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How do you get your own audio mik to record rather than the default in the cam. Also, how do you lighten up the room. I look like a guy in a cave. K
 

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Ummm. Turn more lights on? I don't think webcam cameras have iris adjustments.
For TV lighting the idea is to have a key (light coming from the general direction of the camera), and a fill (to fill in the shadows from the key light) and a backlight or (hairlight) to pop you out of the background.

Sorry, can't help with the mic. Usually this is an option in the software...
 

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Johnnie is right, key light is usually about 5 o'clock or 8 o clock, and the fill is about half the intensity and on the opposite of the key. Since most webcams will probably have an "auto iris" or auto exposure, you can brighten yourself up by being in front of a medium to dark background. If you stand in front of a white wall it will average the exposure for the entire screen and you will be dark.

I run into sits like this all the time videotaping Judges wearing their robes. many are older white haired, or follically impaired men, couple that with a black robe and its an exposure nightmare.

You would have better results using your video camera, taping it, and then editing the footage in something as simple as windows movie maker. That way you could also use a better mic. though with consumer camcorders these days none but Canon's ZR800 have a mic input, and even then you have AGC (automatic gain control).

that's why for my home use I usually use my Sony VX3 3CCD Hi-8, and converted to DV on the way into the PC.
 

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For the mic, you should be able to change it (in Windows) by right-clicking the Volume button in your system tray, clicking "Adjust Audio Properties," clicking the Audio tab, and then changing the sound recording device to the one you want to use.

As for the light--as hakukani said, you'd want a light behind you (an overhead lamp, perhaps?) and a light that is shining toward you. Neither light should be in the camera's view, though.
 

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Thanks guys. I'll play around with it. I have recorded alot here with my setup but I'll have to change the settings for the cam to get it to use my mik and goldwave. As far as light goes , even with overhead it's bad so maybe thats not really all that big a deal. I just want to be able to demonstrate proper hand position, posture, etc that aren't easy to describe. K
 

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Keith ,
Do you have a digital camera? Even the cheaper ones have a video option on. The mic and picture quality are good enough for your purpous. If you need to mess about with it , change the size/quality etc you can use windows movie maker, which should come with XP.
Cheers
 
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