HashiTalks Recording Tips & Tricks

HashiTalks is a live event and we encourage you to give your talk live but do understand that for some it is best to pre-record and are eager to work with you on your recording. Please plan to record your talk in advance if you anticipate bandwhidth issues or a noisy atmosphere during the live event.

Even if recording, we hope you will join the live chat and interact with the attendees during the event.


Multiple Speakers

If your session has more than one speaker, please structure the flow to allow for sequential speakers rather than having multiple speakers present simultaneously.

Technical Requirements

  • resolution: min. 1080p (Full HD), max. 4k
  • frame rate: 30 fps
  • output format: MP4
  • audio: stereo with a bitrate of at least 320kbps

You can choose from the following applications to record your camera, speaker audio, and screen:

  • Adobe Premiere
  • Apple QuickTime
  • Logi Capture
  • Microsoft Stream
  • Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)
  • Zoom.us (using “record to this computer” option)


  • record in a well-lit room
    • If you have access to an adjustable front light, set the color temperature to 5700k to make it as close to daylight as possible
    • When in doubt, record a short sample clip and send it over to provide pointers!
  • think about your background
    • the area behind you is your stage; feel free to make it represent who you are!
    • not keen on showcasing your background? You have options:
      • if you have a green screen, record in front of that
      • if you want to blur your background, use Zoom’s recording feature
  • think about your placement
    • make sure your camera lens sits at or above eye level, no higher than your hairline.
    • remember not to sit too close to the camera
    • capture your shoulders and your entire face with some room to spare
    • apply the rule of thirds to position your body and eyes in the frame


  • record your speech with an external microphone
    • aim for maximum loudness level of -10dB and be lowest at -24dB to prevent distortion and optimal volume
    • if you do not have access to an external microphone, use a headset
  • keep the energy level of your voice throughout the recording
  • verify your recording area has no to little background noise or echoes
    • check if you have CPU intensive programs open while recording
      • you might not be able to avoid this entirely but try your best to minimize fan noises
      • if you have a demo, consider first recording it in video and narrating the playback
      • counter echoes by putting pillows, blankets, or towels on the floor
    • When in doubt, record a short sample clip and send it over so we can provide pointers

The speaker view and speaker speech should be recorded in the same file.


  • If you want to use a HashiCorp-branded template HUG template
  • Include a slide with your contact information for extra networking opportunities
  • If you show code as part of your slides, ensure the code meets the following guidelines:
    • The font is monospaced (fixed with)
    • use syntax highlighting when possible
    • adjust the font size to “reasonable” levels for the presentation


  • use “light mode” with the highest contrast for both editor, terminal, and browser windows
  • monospace code in editor / IDE interfaces
  • increase your font size
    • if your window is in full screen mode, the font size should be about 96 on this topographic scale
    • this will slightly differ between 4K and 1080p monitor resolutions
  • avoid showing multiple windows on the screen at the same time
    • maximize editor view, minimize other windows
    • focus on larger windows
    • switch between them to direct attention
  • disable notifications and sounds (unless required for presentation)

Tips & Tricks

  • Keep the audience in mind: we expect to see technical presentations, code is welcome
  • When using the HashiCorp-branded HUG template, feel free to remove any slides that do not make sense for your type of presentation

After the event, HashiTalks will be published to the HashiCorp Resource Library and the HashiCorp YouTube Channel.