Audio and video quality is one of the most important parts of your course. There’s no need to overproduce your video, but you will want to make sure that your technical production does not distract students from the content of your course. If students can’t see or hear you properly they can’t learn from you!
In this article we’ll go over how to self-diagnose your course for potential audio and visual issues that might distract your students from your teaching. We’ll also go over some strategies for updating audio and video quality -- we’ve broken down that section into The Quick Win and The Full Treatment. Quick Wins are just that -- quick ways to dramatically increase the quality of the student experience in your course. For those dedicated instructors who want to go all-in and take their course to the top tier we’ll go over larger updates in The Full Treatment.
Your Audio and Video Quality
|What Students Appreciate (quotes from actual students)||What Students Recommend (quotes from actual students)|
|"The visual aids in the videos help me understand"||"The HD quality is poor. Hard to read, even on large screens"|
|"I like the video graphics. They help keep my attention"||"The audio in this course is terrible. It's got that 'hollow well' sound"|
|"The visuals are elegant and easy-on-the-eyes and each video encapsulates an essential idea. Absolutely wonderful!"||"The video content is hard and difficult to see and read. This makes it difficult to learn and code. I'd love if the video content was clear and the text larger."|
|"The videos zoomed in so I could follow along with own code. It's cool."||"The videos are effectively death by PowerPoint. Make the visuals more appealing instead of just fading text!"|
Successful Instructors Do This
Here are some best practices that instructors have used to manage the technical quality of their lecture recordings:
- Audio in each lecture is normalized and consistent. Large differences in volume or inconsistency in the audio recordings across lectures makes for a poor student experience. Avoid this by normalizing your audio and ensuring consistency across lectures.
- Video in each lecture is HD. Record everything in 720p or greater resolution. Anything less will not work for Udemy courses. For all of Udemy’s recommended and required settings, see this article.
- Video is neither too bright, nor too dark. Getting video lighting just right is not as hard as it may sound. Use the white balance features and appropriate lighting techniques to keep things bright enough to be seen but not so bright as to be distracting.
- Make all text legible on multiple devices. Students who use mobile devices expect to see the text and images in your lectures clearly on their device. Make it easy for students to consume your course anywhere and anytime by using large text, pointing out where they should be looking, and zooming in when necessary.
If you’re already doing these, great job! If you’d like to try them out or make improvements to your course in this area, here are a couple options for you.
The Quick Win (2 Hours or Less)
- Go through your lectures and flag any inconsistencies in the audio levels.
- Normalize your audio in inconsistent sections using editing tool of your choice.
- Use the bulk uploader to easily add in your new videos to your course.
The Full Treatment (Address the Majority of Student Concerns)
- Go through your lectures and re-record any videos that do not meet all of the criteria above.
- Before you record all of your new lectures, we recommend submitting a test video so the Udemy Review Team can give you some feedback on your new set-up.
- For excellent video recording help, check out Wistia’s Udemy Course.
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