Prepare to Record - Screen Resolution and Mic Check

John Lindquist
InstructorJohn Lindquist

Share this video with your friends

Send Tweet
Published 4 years ago
Updated 3 years ago

Forgetting to change your resolution or setting up your mic will result in an unusable lesson. So please, please, please, set your resolution to 1280x720 (HiDPI), set your mic input to "Onyx Blackjack", and confirm that your mic loud enough (it helps to put your mouth as close to the mic as possible).

[00:00] Before you begin recording, always make sure you've set your resolution to 1280X720. We recommend high DPI, which doubles the pixels just to make it a little bit clearer.

[00:13] Then make sure that your microphone is coming from your Blackjack rather than any other option. Lastly, make sure that your microphone is being picked up and that it's getting enough volume to get about halfway up, or if you were to cough, it would kick it into the red.

[00:32] Basically, if I were to talk really, really loud, it would get about three-quarters of the way up, or if I were to cough or something, it would hit the red. Missing any of these three steps -- such as the wrong resolution, or the wrong mic, or the mic being too quiet -- could make your video unusable, so always double-check those settings beforehand.

[00:50] One tip with ScreenFlow is never use the Record shortcut, because that doesn't bring up this dialogue. It just starts recording right away and it doesn't give you this Select box to select your microphone, in case it's on the wrong one.

Anzumana Taal
Anzumana Taal
~ 4 years ago

The app for changing the resolution that is being used is SwitchResX from http://www.madrau.com/

Ryan
Ryan
~ 4 years ago

Thanks Anzumana, spent 30 mins trying to figure out how to set the resolution correctly.

Leonardo
Leonardo
~ a year ago

If you want, you can use EasyRes (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/easyres/id688211836) instead of SwitchResX. It's free.