Before you put together your video, let's look at some general tips and trick to use during the production process.
- [Instructor] Let's take a look at some tips and tricks for creating instructional videos. Have a plan before you begin. Use notes, a script, or bullet points. You can have them on a second laptop or second monitor, or even print them out. Keep it short. Try to keep your video to under three minutes. If you can't share everything you need to in that time, consider dividing your larger message into a series of shorter videos. Simplify your message. There might be 10 ways to do something, but you don't need to demonstrate all of them.
Choose the best one, and go with that. Audio matters. If your audience can't understand what you are saying, your message is lost. Eliminate background noise, use a headset, and make sure you position your headset correctly just below your mouth. Check your settings before every recording. Don't assume they're still set the way they were when you last used them. Eliminate distractions. Extra programs running, pop-ups, anything on the screen that isn't essential should be eliminated.
Create a dedicated recording account on your computer with a simple solid background. Set up browser tabs and have apps ready and open. If your presentation will be using a lot of websites or different applications, you can just click from tab to tab. Mistakes happen. Take a breath, clap three times, and start again from a clean starting point. The claps make it easy when you're editing to find your mistake and cut it out. Sometimes you have to just let it be good enough. There's always more to learn, always more you can do to make your video better.
You could spend years in post-production and still never reach perfection. It is okay, especially when you're first getting started, to say this is good enough to meet my needs. The more videos you make, the better you will get and the easier the process will be. Hopefully those tricks will help make your recording sessions look and run a bit better.
- 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