Giving a video presentation at a scientific conference can be a great way to share your research with other scientists. However, making an effective video presentation can be challenging. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to make a good video presentation for a scientific conference.
Useful tips to make a good video presentation
● Storyboard your presentation before you start filming. This will help you to stay on track and make sure that your video is cohesive.
● Make sure that your video is well-edited and free of errors. A sloppy presentation can reflect poorly on your research.
● Be creative with your visuals. Use interesting graphics and animations to help illustrate your points. However, remember not to use too much animation, or else your video may be difficult to understand.
● Keep your video short and concise. Most conference presentations are around five minutes long, so try to stick to that length or shorter. If you have a lot of information to share, consider breaking up your presentation into several shorter videos.
● Make sure your audio is clear and easy to understand. Use a microphone if necessary, and make sure that your presentation is properly lit so that your audience can see you clearly.
A guide to making a video presentation for a conference
If you're not sure how to start making your video, follow the steps below.
- The first step in making a good video presentation is to plan it carefully. Make sure that you know what you want to say and how you want to say it. This will help ensure that your video is well organized and easy to follow. One way to plan your presentation is to storyboard it. This involves sketching out each scene on a piece of paper before you start filming. This will help keep you on track and ensure that your video flows smoothly.
- Once you have your storyboard, it's time to start filming. Make sure that you have all of the necessary equipment, such as a camera, microphone, and lighting.
Record yourself in a well-lit area – this will help ensure that your audience can see you clearly. The background should be uncluttered and free of distractions. As for your microphone, if you're not using a built-in microphone on your camera, try to find a place where the audio will be clear and free of echoes. But it's better to use a microphone, even if your location is good. There are different types of microphones. For video recording, you can use a lavaliere (or lapel) microphone, a shotgun mic, or a boundary mic. If you're not comfortable speaking on camera, you can also do a voice-over. To record a good video, you'll also need to be well-prepared and rehearsed. Make sure that you know your material inside out, and practice delivering your presentation so that it sounds natural. Think about what you're going to wear – you want to look professional, but you also don't want to distract from your presentation.
- Once you've filmed your presentation, it's time to edit it. This is where you'll clean up any mistakes, add graphics and animations, and make sure that the overall video looks polished. Cut out unnecessary fragments from your video, improve audio, make color corrections, apply filters, and add subtitles if needed. At this step, you'll need video-editing software. There are programs for professional video editing. But if you're not an experienced user, don't worry. Some programs allow you to do all necessary edits while being easy to use.
- When your video is ready, it's time to export it. Most video formats are accepted by conference organizers, but if you're not sure which format to choose, go with MPEG-4 (.mp4). This file type is compatible with most devices and media players.
- Now that your presentation is filmed and edited, all you have to do is upload it online and send the link to the conference organizer. They will usually provide specific instructions on how to submit your video. And that's it – you're now a presenter at a scientific conference!
Bonus tip: how to sound persuasive
If you're afraid to present in front of an audience or worry that no one will pay attention to your presentation, you can learn to speak in a persuasive way. Here are some tips and exercises that will help you improve your speaking skill.
First, try to be interested in your topic. Research it thoroughly and come up with interesting facts and examples that will engage your audience. Be passionate about what you're saying – this will help convey your message effectively.
Second, practice speaking in front of a mirror or record yourself on video. Watch and listen to yourself critically, looking for ways to improve your delivery. Pay attention to how you sound, the speed at which you speak, and the volume of your voice.
Third, get feedback from others. Ask them to give you honest feedback about your presentation style and whether they found it engaging or not. Take their comments into account and work on improving your speaking skills. With enough practice, you'll be able to present confidently in front of any audience.
And you can also get inspired by brilliant science speakers. Listen to their talks, watch their presentations online, and learn from their techniques. You'll be surprised at how much you can learn in a short amount of time! Some of the speakers you can listen to include:
- Dr. Jane Goodall
- Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Bill Nye
- Sir David Attenborough
- Carl Sagan
The more you know about your topic, the easier it will be to speak convincingly about it. So do your research, practice speaking in front of others, and get feedback from people who matter. Soon you'll be able to give a presentation that is both informative and engaging!
We hope you've found this article helpful. Good luck with your video presentation!