We frequently get asked: what is needed to create lightboard videos? What equipment is needed to build a lightboard studio? The outline and video below cover the primary elements to help answer those questions!
This is the critical piece of the studio as it is the canvas you present on. See more details here.
You can’t have a video without a camera. We recommend camcorders as they are built for video which makes them the most robust type of camera for this application. Professional camcorders offer a number of options that allow for image control and streamlined operation. It is possible to use other camera types such as a smartphone, webcam, DSLR, etc but there are a number of added nuances for each option.
If your viewers can’t hear you clearly, they are not following your message and engagement will be lost. An internal microphone on a camera will give very limited quality. We recommend a dedicated external microphone system including a lapel-worn or fixed microphone.
You have to have markers to write! Read more about options here.
The presenter should be well-lit so all expressions and gestures can be captured as part of the natural presentation.
Hardware or Software for the Left/right Flip
Flip your video in real-time - required if live streaming your video content. Also reduces or eliminates the need to use video editing software and allows use of a confidence monitor if desired. More options can be found in our FAQ, under Using a Lightboard.
A common addition to a lightboard studio so the presenter can see exactly how they look to their viewers. It gives them confidence that they are doing something awesome for their viewers! This will often need to be paired with a CPL filter. If adding overlay images to a presentation, this is required.
A Second Monitor
This is nice to have for conference calls, to be able to see participants. It also helpful to display presentation notes.
This is also a common addition to the studio. Backdrops provide a uniform background for behind the presenter, and even help with the acoustics in the room! Backdrops behind your camera eliminate reflections off of the lightboard that are otherwise seen by a camera.
Additional fill or hair lighting can help give definition and contrast between the presenter and their background.
Streaming & Recording Hardware
A lightboard studio becomes much more user-friendly when the user can easily stream lightboard video and audio to any platform of your choice like Zoom, MS Teams, Google Meet and many more. Also, if a user can record their video pre-flipped, video editing is often not necessary.
Complete studio packages & professional support:
Revolution Lightboards offers studio packages with all the equipment needed for a professional lightboard studio, designed and built for easy installation. Advanced functionality allows automated startup and shutdown for easy self-service, live streaming, recording to a USB drive, and adding digital overlay images. Simplicity of operation removes barriers to onboarding new users who are excited to make videos but don't want to learn a bunch of new technology or complicated and time consuming workflows. Our live professional support is available to customers ensuring they get started recording quickly even without any previous video experience.