What steps are used to make a tutorial video? I make a video in the following order.
- Gather the video clips. Some of the video clips are found in my personal video library; some must be created. During this part of video production, I must identify and gather together all of the video clips that I want to use in my video. When I forget a clip, it takes extra time to stop editing and switch back to setting up to create a clip.
- Assemble a rough edit for the video. I put the video clips together, working to arrange clips in a logical order. Sometimes, the order is dictated by the procedure used in a tutorial. Sometimes, the order must be discovered during the editing process. I work to eliminate for wasted frames, frames that have no action or frames that waste time, such as watching a six minute download.
- Capture the audio. I have a USB headset for capturing audio. Once the rough editing is completed, I write (or outline) dialog for the clip. On a good day, I play the video while I capture audio. On a bad day, I read the dialog from a script and edit the video to match the audio, rather than edit the audio to match the video.
- Add the audio to the video. With the audio track completed, I add the audio to the video. I playback the video to make sure that the video and audio are in sync, so that key words go with key frames.
- Export the video to a format compatible with the target distribution, such as YouTube.
As you can see, I did not include the many research and development steps that precede the actual making of a tutorial video.
- Proposing a video topic.
- Selection of a video topic.
- Research on a selected video topic, including reading and viewing similar presentations in books, articles, tutorials and other videos.
- Purchasing, downloading and installing tools for a software tutorial.
- Development and testing of working application for a software tutorial.
- Outline of steps in presentation.
- Practice video/audio capture.
What is the most important step? Choose a tutorial video as the best way to present information. Choose to learn all of the skills needed to make a video, such as video capture, audio capture, video editing and export. Take action.
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