100 years ago, it was impossible to both see and hear a professor lecture their class unless you were in the audience when it happened. Today it’s possible to take an entire college course online and only see your professor by watching YouTube videos of their lecture series. Broadcasting technology has come an incredibly long way in just the past few decades, and while you used to need to visit lectures and debates in person, you can now get the full experience no matter where you live by watching an online broadcast.
However, if you want to make the most of this audience increase, you’ll need to use the right broadcasting equipment and get professionals to run it. Low-quality cameras and camera work can make even the best and most professional lecturer look like an amateur, and on the other hand a group of amateurs can create something that seems very professional by investing some time and effort into their cameras and editing tools. If you want your lectures to gain a big audience, you should pay attention to your equipment choices.
Your Audience Sees With The Camera
The camera itself is one of the most important pieces of equipment when it comes to recording and broadcasting. The person watching your lecture online can only see what the camera sees, and if the camera captures low-quality footage or points in the wrong direction throughout the lecture then your audience won’t see much of anything. It’s also important for the person operating the camera to move it gently and smoothly so that it doesn’t distract the viewer but still lets them follow your movements and actions.
Microphones Are More Sensitive Than Ears
If you work with microphones for any amount of time, you’ll know that they catch a lot of noises that human ears don’t. They can pop if you speak directly into the receiver, they create a loud feedback whine if you set up the speakers wrong, and even a small touch or movement can create a loud thump or crackle. If you want your online audience to enjoy your lecture, you need to make sure the microphones are set up perfectly and that nothing will interfere with them until the recording ends.
Good Editing Can Make A Big Difference
With something like a lecture, you can capture and keep the attention of both the audience in front of you and the audience at home without a lot of cuts. Even so, a good editing team can enhance the experience by cutting between several camera feeds at just the right moments, by adjusting the sound volume and removing background noises, and by cutting out any interruptions or intermissions so that the viewers can get right back to the action. Editing is just as much a part of broadcasting as the setup process.
These days a lecture can live on for years or decades thanks to recording equipment and online uploads. However, if you want to make the most of this opportunity you’ll need a professional team behind the cameras. If you live in our service area, Montrose Associates can be the broadcasting team you need.