Checklist to follow before you start recording

  • When possible record with your monitor resolution set at 1280 x 720. All videos (both slides and demos) must be recorded in the following resolution: 1280 x 720. It is important for video quality that you record at 1280 x 720 and not a higher 16:9 resolution (even if you are using a Retina display).
  • Use the Guild Conferences slide template for your conference type ==>http://rcl.ink/yHt
  • Remember that some viewers will be watching the conference on devices like tablets, phones, etc. We want your text to be legible on all devices. We recommend increasing font size on all IDEs, text editors, and command line to at least 16.
  • Disable system and application notification pop-ups
  • Make sure if you’re using a laptop that it is plugged in
  • Make sure your camera is stable and not shaky
  • Meet audio requirements listed below (DO NOT USE YOUR INTERNAL MICROPHONE)
  • Close email, Skype, IM, browsers, or anything else that may interrupt you
  • Turn off fans, A/C, other computers/servers in your recording room, or anything else that might “click on” and create background noise while recording
  • Clean up your desktop and taskbar

Guild Conference Format

So what should a Guild Conference session video look like?

First sessions should be user-based – not vendor sales pitches. Videos that are skewed towards a vendor sales pitch will not be accepted!

  • The first few minutes are just you talking to the camera about what you are about to show us.
  • Screen share showing the use of a tool, technique or tip that will help us in our day-to-day testing efforts (you don’t need to have your camera turned on during this part if you don’t want to).
  • The Guild prefers hands-on, practical screen sharing of tips, tricks, and demos that can help fellow automation/test engineers create better automation & testing over boring, high-level, philosophical PowerPoint slides. Of course, this is just a good practice. If you are doing a more high-level presentation than at least make the slides interesting 🙂
  • Also, since the videos are pre-recorded, speakers are encouraged to dive into the actual code to “show us,” not just “tell us” how something can be achieved. This is what will set us apart from a “live,” in person conference — more in-depth with real, hands-on, screen-sharing-type demos. Once again this varies depending on your topic.
  • The last few minutes should just be you on camera wrapping up your session.
  • Since this is an online conference it’s critical that you have a quality microphone and video camera. Also since we will be LIVE for QA please make sure that you join using a wired internet connection whenever possible.
  • The perfect video length is 25 minutes.

The more actionable the session content the better. Our goal is that a guild attendee will learn a tip, tool, technique, or best practice they can implement right away to get results.

Recording software Suggestions

Speakers are expected to have a quality microphone and video cam (*These are just suggestions. You can use what you have but if you don’t have anything yet here are some suggestions.  Since I want to present guild speakers in the best possible light I think it’s critical that you have good audio and video quality)

Other Video Software Options

Software Cost OS Functions Pros Cons
Filmora Scrn $19.99 per year
$29.99 for lifetime license
PC, Mac Screen recording
Video editing
Lower cost Simple editing
Limited noise removal
OBS Free PC, Mac, Linux Screen recording Free
Automatically record with noise filters in iZotope RX Elements ($129)
Built-in decibel meter
Complicated to configure initially
Harder to record a screen region
Quicktime Free Mac Screen recording Free
Built in on Mac
Records at variable frame rate
Can’t capture only a screen region
Resolve Free PC, Mac, Linux Video editing Free
Fully featured
Efficient editing
Steeper learning curve
ScreenFlick $35 Mac Screen recording Lower cost
Capture screen, live video, and cursor in separate tracks
Only available on Mac
Vegas Movie Studio Platinum $79.99 PC Video editing Fully featured
Includes advanced audio filters
Steeper learning curve



Examples of a Guild Session

Example of LIVE QA sessions