Whisper Room Tutorial; The Making Of:

This tutorial was created in order to address the need for a video guide explaining how to use the Whisper Room, from start to finish. The tutorial covers everything from turning on the room’s equipment to utilizing the computer’s recording software. We at EHE EdTech strive to make our services comprehensible to all levels of technical expertise and this video was made with that goal in mind. It provides easy-to-use instructions that will be sent to the user upon reservation of the Whisper Room. This will enable the user to familiarize themselves with the space before their scheduled recording time, and it will also serve as a reference guide during the recording session if any issues arise.

In order to best serve the target audience for this tutorial, I cast myself in the role of the client during its creation, going through all of the steps a client would in creating a project of their own. As I went through the recording process I made a note of all of the necessary steps to obtain a successful final project. After making my list I went back through it to make sure each step was streamlined and easy to understand. After this, I wrote a comprehensive script for the voice over and recorded my voice over in the Whisper Room.

With my voice over track as a guide, I shot live footage of each of the steps and recorded screen captures of the recording software. From there, I matched the illustrative video footage to the audio track, in Adobe Premiere, and made revisions until it became the product that you see today.

Overall I feel that the video is effective and serves its purpose well. Using the knowledge I gained from producing this tutorial, I am able to make more tutorials on nearly any EdTech subject. I am proud to say that this instructional video has become a benchmark for EdTech’s production quality.


Top Five Tips for Recording Footage

1. Pay attention to the lighting of room you are in.

Lighting can affect your footage significantly. Be aware of lighting especially if you are filming inside a building. Sometimes it is a good idea to bring some extra set lights with you so that your footage is lit correctly and you get the look you want. 

2. Make sure your audio equipment is recording what you want.

Make sure the microphones connected to the camera are not picking up unintended sounds. It’s a good idea to check the volume of the recording to make sure that your audio is being recorded at a sound level.  To do this listen to the audio through a pair of headphones that you connect to the camera.  Have someone speak into the microphone while you listen.  It is common to have this person say “test, test, test,” or “check 1, 2, 3” until you are confident that the audio is loud enough to hear, without being so loud that it cuts out on certain words.  If the audio is cutting out, you will see the sound level bar go into the red and the voice will sound distorted.  Turn down your volume if this happens.  Also, consider turning off things that make ambient room noise – window air-conditions for example.  A good thing to remember is: if you can hear it in your headphones, you will be able to hear it in your recording.

3. Plan out what shots you want for your video beforehand.camera

It’s important to plan out shots before you begin to film.  Consider drawing images of the shots that you would like to capture.  Videographers refer to this process as storyboarding.  The more you map out what you plan to record, the more likely you are to capture the shots you need.

4. Learn to control your tripod.

Make sure you know how to move your tripod before filming. If the screws on the tripod are too tight, it can hard to move the camera while filming which can lead to the recording being negatively affected.

5. If something doesn’t the record the way you want, there is still hope!

 If your recording doesn’t go 100% perfectly, don’t fret. During the editing stage, it is possible to fix many issues that may arise during recording. Editing programs such as iMovie and Adobe Premiere can allow people to adjust lighting, color and sound issues.  With this being said, don’t fall into the trap of “we can fix it in post.”  Just like your favorite dish, the quality of the ingredients included, along with the chef’s skill will determine how great it ultimately tastes.  You might be able to save the dish with salt and pepper if it isn’t properly prepared (fixing it in a post), but it will never be as good as it could have been if you would have taken the time to plan and execute correctly during the cooking process (production.)