TableTop Educational Video: Everything you need to know about it

What is TableTop Educational Video?

TableTop is a production style of educational video in which a teacher records the paper on which he/she is writing with the audio explanation.



Equipments are easily available
Easy to create recording setup
Recorded file size is very high
Cost of setup is low
Example Video
Alternative Style

Required Equipments


Any camera can record TableTop video but SmartPhone Camera and any other light-weight camera is preferred as you need to make a special arrangement to hold it perpendicular to the table surface.


A special kind of tripod (pod) is required to hold camera or smartphone in order to record TableTop video.


Since you want to record paper while writing on it, you need a paper. A4 Size paper is nearly equal to 4:3 ratio while our mobile/TV/laptop screens are 16:9 so try to take a large paper.


You can use any pen to write on paper but sketch pen of more than one color are preferred for better explanation.

Audio Recorder

Camera's default mic can also record good quality audio for TableTop videos as your mouth remains closer to camera in TableTop setup. If you want to improve sound quality than you can select a better audio recorder.


Special attention to light is required. Try to keep your paper closer to a light source. Tripod designed by ETmantra has two holders that can be used to connect LED bulb or CFL to properly light your video.

Common Tasks

Remove Unwanted Portion

Editing of TableTop is necessary to remove unwanted portion like change of paper, writing without explaining etc. 


Branding means adding your name, logo, website address etc. on top of videos. Branding is considered an important step before making your video public.

How To Articles


Any camera, even smartphone camera and a special arrangement that can hold the camera perpendicular to the ground is sufficient to record a TableTop video.


Preference of recording a video depends on the platform for which you are recording TableTop video. For example, if you want to share on YouTube horizontal video is preferred while vertical video is recommended if you want to share on TikTok.


There are two video to do that:

  1. Keep recording video the whole time and cut unwanted portion from video during editing.
  2. You can record video in multiple clips and merge those during editing.
Teacher’s views on TableTop educational video
Possible Combinations

TableTop + TalkingHead

TableTop is used to create video while explaining content. TalkingHead video can be used in the beginning and at the end of the TableTop video to introduce and summarize topic respectively.

4 thoughts on “TableTop Educational Video: Everything you need to know about it”

  1. Sir
    First of all thanks a lot for ur guidance.
    I was going to order ur tripod (wooden).
    But due to lockdown had to make my own
    The dimensions are
    Height 18 inches
    Top 12 inches
    I am unable to understand how to place the camera.
    Please can u guide me.
    My whats app num is

    1. Dear Harshad sir,
      You need a 1/4″ screw because all camera and mobile holder can be fixed on 1/4″ screw. That screw will be fixed on tripod. You will get it in any hardware store.

  2. I laso like to create my own wooden table top video recorder. Can you please tell the exact dimentions of each and guide me how to fix the camera or mobile phone on top

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