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Test Video

The test video is a free service to get your production basics right before you film your course, whenever you use new equipment, and if you change filming locations. It’s free, and you can send tests as often as you feel the need to review the quality of your audio, video, and delivery.

We’ve helped thousands of instructors master the process of teaching on camera. You can start now! Talk about anything you want for 1-3 minutes to receive a review and personalized tips from us within 48 hours.


Udemy video requirements

As you’re filming, remember the three quality checks for videos on Udemy:

  1. Video shot in HD (720p minimum) with clear lighting, good framing, and steady camera
  2. Audio coming out of both channels, and matched to video
  3. Audio clear of distracting noises

Start a test video

The test video helps set you up for success. We’re experts in video creation and know what our students like to see. To get the most out of the test video process, use the same recording equipment and environment as your course.

*If you’re creating a course from content recorded before coming to Udemy, you can submit the pre-recorded video.


What to talk about

You’re making a sample, so you can talk about anything you want or just say “hi!” and tell us what you ate for breakfast! You might practice the introduction to your course, or use one of our prompts:

  • Teach a simple task
  • Explain why you’re passionate about something
  • Talk about why you’re excited to teach
  • Describe an object or feature and its use
  • Tell us how you became an expert

Remember, the video doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, if you feel like something isn’t quite right yet that’s precisely the time to send us a production test video.

Nail your delivery and presentation

Improving your presence on camera is a skillful way to set yourself apart. When students review their instructors, they often focus on a great personality or energy. You can see remarkable results by practicing until you feel as comfortable on camera as you do in person.

Film again until you’ve got it

Retake or edit out long pauses and other mistakes like blowing your nose, dropping a prop, or leaving the frame. Be conscious of how often you use filler words such as “um” or “ah” and take a break if you feel tired. Don’t be afraid to watch your footage and do it over.

Demonstrate genuine excitement and enthusiasm

Whether it’s your first time explaining something or your twentieth, students appreciate instructors who can convince them that a subject is genuinely interesting. Don’t be afraid to show your passion!

Speak clearly with a measured pace

You’re reaching students around the world now. By slowing down and carefully enunciating your words, you’ll make it easier for people everywhere to understand you.

Script what you want to say

There are very few people who can face a camera and just start talking. For the rest, writing a script and rehearsing out loud a few times will improve clarity and pacing.

Use “I” and “you”

When you use words that refer directly to you and the student instead of general terms, it creates a more personal experience, and students engage more with your course.

Happy producing!