Update on Hardware & Software for making demo videos

I said I would update my previous post when I’d made a couple of videos.  Well, I have made four short videos, so here is a follow-up.

I have found OBS studio to be fantastic! I hardly need to say more.  It’s true that it doesn’t come with instructions, but there is plenty of help available on the web and anyone with some familiarity with Windows will soon find the best way of using it.  I set up OBS studio to record mp4 videos as these are quick to edit and easy to upload to YouTube.

I don’t pre-script my videos, although I do think about what I want to show and how I’m going to present the demo – I do a lot of live demos.  However, I’m often a bit hesitant in my speech, having to think how to do something whilst talking about it.  So I cut out the mistakes and dead space using Adobe Premiere Elements, which is very quick with mp4 videos.  I also shorten them all to about 12 minutes, which is probably enough for anyone to absorb in one sitting.

Regarding the microphone, I have decided that I like the £24 KLIM better than the £85 Blue Yeti.  Whilst the Blue Yeti probably has a better frequency response, the KLIM has a power on-off switch which means I can leave it plugged into the computer.  Also it is better at rejecting the fan noise of the computer (I use a powerful tower machine as I do a lot of CAD work and because my present work space is cramped, I can’t escape from the fan noise). It doesn’t pick up too many breathing sounds or desk bumps. And it is smaller and lighter, again important on my cramped desk.  I think the sound is excellent – I don’t have to be too close and I think my voice sounds quite good.

I can recommend this as an excellent and productive combination that will encourage me to make more demo videos.

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