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How to Make Exciting Online Webinars or Presentations

XSplit Suite, Software for Business and Productivity

How to Make Exciting Online Webinars or Presentations

XSplit Suite, Software for Business and Productivity

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5 Lessons (9m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Picking and Setting Up Cameras

    • 3. Getting High Quality Audio

    • 4. Using XSplit Presenter

    • 5. Presentation Tips and Class Project

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About This Class

If you’re planning to promote your online business, educational course, or product, being able to produce a high quality and seamless webinars or presentations is a crucial skill.

This course aims to show you all the elements of producing professional looking online webinars at home and at any budget.

You learn some fundamental lighting, audio and video techniques. You’ll also learn about some tools created just for online presentations and some tips to help with the preparation of your presentation.

Finally we’ll do a group project where you’ll produce your own webinar and share it on YouTube.

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1. Introduction: If you've been struggling with online presentations or webinars, whether it's for work or to promote an online business or an educational course, or even a product. Then this is the course view. We're going to show you how you can make high-quality presentations online. I just bought any budget. You'll learn about audio, video, and lighting. You'll learn about some tools that are built specifically for online presentations and some tips on how to organize your presentations. And at the end you'll learn how to record your presentation to you can share with me for review. Let's get into it. 2. Picking and Setting Up Cameras: So no matter what you're pitching, presenting yourself as knowledgeable and confident is one of the best ways to keep yourself engaged into people. So one of the best ways to do that as having a high-quality video feed of yourself and had been a presentable space. So to get a high-quality camera, It's not so much spots spending a bunch of money on a really expensive camera. It's all about the lighting. Now, any type of light that you can add, if it's a room light or a lamp light will help to look at the camera. But you really want to get a dedicated light. And the most important light that you want to get is the key light. Now I let the recommendation in the notes of this class of different lights at different budgets. But the main goal you're looking for is a soft diffused light. Now this can get kind of expensive if you want to get the best softest diffusion possible. So here's a couple of methods to get some nice soft light. So the first way to do this is with bounce light. So basically if you ever really bright light, you're going to want to bounce it against a white wall or a white surface that's semi reflective. And this gives you a nice soft light. The other way to do it is to create some type of diffusion. So this is basically putting something over the light that's basically a light color so it can be assured her sheet something that'll help defuse that light and give me a nice soft light that kinda wraps around your face. So now that you've got some good lighting, it's time to arrange the background now basically people buy with their eyes, right? So you want to arrange your background in a way to reflect whatever you're selling or presenting. And so if you're going to be a Twitch streamer, you'll maybe a background like this. If you're going to be selling financial services, maybe have like a home office background. Now if you don't have the space or the resources setup such a background, don't worry, there's actually a solution for that. So basically you're looking to replace your background. So the traditional ways basically get a green screen set up and you know, chroma key it out and replace it with something. But this can be expensive for a couple of ways. It can take up a lot of space and you need the light, the background, so can add more costs. The other way to do this is with expert V cam expert became is actually background removal software. So you just add your camera to it. And you can replace your background with an image. And you can even add like a fancy DSLR camera effect by blurring the background a bit. But then the question comes, what camera should you buy? Now a great entry level camera is the Logitech 920. If you have a bit more of a budget over the Logitech Brill. But basically, even with webcams, as long as you use the lighting techniques, it'll look really nice now if you must use a higher end camera or if you already have one, you'll need a by a capture card and you'll need to make sure that your camera has a Clean HDMI output. Also check if your camera actually works as a webcam. Some cameras can connect via USB and they have a special apps, tournament webcams, which will save you money on the capture card. Regardless, I've put some recommendations in the class notes for cameras at different budgets. But now that we have a camera setup, let's get into audio. 3. Getting High Quality Audio: So for this section we're gonna talk about audio and specifically about picking the right microphone for your online presentation or a webinar. I feel a lot of people tend to overlook audio, especially their microphone, or use their laptop microphone or a gaming headset microphone. And the thing is, is that no matter how good your presentation is, a people can't hear you, they won't stick around. So I recommend investing in a really good dynamic microphone. Now these microphones are great for rejecting background noise and also sound really good as well. I let the couple of links to different dynamic microphones in the class notes. Now, you'll also need an audio interface to be able to capture these microphones. So I left a couple of links and recommendations as well in the class notes. So if you need to move around a lot, I recommend picking up a wireless lavalier mic. Now these can be quite expensive and also can pick up a lot of background noise. So speaking of background noise, I think this is the biggest challenge for most people is just noise from say, their coworker, a pet air conditioning unit. And probably the best way to remove this is with noise removal software. So a good example of this is the RTX broadcast software from Nvidia. So if you have an NVIDIA RTX GPU, you can get this broadcast software and basically you can set it as a virtual microphone device, right? So you said your microphone as an input, and then you set this device and say You're VIP software like Google Hangouts or Discord. He said attend video. And it gives you controls on how much noise removal it can do. And I think this is one of the best tools. You don't have an NVIDIA GPU, you can actually use other software like and sometimes a microphone themselves have like low cut filters. These are also great ways to remove like that humming noise from like an AC unit or just rumbled from something like your PC. So one of the other tips is to have the microphone as close as possible to you. So the further away it is, the more it's going to pick up other things like reverb or echo, and you won't have to turn up, the gain is much closer to you. Now speaking of gain, the higher you turn to gain, Of course, more noise, but then you don't want to clip and have distorted audio. And the cool thing is that you can use software like expert broadcast her to see the gain levels. This is the DB meter to about minus 10 dBs, pretty good for a microphone. And there's actually some interfaces that I've listed in the notes that will automatically set that. It put volume of the microphone to the correct level. But that's about it for setting up your microphone settings, you should have pretty good solid settings to go from here. So next up we're going to talk about actually putting together the presentation. 4. Using XSplit Presenter: All right, welcome back. So in this segment we're actually going to show you how you set up the slides for your presentation. So pretty much we're going to use an expert presenter. And there's a lot of advantages this gives us. So if you know the traditional method which is usually screen-sharing your slides, you probably know, especially if you use like a new VIP service for the first time or video conferencing tool that it's easy to maybe share the wrong screen and it can take a lot of time to set stuff up, then you get flustered, and then it's hard to do the presentation. So this makes it simple. So basically all you need to have is a public slides link and you either upload your PowerPoint or Google Slides. It will convert it or created in slides, or you can even use PDF files. But basically once you have the Google Slides, you create a public link by sharing it. And then you paste this into expert presenter and it'll automatically loaded per slide. It'll even load up the notes that you've added to your slides. So this is way easier to deal with. So you're pretty much ready to go at this point, but expert presenter has some extra tools that you can use. Maybe jazz up your presentation a bit so you can actually add that a camera that you spent all that time setting up an ad video files. You can even add a web page if you wanted to do like a live webpage video demo, there's even cool tools like the white ports, you can draw directly on your presentation. But you're probably wondering, well, how do I get this torque in my video conferencing software? How do I display this to the cool thing about expert presenters that it doubles as a virtual camera source. So basically in any video conferencing software that you use, slag, Zoom, skype, Discord, Hangouts, you know, Teams, whatever. As long as they can take a camera's horse, you can add expert presenters, a camera and whatever is being displayed in expert presenter will then display there. So no more screen-sharing and billing with things around. You just need your camera to appear. Now, when you're managing expert presenter, you can basically use the arrow keys to switch between the slides. Makes it super simple for navigation and you can even add really cool transition effects. But basically that's how expert presenter makes it super easy to manage your presentation. So the next segment we're gonna talk about the group project and also some tips for putting together your presentation. 5. Presentation Tips and Class Project: All right, We're almost at the end now. So in this last segment, we're gonna talk about some tips for preparing your presentation. So the first thing is I understand that public speaking doesn't always come naturally to people and it can be very stressful to do this. So one thing that you can do is make sure the way you structure your presentation is don't make long bullet points and don't make it so that you're not reading like a robot from the presentation. If you want to get a feel of how your presentation is flowing and filling, you can actually record your presentation with expert presenters. So go to your presentation, record it, see what points are stumbling on, and then go back and fix it. So if you're having trouble reading your slides, one thing you can do is if you have a bigger monitor connected to your PC, you can actually project out to that monitor like a full-screen version of your slides that should be easier to read and also add elements to your slides like, you know, have your face cam, have video, uses multimedia elements that you can add with expert presenter to kinda make your presentations more dynamic and more engaging the people. And then finally, don't drink too much coffee or eat a huge meal before a presentation. You don't want to be too jittery, are too sleepy. But that's about it for the tips, hopefully those help to you and hopefully you learned some new skills and techniques. But let's get onto the group project. So I want you to record your presentation with expert presenter. And you don't use YouTube Drive or Dropbox. Leave them in the comments to review and give comments on and help each other on. But thanks for watching, and I hope you enjoyed.