Tips and Tricks for Recording Yourself at Home

Join this free online course to learn tips and tricks on how to set up your own remote video studio and present yourself in the best way possible when recording videos at home.

This course was retired in October 2023.

Self-paced since June 8, 2022
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information


This course was retired in October 2023.

Course Summary

More and more often, professionals are being asked to provide video recordings of themselves. The increase in remote work means that many people will need to record these videos at home.

This course will provide you with practical tips so that you can present yourself in the best way possible when recording videos at home. Video is a unique medium, and different to presenting live. There are many elements to focus on to get your message across effectively. You need to think not only of the content you’re presenting, but also the technical aspects of video production and how presenting in a video differs from other presentation modes.

In this course, you’ll learn how to set up your camera, which settings to choose, why audio is so important in remote scenarios, and how to make your video sound great. We’ll also show you how to do a screen capture with voice-over and webcam, which can be applied to creating a microlearning, showcasing a new concept, or even reviewing documents. As many people are using collaboration tools for their recordings, we’ll also offer tips for recording yourself with Zoom.

We recommend this course for anyone planning to record themselves from home.

Here is what some participants are saying about the course:

  • „This course provides easy to adopt tips for improving video quality. Big thanks to all the presenters for delivering such content!“ Read the original post

  • “My heartfelt appreciations and gratitude to all course presenters, specially to Lorna Richards. The course really push me up the struggle to climb my mountain, am no techy person but with the simple explanation am now enlightened, somehow in this field...again thanks to all of you.. and more power..” Read the original post

  • “I really enjoyed the course. I was pleased that they were prepared as clear and informative short videos.” Read the original post

  • “I finished the class in just 2 sessions. This is one of the best and most useful class produced for openSAP. Thank you so much keep up the good work.” Read the original post

  • “This course is GREAT! It is easy to follow along. Really shows the different aspects to think about when you record yourself, gives best practices, tells you what to consider, how to tweak it to improve ....and it is fun to watch. I did the course in one go and it gets even better with each chapter. Thank you for this course. It encourages me to finally go and do record myself. I have all the tools on hand but yet didn't use it. Now I know how.” Read the original post

Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: May 10, 2022, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: The course is open for 4 weeks
  • Effort: 3-4 hours in total
  • Course assignment: You can take the course assignment at any time whilst the course is open.
  • Course closure: June 07, 2022, 9:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Unit 1: Camera setup
Unit 2: Audio best practices
Unit 3: Professional lighting
Unit 4: Settings for screen capture with voice-over
Unit 5: Settings for screen capture with webcam
Unit 6: Zoom recordings
Unit 7: Presentation skills

Target Audience

  • Video content creators
  • Everyone who wants to record themselves at home

Course Requirements

  • None

Course contents

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Course End
Jun 08, 2022
Course Start
May 10, 2022


This course was rated with 4.58 stars in average from 320 votes.

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Lorna Richards

Lorna Richards is a senior media developer at SAP and has worked in video production for over 17 years, including running a corporate video studio in Vancouver, Canada. Since 2013, she has led the remote recording program, which focuses on helping people record videos of themselves when they are unable to access a studio. This became a key focus area for the organization in early 2020 as a result of the pandemic.

During her time at SAP, Lorna has supported over a thousand presenters, helping them deliver their content in a professional, impactful way.

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Miguel Caroli

Miguel Caroli is a geek, filmmaker, and sound designer who joined SAP in 2017 to drive multimedia production for e-Learning. After over a decade in many countries and films, he remains curious about exploring the invisible world of sound. 

Miguel’s vision helps to generate business results and success by looking for simple solutions to complex problems, demonstrating his motivation to drive innovation permanently.

Working at SAP in the era of digital transformation feels like being part of a sci-fi film; it’s simply awesome.”

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Gabriel Tomescu

Gabriel Tomescu is a video production expert with over six years of experience in this area. He joined SAP in 2016 and has coordinated and supervised the planning, execution, and editing of various video projects and live streaming events. Gabriel has extensive knowledge in his field and is a trusted advisor for our customers.

With his flexible and professional approach to work, Gabriel efficiently delivers tailored, high-quality content that reflects corporate guidelines and expectations.

Eva Hett

Eva Hett leads Content Production and the openSAP video team. She has been with SAP for almost 20 years and has held various roles in general and project management, driving innovative projects for knowledge transfer and digital learning.

Eva enjoys organizing work processes, believes in lifelong learning, and sees her mission as helping other people and colleagues to be more successful by making connections, giving feedback, and providing the resources they need.

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