Record an interview remotely on camera
1. Decide what you are going to do with the recording before you begin.
For example, will this recording end up as a podcast, or as a video interview? This will help you choose the correct software and level of tech equipment required, as a podcast will need excellent audio quality.
2. Decide what kind of sound equipment you are going to use for the recording.
If it’s a casual recording, then you’ll just need a quiet room. If you are recording a podcast, then you should invest in a microphone for higher sound quality, and headphones to monitor the sound levels. You should also soundproof your recording room as much as possible, through soft furnishings. To easily soundproof a room, lay a blanket on the floor and surround your microphone with cushions.
3. If your recording involves a video as well as audio, prepare the shooting location to ensure that you will be seen clearly by viewers.
Your background should be uncluttered. Use a plain background or one that reflects your brand – for example, a bookshelf with a lightbox spelling out your podcast’s name. If your webcam is below your computer screen, you’ll need to raise your computer with a desk stand or invest in an external webcam for higher image quality. You need to be able to look into the lens to look into the virtual eye of your audience.
4. Choose the right software for your recording purposes.
If the high image and sound quality aren’t crucial, then video conference tools such as Skype, Teams, and Zoom are user-friendly options. For high sound quality, a tool like SquadCast or ZenCastr could be more appropriate. For high-quality visuals and audio, Riverside.fm is another option.
5. Prepare your notes with interview questions and running order for your recording, ahead of the interview.
In order to avoid paper rustling or typing sounds during the interview, have your notes set up out of your way, for example, on an easel or stuck to the wall.
6. Do a test run with your interviewee before the official recording to ensure that the tech is functioning properly.
Record for a few minutes then listen through the footage and check the visuals for any lags and sound issues. If you find any, you can fix these by, for example, moving your recording station closer to your Wi-Fi or connecting it through an Ethernet cable, or using a different headset. It can sometimes involve a few tries to discover what is causing an issue.
7. Have an audio backup in case the tech fails.
Use a program like Audacity on your computer and the computer of your interviewee, to record the audio separately to the main software you are using. After the recording, ask the interviewee to send their recording file to you, giving you more options in case of variable sound quality.