So where to begin when creating instructional videos? Explore the process of preparation necessary for successful video creation.
- [Narrator] When Abraham Lincoln said those words, I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking specifically about instructional videos. But as in all aspects of life, preparation can be the difference between success and frustration. There are several things I always do before I begin creating a video. I make sure I gather all of the materials I'm going to need. This includes my virtual materials, such as software, websites or slides. I also get my physical materials ready, plug in my headset, hook up my webcam, make sure my laptop is ready to go.
I'll want to eliminate any distractions in my environment. Any unnecessary noise or people that could interrupt my recording. I close out of any unnecessary programs and applications on my computer, like email or instant messaging, as well as any browser windows that are not essential. My computer background can even be distracting to my audience. I want a clean recording background. I usually choose a solid color that won't distract from my message. I need to know what I want to say before I hit that record button.
A script can be a great resource to help me stay on topic, and make sure I cover everything. Sometimes I just make a list of bullet points as a reminder, and other times I might write out my message word for word. A second monitor can be really handy here, because I can have my script on one screen while I capture my content on the second screen. Having a solid plan before I begin is the key to a successful recording session. Now that I am all set up, I am ready to launch Camtasia and start recording.
- Understanding the Camtasia 9 interface
- Recording tips and tricks
- Capturing your video
- Providing feedback
- Capturing a slide presentation
- Making a basic edit
- Adding annotations, transitions, and music
- Hiding mistakes
- Posting your video