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Filming: Set Up/Equipment

Now it’s time to film and finalize your course!

Filming good video takes trial and error. You’re going to have to do this multiple times to get it right, set it up, test it out, and iterate.

We’ve created some great resources to get you started. We’ve provided you with two different ways to learn – a video course, or a written overview. (Feel free to do both!)

Option 1: Enroll in this Official Udemy Insights Course: Filming Your Videos

In this official, Udemy-produced course you’ll learn the ins and outs of filming your course videos. We’ll go over all of the topics that go into filming a video for your Udemy course: finding the right equipment, setting up your “Studio”, no-Shame filming hacks to save time and money, and filming (and getting feedback!) on a test video.

Option 2: Continue Reading
Follow the steps below and learn how to set up the foundation for your course. We’ve provided information, resources, and practice activities to get you going.


High-Quality Microphone: There are many types of microphones out there all good for different types of recording and different levels of quality. We recommend a hands-free mic should be hands-free. This will produce better sound and make your life easier.

Recommended Equipment List

Many of our instructors do both screencast and talking head videos. If you’re planning on doing this too, get a microphone that works well for both.

High-Quality Camera: If you’re filming talking head videos, you’ll need a decent camera. While some of our instructors have trouble finding the right microphone, we have great courses that were filmed only with an iPhone camera. Don’t hesitate to try what you have at home, but if it’s not fully working for you, here are our top recommendations for recording your videos:

Remember, your videos must be in 720p HD to pass our Quality Review Process.


Talking Head Equipment Needed: 

  1. A high-quality microphone
  2. A decent quality camera
  3. Good lighting equipment or great natural lighting

Talking Head Lighting: 

  • Make sure you’re well lit and clearly visible, without any shadows on your face or in the background.
  • Try out all the lamps and natural light you have at home first, and if you’re still getting bad results, we recommend getting a tree point lighting kit. They cost about $120.

Screencast Equipment Needed: 

  1. A high-quality microphone
  2. A screen-casting software

Screen-casting software:

  • Quicktime Player
  • Camstudio
  • Jing

Instructors in the Udemy Studio have experience across a wide range of equipment, so it’s also always a good idea to ask other community members about their experience and get their advice.


Udemy instructors typically use home studios to film their courses. Instead of showing you how equipment is set up in an ideal environment, we’ll provide you with best practices for setting up a home studio.

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Pick a room and set up your equipment based on what you’ve learned in the No-shame hacks resource.

Step 2: Think of something to talk about for about one minute. This can be anything really, you can introduce yourself, tell us a funny story about your childhood, teach us something funny but unrelated to your course, or practice one of your lectures

Step 3: Record the video – when you start filming, make sure you’re getting feedback and looking at your own videos very critically. Use the checklist below to check your recording.

Step 4: Export your video

Step 5: Upload your video into the test video tool on your instructor dashboard

The first thing you must do before adding content to your course is submitting a test video. The Udemy Quality Review Team will provide feedback to ensure your video meets the quality standards needed to pass our final quality review.

Step 6: When you receive feedback from the Quality Review Team, make improvements to your current setup. Remember, it can take a few tries to get it right.

Pro Tip: Don’t hesitate to send a new test video after you’ve tried out the tips the review team provided. We’re here to work with you through as many versions as it takes. Send additional videos if you’re using different video formats (talking head and screencast) or changing something in your equipment or environment.

Now it’s time to film your test video!

Steps for Creating My Test Video