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Video Recording at Harbor Branch Library

This guide identifies both physical and educational material to assist the use of recording equipment and to offer suggestions for quality presentations.

HBOI Lab/Classroom and Recording Equipment, Link 108

Located within the Libary, the ArcGIS Lab  doubles as a presentation/collaboration studio. 

At present, there is no sign-in or reservation required, but we suggest talking with the librarian as you make your plans.

Recording Station Instructions

Equipment specifications are provided on the Technology Fee Award site.

General Tips before Recording

Best Practice Methods:

  • Have a backup recovery for your project.
    • Save twice on an external hard drive.
  • Create a script and memorize it.
    • OR edit with jump cuts.
      • A jump cut is a compilation of short clips.
  • What is the Subject? The Purpose? The Target Audience?
  • Dress the part.
    • Make sure you are properly dressed for specific audiences.
  • Adjust/focus camera prior to presentation.
  • Adjust lighting to desired quality.
    • Light from the window may enhance or disrupt.
  • Speak as clearly as possible.
    • Utilize the sound amplifier if needed. 
  • Have a friend to determine whether your tone of voice is too soft or loud.
  • Clap your hands at the start of a scene.
    • It will help you for editing in the future by being able to “read the sound” to signify portions to delete.

JoVE Recording Quality Standards

Several faculty and students across FAU's colleges and campuses have published video articles on scientific methods and techniques in JoVE.  For the purpose of illustrating best practices for video and audio recording, JoVE's Author Produced Quality Criteria can be used for general guidance..

Beginner's Tutorials for Editing Software

Photoshop ELEMENTS


ShotCut Video Editor


Post Production Tips

  • Special effects are important, but not always necessary.  Make sure you note your audience before implementing these features.
    • They can make your video less professional if overused.
  • Crossfade your clips for ambient transitions.
  • Shoot multiple takes.
    • Everyone makes mistakes.  It is important to take a variety of shots.  This can give you a selection for the best.
  • Do not assume that problems in your video can be fixed through editing.  Editing should only be used for minor flaws and is not intended for project overhauls.
    • Always edit your best work.
Last updated on Oct 7, 2022 3:12 PM