Best Practices


Lesson planning applies to video recording too!!!

  • Set a clear objective (one topic) for the recording
  • Be able to meet your objective with one boards worth of content or develop a transition
  • Consider pre-writing or drawing some content
  • Any images or text you add should have black background
  • Practice on equal sized white board

What to Wear

  • Don’t wear black – you will blend into the background!
  • No logo’s – they will be inverted in the recording
  • Dark blue works best


  • When writing on the board, look at what you are writing.
  • When talking about something on the board, point at it and look at it.
  • When you aren’t writing or pointing, look at the camera.
  • Leave yourself a window.  Or at least try not to draw horizontal lines through your eyes or mouth.
  • When pointing, try to point from the side, not from the back, so your fingers stand out against the background
  • Don’t erase during the recording if you can avoid it at all.

During the Recording

Here is an example of a Lightboard recording that also provides an introduction.

  • If you are creating a series of videos for the same course you don’t need an intro for each one
  • Make sure you look into the camera when you aren’t writing on the board
  • When referring to something on the board point to it


  • Set-up for 16:9 ratio and black background BEFORE you create slides – PowerPoint doesn’t take changes to format well
  • Don’t use the usual bullet point talk – BORING!!!
  • You can run a movie in PowerPoint and point to or talk about the video
  • You can make secret dots in black on the glass and point to those during your PowerPoint

Other Ideas

Add hand written text to a PowerPoint slide as you talk

PPT and writing

Run Matlab and create a moving graph

matlab illustration

Annotate real objects

Annotate real objects

Run a video and discuss

video and writing

Present live code and discuss

live code and writing