In Part I of this series, I discussed what it takes to prepare your own video course. In this part we'll talk about the tools and processes you can use to plan for and record the actual videos. So let's get started...
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Each file consisted of the title of the video and a chart with two columns: Action on Screen and Audio. I would put a screenshot of what would be showing on the video in chronological order and then what I wanted to say about that portion of content in the Audio column. This helped me to stay on track and make fewer mistakes during the recording of the videos.
Finally, recording the videos was the easiest part of the entire process. Since I had everything prepared in advance, I would just open Camtasia and make sure I was using my headset for the recording and push record. I had a list of things I wanted to make sure I did however, before recording, and that consisted of the following:
- Turning off all Messaging Applications
- Turning off any Notifications
- Setting the correct resolution (1280 x 720) for my display
- Closing the door (no outside noises)
- Hiding the Dock on my Mac
- Properly place the headset and microphone