Examples of Instructional/Tutorial Videos
There is such a range of content that can and will be produced that these are just examples. Whether to support your blog, product support or to advertise your business these are some idea generators our of thousands more I could show you. Use these as idea generators:
- Explaining A Software/Service - Survey Monkey Screencasting Page and also view the videos at DemoGirl.com
- Explaining A Concept - CommonCraft Twitter Research in Plain English
- How to perform a task such as opening a bottle of wine or a collection of food recipes at iFood.com
- Web Camcorder
- Digital Video Camcorder or Prosumer Camcorder
- External Microphone
Creating Presentation Resources
It is long past time that the presentation community and the video community got to know each other. There is much common ground. This is my peanut butter and chocolate moment. So for those of you new to presentation concepts check out the following Slideshare presentation by Kelsey Ruger:
Visual and Creative Thinking:What We Learned From Peter Pan and Willy Wonka
Now you are ready to check out the following:
Beyond Bullet Points - If you are using either PowerPoint or presenting by video you need to read this book. If you are cash impaired, check out Cliff's website and blog.
Nancy Duarte - just go and explore the whole shebang. This is one of her pages on using receipt tape to storyboard an idea.
Video of Garr Reynolds speaking at Google on presentation concepts. You should also check out Garr's blog.
You should also visit Presentation Examples blog, Kathy Sierra's post on Stop Your Presentations Before It Kills Again, and download Andy Goodman's book on Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes.
Making Video Tutorial Resources
Tim Carter's Ask The Builder Video on Making Instructional Videos is a great demonstration on the mechanical process of how to construct a video tutorial and he reminds you that it shouldn't be painful to watch.
Tom Johnson at I'd Rather Be Writing goes into more detail about his process in creating tutorial videos.
Videomaker articles on creating instructional videos from Alice Patterson (it is from 2000 but good advice) and secrets on video training.
Review of Free Screencasting Software at MakeUseOf.com
Torely at Mashible's How To Master Screencasting in Seven Steps
For business level screen tutorials and look at creating information products for profit visit ProCasts at http://procasts.co.uk and read the post Screencast Tutorial #1.
On many websites and blogs you are going to see name TechSmith and Camtasia. There is a reason for this. The software works. For casual or occasional users you might want to check out Jing. If you are an educator, professional presenter, or live in the presentation realm of the sciences then you should swing over to the Camtasia Learning Center.
Camtasia is expensive and there are low cost/free/open source alternatives like HyperCam, CamStudio and others. But if you need a functional no hassle system and your job depends on it, yes, Camtasia is it.
On the Mac side there is ScreenFlow, Screenium and Screenflick.
Full Disclosure: I have owned Camtasia Studio for two years. I also have purchased SnagIt. I was recently gifted with an upgrade to the new versions of both programs. Thank you Betsy!
But I did want to mention the upgrade. I do believe in letting you know when I have received items. I don't want to talk about transparency without standing up for my beliefs and not acting accordingly.
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