Creating great videos

Students identify a course and rate them based on the course videos. Creating course videos which are fit for learning is very important for better knowledge transfer. We notice that courses with great videos are sold more than average videos. You need not hire a professional to create great course videos. Following these best practices will help you create your own videos and beat the professionally made ones.

Video Production – Decide how you prefer teaching your course. On most occasions a simple instructor led video will do the job, however, you can also choose to add animations, screencast etc., in your videos to make it more interactive and fun.

To produce a simple instructor led video, you can you choose a normal background. If you prefer adding animations or other interactive elements, consider using a green or blue backdrop which can make post production easier.

Equipments to set up a basic studio

Camera: You need not hold a high end camera to create great videos. Consider using your mobile phone or the cameras available at your home to start with. You can create great course videos with your iPhone, Samsung or any mobile device which can record HD videos. It’s recommended to use tripods for camera stability so that you avoid unnecessary movements. Ensure you shoot your videos with 720p or higher resolution.

Microphone: Use microphone to capture high quality audios while shooting. This will help avoid low volume, muffled sound for your videos.

Lighting: Use natural or artificial light set up so that the subject or the instructor is clearly visible.

Editing & Post production: To complete your course videos, you may have to edit them to make it look more professional. Editing will help you remove unwanted footage you have recorded and make it a perfect movie to be uploaded as course videos. There are several software and tools available to edit your videos. Windows movie maker, Adobe aftereffects, Camtasia , Maya, Adobe illustrator are few tools which can be used for video editing and animation or 3D effects.

Best practices:

  • Shoot your videos in HD
  • Ensure you have adequate lighting
  • Use microphone to record audio while shooting and avoid echoes
  • Make sure videos can be heard clearly
  • Use a clean back ground to avoid unnecessary distractions
  • Edit your videos to remove unwanted footage