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Creating a tutorial video

A good tutorial video can be a really effective way of walking users through software or explaining how to solve a problem in a simple way. I’ve made a bunch of these over the years – here are some things I’ve learnt.

I’ve been working with Siteflex for a few years now, and while it’s a powerful Content Management System, I found that I’d regularly get clients asking the same questions or getting stuck using Siteflex for the first time. So I put together a series of tutorial videos to help explain the basics and get people started.

You can see one of the videos I created below:

Here are some things to keep in mind when creating your own tutorial video:

  • Use a good screen capture software. I used Camtasia but there’s free options out there as well
  • Keep it short and sharp – people don’t have lots of time and the last thing people want is a long-winded video of you talking about irrelevant things
  • Tell people what you’re going to do, then show them how to do it. Just a quick intro that explains what you’re going to be showing them (and perhaps why it’s important to know) then get straight into it. Don’t waffle or waste people’s time
  • Write a script to help keep it short and sharp
  • Do a couple of takes and select the best one. This helps you end up with a better product that is easier to watch and therefore more effective. I would avoid having to edit as well, so if you make a mistake just start again

About andy

Andy is the Membership and Ministry Pastor at Salt Church in Wollongong. He loves Jesus and thinking through strategies and ideas to help more people meet Jesus and grow as a disciple.
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