MediaSpace: Best Practices for Recording a More Professional Video

Question: As I begin creating course videos in Kaltura Mediaspace, what best practices should I consider?

  • When recording a presentation, what steps can I take to deliver a more professional video?

Answer: Consider your planning, preparedness, and performance.

  • These best practices apply to video creation for all desktop-capturing media programs.


  • Prepare your computer desktop for recording.
    • Only record what you want students to see.
    • Do not include distracting backgrounds.
    • Close all programs you are not using.
    • Turn off all notifications that may pop up on your screen.


  • Test your camera and microphone.
    • ​​​​​​​When using video, check that you have adequate lighting. 
    • Check your background since learners will see it too. 
    • The camera should be at eye level so it will look like you are looking directly at the learner. 
    • Use a USB microphone (headset or desktop) for better-sounding audio. 
    • Avoid choppy or inconsistent audio.


  • Find a quiet place.
    • ​​​​​​​Beware of your surroundings. 
    • Turn your phone volume down or off. 
    • Avoid spaces close to noisy heat vents, doors that are opening and closing, and spaces where people are talking.


  • Write a script or outline.
    • ​​​​​​​Scripts help you organize what you will say and keep you on track. 
    • Scripts make captioning your videos easier.


  • Perform practice runs.
    • ​​​​​​​Completing practice runs will show if your video flows well. 
    • Practice runs will ease any nervousness before your “real” run.


  • Avoid mentioning dates, times, chapters.
    Dates, time, and textbooks may change from semester to semester.  To avoid constantly editing/recreating videos, leave out date/time-sensitive information and references to page numbers and chapters. 
    • Examples:
      • “Welcome to week 7.”
      • “With spring break starting March 11…”
      • “Refer to Chapter 7 page 101”


  • Keep videos short or divide long videos into “chunks”.
    • ​​​​​​​Research suggests that six minutes is the optimal length for instructional videos. 
    • After six minutes learner engagement drops. 
    • Research also shows that most learners won’t watch a video that is more than 15 minutes. 
    • Instead of one long video, create multiple short videos.


  • Ensure readability of all recorded content.
    • ​​​​​​​Presentation slides should contain key points and not be wordy. 
    • Learners should see ‘everything’ in images. 
    • Documents should have a large font size and dark text on a light background.
  • Speak like yourself.
    • ​​​​​​​Speak slowly, clearly, and naturally.


  • Show a headshot and smile.
    • ​​​​​​​The video should include a balanced headshot. 
    • Smiling releases endorphins which make us happy and lowers stress levels. 
    • Especially in online courses, learners want to put a face with the voice.


  • Pause if needed.
    • ​​​​​​​Pause the video if you need to make adjustments. 
    • Announcing a transition in the video gives you and your learners a mindful break. 
    • Relax, take a deep breath, and smile before continuing.


  • Get feedback on your videos.
    • ​​​​​​​Feedback from learners and colleagues will tell you if your video is clear. 
    • If creating videos for weekly course material, feedback will tell you if it contains the information necessary for learners to achieve learning objectives.


  • Conduct a final cleanup.
    • ​​​​​​​If you have time and the know-how, cut out mistakes in the video. 
    • Trim extra footage at the beginning and end of the video.


  • Caption your videos.
    • ​​​​​​​Videos must be accessible to all learners regardless of them having a disability or not. 
    • Captions benefit all learners. 
    • Caption your videos today!


  • Share your video.
    • ​​​​​​​Decide where you want your video to be stored. 
    • Do not upload or store videos in D2L. 
    • Upload “active” media to your Kaltura Mediaspace account instead. 
    • Decide how you want to share your video with others.


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