The Videoblogging Manual

Many of the posts on my Sun blog (now moved here) are tips and how-to’s, originally published in no particular order, that add up to the beginnings of a videoblogging manual. So here’s a table of contents, along with some notes which will eventually be developed into posts of their own. I’ll update this one from time to time as I have time to write more coherent material.

Why Video?


Equipment: My Upgraded Videoblogging Rig

Prepping the speaker(s)

Slides: should not be too dense with text (they’ll be hard to read in a video window, or from the back of a conference room), and please provide them to me in advance!


Sound is an extremely important element in online video. People will be turned off by bad sound more quickly than by a so-so picture.



  • Set up your shot beforehand and try NOT to use the zoom or move the camera after that.
  • You’ll usually want to frame your speaker(s) to get them from the waist up, leaving a little space in the frame above the tops of their heads. (This is known as a medium shot.)
  • Don’t lose hands/arms out the side or bottom of the frame, especially if the speaker gestures a lot.
  • Position the speaker NOT centered but to one side or the other of the frame, looking towards the center.


Download from tape to computer


  • YouTube – now! 15 whole minutes!


…yes, these topics need a lot more development!