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Our Online Workshop Equipment

Updated: Oct 25, 2020

After our last blog post was published regarding changes to our services that have been brought on by COVID-19 we have had a few partner organisations contacting us requesting information on how we have managed to adapt our workshops and training to be presented online and more specifically, what equipment we have to allow us to do this.


After many trials, test runs and practice sessions, we settled on the set-up in the picture that follows.



What you see here is:

  1. Laptop

  2. Monitor

  3. External Microphone

  4. External Webcam

  5. Desk camera clamp

  6. Lighting

  7. Speakers

Any combination of the above would be able to replicate the set up we have, but we spent ages researching, watching unboxing videos and reading reviews to find equipment that would best suit our needs.


Please note: Any links posted herein are not affiliated links, this post does not make us any money. We want to share our experience. The links are intended for reference only, and we are not promoting any of these products to you in any way. If you are going to purchase the same equipment, shop around to find the best deal.


So why did we choose this kit specifically?

Laptop

We ran into some issues early on with the laptop we were using, which was fairly new, but didn’t have a powerful enough processor to handle Microsoft Teams and everything else we had plugged into it. So, we had to get a new one to fix the problem. Try the laptop you have with this set up first, and if participants complain that it is freezing/laggy/jumpy, then a new laptop might solve this (or it’s a wifi problem). Alternatively, you could use a tower PC and plug two screens into it.

Monitor

After a few test workshops, I realised that when sharing your screen, you lose the ability to see the other people’s faces that are attending. Our workshops rely on participation, not being able to see participants was an issue for me. Two screens allow you to run the presentation on one screen and view the participants on the other, solving this issue. Any monitor will do for this, make sure your laptop has either an HDMI OUT or a VGA OUT (google this if you don’t know what it is) to plug it in. Notebooks/small laptops generally don’t have this.

External Microphone</