FAQ – Digital Graphic Recording
What is the difference between digital graphic recording and graphic recording on boards and/or paper?
Tools used: Digital graphic recording is done with an iPad and Apple Pencil, or Macbook-with- drawing-tablet combination. Analogue graphic recording is done on physical medium (e.g. boards, paper etc.).
Process visibility: In digital graphic recording, even when the graphic recording canvas is shared live, the graphic recorder would be hidden from view. However, for analogue graphic recording at an on-site meeting, the graphic recorder and the visual-in-progress can be in full view to model active listening and processing for the participants.
Obviously, there are pros and cons to both digital and analogue, and their affordances (possibilities) are different. Without launching into a full exposition here, I’d say, hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org with your project details, and we’d be happy to suggest what works best for your meeting and why.
What do you use for digital graphic recording?
We typically work on an iPad with Apple Pencil, but a Macbook and drawing tablet combination may work better for some meeting setups. We would be happy to recommend the ideal configuration after better understanding your meeting needs. Please contact us at email@example.com.
Do you provide your own equipment for digital graphic recording?
We will provide our own graphic recording devices (e.g. iPad, Apple Pencil, and Lightning to HDMI adapter; or Macbook and drawing tablet).
If the digital graphic recording is delivered on-site instead of remotely, we ask that clients ensure the availability of:
- Access to power sockets for continuous charging of graphic recording devices
- HDMI cable
- Graphic switcher (optional, but recommended to prevent “blue screen” when switching between video/visual input sources e.g. when toggling between the graphic recording screen and meeting slides)
Are you able to provide digital graphic recording services remotely?
Yes, we can work remotely (fully online) to deliver live digital graphic recording services for your meeting. This can take place via your video conferencing platform, such as Zoom, such as this example here.
To ensure the best possible participant experience, we will schedule a pre-session dry run with your team (including the meeting host) to work out the screen management workflow.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore the best arrangements for your online meeting.
Can you provide a timelapse video of the digital graphic recording?
For graphic recordings created on the iPad, we can export the timelapse video “as is” from the app used, at no additional cost. If you need video production services (e.g. soundtrack, video editing, animation effects etc.), we can connect you with a studio that can follow up capably.
We are hoping to use graphic recording in place of presentation slides. Can you graphic record live in complete sync with our live discussion or presentation?
We talk faster than we write, and we write faster than we draw. Also, we can only graphic record what we hear, after we hear it. In this regard, there will be filtering down to the key ideas, and the capture will not be in sync. If details and synchronisation are important to you, we suggest sticking to prepared powerpoint slides.
We are hoping to use graphic recording in place of presentation slides. Can you make us a graphic recording video that would play in sync with our live discussion or presentation?
While this is not impossible, the client will need to provide the finalised content way in advance, to allow illustration and full-fledged video production. More time is needed if the client expects feedback and revision. You will need to let us have a voice recording of the presenter presenting, in order to time the video. However, the greater challenge might be ensuring your presenter can present live from the same script at the same consistent pace without deviation.
Can you provide editable artwork files of the digital graphic recording?
We can on request. Please check with us on additional costs that may apply for providing the source files.
Are you able to facilitate a graphic recording over Zoom or live video conferencing?
Yes, we can join in via Zoom (preferred) or other video conferencing platforms, or explore the use of your existing video conferencing arrangements.
Please contact us at email@example.com to explore the best option for your meeting. For remote projects, we will schedule a connection and equipment test prior to the live session, to ensure that the best possible experience for your meeting participants.
Can you graphic record on physical surfaces (“in analogue”) for our online meeting?
While this is possible, we generally do not recommend using analogue graphic recording for online meetings. First, the visibility of the visual output will be compromised by the screen resolution on the meeting app (and more so in gallery view or multiple participant views, where each video source is shown in a smaller window). Second, the visual will be obscured when the graphic recorder is working on the canvas. We would be happy to recommend what works best for your online meeting — feel free to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.