Film your podcast recording

1. Determine what is the purpose of the filming based on what you want to achieve.

For example, to share extracts on Facebook to advertise the podcast, or to upload the entire video to YouTube.

2. Evaluate your filming budget and invest in key equipment, such as a microphone and headphones.

If you film on a budget, you can use smartphones or your webcam. Source microphones and headphones for each speaker to achieve good sound accuracy. A microphone with a broadcast arm that keeps it off the table is a good idea for filmed podcasts, as it gives speakers more freedom of movement. With a larger budget, you can also invest in lighting, mixers, and multiple cameras.

3. Create an environment conducive to the recording whether the podcast is filmed remotely or in-person.

If you are filming in person, speakers will need to be in a quiet room. For example, make your room more soundproof by using soft furnishings like carpets, throws, and cushions. If filming remotely, send every speaker guidelines and suggestions to help them make a space in their office or room podcast-friendly.

4. Set the filming environment according to how you are going to film - in person or remotely.

If you are filming in person, create an uncluttered well-lit space, where each speaker can be seen clearly by the cameras. Favor multiple cameras to create more variety when editing. If you are recording remotely, each speaker needs to be seen clearly in the frame, and with an uncluttered background. The lens of the camera should be at their eye level. Lighting is also important, the light source should be behind the camera ideally. If filming remotely, send every speaker guidelines for framing their shot. You can also have a dress-rehearsal recording ahead of the recording to check that they can be seen clearly in their environment.

5. Have a backup camera in case of tech failure or in case you want to use different camera angle options when editing the footage.

For example, if you are filming your podcast remotely through software such as Zoom, also record yourself with a smartphone on a tripod.

6. Choose the right software for your purposes, which will vary whether filming in person or remotely.

For example, you can film separately to your podcast recording using your smartphone, or do both in one with software such as Zoom, or

7. Review and edit your footage by using your main podcast audio file for consistency and match it to the best footage using video editing tools, such as iMovie or PremierePro.

You should have various sources of footage, which might have variable sound quality.