How to Build Software Training Video
Making software training videos is quite popular in software industry. The software developers find it simple and impressive to introduce their software to the customers entirely, telling people how to use it from basic points to intensive features. In another hand, software training videos are also another way of promoting software for the business of software vendors. You can upload it to online video sites like YouTube or submit them to software review sites in order to get more potential users.
For people who want to find some programs which can help them solve certain problems, they can find a step-by-step tutorial videos to learn how to master them. It's much easier and clearer to understand and follow than to read help document in text. Software training videos provide a very helpful opportunity to link up software end users and developers. It's a win-win solution to both sides.
However, don't consider that building software training video is just a simple presentation recording process. There're many things in detail you have to pay attention to. In this article, we note down some of the most important items for you to make better training videos, no matter software providers or end users you are.
What you need
- Experience of using software
- Screen recorder and webcam (the latter is optional)
- Outline of training video
Once you decide to record presentation for software, write down all points you want to show to your audience in your training video on paper in advance. Then choose one screen recording software which allows you to record what you can see on your computer screen and save it as a video file. Here are many choices depending on what kind of software you introduce and what kind of training video you want make.
- Camstudio: an open source freeware.
- DemoCreator: simple and easy app with video editing features, shareware $99.
- Camtasia: well-known for its professional and stunning visual video features, shareware $299.
Step 2 Start software presentations
In this part the major thing is to demonstrate to your audience your software and how to use it, simply regarding it as a process of presentation and explanation. You can quickly go through it once you are well-prepared on your outline, but there are still something you should pay attention to.
- Describe in order: arrange your presentation in order if the software is moderate enough to tell everything one by one. Another way is to make a series of training videos which aim at one specific feature in each video.
- Emphasize the keypoint: don't attempt to put all things in your training video, that can only make your audience confused since they don't know what's the key feature you want to show to them. Take advantages of some video recording effect like zoom-n-pan, highlight and narration to remind people which part should be given specific focus to.
- Keep your mouse calm: beware of moving your mouse on and on while giving presentation. That's a bad habit most video authors pay little attention to. If you are not doing any click actions, leave your hands off your mouse and remove all unnecessary movements.
- Control the length of video: the concentrated duration of your audience is limited so you should handle your video time. Generally speaking, 5 minutes or less is properly accepted by most of video watchers.
You can ignore this part if you're a user of Camstudio since most of freeware don't offer video editing features like adding callout, zoom-n-pan, highlight, animation and so on. Your video can be more impressive and interactive by inserting these special effects.
- Callout: a dialog box which allows you to write text in it. It's mainly used for making title or giving tips to certain operation and can be placed anytime and anywhere in your video.
- Zoom-n-pan: it presents a magnifier effect what allows you to zoom and pan in a specific area showing only the relevant parts of your scene in specific details. And that's one of the most frequently used features to focus your audience's attention on important screen movements or actions.
- Highlight: emphasize a specific area of your screen by adding a frame or shade.
- Insert objects: with this feature you can insert picture, Flash movie, logo and other objects to decorate your training video and realize multiple ways of explanation.
- Audio editor: some screen recording software like DemoCreator offers a solo audio editor so you can edit or remake your narration for software training video. What's more, inserting WAV or MP3 file as back ground music is also available.
The last step is to save your software presentation as video file. Screen recording software can generate video in different formats but the most common ones are AVI and WMV. Some programs have already supported up-to 7 popular video formats including FLV, MP4, MPEG, 3GP and some other documentation standards for education and learning.
Another thing is that you should choose the most suitable video codec for your video or the video quality can be terrible and the video file can be huge. Generally, many screen recording software set Microsoft video 1 as the default video codec, you can try different codec to find out the best video performance for your software presentation.
Summary That's the main process of making video presentation for software. It helps your audience to get familiar with your software and prepare to master it without reading boring book or attending expensive training courses. The training video is also easy to share online and digs out more users to popularize your program. Now get ready to building your software training video with screen recorders, it can be pleasant and fun.