Recording an individual presentation

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On this page you will find some resources that may be useful for recording an individual presentation in an online session.

Using Zoom to Record a Presentation Video - University of Oklahoma - a simple guide for using Zoom to record a presentation with a Powerpoint and the author in a "picture in picture". An example of a presetnation recorded this way can be seen at

Technical guidelines for recording presentations.

The guidelines below were prepared for recorded video presentations at IAMCR 2019.

1. Recording Equipment and Editing

Video: You can record this presentation with a DSR camera, a web-cam, a handy-cam or even with a smart phone. We recommend that you use the highest quality settings while recording the video.

Audio: It is highly recommended that you use an external microphone to record the audio voice over. Do ensure that you record the audio in a quiet space, with no background noises.

Editing: You may use any editing software, including iMovies, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Snagit or Camtasia ( - there is a 30-day free trial period for the last two). You can also use Power Point Presentation or Keynote with a recorded voice over to create a QuickTime video. For audio editing, you can use Audacity (

2. Technical Specifications for the Video

Please consider the following technical specifications for your video:
    • Mp4, AVC (H.264), or .mov format
    • 720 p dimension (not HD)
    • 24 to 30 fps compression (either NTSC or PAL are ok)
    • The output file size should not exceed 2GB
    • The maximum duration of a video is 12 minutes.

3. Visual Style

    • We highly recommend that you avoid recording a video with only a “talking head”.
    • When recording yourself talking to the camera please frame above the shoulders and record with the camera aligned to the eyes.
    • The video could also include slides, graphics, photographs, film material, etc. to support your presentation.

4. Subtitling

Please consider subtitling your video in English or one of the other working languages of IAMCR (Spanish or French). Please note that subtitling is a request, and not compulsory.