Since we have been through the pandemic, one of the elements that has accompanied us in all kinds of areas, from work to academia are video tutorials, which have helped us to continue with our lives. Academically we have been able to continue with our studies through online classes, on the other hand we have been able to continue working thanks to all kinds of online videos.
But video tutorials have not only emerged since the pandemic, it has always been very common to find on platforms like Youtube a lot of video tutorials, are you still not clear what we are referring to? Read on!
what is a videotutorial?
A videotutorial is a self-learning system that aims to simulate a kind of teacher or instructor who explains a series of steps to perform a specific activity. It is an online tool that serves as an educational support, it is absolutely practical and brief. It is very common in education because it is consumed much easier and faster than a text. Besides it is very common to see them because it is quite cheap to implement. It is a very common element in the digital world, who has not followed one? Have you ever seen a recipe? Or how to make a party makeup in a few steps? They are even often included when we install a new program or application.
how do I make a video tutorial?
First of all we must point out that there is also the option of making a videotutorial in real time, what we could call videoconferencing.
To record a quality videotutorial you have to follow a series of steps:
- Analyse the learning
The first step you must follow is to create an analysis of your own learning, how do we do this? In three different steps:
1.1 The first thing is to establish the objectives we want to achieve, for this we have to be clear about the final result we want to achieve. What we want to teach the users has to be very clear. We have to define what the user must be able to do once they see the tutorial. Once we are very clear about this, we move on to the next point.
1.2 At this point what we are going to do is a research process, we will collect all the information we need to make our videotutorial through exhaustive research. We need our video to have quality content that is as useful as possible for users, as well as being easy to follow.
1.3 Now we move on to analyse our audience, the more we know about our learners, the better content we will be providing them with, we need to know if there are steps we can skip as they will understand it anyway or if we need to add more because it is still not going to be clear. The most important thing about a video tutorial is that the material we are offering to our audience is as understandable as possible.
- Create an outline
Once you have clarified the previous three points of analysis related to learning, we can move on to creating an outline in which we have all the content organised. In this you will have developed all the content of the tutorial, including its key points. Within this outline we can introduce small details about the design we want to use, i.e. indicate when the presenter will be on screen, when we will introduce a screenshot, if there will be a presentation, etc.
- Write the script
If you have your outline very clear and well developed, creating the script will be a piece of cake, you only need to complete the outline you have with textual explanations. The script must have a good structure, there must be an introduction, a main body and a denouement that includes the appropriate conclusions. Within this you must add if you invite the user to perform any action, something that is very beneficial in your video. You must review this script as many times as necessary until there is no error and the words fit perfectly. It is also a good idea to recite the script out loud as if you were already in the recording to see how it sounds. Remember to create a speech that is clear and fluid. It is interesting that this script also includes directions for those who are going to stand in front of the camera.
- Choose the tool that best suits you.
The next step you have to follow to create a good video tutorial is to choose the tool you are going to work with, here we leave you a list of the best ones so you can compare:
- 1 Camtasia
This one has gathered a lot of functionalities and very easy to use options, the tool contains features that are really simple, very typical of video editing such as transitions or cut and paste videos. Apart from these advantages, it also exports in practically all formats. The only drawback is that there is not yet an English version.
This tool stands out from the others because of its interface, which is very simple and intuitive, which helps the user to edit faster and more easily. The design is very well thought out, not only facilitates recording, but is also attractive and eye-catching for the user.
The weak point of this tool is that it does not have any video editing options, so you have to record everything at once.
This is a very minimalist application, it has only the bare essentials, it is very simple to use and it is completely free. It only allows you to record your screen. The weak points of this application are that you cannot edit the video recordings afterwards, apart from the fact that its interface is not as attractive as the previous tool. Another flaw is that it only works on Windows and in AVI format.
4.4 Debut Video Capture
This is a free software that has multiple editing options, such as adding images, editing videos, the operation is somewhat complex but we can get high quality videos.
After getting to know this series of tools, you will know which one is the best for you, and then you can move on to the last step.
- Record the tutorial
With the tool you have chosen, you can record your tutorial. You can record it including the narration. Or you can record it separately. You can also include yourself in the video.
- Edit the tutorial
Once you've recorded it, it's time for editing - some of the tools mentioned above include this function.
Once you have everything ready, all you need to do is publish it and wait for the visitors to come to your video.
It's that easy to record a tutorial, what are you waiting for to make yours?