Webinar lighting, sound & network connection: What to keep in mind?

 

So what are we talking about today?

The three key factors that affect the quality of your webinar. 

Internet connection, sound and lighting.

 

1. Internet connection

During your webinar, you must ensure nothing else is else running. Close all applications!  Yes, this also includes your e-mail, Facebook, Netflix!

It’s good practise to make sure you have latest version of your browser to avoid any performance issues (compatibility/display problems, responsive design issues etc.) and security vulnerabilities. 

A slow network connection can cause delay of either audio or visual slides. A fuzzy broken picture coupled with dropped words, robotic or delayed speech does not make for a very engaging webinar. So make sure you have the recommended network speed.

Your internet speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). This is based on how long it takes to send information from a computer to the internet (upload speed),and from the internet to a computer (download speed).

We recommend a download speed of 2Mbps and upload speed of 1Mbps.

 

Test your connection with the free speed tests below. 

http://www.speedtest.net/

http://testmy.net/

 

2. Sound

One way to increase your audio quality is to broadcast from the fastest computer (Macintosh or PC) you have access to.

Large CPU usage, slow processor speeds or low of RAM memory can be the main cause of poor audio, whether you have invested in a good microphone or not.

The more power you have the better the audio. Once you’ve got that covered you can look at the different microphone options.

I have included links to a range of microphones suited for entry level or more advanced broadcasters.

 

1.Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone 

Price: US$129

Comments: Clear and good quality audio. It has bidirectional, omnidirectional, cardioid, and stereo options. However you have to lean relatively close to the microphone for best results.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N1YPXW2/ref=cm_sw_su_dp?tag=top10786-20

 

2. Audio-Technica AT2020USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

Price: US$129

Comments: Captures excellent audio and has a good quality build. It has no latency monitoring. No or minimal hiss. Very easy to set up and use.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AS6OYC/ref=cm_sw_su_dp?tag=top10786-20

 

3. Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone

Price: US$399

Comments: Clean quality audio of both music and speech. Advanced rejection of electromagnetic hum. Superior pop filter that removes the need for any extra protection against breath sounds, even for close-up vocals.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002E4Z8M/ref=cm_sw_su_dp?tag=top10786-20

 

 

3. Lighting

Helina's Lighting

You can put together a decent lighting kit for less than $100. All you need is

(X3) Daylight Color CFL Bulbs 

(X3) Floor lamps or clip lights (if you have lighting stands)

(X1) Pack of diffuser paper (which you can order online) or a pack of baking sheets 

(X1) Package of Clothespins 

(X3) 12ft Extension Cord

 

There you go! Let us know if this helped and if you’d like more assistance with the above!

Author: Helina Hein

Online marketing expert. I help online entrepreneurs build their product & audience.

• Product Development • Online Marketing • Live Webinars •

2 thoughts on “Webinar lighting, sound & network connection: What to keep in mind?”

    1. Hello Jenjer,

      I’m glad you found this helpful! There is a video at the beginning of the article showing how to set this up. Let me know if you need any further assistance!

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