I am delighted to recommend a new book just published by Doceo Publishing and written by Jan Ozer. It has the rather long, but certainly descriptive title of "Mastering Webcam and Smartphone Video: How To Look & Sound Great In Webinars And Videoconferences." You can order it on Amazon.
I got a prerelease copy to peruse, and I am quite impressed by the work that Mr. Ozer has put into describing the many different considerations involved in creating quality audio/video presentations.
The book is definitely written for nonprofessionals, which should be clear from the title. This is for people using webcams and smartphone or tablet built-in cameras to present themselves. If you have access to a professional video studio with broadcast-quality video cameras, you are operating in a different world and need different technical advice.
Mr. Ozer uses clearly-labeled chapters to introduce each aspect of videocasting. You can easily jump to a topic of interest or go back to look up something as a refresher. Within each chapter there is a brief backgrounder for people unfamiliar with the topic, some basic definitions to make sure you understand the terminology and concepts used, and then practical tips and advice.
This book is different than some others I have seen, in that it not only covers best practices for on-camera presenters, but also delves into hardware, software, and internet connectivity considerations. Mr. Ozer talks about different types of computing devices, webcams, microphones, and goes into details of setup and operation within several popular web conferencing and video conferencing technologies. He even takes the time to break out differences in operation between Windows and Macintosh operating systems when they are noteworthy.
The writing style is conversational and personal. Mr. Ozer writes in the first person and demonstrates the importance of production choices with personal anecdotes and cautionary tales. He also illustrates concepts with explanatory graphics and photographs.
Obviously Mr. Ozer cannot review and compare every available camera, light, computing platform, microphone, and conferencing product on the market. But he uses enough representative examples so that you will understand how to compare and select equipment and software that is right for your needs and your budget.
If you want to put yourself in the best light (figuratively and literally) on your next video webcast, get this book. If you are responsible for administering or producing your company's webcasts, get this book. It's a great one-stop reference for a topic that can be confusing or overwhelming to newcomers.