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How to Setup Sound and Video for Your First Skillshare Class

Michael Todd, No Nonsense Life Coach

How to Setup Sound and Video for Your First Skillshare Class

Michael Todd, No Nonsense Life Coach

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5 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. 1 1 Introduction

    • 2. 1 2 The One Big Mistake New Course Makers Make

    • 3. 1 3 Getting Decent Audio on a Budget

    • 4. 1 4 How to Record Awesome Video

    • 5. 1 5 Summary

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I will walk you through exactly what you need for Skillshare success. I address budget concerns and even show you completely free options for recording awesome sound and video!

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Michael Todd

No Nonsense Life Coach


A fanatic life coach, I have walked with more than 3,000 clients set on achieving their dreams.

I say 'walked' because your life is a journey, not an event. I want to help and that means I must walk with you, providing guidance during both high and low times.

With a background in science I apply only what is proven to work. You won't hear any mumbo jumbo "believe your spirituality" type rubbish from me. Every recommendation I give is steeped in scientific research giving you actionable steps to take.

My only goal is for you to find and achieve a purpose suited uniquely to you!

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1. 1 1 Introduction: Hello and welcome to this course on setting up your very first skill share course recording session. Now, if you're here as the first course of mine you're taking, you should go back one in the series and enroll in my how to plan your skill share course course, because that gives you everything you need to know to continue from this point on in the course. Now I am going to show you some of the practical tips and tricks that I've used to really speed up my course creation and make it really simple to do so that I can get a lot of content out there really quickly and earning me passive income continuously. I'm going to show you all the equipment that you need in order to create a six figure passive income. And if you think I'm exaggerating about that again, go back to the first course where I show you exactly how much I make online through passive income, I give you the actual proof. So when you click and roll, I'm going to show you everything you need, toe, actually get going. First of all, I'm gonna show you how to align your sound, probably get the proper equipment to do that. How to record video either on your screen or through a camera. And finally, after you click and roll, I'm immediately going to show you the secret toe, avoiding 75% off the workload. You don't want to miss that because it will allow you to output courses four times as fast as your competitors, right? So if you are ready to begin collecting passive income clicking role. 2. 1 2 The One Big Mistake New Course Makers Make: Congratulations on enrolling. Now The very first thing I am going to show you is the classic mistake that people make. When they're creating a course, it's a mistake that slows them down. It gives them drag so they never actually finished, never publish and never start earning that sweet, sweet, passive income. The first thing they do is search for video editing software, which is reasonable because, hey, you're making videos right? That people are gonna watch. So you think perhaps I have to edit them? Well, that is a huge, huge mistake for your first courses. You absolutely do not need video editing software unless you really, really want to use it. But if you really want to use it, you wouldn't have a problem. The reason I say it's a problem is because most video editors are quite complex or complicated to use, and people don't really want to invest the time. Whereas recording something in a microphone. Recording something on a video camera is pretty easy to do. It's really intuitive. You press a button and then you have your video, so I'm going to show you in this many course your sound options, your recording options, and I'm going to urge you to avoid editing the video until you move on to your later courses. I want you to hit the ground running, get some stuff out there. That is good enough. Not perfect, but good enough. And when you start adding that income, then you will have the motivation to actually edit your video, right? So let's move on and look at the options we have for creating good quality sound on a budget. 3. 1 3 Getting Decent Audio on a Budget: Okay, here we go. I'm just loading up Amazon UK, and I'm going to talk to you about microphones because the most important thing in your courses is audio quality. You should concentrate on that first and foremost. I mean, listen to my audio and you can see it's clear it's Chris, but there's no puffing or put put popping sounds because I have a special filter to filter that out. But again, this is your first course. You don't need all of that high technology. You just need something that is good enough. So I'm going to show you the difference between the microphone that I am currently using, which, if you want to know what it is, it is this one, the yeti, which costs £100 perhaps a bit more than that in U. S. Dollars. And if you can't afford that, then perhaps you can go for this one. To Samson Go Mike, which is only 34 pounds. And that's really, really cheap. But even if you don't want to buy those, and you just want to use the stuff that you have sitting around, what you can use is actually the headset from your mobile phone and you can plug that directly into your laptop. And when you do that, your laptop knows to use the microphone that sits on that headset. And generally speaking, those microphones are actually quite good at picking up our voices. And, hey, we've all got a ton of these lying around, so I'm just going to switch to my own headset and I want you to hear the difference. Okay? I have now switched and I'm using just the line, Mike. And if I just move it around a little bit, let me see where it is. Here, perhaps that is a little better sound from it. And as you can hear, it's actually not that bad, is it? So, I mean, you can imagine if you get your headphones, you plug them in. You set the microphone up somewhere just to the side of your mouth on a static stand. Then it's going to give you a pretty good audio on most screen capture Softwares that we're going to cover in the next section will allow you to adjust the audio and get rid of kind of the hissing sounds that come with these low quality speakers. But listen to this. It's perfectly doable, right? One last thing to tell you about, and that is what not to do for a microphone. Do not use the laptop built in microphone, even on a Mac A really expensive Mac, because they are all rubbish. Let me show you what I mean. And here we g o I am now using the built in microphone to my laptop. See how rubbish that sounds. Okay, back to my good microphone, right? Just to give you a reminder. If you are on a really tight budget, root around in your toy box and try and find one of thes headphone sets that came with your mobile phone. They're perfectly reasonable to use, but if you can afford it, then go for a Samsung Go mike. It's very, very good. It's the one that I started with. I mean, 302 reviews at 4.5. Stars can't be wrong. It's really small and portable as well, and it's plug and play. You just plug it in and you are ready to go. It's a fantastic microphone. Then, if you wants to spend a little bit more for really high quality sound like the sound you can hear coming from me currently. Then go for this Mike the Blue Yeti. It is really, really good. Alternatively, if you prefer a different brands, you can go for the Blue Snoble. Same company, Different Mike's very slightly, but both really, really good. You can also, of course, used one of these sort of wrap around headsets, and you might have one kicking around from your Xbox, your PlayStation or your PC if you are into the online chat whilst gaming fit. So that is also a perfectly good option for audio. Just whatever you do, do not use your laptop, right. So once you've got your audio equipment sorted, all you have to do is plug it into your computer and then move on to the next section. When I look at both some paid for and free items that you can use to record your screen 4. 1 4 How to Record Awesome Video: Okay, let's move on to choosing our video and video. For those who want to know is Latin for I see there's your interesting fact for the date. Now you have some choices here. First of all, if you're going to record a course where you're just showing your screen and talking over what you're doing, then you are simply going to use screen casting software. And all that does is record your screen and package it up into a video file. Alternatively, you might record video with a camera or phone or perhaps a webcam. If you have a high quality one, most of the times you might actually do a mix off the too, so you'll be on camera talking about something, and then you'll show people on the screen exactly what you're talking about. Now, as your first course, I think it is a very, very good idea to stick with justice. First option. Record your screen with screen casting software. So if you can do a course involving something on the screen off your laptop, it's going to make the whole process much smoother, because when you record video with a camera or phone, you might have to do a little editing. And as I've said previously, we want to avoid that to get you up and going as fast as possible. Later on, you can do any of them or a mix of the two, because you'll be really quick and editing. Now. The very 1st 1 I'm going to show you is on Mac. I'm gonna show you windows in about a minute or two, but on Mac, this is the top of the top telly stream screen flow, and it's not bad at $99. Obviously, that's quite expensive to some people, and it was to me when I first started, so you don't have to go for it. But if you can afford it, screen flow is great because it does all your recording and allowed to do all your editing really simply later on when you start editing. But if you can't afford that on Mac, I bet you didn't know that you can use the installed quick time player to actually record your screen. Go to file new screen recording and you can click this little drop down, and you can record using one of your microphones like the Yeti microphone that I haven't. You can see the impulse going there, and when you hit record, it tells you. Click to record the full screen director called part of the Screen. End the recording by hitting stops. He just click and drag hit stopped and off we go. We are recording, and then up here we have a little stop button and I can play this back. It's weird. I'm hearing I could double of myself. And then, of course, you can say that, and that is a completed video. It's edited. You can simply hit command S and save that somewhere That is good to go Now. It's worth noting that if you fluff things up and you make a mistake, then it doesn't really matter because people understand if they're leading from a teacher, they don't expect perfection. They just expect you to know what you're talking about, so that covers Mac. Either use screen flow if you want to buy it, or use the very free and very simple quick time screen recorder. So let's close that up. Now Let's go to windows, and if you want free on windows, you can use Cam Studio go to camp studio dot or and you can download it. It's completely free to use for as many projects as you like when you download it. Look at how simple this is to simply record Stop it Is that simple? It allows you to choose your microphone as well. So Cam studio is one option. Then you have another free option called O. B s studio. Ah, which is also on Mac. Isn't that interesting? I didn't know it runs on Mac Great and O. B s studio is again free, but it is very complicated because it gives you so much power. Like filters gives you high performance. It gives you an audio mixer. But if you use this, you're gonna take a while to get used to it, so it might kind of slow you down. Perhaps if you're in Windows, start with Cam Studio, then move on to that. If you're comfortable with a complicated software like open broadcaster, then by all means go and try it. Finally, the gorilla in the room is camped Asia for Windows. This is the one that most people use because it has all the video editing and screen recording that you need, and it's a very, very good program. However, it is pretty pricey, something like 187 euros at my last check. So those your three options. If you just want to get up and running real quick, take Cam Studio. If you want a bit more control, open broadcaster or if you want to splash the cash, get Camp Tasia. 5. 1 5 Summary: Congratulations on finishing. Here's a little summary over what you've learned, and at the end of this video, I'll give you an extra little secret tip. So first of all, I said, watch out for the editing trap on your first course. What you want to do, ideally, is just record, of course. All in one. Go see your record, perhaps four or 5 to 25 minute videos, and you'll record each one of those in one take so you don't have to edit anything. You just output a video file that is good to go now. It might take one or two tries, but eventually you'll get the flow of it. Just think of it as a conversation that you're having with an invisible audience, and it should just flow naturally. But before, of course, you start recording. You have to choose your audio input. Now, if you don't have much cash to spare, you can use the input that came with your mobile devices Perfectly reasonable. Or you can spend any amount of money on a USB microphone that plugs into your laptop or a regular microphone that perhaps plugs into the camera that you want to use. But whatever you do, do not use the built in microphone on a laptop. It's horrendous. Then, if you are doing screen casting IE recording your screen, you need to choose a screen casting software. And I ran through ah, whole bunch of options for Mac and for PC, depending on your budget. And, of course, finally, once you are set up, just record all of the screen casting Softwares will have a nice little getting started quickly. Video that you can follow along and record, so test yourself a few times. Vary your distance between your mouth and the microphone and you'll get the perfect levels . You'll get really good sound, and you are ready to start teaching. So what's the secret little thing I'm gonna tell you? Well, that is I have another course on how to record and publish your very first skill share class, because now you've planned it. You've got the equipment ready. Now you just need to actually do it. So I'm gonna walk you through that very first step of doing it and roll in that class to see how I do it, and perhaps how you're going to do it in the future.