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Working from home is becoming a common trend among employees these days. It helps to increase productivity, reduce commute time and cost, and also helps you avoid the social isolation that often comes with living in a new city. Working from home sounds like a great opportunity, but it can also present some challenges. For example, you don’t have access to an office or conference room if you need to meet with someone. You won’t get that second cup of coffee in the break room when your team is scattered across cities and states. And, perhaps most importantly for anyone who works in video production , there is no ready supply of co-workers for spontaneous collaboration sessions. Working from home can be challenging for videographers and camera operators who are used to working around other people all day long. The good news is that there are several creative solutions to this problem so that you can still work effectively while staying at home. Here are some tips on how you can set up a WFH camera successfully:
Decide on a video conferencing platform
If you’re working with co-workers who are scattered across the country or the world, video conferencing is essential. Depending on the type of work you do, it’s possible that you work with people who are rarely in the same room. There are many different video conferencing platforms available, and most offer a free (limited) version. The type of platform you choose will determine the quality of the experience, so be sure to choose something with good sound quality, especially if there are people in different time zones. Most video conferencing platforms have an app that you can download onto your computer or smartphone. These apps will allow you to integrate your computer with the camera feed so that you can see who is on the call on your computer monitor.
Invest in an ergonomic keyboard and mouse
The hours that you spend at your desk each day can add up quickly. It doesn’t take long for repetitive strain injuries to set in if you aren’t paying attention. Even if you have an ergonomic chair, you may not be getting the most from it if you are using the wrong keyboard and mouse. Matching your keyboard and mouse to your height is a great first step in preventing ergonomic issues from negatively affecting your work and your health. Examine your work habits, too. Do you have a tendency to hunch over your keyboard? If so, consider a taller keyboard that will help keep your head in a neutral position.
Keep your camera gear nearby
If you are working remotely, you can’t just wander down the hall when you need a second set of eyes or ears to review a clip. You might be tempted to shove your gear in a closet to keep it out of the way, but that can actually be detrimental. Keeping your camera gear visible and accessible helps you stay motivated to use it regularly. It’s important to be consistent with your work habits if you want to get any kind of predictable results from your video production . Keep your camera and other gear on a shelf or in a nearby cabinet. If you have a laptop, keep your camera and audio gear within easy reach on the same table.
Set up a monitor for easier viewing and control
Depending on the type of work you do, you may spend a lot of time looking at a computer monitor. The brightness and colour of your monitor can have a big impact on your productivity and comfort level. Keeping your monitor at the right brightness level is especially important if you have a computer that doesn’t have the best built-in settings. Keep in mind that your eyes will tire faster looking at a bright or blue-tinted monitor. If you have a standard office computer monitor, it is likely set to a very bright level. You can get a monitor hood for your computer screen to help keep out stray light and a glare-reducing screen for your computer that will also help cut down on eye strain.
Rotate your workspace regularly
Working from home is a great opportunity to experiment with different ways of organizing and arranging your workspace. There are no co-workers to disturb, so feel free to move your computer and other equipment around your house as needed. Moving your equipment around can help you stay fresh and focused. Keep in mind that a space designed for one task may not necessarily be the best for another type of work. If you have a home office, you have the benefit of being able to create several different zones within that one space. Keep your computer-related work in one area, and use another zone for activities such as brainstorming or reviewing notes.
If you are working from home, you will encounter many challenges. The best way to set up your camera in this situation is to decide on a video conferencing platform, invest in an ergonomic keyboard and mouse, keep your camera gear nearby, set up a monitor for easier viewing and control, and rotate your workspace regularly. If you follow these tips, you will be able to work from home successfully and produce great content.