A few years ago, I was an a producer for a youtube channel that was primarily blogs & skits, so here's my 2 cents.
I guess for audio, I assume you're using a webcam mic? If it doesn't break the bank, get a decent mic with a pop filter.
Also low budget way to kill that echo effect. Get some old thick blankets and hang them off frame against the walls. Your voice won't be bouncing and making, a lack of a better way to say it, an echo chamber.
Lighting wise, main source of light should be in front of you behind the camera. Obviously you won't be working with a soft box or studio lights with certain temperatures. Then again, we were keying against a green screen for some post fx so that probably isn't applicable.
However, your laptop is giving off a lot of blue light. You could read off something with less of a light source (tablet, phone) to avoid this effect. The channel I worked on had someone read off the script while the subject talked to the camera in front of a ring light setup, but that involved jump cuts (e.g. Philip Defranco Show) and editing the good takes off of a single recorded file.
Also don't overdo it on the lights in your face. You need just enough light to get rid of those shadows beneath your eyes. Too much light and your face gets washed out and you'll need makeup to add facial definition under heavy lighting. Cantih nailed it and finding someone to advise on a setup might be worth it if you want to add some production value.
And that swiffer on the table in the first video annoyed me.
what is the most anatomically appropriate food for the homo sapien in nature given its intestinal length, teeth shape, acid composition, prehensile hands, digestive preferences, vitamin/mineral needs, digestion time, temperature preferences, etc? what does the sum total of the human body indicate about what ideal foods are and what classification of mammal does that put it in
Some people have recommended I do a written piece to accompany each video, thoughts on that?
But realize that you're going after different groups with both formats. If you go and do a transcript, you're essentially generating another news article. If you're aiming for journalist-politician, great. If you're aiming for being something different, then welp.
Personally, I generally avoid video news, interviews, lectures, etc. because there is a significant difference in the amount of time it takes me to watch the video, and the time it takes me to read a transcript/text of the same material.
An example, the State of the Union address takes an hour or two. If you cut out the delays caused by the audience and such, it'd still take quite a bit of time. I've read through transcripts of SotU's in about 10-15 minutes. (This is also why I don't really have any issues with subtitled anime or non-english film, I can read the text fast enough it doesn't really interfere with watching the video.)
However, I am not in the majority when it comes to that. If you do a transcript based on my reasoning, you are not doing it for a general audience, but a minority audience.
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