Speaker's Guide

Recording setup

A typical recording setup

While CARMA endeavors to record events without interfering with the speaker's normal activities, there a few things that, when the speaker is aware, can greatly improve the quality of the final product. These recommendations cover issues that are important for presenters to be aware of. If you are coordinating an event, we recommend you pass this link on to scheduled speakers.


Please let us know when you are ready to start and verify that we are ready. Otherwise, the first part of your presentation may be lost.


If someone else is introducing you, please have him or her use a microphone. If they don't, while the people in the room can probably hear, their words won't be audible on the recording.


Please leave the lights on. Without enough light, the recording will only show your silhouette.


Please do not turn the microphone off. You might forget to turn it back on, and we have spare batteries. Also, be careful not to click your pen right in front of the mic.

The camera does not pick up any sound directly, so if you are using a fixed microphone please speak directly into it. If you are using a wireless mic, please be sure to carry it with you at all times.

Cell Phones

Please turn off your cell phone. Even when muted, phones can create interference.

Laser Pointer

Please do not use a laser pointer. We record the output of the computer, so the Internet audience does not see the pointer. Instead, use descriptions, e.g., "the second item" or "the graph in the lower-right" to direct attention to specific items on the slides.

Audience Questions

Often audience members do not wait for a microphone to start talking, so please repeat any questions. Repeating the question reminds the Internet viewers what your answer relates to.

If you have any questions, please speak with the CARMA recording staff.

Thank you,
The CARMA Team