positioning Overview
00:18
Lighting Purpose
01:02
Three-Point Lighting
Preview
01:48
Number of Lighting Points
01:28
Height, Distance, Angle
02:06
Lighting Positioning Summary
00:45
Activities - Section 3 - Lighting
Article
Resources - Section 3 - Lighting
Article
Section 4: Cameras
Camera Section Overview
00:38
Smartphone, Webcam, Pocket
02:53
Camcorder
02:02
DSLR
02:50
GoPro and Summary
01:32
Camera Stabilizing Overview
00:50
Tripod
Preview
02:08
Books and Boxes
00:50
Handheld Stabilization
01:16
Stabilization Summary
03:56
Camera Positioning Overview
00:20
Camera Height
01:14
Camera Distance
00:42
Focus
Preview
02:41
Multiple Cameras
02:03
Camera Positioning Summary
02:24
Activities - Section 4 - Camera
Article
Resources - Section 4 - Cameras
Article
Course Closing and Thank You
01:15

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Instructor Biography

Ron Hogue, Technical Training Guru

Delivering technical training since 2003, Ron has taught hundreds of students everything from Microsoft Office applications to soft skills to Networking. His passion for training is evidenced in his energetic and engaging deliveries.

In 2012, Ron won two separate awards for his "Top Five-ish Screencasting Tips" video. He was recognized twice as one of the top ten New Horizons applications instructors in the world (Dec 2004 and Oct 2005).

Ron's love of learning and technology began in 1985 with a life-changing teacher and a Commodore 64 computer. He's upgraded his computer a few times over the years (it's now an i7) and continues to share what he learns.

Southeastern College in Lakeland, FL is where Ron earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education - Secondary Mathematics. Since graduation, Ron's job titles have included Director of Education, Applications Instructor, Technical Instructor, Training and Operations Manager, Sr. IT Learning Specialist, Technical Trainer, Manager of Technical Training, and Training and Development Manager. He has facilitated Train-the-Trainer sessions to coach and mentor new and seasoned instructors. Ron has created custom courses for a variety of companies including financial institutions, manufacturing, industrial, talent management, and was even flown to Memphis to deliver a custom class at FedEx headquarters.

Delivering live, in-person training is where Ron really shines. He loves interacting with audiences and entertaining while training. He has a genuine desire for learners to understand whatever course they are taking. He will often go the extra mile to ensure that his students have everything they need to apply their learning in their projects.

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