Beginner Series: How to Get Started Recording Your Desktop

Making tutorial videos is easy once you learn how. There are many different software applications that you can use to make tutorial videos. If you want to create training videos that can be used in the workplace to teach employees how to do various tasks as well as inform them of company policy and rules then you can do that. If you want to create training videos that you can sell for a profit you can do that also. Whatever reason you want to create training videos can be accomplished.

If you want to know how to create a video tutorial follow these steps:

Step 1: Choose your software – There are various software packages that you can purchase or download free to get started creating training videos, such as: Camtasia, Avi Screen Capture, CamStudio, Copernicus, Adobe Captivate and others. Choose based on your budget and whether there is enough training for you to learn how to use the software efficiently.

Step 2: Decide what you want to demonstrate – Get a good idea in your mind about what exactly you want to demonstrate how to do in your training video. Knowing what you want will help you with step 1 and the following steps.

Step 3: Practice your skills – Ensure that you know how to do what you want to instruct someone else on how to do. Practice doing it over and over to make sure that you aren’t missing any steps. Write notes as you learn.

Step 4: Learn how to use the software – Now, it’s time to practice using the software that you’ve downloaded or purchased. You can likely find training videos for your choice that will help you learn what you need to know. Practice using the software so that you can record your desktop without interrupting to learn how to use the software.

Step 5: Write a script – Using all your notes create a script about what you want teach. You don’t have to follow the exact working in the script but it is a good idea to at least follow your steps so that you don’t accidentally skip over something important. Even the smallest step is important to the novice.

Step 6: Record – Now that you’ve practiced, and know your script, you can go through the process of recording your screen so that you can create a training video for your employees, clients, or others.

Step 7: Edit – Once you’re doing making the raw footage you can use your software to edit what you’ve created to make it look as professional as possible.

Step 8: Publish – Choose your format and let the software do the rest. Then upload the files to the place you want your students to view or purchase it.

Step 9: Market – Make a sales page, or send out an email with your tutorial so that everyone you want to view it or buy it can do so.

Step 10: Earn or learn – You can put up your video tutorial for sale or for free, it’s up to you what you want to do with your training video.

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