Great Equipment and Software for Creating Lovely Online Courses

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Great Equipment and Software for Creating Lovely Online Courses

Check out some lovely equipment and software for creating beautiful online courses…

Great Equipment and Software for Creating Lovely Online Courses

Online courses are quickly becoming one of the top ways for people to learn new skills. Teaching online courses is a great way to share your passion and expertise with the world while making money at the same time. If you’re going to dive into online teaching, you’ll need some lovely online course equipment essentials.

The biggest thing that keeps people from teaching their own online courses?

    1. They don’t know what equipment to use.
    2. They think it’s too expensive.

So if you’re about to create your first online course, don’t feel compelled to spend thousands of dollars on equipment and software in order to get started. It is more important to actually create your lovely online course, publish it and get feedback from your students than it is to wait until you have all the best equipment before you record anything.

Once your first course is created, you can always circle back and re-record your lessons, add new lessons, or create an entirely new course with a higher production value. 

Check out some recommendation from industry experts:

Microphones

Whether your course lessons are audio only, voice over slides/screen sharing, or live video, it is very important to use a good microphone to record your voice. Even if you have great content, if your audio quality is poor, your students’ learning experience will suffer. 

Bottom line: use the best microphone you can afford to create lovely online course. Do not use the built-in microphone in your laptop or mobile phone.

You should also know that most professional microphones are either dynamic microphones or condenser microphones. Dynamic microphones are great for drowning out background noise. Condenser microphones tend to pick up everything, so only use them if you are in an enclosed space with minimal background noise while recording.

Here are several microphones that we recommend (Click To Check Out):

1. Mpow 071 USB Headset/ 3.5mm Computer Headset with Microphone

2. Blue Snowball

3. Samson Meteor

4. Audio-Technica ATR 2100

5. Blue Yeti

  

Lavalier Microphones

Lavalier microphones (sometimes called lapel microphones) are microphones that you use specifically for recording live videos. For example, if you speaking directly to a camera and don’t want to have to hold a microphone up to your mouth while you’re speaking, you would use this type of microphone. You can clip these microphones to your shirt where they will barely be visible by the camera, and have complete use of your hands while you’re speaking.

Here are a few options to create lovely online courses:

1. Stony-Edge Mobile Condenser Lapel

2. Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone

3. Rode smartLav + Omnidirectional Mic For iPhones & Smartphones

Microphone Accessories

Regardless of which microphone you use, I recommend purchasing a few accessories to help increase your audio quality. Foam balls and pop filters help prevent that popping sound that occurs when air that is pushed out of your mouth hits the microphone.

If you’re creating lovely online courses from a desk, microphone scissor arms will help you adjust the height of your microphone (so you can sit up straight or even stand up while speaking into it). Shock mounts help to minimize the sound of thumps and bumps. Foam wedges help to reduce echoes in whatever room you do your recording in.

Here are some options for creating lovely online courses:

1. Foam Ball

2. 2019 Upgrade Microphone Pop Filter

3. Microphone Suspension Stand

4. Microphone Shock Mount

5. Acoustic Foam Sound Absorber

Headphones

Headphones come in handy during the editing process, when you’ll want to be able to hear the audio that was recorded for each of your course lessons. They are also great for when you record interviews with other people. When you’re interviewing someone, you should be listening to them through your headphones and speaking into your microphone.

Here are a few headphone options for creating lovely online courses:

1. OneOdio Adapter-Free Professional Headphones

2. Superlux HD 681 Dynamic Semi-Open Headphone

3. Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone

Screen Recording

An alternative to recording live videos for your course lessons is to record your computer screen as you work your way through a slideshow presentation (aka voice-over-slides), or while you demonstrate some sort of technical task, like teaching someone how to use a software program, for example.

Here are some popular screen recording programs for creating lovely online courses:

1. Screencast-O-Matic

2. Snagit

3. Camtasia

Video Recording

Many online course creators record live videos for their video lessons. Technically, this can be accomplished with a webcam or a mobile phone (like an iPhone, for example), but for a higher video quality, you should probably invest in a digital camera. I’ve listed several options below for creating lovely online courses:

1. LARMTEK 1080P Full HD Webcam

2.

Nikon COOLPIX A10

3.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Unlocked 64GB (Midnight Black) – (Renewed)

4.

Apple iPhone 7, AT&T, 32GB – Rose Gold (Renewed)

5.

Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens

Lighting & Accessories

Once you’ve purchased your microphone and camera, you’ll probably want to grab a few accessories to help you to maximize the quality of your recordings. Here are a few accessories that will come in handy as you record your lovely online course content:

1.

KobraTech Cell Phone Tripod Mount – UniMount 360 Universal iPhone Tripod Mount Adapter with Remote

2.

8″ Selfie Ring Light with Tripod Stand & Cell Phone Holder

3.

AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag

4. Logitech Wireless Presenter

5. LimeStudio Photo Video Studio Light Kit

 

Once you’ve recorded your audio and/or video content, you’re probably going to want to edit those recordings before uploading them to your online course. 

Audio and Video Editing

This is a process that can be outsourced or delegated to a professional, but if you want to do it yourself, here are some popular editing programs for creating lovely online courses:

1. Audacity

2. iMovie

3. Apple Final Cut Pro

4. Adobe Premiere Pro

Hopefully this detailed guide has helped you understand the basic equipment you’ll need to get started. I always tell people that tools are just tools. You are the artist. You are the teacher. There is no perfectly right set up – so use what you have now. Try to invest in at least a microphone. With that, you can use your computer and a free screen recorder to record you lessons. You can edit for free using iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. That’s a really low startup cost for a potential 6-figure business. Once you start making some sales, re-invest your money to buy better equipment. Just make sure you create lovely online courses.

Check out David Lee’s 6 Online Equipment Essentials with less than $250.

 

 

What equipment and software are you using to create your lovely online course?

Well, that pretty much sums up the most common equipment and software that our community is using to create lovely online courses.

Remember, you do not need the best and most expensive combination of equipment and software in order to create your course, especially if you’re creating an online course for the first time.

Everything I recommended in this post requires time and effort to learn how to use. When you’re first starting out, it is more important to actually create a course that helps others than it is to create a course with the highest possible production value. Creating lovely online content that adds value to the lives of your students should be your main priority.

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