First impressions are important, and producing a high quality video is critical to increasing student engagement. We found that 75% of students surveyed said that video/audio quality was essential to a good course experience.
Remember, we do check for this as part of our Policy Review Process.
- Lecture Length: We recommend that lectures are between 5-7 minutes
- Video Settings: HD video (720p minimum) with clear lighting, composition, and a steady camera exported in 16:9 format. These settings will ensure that your lectures are mobile optimized for mobile devices.
- Lighting: Bright and balanced, with minimal shadows.
- Framing: Use a clean, uniform, and non distracting backdrop. The background should contrast with the subject so that the speaker stands out.
- File size: No larger than 1.0 GB. Information on supported file types can be found here.
- Mobile Friendly: Featured text is large enough to read on a smaller screen.
- Engagement: Use direct eye contact. Record as though you were speaking with close friends
Before you record all of your lectures, submit a test video and have a Udemy team member review your video (and audio) recording settings to ensure you are set up for success, in the Policy Review Process and the Udemy marketplace.
Minimum Requirements to Pass our Policy Review Process
- Videos must be shot in HD (720p minimum) with clear lighting, framing, and steady camera.
- Videos must also include high-quality audio. To learn more about our audio quality criteria, click here.
- Exported slide presentations with audio narration will not be approved unless they meet the following requirements:
- Videos cannot be composed of a single static slide with audio narration.
- All slides must be relevant to the narration and not simply subtitles for the audio.
Recommended Equipment and Software
There are so many ways to create content for your online course and so many tools to help you shoot and edit video, we know it can get overwhelming. Check out the following articles for our recommendations:
More Information About Video Quality
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