The Ultimate Guide to Making Online Video Tutorials

The Ultimate Guide to Making Online Video Tutorials

Teaching a concept or procedure through a video tutorial is among the single most important kinds of online content. It’s an easy and efficient for your audience to find out a new skill. Video tutorials make sure to bring in new fans and encourage your existing one’s that you’re severe about offering them the very best content possible.

Creating a quality video tutorial does not have to be difficult. It’s in fact possible to create a sufficient tutorial in ten minutes, no video editing needed.

I’ll teach you how to do that below, however I’ll also offer more thorough info for those who prepare to dig in and actually create a top-caliber video. That means the best ways to prepare for your video, pointers on recording, getting your audio right, and ways to best edit, upload, and release your video online.

You can jump right to the start of the guide by click on this link or by utilizing the tabulation above.

Example of a Video Tutorial

I made my very first video tutorial a couple of weeks ago for PopUp Dominance. I found out a lot through the procedure and it influenced me to write this post for you. You can watch that video tutorial here.


If you want to learn more about PopUp Domination, go to the official site. Or you can check out Josh Dunlop’s recent post on the 10 various manner ins which he makes use of PopUp Domination.

Specialist Video Recommendations:

Throughout the short article, I’ll be sharing unique guidance from Gideon Shalwick of Rapid Video Blogging. He’s had huge success through video tutorials so I’m actually pleased to be including his understanding in the short article.

All of these Gideon Shalwick quotes are from Earnings Diary’s own book of interviews with top online business owners, Web Dominance 20.

Now, onto the guide.

Before You Press Record

Press Record

Know Your Things

The initial step making a good tutorial is to understand all the ins and the from the subject you’re teaching. Hopefully, you’re currently a professional on the procedure you’re teaching. If not, you ought to most likely go through it a few times to make yourself as educated as possible.

I also recommend looking around on online forums and blog sites to see exactly what problems people are having commonly and the kinds of concerns that they are asking.

Compose a Bullet-Point Script

I do not suggest composing out the entire script of your video, because it’s better to be in the moment and to sound natural (this is called an ‘‘ extemporaneous’ shipment). But having a couple of essential bullet-points in front of you on a piece of paper or electronic gadget can assist make certain you do not miss anything essential and remind you exactly what’s turning up next.

Create a Clean Environment

Keep in mind that if you’re recording your computer screen that may include taping your desktop background, programs you have running, browser windows you have open, your bookmarks, and more. Before you press record, make certain that your computer system’s display looks professional and will not show any overly personal information.

Selecting Video Recording ‘‘ Screencasting’ Software application

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You can invest your time downloading and setting up any number of totally free screencasting choices. But I tried this and was consulted with unacceptably low-quality video. If you’re absolutely set on making use of totally free software application, then the highest ranked complimentary screencasting software (according to Wikipedia’s comparison) is VirtualDub.

However in my experience, you get what you spend for. If you desire the best of the best, opt for $ 299.00 USD Camtasia. Personally, I selected the $ 49.95 Snagit and I couldn’t be happier. It’s easy to utilize and it has all of the alternatives that I wanted (plus a couple of more).

If you’re not prepared to part with genuine money, both Camtasia and Snagit offer complimentary trials. Download one for a month through the links above, make a couple of tutorials with it, then you can choose whether to invest with a purchase.

Audio Recording

The Right Mic

With Snagit, you can record your voice through your computer’s microphone simultaneously. This is a simple way to do it, however the audio quality might be thin and loaded with static. If you speak loudly and clearly, your audio will likely be fine.

If you’re going to be doing this a lot, you’ll probably wish to invest in a quality USB microphone, like the Yeti. Gideon provided us microphone recommendations for the expert:

“My microphone that I presently make use of with my Canon 60D is a wireless microphone from Sony, the UTX-B2. So that plugs into my video camera and after that I can have an extremely nice, little, wireless lapel mic on me when I record the videos. They’re a bit more pricey, $ 700 bucks or so.”

And the budget-conscious beginner:

“You don’t have to start with the UTX-B2. I in fact used a $ 30 Audiotechnica microphone that I obtained from an electronics shop. It offered near professional quality audio and the only drawback was that it was not wireless. It included a 4 meter cord. You do not require to invest a lot of cash to get an excellent result.”

An Optimized Acoustic Environment

Turn off any fans, heating units, or other devices that produce ambient noise.

Likewise watch out for flat, uncovered walls and wood floors that might create extreme, resonant echoes. If the room that you remain in is producing excessive reverb, you can cover the floors with rugs, the walls with blankets or paintings, and place pillows or comforters in the corners.

Or simply record in a various room with better acoustics.

The Sound of Silence

After you have actually finished taping your voice walking through the video, record about 30 seconds of dead silence. When you’re editing the video later, you may have to separate parts of the voiceover and you can utilize that “white sound” to complete the spaces without the audio cutting out completely and distracting the audience.

Background Music

ccmixter license example

There’s a variety of sites online to find licensed music totally free in the imaginative commons. I have actually had all the best with ccmixter.org which’s what I made use of to discover the background music for the PopUp Dominance tutorial video.

If your voiceover is hard to understand for any factor, then you might wish to think about avoiding the music entirely. In any case, keep the volume down so that it does not sidetrack from what truly matters.

Cleaning Up Audio

Cleaning up loud, static-filled audio is simpler stated than done. You can utilize advanced software application like ProTools or capable freeware like Audacity, and they all have ‘‘ sound decrease’ devices and equalization, but the reality is that it’s usually impossible to cut out fixed or sound without likewise eliminating vital frequencies of the voice itself.

Because of that, I suggest most people simply aim to get the finest audio quality to begin with and do not count on any audio modifying magic to bail you out.

Recording the Video Tutorial

If you know the process that you’re teaching and you’ve acquainted yourself with your screencasting software, recording the tutorial needs to be a breeze. Just press ‘‘ Record ‘, then walk your viewers through the process

. Striking the Right Tone

It’s good if you can be personalized and possibly split a joke or more. Your personality can make your video stick out and motivate individuals to feel the kind of individual connection with you that will get them to desire to come back for more tutorials.

But if you’re taking a lot of time with your humor and theatrics you’re simply going to irritate your viewers. For a video tutorial, I would rather have someone be dry and to the point then overly vibrant. Obviously, the best choice is to find the middle ground.

Recording a Video So You Don’t Have to Edit

When you click ‘‘ Record ‘with Snagit, they provide you a three 2nd countdown prior to it begins tape-recording your screen. That’s sufficient time to switch windows to the screen you desire to start the video with. In many cases, that can just be the software application or web page that you’re going to be advising the viewer on.

If you want to get actually elegant, you can create a special title screen to invite your viewer and notify them about what you’ll be teaching. Because case, you can make that image your desktop background or have it up in a photo seeing program.

popdom title screen

This is the welcome screen for the PopUp Domination video that I designed in Adobe Photoshop. I utilized graphic design that had actually currently been produced PopUp Domination‘‘ s site in order to provide it a professional, top quality appearance.

If you like, you can make another such image for the conclusion of your video. With Snagit you can push Shift+F10 and exit the video quickly with no lost seconds at the end.

Regardless of whether you make use of special screens for the start and ending of your video, if you go through the procedure plainly, quickly, and you do not journey over your words excessive, you can tape-record a video that is entirely functional without needing to do any additional editing.

If you desire to include text or interactivity to the video, you can add those through YouTube annotations. I just recently composed a guide on how to utilize YouTube Annotations if you would like to learn more.

Nevertheless, if you want the greatest quality of video tutorial, you’re most likely going to wish to do some basic editing.

Editing Your Video Tutorial

Choosing Your Software application

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Just like screencasting, there are a bunch of video editing software application offered, both free and paid. In reality, most computers have perfectly capable video editing software and many screencasting programs (such as Snagit and Screenflow) also feature video editors customized to the needs of someone modifying a video tutorial.

For WebDomination 20, Gideon Shalwick walked us through his procedure of picking video editing software:

“I began with iMovie, worked my way through to Last Cut Express, and I ended up settling with ScreenFlow.

“When I started utilizing ScreenFlow, I thought, “Why bother with Last Cut?” ScreenFlow did everything that I desired it to and it was much simpler to make use of and gave me amazing results.

“Even to this day, if I want to get a video done really quickly, simply something with basic cuts and extremely simple modifying, I utilize ScreenFlow. Simply record, get it on ScreenFlow, export, upload, done. It’s so good.”

I utilize Adobe Premiere to edit my videos for work and you can get a complimentary a trial of that through Adobe’s site. However usually the advanced video editors have a higher knowing curve and they will not supply casual video editors with anything that they really require for the majority of videos.

Edit to Conserve Your Viewer’s Time

Among the concept benefits of modifying your video is making use of changes to conserve your viewer’s time. If there’s a process that takes a while in the middle of your video (like a packing screen or an upload) then you can simply cut that part of the video. It’s also an excellent chance to repair slip-ups or stops briefly in your speech.

Adding Text to Guide Your Viewers

By going through the procedure and speaking with your audience, you can convey most all details needed. However if you want to assist the learning process further, adding text is a great method to include more clarification for your viewers.

text example video tutorial

I added text at the top and bottom of the PopUp Dominance video tutorial with a template that I produced in Adobe Photoshop. The text on the top informs resembles a header, determining the bigger goal we’re accomplishing in the video. The text below determines the individual step in the process that we’re currently completing in the video.

Branding and other design elements add to the professionalism of your video and help your audience to remember your name. As you can see, I included the PopUp Dominance logo straight into the design of the text bars.

Contracting out Modifying

Employing somebody else to modify your videos for you can result in a more expert video and complimentary your time as much as focus on other activities. Gideon Shalwick put in his time modifying videos himself but he discussed to us that he now mainly outsources:

“Currently, I do not do much modifying myself any longer. My business has progressed so well now that I can afford to have a group of video editors to do all my editing for me. That’s actually assisted me take my business to heights that I could not have even envisioned. My videos look a lot more expert now than I could have ever even tried to do on my own.”

If you choose to go this route, you can create the tutorial yourself and contract out the modifying or you can hire the entire tutorial created, as Michael did when he hired my video service.

Finishing up

YouTube Interactivity Guide

Choosing a Video Service

There’s no lack of methods to get your video online and for the a lot of part they all work fine. However if you want your video tutorials to be found and seen freely by as many individuals as possible, YouTube is the way to go. Gideon Shalwick explains:

“Truly it’s all about traffic on YouTube. That is the short response. Last time I checked, YouTube is the second greatest search engine, after Google. 3 billion views a day is very outstanding. Personally, I can’t actually fathom the number 3 with nine absolutely nos alongside it. It’s simply incredible.”

Uploading & & Optimizing

There’s a host of things you can do to optimize your video so that it will appear in more sources. That’s not truly the subject of this post so I’ll be quick.

The title is the most fundamental part for SEO, however it’s likewise vital to fill in the keywords and description area. You can use the list of bullet points you produced earlier to fill out the description area in a breeze. Do not forget to add a link to your website in the very first couple lines of the description area so that individuals will be able to click to your website.

Make an Accompanying Blog site Post

If you actually wish to do it up, compose a post that also strolls through the procedure and embed the video at the top of it. Now you’ve produced a total educational resource that’s most likely to be preferred by Google’s online search engine spiders.

That’s a Wrap!

You can rest easy knowing that every day someone, someplace is finding out thanks to the time you invested creating a quality video tutorial. That’s a quite cool sensation.

 

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