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Remote recording a podcast with video

Is it important to see who you’re talking to when hosting a podcast?

Remote recording platforms give you a way to record your show with people in different locations which is fantastic because your podcast isn’t limited by geography.

They also help you achieve audio quality that compares with being in the same room as someone but you shouldn’t forget about the impact of distance on your performance.

If you want to get the best possible conversational chemistry between you and whoever you’re talking to it’s important to use video when remote recording.

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Video improves conversational chemistry and your performance

As a podcaster you’re not just someone who talks into a microphone and uploads audio to the internet, you’re a performer.

That means you need to think about your performance and how you can improve it.

Conversational chemistry is what draws an audience in and makes them attached to you as a presenter.  Unfortunately, while it’s not impossible, it becomes difficult to harness that when you can’t see someone.

Using video means you don’t miss out on important visual cues like someone nodding their head, leaning in or looking into your eyes.  This is stuff we respond to as humans and you’re always going to have a more energetic, engaged and dynamic conversation when you’re looking at someone.

Not being able to see someone also increases the chances there’ll be more awkward pauses or the conversation won’t flow freely. Sure, you can cut those bits out in the edit but you can’t remove the trepidation in someone’s voice that comes when they’re unsure of when to speak.

Ideally, you want everyone on the podcast to sound confident and in control, because that leads to the best experience for your audience and using video will really help with this.

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Video helps reduce over talk

Over talk is another term for talking over the top of someone.

As a podcast listener, over talk makes a conversation messy and difficult to listen to.

As a podcast creator, it’s a nightmare to edit because it’s hard to get a clean cut.

Ideally, you want the conversation to pass seamlessly from one person to the other and being able to see who you’re talking to can really help that.

These kinds of seamless back and forth conversations are the ones that make a listener feel relaxed and that’s exactly what you want to achieve.

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Video helps put your interview guests at ease

Often with podcast interviews, you’ll be speaking to people who don’t have a lot of audio experience.

If that’s the case, it can be nerve-racking to be interviewed by someone they can’t see.

In addition, you want them to feel like they’re doing a good job and the best way for them to know that is by seeing your reaction.

Are you smiling? Are you nodding your head?  These kinds of visual cues are really important to make guests feel confident.  And a confident guest is always going to give a much better interview.

Building rapport with your guests is also important and that’s a lot harder to do when you can’t see someone.

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What remote recording platforms include video?

Skype

Podcasters have been recording interview via Skype since the beginning of podcast time and while it results in one person’s audio quality being lower than the other it’s something podcast listeners are used to.

Having said that, ideally you should use this to record guests rather than your co-host because if you’re hosting a show with someone your audio should be of similar quality.

Zencastr

This platform records audio locally at both ends so both people speaking need a good microphone.

Traditionally this has been an audio-only platform but they’re currently beta testing video which is great.

If you’re someone who likes to deal with bugs you can sign up to be part of their testing phase.  If you’re like me and would rather come late to a party when the bugs are all ironed out maybe wait till they get out of beta.

If you’re still using the audio-only version you can cheat the video portion by running Skype at the same time.

SquadCast

A remote recording platform with video built-in so you can see your co-host or guest in the room you’re recording.

With this platform you don’t record the video, it’s just there to improve the experience and the resulting audio.

So, if you want your episodes to sound the best they possibly can, please use video when you’re recording audio.

Just remember to let your guest know you’ll be able to see them so they don’t turn up in their pj’s.

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