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5 Steps to High Quality Software Tutorials

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Video is proven to be an effective means of training customers, and software tutorials lend themselves especially well to video. You don’t need an expensive setup, and you don’t even have to appear on camera. While you may be afraid to get started with video, with a little planning, it’s simple to get up and running with video tutorials.

In this slideshare, we’ll present the 5 things you need to get started, and the 5 steps along the way to stay organized and make great software tutorial videos.

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5 Steps to High Quality Software Tutorials

  1. 1. 5 Steps to High Quality Software Tutorials Linda Schwaber-Cohen, Skilljar Originally presented at FocusOn Learning
  2. 2. Why Video over SCORM? 34% 53% Course Completion Rate With SCORM Without SCORM
  3. 3. Why Video over SCORM? 51% 36% Course Completion Rate With Video Without Video
  4. 4. Excuses around video Ø It’s expensive Ø I don’t have the right equipment Ø It takes forever Ø Everything changes so fast and it’s hard to keep up
  5. 5. Producing Software Tutorials Can be: Fun Easy Inexpensive Manageable
  6. 6. Ø Resources and materials Ø Step by Step process for creating video Ø Planning Ø Tactical tips and tricks Agenda
  7. 7. What You Need Ø Microphone Ø Editing software Ø Quiet, carpeted space Ø Time Ø Voice Costs are minimal!
  8. 8. What You Don’t Need Ø A studio Ø A voice actor Ø A professional editor Ø Expensive equipment
  9. 9. Microphone Blue snowball - $69.99 Blue Yeti - $129
  10. 10. Editing Software Ø TechSmith Camtasia - $199 Ø Telestream Screenflow for Mac - $99
  11. 11. Find a quiet, carpeted space Lots of empty space – tile floors
  12. 12. Quiet, carpeted space Lots of upholstery, wall hangings, carpet
  13. 13. Time Ø Rule of video: It will always take longer than you think it will. Ø Budget more time than you think you’ll need.
  14. 14. Time Being highly organized will save you time later. Time = Money
  15. 15. Voice Ø Your voice is most likely fine for a software tutorial! Ø Get used to it and get comfortable recording. Ø Slow and steady!
  16. 16. Order of Operations 1. Script 2. Storyboard 3. Collect Assets 4. Practice and Record Audio 5. Edit
  17. 17. Step 1: Script Ø Write your audio – you or ask a SME to quickly record using a free tool like Jing Ø Tip when software changes often: Be vague and let the video do the talking
  18. 18. Step 2: Storyboard Ø Decide what will be on the screen for each part of the script Ø Remember you don’t actually have to have these assets yet Ø Tip: Use screen shots rather than a moving screen capture
  19. 19. Step 2: Storyboard
  20. 20. Step 3: Collect Assets Ø Collect everything you need for the visuals. Ø Tip: stay organized! Ø Now, go back to your storyboard and hyperlink each piece of text in the left column with the file location
  21. 21. Step 4: Practice and Record Audio Sit in your quite, carpeted room Set up your microphone
  22. 22. Step 4: Practice and Record Audio Ø Use your editing program to record voice Ø Before you record - Practice Ø Tip: If you stumble, don’t stop the recording (by the way, you’ll stumble less if you practice)
  23. 23. Step 5: Edit Ø Get used to your editing program Ø Because you were really organized and storyboarded well, you should need less time
  24. 24. Other Tips Ø Free or very inexpensive design and stock photos: Pexels, Canva Ø TechSmith: Tips for Creating Engaging Videos Ø Analytics – LMS, xAPI, Wistia, YouTube
  25. 25. Takeaways 1. Five steps! 2. Stay organized. 3. Keep audio to a minimum. 4. Good tutorials don’t have to cost a lot to produce.

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