Make WordPress Tutorial Videos

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This presentation was given at WordCamp Birmingham and Atlanta. Steve explains how to make great videos at a low cost.

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Make WordPress Tutorial Videos

  1. 1. Make Great WordPress Videos Steve Burge @stevejburge
  2. 2. Steve Burge
  3. 3. Steve Burge
  4. 4. LakeLanier.com LakeAllatoona.comAppalachianTrail.com
  5. 5. OSTraining.com
  6. 6. #1: Equipment
  7. 7. Logitech: $50
  8. 8. No need to spend $100s
  9. 9. Windsocks: $2
  10. 10. Camtasia for PCs: $300
  11. 11. Screenflow for Mac: $100
  12. 12. #2: Before Shooting
  13. 13. Prepare1. Know your audience2. Know your style3. Know your productAll of these make it difficult tooutsource videos.
  14. 14. Quiet Environment
  15. 15. Write a Script
  16. 16. #3: Shooting
  17. 17. Screen ResolutionHigh-quality computers:full screen, then shrink during editing.Low-quality computers:screen to 1280 or 1024.
  18. 18. Increase mouse by at least 200%
  19. 19. Natural voice
  20. 20. Keep going despite mistakes
  21. 21. #4: Editing
  22. 22. EditingVoice: Remove “um”s and “ahs”.Visuals: Remove key mistakesImages: Insert where useful butkeep to a minimum, particularlylogos (add them as overlays).
  23. 23. ZoomingDo zoom in on key areas. Peoplewill watch this on their phones.Don’t zoom in and out much. It willmake viewers dizzy.
  24. 24. Export SizeChoose the largest screen size you’ll use. For us it’s 905px.
  25. 25. Export Formatsh.264 is best as it’s HTML5-friendly..wmv, .flv and .mov are all proprietaryand increasingly old-fashioned.
  26. 26. #5: Hosting1. Free hosting2. Self-hosting3. Professional hosting
  27. 27. Free Hosting
  28. 28. Self-hosting
  29. 29. Professional hosting
  30. 30. Don’t worry about warez
  31. 31. #6: How long will it take?Preparation: Depends on productknowledge.Shooting: 5 mins for 1 min of footage.Editing: Much longer! Depends onmistakes, graphics, transitions etc.Overall: A 5 mins video will take wellover an hour.
  32. 32. #6: How much will it cost?From $150 to $15,000 or more depending on your ambition.
  33. 33. #7: White screenEquipment: Video camera, tripod andmore.Room: Often a basement or garage.Teleprompter: iPad or laptop belowcamera.Software: Final Cut Express, X or Pro.Export from there to Screenflow.
  34. 34. White screen videos vimeo.com/789519
  35. 35. #8: Further Learningtelestream.net/screen-flow/demos.htm
  36. 36. Over to you …

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