Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How To Create Tutorial Videos

Creating tutorial videos for your students, or for eipsacademy.com, is not especially difficult, in fact you probably already have all the tools you need.

We’ll start with how to record using programs that are likely installed on your computer already. The SMART Notebook software can be used as a blank canvas to draw on, similar to how Khan Academy videos are produced, or you can have a prepared Notebook file that you start from. Use the SMART Recorder to record your whole desktop, or just the drawing area.

As to hardware, you can use the microphone built into your laptop to record audio, or use a headset or a desktop microphone. For drawing or annotations, you can use a SMART Board if you have one, or just your mouse.

The way I like to record tutorials, though, is with the freeware program SmoothDraw for drawing, the Open source CamStudio for screen recording, a Wacom Bamboo tablet for drawing with, a headset, such as this one from MonoPrice.com or EducationalHeadphone.com for recording audio, and Windows Movie Maker for editing the video if necessary.

Once a tutorial is finished, I upload it to YouTube, or you can use Vimeo if you prefer, and post the link on EIPSAcademy.com or on a class website.

The key, though, is to just get started and try it out. The tutorials don’t have to be pretty or polished to be useful.

Taking Screenshots with Greenshot (and inserting them into Google Docs)

How to get and use Greenshot for screen captures that can be saved and used elsewhere.