Making Tutorial Videos
Updated: 27 July 2020 10:02 AM
What approach should I take when making videos?
If you are just starting out, the best approach is to keep things as simple as possible using technologies and approaches that are self-serve, where you can control and execute your own content.
What will determine the success or failure of any of this video content is:
Higher investment in fidelity will not ensure that the video content is available in time, captures the process, is well organized and serves the learning outcomes.
What makes great videos? Or rather, what videos do people watch?
How should I plan for my videos?
How do I measure the success of my videos?
Detailed analytics exist for every video on TechSmith Knowmia (formerly Relay).
How do I use Camtasia?
What is the minimum required fidelity? What camera should I use?
You should use the camera you’re most familiar with. For most people, this will be their smartphone. We know that almost all faculty and students have smartphones.
What about 4k?
Shooting in ultra-high definition improves quality but introduces many compromises, and doesn’t radically improve the end-user experience. It creates giant files, that are harder for your computer to edit, there is more data to store – and inevitably – most users will view that file at 1080p because they never full screen the video or have enough bandwidth to view in 4k. Don’t bother.
What about audio?
Audio for Live Audio
Bad audio will kill your well captured video every time. Conversely, people are far more likely to tolerate poorer video quality if the audio quality is good. Aim for good audio quality.
For live video, either use your earbuds attached to your phone, get close to your phone or connect an external microphone.
Audio for Demonstrations
It’s hard to shoot a demonstration video and have it go perfectly on the first take. It’s better to shoot the video, and the overdub any voiceover audio in afterwards. You can trim the video to the most essential components and then overdub when required.
How can I stand up my iPhone?
Most of the time, you will need a way to support your iPhone. There are DIY and Paid options.
Online retailers have a number of solutions for this.
Again, there are DIY and Paid options for improving your lighting.
General Resources for Making Tutorial Videos
This presentation is where I got the expression “evergreen” from:
There are countless videos on YouTube on how creators make videos. One of the challenges is that many YouTubers invest heavily in gear, which can be a disincentive to getting started with what you have. However, many of these folks suggest a low cost option
Here is just a sample.
What further assistance do you provide faculty for making demonstration videos?
We support faculty in using their mobile devices, iPads or laptops and their use with Techsmith Camtasia, Capture and Knowmia (formerly Relay). We can advise faculty using other camera brands to import their files (assuming they are compatible) into Camtasia for editing and distribution via Knowmia (formerly Relay). We can also direct faculty to this resource and other resources in LinkedIn Learning and YouTube
Do you offer funding for equipment to record demonstration videos?
Not currently. If you are just starting out, we would not encourage you to spend lots of money on gear. What is most important is to learn how to imagine, create, edit, deliver and measure results of your videos first to determine where any investment might make the most difference.
Permanent Faculty and Technicians receive Professional Development funds, and you can learn more here.
Are you supporting video production on campus?
We have no idea when campus will reopen. When it does, there will be strict controls to ensure the health and safety of all visitors and it's unclear how this could be facilitated.
Do I own the Intellectual Property to my Videos?
Yes. Please see Appendix F of the Memorandum of Agreement with OCADFA.
Can I include copyrighted materials in my videos from YouTube or LinkedIn Learning, including music?
No. Please only include items that are very clearly marked Creative Commons and no other materials. There are six license types for Creative Commons. For instance, if you wanted to modify content, make sure the license covers it. For a full explanation of the license types, please refer to this wiki article.