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At Home Production Guide for ATS Faculty

This guide details some best practice guidelines for creating video and audio content at home. There are also some equipment recommendations at the end that could be used to improve production as well.

Zoom (Mac/PC)

Guide on how to record using Zoom (LINK)

  • Pros:

    • More and more people are used to working with Zoom, and it is simple to use

  • Cons:

    • Creates a highly compressed file with reduced quality.

  • Tips:

    • In the “video settings” section, make sure these options are enabled:

      • “16:9 Widescreen”

      • “Enable HD”

    • In recording settings consider enabling:

      • “Optimize for 3rd party video editor" 

Quicktime (Mac only)

Screen Recording Guide (LINK)

Video Recording Guide (LINK)

Audio Recording Guide: (LINK)

  • Pros:

    • You may be able to get a higher quality recording than by using Zoom

  • Cons:

    • Your files will likely be larger and therefore harder to transfer/upload


  • Pros:

    • Your smartphone (especially if newer) probably has a better camera than your laptop.

  • Cons:

    • Stabilization will be an issue unless you buy a tripod

    • You may have trouble getting the video file off of your phone.