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Prepare Before You Go

Basic Studio Preparation

Bring a Storage Device. You have the option to transfer your recorded files to your Microsoft OneDrive folder or an external storage device like a thumb drive or a portable hard drive. If the latter, don't forget to bring it with you. 

Bringing Your Own Computer for Green Screen Background. The studio provides a computer for the green screen background. However, you have the option to bring your own device and you may connect with the HDMI or VGA connectors in the desk cubby. Make sure to bring the right adapter if you are bringing a device without HDMI or VGA connections.

Keep a Lid on It! If you need a drink in the studio, make sure it has a screw top lid. Liquids in styrofoam cups, containers without lids, and containers without sealed screw top lids are not allowed in the studio.

Liquids must be kept away from studio equipment and the green screen regardless of the container they are in.

What Not to Wear:

Do not wear anything green. YouStar Studio uses a green screen for all shots with a presenter. Do not wear green clothing.

Do not wear complex designs or patterns. They can create a moiré pattern. For more on effects of complex design in a video watch this clip.

Do not wear distracting clothing. You want your viewers to focus on what you're saying, not what you're wearing.

What to Wear:

Solid colors look better on camera.

Dress for the occasion. If you are presenting information with a more serious tone, such as a speech or instructional video, consider wearing business casual. If you are making a video for fun, consider a simple outfit; like jeans and a solid color t-shirt


Prepare what you're going to say before visiting the studio.

If you're familiar with the subject, a basic outline of the topics you will cover could be enough. If timing and accuracy are high priorities for you, you may want to write a script that you follow word-for-word.

Practice your script first.

A good script can easily turn into a bad video if the script is not practiced. Read over your script, practice it out-loud, and make revisions where necessary.


Plan your shots with a storyboard

A storyboard is a series of pictures and notes that plan out what a shot in a video will look like. Storyboarding is a great way to organize your video, especially if you want to edit multiple scenes together. You don't have to be a skilled artist to create a storyboard.