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Camtasia Studio 8 for Instructors 5: Create a Class Introduction

teacher avatar Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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6 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Create a Class Introduction

    • 2. Stage 1: Brainstorming

    • 3. Stage 2: Slide Preparation

    • 4. Stage 3: Presentation

    • 5. Stage 4: Post-Production

    • 6. Camtasia Studio 8 for Instructors 5: Create a Class Introduction

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It's probably the most important video you'll record for your class, yet you'll probably record it last and with little thought given to content or presentation.  After all you just need to get it out of the way.  Well, in reality you need to do a great deal more than that.

What are we talking about?  Why your class introduction of course!

In your class introduction you need to sell your class.  And you need to do it in about 2-3 minutes flat.

That's not easy!

In this Camtasia Studio 8 for Instructors class I discuss the creation of SkillShare class introductions which could also serve as Udemy course promotional videos or introductory material for most any education site.

The process of creating an introductory video is broken into four distinct phases:

  • Brainstorming
  • Slide Preparation
  • Presentation
  • Post-Production

If you want to know how to create class introductions that sell courses then you need to enroll in this class and watch it now!

I'll see you in the classroom,


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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Create a Class Introduction: Welcome to my class. Can Tasia, Studio eight for instructors, class five class introductions and course pro Mose within us all is a child wanting to be heard. This is a quote by Brian Jackson, your instructor. Imagine you're almost done with the new class or course and you feel like you for gotten something. Stage one, The realization This is the moment you realize you need to record a class introduction or course promotional video stage to the delusion the moment you realize you can just wing it . Stage three. The presentation, The moment you begin to suspect you can't just wing it stage for the result. The moment you see were right all along. You couldn't just wing it. Stage five The release the moment you release your terrible introduction anyway, Stage six the revenue the moment you see your monthly class revenue, which leads to stage seven the mortgage the moment you realize you need to pay the rent. And finally, stage eight. The anger. Did you really expect any different result from the very beginning? Isn't there a better way to get different results? Do things differently? The class introduction or your course promotional video is your most important video. Consider this alternate approach to preparing your video stage one the brainstorming. Think up front what you want your course to be about and how you're going to present it. Stage two, slide preparation. Power point presentations of the best for introductions. Screen casts air fast for class content. Stage three. The presentation. Things go much better this time with a planned presentation. Stage four postproduction. This is where you get everything spot on and just right. So we're gonna talk about brainstorming, slide preparation, presentation and post production in this class. In this class, you'll learn how to excite, provoke, thought, provoke joy and even anger Your students. I wait a second. Now in this course, you won't be angering your students. That's another course I was thinking of. Now, where was I? Oh, yes. Enroll now. Are you still here? That's it for me. I'll see you in the class. 2. Stage 1: Brainstorming: this is Stage one Brainstorming Step one. Open a text editor, such a zwart or note pad. Really, any editor will do then in step, to record your thoughts. What thoughts such as class topics and niches, lesson titles, presentation styles, class projects and even image ideas. Document everything, or at least everything you can think of. Group your thoughts and the lessons. Group your lessons into classes and end up with a detailed text outline like this. And from this, I begin to outline my introduction in power Point. So next comes stage to slide preparation. I'll see you there. 3. Stage 2: Slide Preparation: Hello. In this lesson, I'll be covering Stage two or slide preparation. In other words, we're going to continue your outlining what you began with brand storming while preparing your presentation. I never go into a presentation fully aware of what I'm going to do. So this is the general process that I go through to create a slide presentation. I begin by looking at the templates. So I go to file new and it brings up the template screen. I started thinking about what kind of mood? Um, I infer, this is Amora Berlin kind of mood? Or do I want something pretty like Savan? And maybe I'm interested in facet. So I go on, I click on the facet template, and it brings up more information about the template. Now I can scroll through images here and see how it presents particular pages notice in particular, up in the upper right hand corner. It gives you different color variations, which you can select from. And if I like it, I just click on Create and I'm thrown into a Power Point presentation where I'm on the title page and it's asking me to enter my title now, typically I can't even remember what I'm doing. After all, I was just focusing on looking at pretty pictures and deciding how my beautiful course introduction is going to look. Now you suddenly want me to remember what the course introduction is, too. So what I'll do is I'll go over and look. Oh yeah, here's my outline and I'm doing this course Instructors five on creating class introductions. And right now I am on stage to slide preparation. So I'll go ahead and I'll grab that title and I'll bring it over and I'll type it on the title page at the same time. I'll come up with a clever subtitle that describes the presentation to a team once I'm done with those steps, then I'll move on to trying to figure out what should be in the presentation. Oh, better go back to my outline. So I look at my outline and I see show the process of outlining and power point. That's not a lot of help, so Okay, let's Ah, I know. I'll insert a new title and content slide and start brainstorming. So what I really want to cover is what are the steps or the parts of a court class introduction. So let's go ahead and enter that. Then I'll start thinking, What are the parts of an introduction? And the ideals will just start flying to me and I'll gather them here in power point. Now let's see what I'm managed together. If I really had to break an introduction video into steps, I would say that there are seven steps to it. You want to welcome People say hi. You want to engage them with a question, something to draw the men. And then you want to present a problem that they might have and then come up with a solution. Discourses. A solution, of course. And the overview of the course on Lee supports the fact that this is the solution. Don't forget to close asked them to enroll. How do you expect them to and really of your course of you? Don't even ask them so close. You might even ask the multiple times and then finally exit by saying goodbye. So let's see how this would work in an actual presentation. So I'd say Hi, my name is Brian. Welcome to the course Camp Tasia, Studio eight for instructors, five create a class introduction. And then I pop a question. Something like, Hey, do you produce great skill share classes? But they don't sell. What might the problem be? Maybe your class introduction sucks. You know, your class introduction is your most important video. The solution. Fortunately, I know how to make great class introduction videos. Now we come to the overview in this class. I'll cover the following topics, and I'll leave the topics out because I was really specific to your class. Finally, we close. So if you're ready to start selling more classes and roll now, ask them to enroll. Tell them what you want or you may not get it. And finally, the exit goodbye and I'll see you in the next lesson. So that's it. That's all you really want. And you've just seen pretty much a well orchestrated introduction video. So here the steps. You might want to pause here, note them in your editor or whatever you want to do to create your outline of your introduction video. And with that, I'm going to say goodbye and I'll see you in the next lesson. 4. Stage 3: Presentation: welcome to Stage three presentation or how to present an online video training presentation . Now, rather than drag you through the Camp Tasia process of recording a presentation yet again, which I've done in previous courses in this Siri's, I'm going to talk about instead how to present yourself and what it really comes down to. I know these air videos and the video quality is important, but there's nothing as important as the sound now. Yes, you can do things. You can have pop filters and so on. You can have very good microphones. You can post process to remove noise and so on, but it really all comes down to the voice. People need to be engaged by the voice, and in this lesson I'm going to talk about how toe have an engaging voice. So let's begin with my first recommendation. Slow down and calm down. You're in control. You're giving the information. It's going to come at your pace, be in control of the situation, show that you were the instructor and defined the pace of the course. Speak clearly over, enunciate your syllables. Make sure that people are understanding what you're saying, especially if you're not a native English speaker. Don't speak in a monotone. Nobody wants to hear that. Use voice inflections, go up, go down and make it more interesting to listen to over a remote. Now, the way that I'm talking right now is not the way that I would talk to somebody. I am over emoting. I'm expressing through my voice it feels goofy. It feels like I'm acting or over doing it or something. But when it comes down to video, it actually sounds good and it gets people engaged so over remote. If it feels like you're you've gone too far, then you're actually doing it right. Read and don't read. Okay, here's the deal When I'm doing an introduction Slides I just read the words on the introduction slides pretty much. I use it as actually my dialogue. When I do presentations, I tried to elaborate, and I use the slide bullet points as prompts for what I'm going to say, but I don't exactly say what's on it, and then I just add lived with screen casts. You know, I might go back and refer to my notes and in a text editor on what's next make sure I covered everything and I'll edit that all out in post production. Keep it short. Right, Student Attention spans during a day or maybe 30 minutes for a class or a you Demi course section five minutes for individual lessons or lectures, whatever system you're working on, so don't get carried away with big long sections, classes, lectures or lessons, make them always shortest possible and have a bunch of them be fearless. Rely heavily upon postproduction. I like to just jump in and record, and I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do in certain places. I'll try things. And if that doesn't work, edited out in post production. Post production is great. Lean on it heavily. You don't have to get it right the first time I can go back and forth. I could go back to this previous slide here, and I could start talking about it again if I didn't get it right. So keep it short, right? And I would talk about student attention spans so all of this stuff would be edited out in post production and you'll never see it. Now you're gonna see that, cause I'm gonna leave that in so be fearless. I see so many people that want to get it perfect before they start recording. Forget that you'll never be perfect and it doesn't have to be perfect to sell record. And that's it. I'll see you in the next lesson. Where? Let's see, I believe we talk about post production. 5. Stage 4: Post-Production: hi. Rather than bore you with yet another Camp Tasia presentation, I thought I would show you a trick for editing an introduction. Here's the trick. You ready? If there's no sound or motion, remove it. Let me show you in detail what we're talking about. Here I am in camp Tasia editing the raw recording of my introduction to this course. Now, notice is, I go along. There are large gaps here, and in fact, there are gaps from one slide to another. So what I do is check out down here, you can see the voice. I don't even need to listen to it to know that's the end of the voice right there. And then if I pull the little red thing forward, if there's no change in the text about Oh, here you can see the other Texas just beginning to translate through. So I want to delete that amount of recording and I typically have toe zoom in. You notice this snap together. So here we go. We're going to drag this out until we see the other phantom text. There it is. It's coming in, and this amount is dead space. I'm not speaking and nothing is happening on the screen. So what I do, I remove it, and then I go to the end and I go backward from where I start speaking Notice. Here's the mountain on the voice where I start speaking. So I set my play head there and I Graham, now the green selector, and I go backward and I look okay. Where did this come in? There it is. So right there it was here. So I delete that now notice how much I just save their. And when this plays along, it really snaps. It's one thing after another. And that's the way you want your introduction to be. So this is the secret that I'm giving you. And this is a really good one. Is that you go through and you meticulously remove every amount of space here. I would imagine I have another now I have something else going on there. Okay, here we go. We have another look at this amount of space that I've got from when I stopped speaking to win, the slide begins to change. Here it comes. Okay, so this amount of space look at that. That right there? What have I got selected? It will tell me. I've got 0.2 seconds or so selected of video that I can remove, and this is on the front and the back. So we're talking about half a second per transition. And what are their? There's many 30 transitions here, so we're talking about removing 30 seconds or so and getting the introduction really crisp . So that's my secret in post production, which you're leaning on heavily. Sure, go ahead and clean up all your mistakes. Lean on it heavily. As I told you before, that was an already given rule for producing videos. In this one. I'm telling you, be meticulous. Get out every inch. If there is not vocals or action on the screen, remove it and you will keep your introductions crisp. I'll see you in the next lesson. 6. Camtasia Studio 8 for Instructors 5: Create a Class Introduction: So I've showed you via various presentations how to create an introduction video. But one of the things that I didn't and this was my secret motive all along was that I used different introduction presentation styles. For all of the lessons in this class, in the hope that you would maybe get some inspiration for your own particular style go nuts . What? I wanted to bring you up to speed on his that I I searched on the Internet on how to do ah , lot of the power point stuff that I did and I want to leave you with That just is one last thing that you don't have to search the internet for. So here we go. Let's open up first, the initial presentation. This is just a simple presentation. I don't think I even I don't use any animations. In fact, the only thing that I use is a fade for the screen transitions. So this is just a simple fade from one screen to another. And as I told you in the last lesson, go in and remove all that dead space from this presentation as you're giving it, um, I got the idea of using facial expressions, and I just went out onto a pay for site and I looked for and I looked up facial expressions and I found this kid and I thought, Oh, this is great. I'll have this kid's facial expressions going along with the statements that I make a great idea for a presentation. I don't know where this stuff comes from. I can't give it to you, but I can show you what we did. And this is just a simple fade from one to the next. Okay, now, this is a little more sophisticated this. I wanted something sketchy. I wanted to begin simple with brainstorming, and there wasn't a lot in brainstorming. I'm sorry. I probably should have given him or but I really admittedly do most of my brain storming after the initial brainstorming, which is what this is in power point while I'm making my presentation. So anyway, what I've got is I've got separate slides here that have each stage and then the animation that I'm applying it to it is low. There we go. It's called credits, and the way to get to it is to come down here and doom or entrance animations. And then if you go down to the very bottom down here and exciting is finally here's credits , so that's the way you apply it. And what it does is when I play this slide show. Come on. I play this slideshow from this current slide. What it does is it does like rolling credits. It scrolls your text off your screen. Now, there's gonna be a lot of dead space and trying to get this toe all come together. Okay, let me interrupt this in trying to get this toe all come together. Um, but you just removed that in post production, right? We're leaning heavily on post production so that white space in between screens and stuff all gets edited out. You see, it is a seamless presentation. Um, so that was Let me let me get that again. We go to it and we go to animations. Come on there. It's going very slowly. And we search for credits in the pull down, um, mawr entrance animations. You'll eventually find credits down here. Okay, so that's how that animation was done. I just have a Siris of credits. This is probably my most standard of the presentations. I just go through and show you slide after slide and I simulate screens for a while. Um, and then I start doing this typewriter effect. Now, let me let me play the typewriter effect for you, right? If you don't remember it from current slide here, it iss Whoa! I'm sorry I interrupted it, right. It's a little annoying. So I only used it for two slides, and then I actually used an arrow effect on the next. I'm gonna show you how to do that. So we go to here and what I want is for the text to appear. So the animation on this title is going to just be appear. But the magic happens when you goto animations and you say, Show the animation pain. See, this makes it appear over on the writer disappear. So show the animation pain and then look at this pull down. Magic appears here in effect, options. So it's click on that. And you could see that I've got ah, typewriter selected. I can have the wind check this out. Do you like that more? Well, if you do, you can select it. Um, I come down here once again to effect options. And let's say I don't like the wind. This is the thing that makes it happen by letter, by default. It's all at once like this. There we go, the whole thing up it. It just appears that's boring. But if you select, you can select here that he wanted a word at a time. Try that way. There we go. You only get five. Russia's with wind. Um, and let's go toe. The final effect that we used was by letter and notice here that I can modify the space between the letters, which I did. If I say OK here, it's a little slow. Okay, right will kill that. That's so slow. I can't even show it to you. But if I come here to effect options and I say, um, well, why don't you give me a 0.1 instead of 0.5? Let's see what that's like. Ah, much better. So if you want that effect, you have to just go to this right arrow. Now let me begin at the beginning again. You select the thing that you want to animate in here. It's the header of the slide and I go to animations and I go over here and I display the animation pain notice. I can click it on and off when I have it. I have the animation here, which is appear. It lists all the animations in the order. They will happen in the timing and I go on the downward arrow and I say effects and I can add sound after animation. Don't dem. That's interesting. Good, Dim after animation, you can do it by later. There's timing things these air these you can control in other ways. But you can also do it here the duration of it. And, um, that's not very useful. So I use primarily effect here in this pull down. OK, so that was how to do the typewriter effect. Now, I did the same thing with these arrow effects on this. You notice it's a fly in. And what I did was I went Teoh Okay, the effect options on the fly in and I gave it an arrow sound. I could have each letter flying. This would be really obnoxious. Listen to this. It's gonna give me Ah, a simulation that's not that bad. Actually, I kind of like Dietz letter flying in like that. So there's another effect for you that you can add is doing a by letter arrow fly in or by letter flying. So each one of these has options that you can select by clicking on the right arrow next to the animation and then going down to effect options. And you can mess around with its timing. You can give it to various effects. Oh, this is the smooth start. Sometimes you get like, a 22nd start and movement or something. It smooths out the beginning in the end. And you don't like that Well, here you can remove and have a just a normal ah linear movement of things. So that's another neat thing to select. So okay, for a simple slide, I guess this actually ended up being quite complex. Let's go to the next one, this one. The only thing that I did was I just laid out thes slides and then I did is a transition the crush. So I get this neat crush effect of the last slide getting crushed and the new one just coming up. So that was really simple. That's away. That's an example of using its simple effect for an introduction video. Just crush and throw away your previous slides and have new ones appear. That's really need. I liked it and then finally, this was a little more complicated. What I did was I just stacked words upon words, and I had them do entrance fly ins and exit fly outs. And they're doing the They're doing them one after another. And I'm not even going to explain this to you. You've got to see my advanced power point. Let lesson in this class to understand how this works. But this is the way that I put this simple thing together. And then I broke to a screen cast of me working in the editor on the introduction video to this entire class. So that's it. The next thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna break out of this and I'm going to go over to my final presentation, which is kind of boring. It's a standard presentation and I'm gonna lead you out and I'm gonna edit out all the stuff in between. See, And everyone knew it happened. What the heck, I decided to leave it in. This is a thing. This is a class about how to make classes to him as well. See these transitions that typically get edited out. So this would be the next lesson. I guess my final words will be in this lesson because I'm not gonna break it. Here's the first slide in which I remind you of the class that you're taking. We're talking about creating class introductions here, and this is the fifth in Went Well, I'm beginning to think I need and advanced. Um, Cam Tasia editing session. I need advanced power point presentations. And then there's this one. So I'm thinking there are probably be at least seven courses in this. And once I get done, you know, the standard thing that I began doing is producing courses on skill share and then getting enough of them in a Siri's and bundling them together and releasing them on you. Demi and picking doubled the money, so you might want to consider that. So what do we talk about in the scores? Rather than just talking about what we talked about? Let me give you the tricks that you picked up, right? So, brainstorming, just use a simple text enter through all your thoughts together. Get your classes organized, get your lessons organized, get your lectures even down. And then when it comes to slide preparation, you know this is where outlining kind of gets completed for me. I then apply it to the standard structure that we looked at and create the introduction video or the the slides for the introduction video. And remember that Power Point slides air really better than screen casts for introduction videos. So in slide preparation, we talked about the introduction contents, the various phases of an introduction in presentation to E mo. Don't be boring and then in post production to remove all dead spaces in introduction video . So that's the tricks that you learned in this course, and I think it was well worth the price of admission. So if you get a chance, please give me that almost valuable to all skill share instructors thumbs up recommendation on this course. It really helps a lot. It makes money for him. He actually I think I don't know I haven't been on skill share long enough to make any money yet, but we'll see if that happens. And with that, I'm going to say goodbye and I'll see you in the next class