Best Practices for Recording on a Computer

Follow these tips for the best experience when recording on a computer.

Computer & Internet

  1. Use a computer with the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser that is up-to-date.
  2. Temporarily turn off any VPNs, browser extensions, content blockers, or firewalls.
  3. Ensure a stable internet connection. You can test it here.
  4. Temporarily turn off your computer's screensaver or its sleep mode setting.
  5. During the recording, close other browser tabs and applications, especially any that require a lot of your computer's processing power or that use your microphone or camera.
IMPORTANT:
After you finish recording, leave the Riverside browser window open until you see the Upload Complete confirmation.
NOTE:
As long as you can hear the other participants, you are still connected to the Studio. Your local recording will be higher quality than what you see and hear during the live call.

Audio & Video

  1. Wear headphones to prevent echo and increase overall audio quality.
  2. Use an external microphone rather than your device's built-in mic. We recommend a wired microphone. However, a wireless microphone or a microphone built into wired headphones is also suitable.
  3. Before recording, check and adjust your micophone sensitivity settings.
  4. Test and preview your camera: riverside.fm/webcam-test.
TIPS:
If you plan to share your screen, test it in the Riverside Studio before the recording begins.

If using a laptop's built-in webcam, put your laptop on something to bring the camera to the same height as your eyes.

If possible, record in a quiet space with daylight or with a lamp in front of you. The strongest light source should be in front of you, not behind you.

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