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Abbie
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Share your recording space with us and you may get featured in an upcoming course.
 
One of the most popular topics & questions we get from new instructors is around what type of recording equipment is most frequently used by published instructors.
 
We‘re currently updating some of our resources and would love to include pictures from YOUR recording setup. 
 
Show us where you record your talking head or screencast videos, how you get good audio quality, your lighting setup, and any other hacks you may have come up with along the way. See some of our previous No-Shame Hacks
 
Please share with us by posting to this discussion:
  • High resolution photo(s) of your recording set up
  • A brief description of how you set everything up
  • (optional) If you have any advice for new instructors about your recording setup – anything you’ve learned with your A/V setup that has been helpful or improved your recording quality
  • (optional) Any A/V advice for new instructors who are getting started with creating their course
Thank you so much for sharing with us! We can’t wait to see where you record your courses! 
 
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9 Comments
LawrenceMMiller
Community Champion Community Champion
Community Champion

OK, so here is my studio/office at the risk of revealing my mess!

 

So, these require some explanation. The first and second photo are the same, except the second has my video lights on. I can't emphasize how important the lighting is. I use six Generay LED lights. It took me several courses and many hours of frustration to get this right. The placement is critical. There are two at 45deg angles in front of me. There are two that are to each side of me but only lighting the green screen to give an even light. Finally there are two over my shoulders and point to the back of my head. These remove the halo. The camera is a Nikon Z6 with wireless Sony  UTX-B03 mic. This is a relatively expensive mic system ($550) but I screwed around with cheaper units and had all kinds of problems. This one is terrific. The receiving unit is mounted on top of the camera and I wear the transmitting unit which you can in the final photo. The third photo is my desk where I edit using Adobe Premiere Elements software. The final photo is a clip from course I am working on right now. That is what the end product looks like. 

 

Let me know if you have any questions. 

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Irishguitarist
Level 3
Level 3

Nice set up. Thanks for sharing. You have inspired me to dig out my green screen!

Monica2021
Level 3
Level 3

Woh, that's nice. All the best.

JoshuaGeorge
Level 3
Level 3

My set up is no way near as complex as @LawrenceMMiller's, although I manage to get some good video quality out of it.

I'm a big fan of keeping things simple.

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(Yep, I literally balance my backdrop on some bar chairs!)


Backdrop: £39
Lights: £59

Clip on mic: £10
Camera: I literally use my iPhone 12 Pro camera 

 

A lot of beginners overcomplicate the camera issue IMO, the latest smart phones have amazing cameras in them so why not just get the best smartphone and kill 2 birds with one stone?


Once my video editor is finished with it, this it the final outcome.

 

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LiamDavin1
Level 3
Level 3

Hi All,

 

Here is my own recording setup.

 

Being a Sound Engineer, and teaching about sound engineering, all recordings tend to take place in my recording studio.

 

My wife does all the camera and video work. She uses a Canon EOS 70D. The lights are Yongnuo YN300 Air, which are relatively cheap, but work very well for our purposes set to their brightest setting.

 

The Mic is an Audio Technica 4033A (on a boom stand, left of picture) and is my favourite VO mic. I've also used the Sennheiser EW100 wireless system which sounds great as well. The microphone goes through a dedicated mic Pre-amp, from the Pre-amp into the Motu 828 Mark 3 Audio Interface, and from there into the computer. I recently purchased a Rode NTG2 Shotgun mic as we plan on recording outside the studio too, so a shotgun mic will be more suitable for this.

 

The Canon is featured in these photographs (with the YN300 lights switched on and off) so the quality of these demo photos is not good enough to use in any courses, but just to give you an idea of our set-up. The lights are used to light my face evenly, rather than to change the atmosphere of the whole room.

 

If anyone has any questions I'm more than happy to answer them.

 

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SharonRamel
Community Champion Community Champion
Community Champion

Be it ever so humble; here is my set-up. 

Due to my curly hair, I have to be some distance away from the green screen otherwise I have an ethereal glow about me!

Audio - I commonly use my Rode Wireless Go for my courses and I have a Rode Podcaster which I use for Instagram and YouTube.

Film-wise I have a Sony Handycam, various tripods, one for holding my iPad for the Teleprompter App. Sometimes I film from the iMac for an alternate angle shot.

Lighting - I love the orange ring light - almost no makeup required and the wrinkles seem less (or is that not wearing glasses!)

Editing I have a 27-inch screen iMac which allows me to duel screen or have one giant one with the latest Screenflow.

A simple set-up is a smallish room that doubles as my office, bits and pieces room and works for me.

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Rahul Iyer
Level 3
Level 3

Hi,

It is amazing to see the recording set up of so many instructors. Absolutely love it!

 

I am a Udemy instructor for almost 6 years now, however, I have invested in this setup recently. This has improved my videos and taken them to the next level..

With the income that I have earned from Udemy, I was able to retire at age 36 from my full-time job. I worked as a Vice President at the Bank of New York Mellon. I am a full-time Udemy instructor now. With these earnings, I was able to buy a row house in cash (no mortgage). And I have dedicated the top room of this house for building my personal studio.

 

The benefit of having a personal studio:

  • Earlier: I used to do all my shoots in my home office. It used to take 1.5 hours to set up the equipment and then 1.5 hours to dismantle it. Too much work - almost daily
  • Now: Thanks to the always available personal studio, I take only 5 minutes to set up. This has saved a total of 3 hours per day. Total process improvement 🙂

Below are the details of my complete setup:

 

The Lighting Setup

Lighting is by far the most important of all the equipments. As you can see below, I have dedicated lighting as follows:

  1. Flood lights - 180 Watts LED (2)
  2. Flood lights - 100 Watts LED (2)
  3. Ring Light that focuses on my face (1)

If you buy Godox or other professional lights, that would cost a fortune. I reached out to a local lighting company who provides industrial lighting, shared my requirement and he gave exactly what I needed. The ring light is bought from Amazon. In all, the lighting did not cost me more than $350 (including the umbrellas that soften the effect of the flood lights).

 

You will also see that the stands are custom made. If I sit while shooting, I place those lights in the center of the stands. If I am standing, I place those lights on the top.

The Lighting SetupThe Lighting Setup

 

Green Screen, Stands and Clips:

I bought a really thick Green Screen cloth from Amazon. This is 12 feet by 8 feet. The Green Screen is clamped by big clips that easily fit on your light stand.

GreenscreenGreenscreen

 

Clips that hold the GreenscreenClips that hold the Greenscreen

 

Table, Mic stand and a Bar Chair

I use a custom made long table 6 feet by 4 feet. The mic stand can easily be placed anywhere around the table. I also use a bar chair. This chair stays hidden behind me and thus can be easily removed when I remove the green screen from my videos.

 

Long Custom made 6X4 Feet TableLong Custom made 6X4 Feet Table

 

Custom Made Curtains and Curtain Rods

This particular studio room has a very high ceiling level (at least 20 feet tall). So it ends up echoing a lot (if the room is empty). So I had to take special care to use sound absorbing curtains. I was vary of using the sponge material that you can buy on Amazon. It is extremely costly.

 

So, I custom made the curtains. These curtains are made of sofa covers. Sofa covers have a layer of soft cotton underneath it. And cotton is a great absorbent of sound. These curtains are thick (because it has at least 2 cm of cotton within it) and they are heavy. So, I had to also ensure that the curtain rods are custom made. They are not the typical aluminium rods. These are iron rods specially cut to fit the room dimensions. And you need an airconditioner because the room can get hot quickly when the lights are on. A split airconditioner also ensures it is absolutely quite in the room. The overall benefit of this set up is it absorbs any echo, vibrations, and other sounds completely. It also helps absorb sounds from outside sources. So I love it! (Total cost of curtains and iron rods - $150)

Custom made curtains and curtain rodsCustom made curtains and curtain rods

 

Camera, Microphone, and Teleprompter:

Camera: Canon 750D (it is simply awesome). No compromises on the quality of video. Canon 750D doesn't dissapoint. I bought it during sale on Amazon.

 

Microphone:

1) Rode Mic Pro+ (I use this when I do video recordings. It fits directly into the Canon camera). DSLR cameras have an inbuilt hissing sound. If you use a lapel mic, you can easily hear this sound. As there are no compromises on video quality, audio also has to be pitch perfect. Rode Mic Pro+ does an excellent job.

 

2) Snowball Ice (I use this when I do audio recordings. It is a USB microphone that goes directly into my computer). This also works excellent for audiobooks that I publish on Audible.

Teleprompter: I use the worlds smallest teleprompter (Parrot Teleprompter 2). I always use scripts and a teleprompter helps me shoot in one take. You can get this on B&H at about $100. I am based in India. Here, this teleprompter was costing about $750. So, I imported it from NY by purchasing it on B&H for $100 and paid about $130 more for shipping and custom clearance. Saved over $500 🙂

Parrot TeleprompterParrot Teleprompter

 

Canon 750D DSLR CameraCanon 750D DSLR Camera

 

Rode Mic Pro+Rode Mic Pro+

 

Blue Snowball Ice MicrophoneBlue Snowball Ice Microphone

 

 

 

Here is the output with Green Screen and Green Screen removed:

 

Actual Shot with Greenscreen backgroundActual Shot with Greenscreen background

 Edited Shot with Greenscreen removedEdited Shot with Greenscreen removed

 

Post Production:

This is my post-production setup. Basically, my small home office.

  • The table is custom made 9 feet long table with a 12mm glass top
  • One the left, the blue house-like structure is my 3 feet by 2 feet fish aquarium. I love having a bunch of gold fish in there. I have about 8 gold and 1 black gold pack.
  • Three screen set up - I use an 34 inch ultrawide Samsung monitor kept at the center. It was newly launched when I bought it and was sold at double the rate on Amazon. I bought this brand new from Samsung directly at half the price that Amazon quoted. It works perfect for post production. On the left and right, I have dell 21.5 inch monitors each. This can be bought on Amazon. I took them during a season sale. One of them is used as a reference screen and the other as entertainment screen. These three monitors are connected to one keyboard and mouse using Dell's DisplayLink device.
  • At the center, I have kept Zoook Rocker speaker - it has an amazing crystal clear sound output.
  • On the extreme right I have self-assembled my monster CPU. It has Ryzen 7th generation 3700X processor, MSI Carbon Wifi Motherboard (Auros Engine), 64 GB RAM, 2 TB SSD, NVidia GeForce GTX Ti Video Card
  • I have recently switched to the Redragon Mechanical Keyboard (from the dell keyboard as shown in this pic). A mechanical keyboard is a huge upgrade compared to regular keyboards. Because there is a lot of time spent on post-production activities, I use an optical G402 Logitech ergonomic wired mouse.
  • I have kept an 18 inch ring light here that comes handy when I get on YouTube/Facebook live or video calls
  • For production, I used to love Camtasia. Recently I switched to Premiere Pro and have forgotten Camtasia completely. Premiere Pro is outstanding!
  • As you can see, I am a big superhero fan. So I have a number of Superhero figures and banners all around my office and studio setup. Watching the superhero movies and webseries on the ultrawide screen is like having my own personal movie theatre
  • Since we always have a sedentary lifestyle, I use a Greensoul Large Gaming Chair. Earlier (with other chairs), long hours of sitting work resulted in backaches. The gaming chair is a boon. Irrespective of the number of hours you sit, it doesn't bother your back.

My Home Office (Post-Production) SetupMy Home Office (Post-Production) Setup

 

Hope you like this setup. Please share your comments. I will also be happy to answer any of your questions 🙂

 

P.S.: For the first five years of my career at Udemy, I did not invest in this setup. I used my office laptop, Snowball mic, ,slide presentation, and camtasia to create courses (nothing more). I invested all the money earned from Udemy to become debt free first. It was after that I invested in this setup. And I built this over a period of 1 complete year.

 

Regards,
Rahul Iyer.

 

Monica2021
Level 3
Level 3

Woh that is very nice and professional. One day I hope to reach there.

All the best in your endeavors.

debra1111
Level 3
Level 3

Super helpful @Rahul Iyer The curtains are what I should have done instead of sound panels this time that are not good. I could find thick blankets at thrift stores to spend very little. I have many new ideas from your setup.