A good tutorial video is clear, easy to follow, and leaves the viewer feeling more confident about the task at hand. Learning how to create tutorial videos is a useful skill; they can be used for marketing as well as education.
The 5 Essentials of Making Your Own Tutorial Video
There are tons of different types of tutorial videos (makeup application, product demos, software walkthroughs and more), but no matter how different, they all adhere to some of the same essential rules. Take a look and some tips below, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a pro tutorial video maker.
Introduce The Lesson
What are you going to teach them how to do? Get off to a good start by clearly stating your goal at the beginning of your tutorial.
Know What You Teach
If you truly grasp a concept, you should be able to quickly explain it to someone else. Be sure you know the ins and outs of your topic - it will make your DIY tutorial video creation process that much smoother.
Be A Good Teacher
Make sure your voice is clear. Talk about your experiences. Did you have to learn something the hard way? Go above and beyond the average tutorial video -- add in some personal touches, and show your personality in the way you speak.
Keep It Interesting, As Well As Informational
Creating a video tutorial is especially great for people who are visual learners. Take advantage of the medium bychoosing interesting graphics and images. Utilize a tutorial video creation software that gives you the ability to add on-screen text, photos, as well as videos.
Short And Sweet: The Best Way To Create A Tutorial Video
Have you ever heard the quote, “I didn’t have time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long one”?
Take time and be thoughtful about which pieces of information you share with your viewer. Simplify your topic as much as possible in order to make the experience both enjoyable, and efficient.
Tutorial Video Maker
So now what? Actually making the tutorial video! Showbox can be your tutorial video creation solution! We make it easy to record video and audio, drop in photos, videos and text, then tie it all together with cool graphics packages. It might be DIY, but we’ll be right there to guide you every step of the way.
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*BONUS TIPS FOR ADVANCED CREATORS*
Are you looking to use screen capture software for creating video tutorials? Screen capture is common practice for things like gameplay and website/software demos. Here are some tips and tricks just for you advanced creators:
Clean Your Room!
You wouldn’t film your tutorial in your messy living room, would you? Of course not. If you are doing screen capture, then consider your desktop your messy room - clean it up before you start capturing as to not distract from the lesson.
Keep It Personal
If you do a screen capture recording, but don’t want to lose the personal touch, find ways to also show your face. For example, with Showbox, you can show your screen capture content side-by-side with a video of you explaining what is happening on camera. Much more personal.
Once you have the screen capture content you need, you can upload it to the Showbox cloud, and get started right away. Showbox is very intuitive; you’ll have a finished tutorial video before you know it.
This showbox tutorial is a great example of how to utilizes screen capture.
Lastly, we asked the internet, and here are the screen capturing services people recommended most:
QuickTime (Mac OS X)
Jing - (Macs and PCs)
CamStudio (for PC)
Webinaria (for PC)
Camtasia, $300 (PC)