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How to Create a Video Lecture in 30 minutes

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7 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. How to create a video lecture in 30 minutes equipment

    • 2. How to Create a Video Lecture in 30 minutes Key Settings

    • 3. How to Create a Video Lecture in 30 Minutes Summary

    • 4. How to Create a Video Lecture in 30 Minutes Editing Process

    • 5. How to Create a Video Lecture in 30 Minutes introduction

    • 6. Bonus: Lecture Creation Sequence

    • 7. Bonus: Direct Your Video Like A Pro

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The secret to producing good quality courses in quick time is all about creating systems and standardisation. In this section, I will show you how I set up my presentations, the equipment that I use, the structure of my presentations, walk you through the Screenflow editing process I follow and show you the Keynote process as well.


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Key Settings

This lecture covers some of the main principles and settings that I use when creating my Lectures. I show you the outline structure for all my presentations and provide you with an example of my standard presentation template.  I explain the key settings I use for my recording in Screenflow and the settings I use when exporting from Screenflow.

There is also a brief discussion of microphone technique


Good equipment is the key to productivity. I have reinvested a significant proportion of my online earnings into making sure I have good, but not necessarily the best or most expensive, equipment to work with

I explain how I combine my iMac with a Logitech Webcam, a Blue Yeti Microphone and Keynote and Screenflow. You can use Powerpoint and Camtasia if you use a PC.

Editing Process

Editing can be a real challenge but if you can master the basics of Screenflow/Camtasia, you should not find it too daunting. When I started it took me forever to edit a video. Now I am much faster and just try to keep things as standardised as possible. One trick, not mentioned in the video, is that it is fine to do several takes of a slide if you are not happy with the result but just keep the recording going and then cut out the stuff you don’t want.

I walk you through how I edited the introduction to this lecture group and hopefully this will help you to get more acquainted with the simple way to do things with Screenflow.

Bonus Lecture: Get the Lecture Creation Sequence Right

This is so easy to get right and so often got wrong.  If you do the latter, you might waste a lot of time re-doing some of your videos.  So sit up, watch this short video and by investing two minutes you might save many more!

Bonus: Direct Your Video Like A Pro

Here I want to share with you a really important technique used by many videographers!  And it is so easy to do and requires no additional software or equipment!  Watch the video and find out!


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1. How to create a video lecture in 30 minutes equipment: in this video. I want to give you a quick run down on the equipment set up I've got so that you can understand that it doesn't require a fortune to be spent. But having good equipment does actually help an awful lot. So a quick summary of it. And then I'm gonna show you some pictures of my equipment Onda talking through some of the aspects of it. I am fortunate to have a good quality. I'm aka fairly modern one with very high specifications, which I did specifically get so that I could create these videos and I actually paid for the entire thing out of my online video creation earnings. So the whole thing was a virtuous circle. From that point of view, I've got a Logitech webcam. Now, I got this actually on the recommendation of a friend because it gives me HD quality video and the images of that much sharper on better than the face time video that's on the I Mac , which is perfect, adequate, but doesn't give you poor full HD images. I use a blue yeti microphone because the quality audio is so important on do you do the image processing I use screen flow. Although if you're on a PC camp, Tasia is is just a good that offers so much the same sorts of functionality, particularly for the limited extent that we're gonna be using it on. Then I make all my slides. You're looking at this slide the moment this is made in keynote. And, of course, you can use PowerPoint. But let's go. And I share a few pictures of the stuff I'm using just to get a feel for it. So here you can see my desk set up. It's very simple. On the top of my screen, I've got my Webcam on a little light. That's which I use for my iPhone three filming as well. The advantages of positioning the camera there is. It's slightly above your eye level, so you look up so you get a better angle for the camera on the little iPhone. Three Light gives me on extra lighting directly onto my face, and I found that helps with the lighting quality. So that's worth doing our show us a close up of that in a moment. I've got a 27 inch screen, which is really nice, and that gives me lots of screen space to work on When I'm editing my videos, got my key pad on my microphone, and that's pretty well all you need. Now. I have got a pop up green screen, but I rarely use it. I know the back of my study will the books. Things looks a bit untidy, but that's just the environment I'm working in on. The problem is the minute you start having to create a studio every time you want to make a video, it means that you're less likely to make videos. Can you spend half your time setting up and taking down a studio? And I tend to get on and try to make these with all the effort going into the content rather than into setting up a green screen? So this is the logic webcam on top of my screen. For those who viewer interest in the specifications, it's a C 9 20 Logitech HD Pro webcam are. Make sure that's in the notes next to it. You can see the little lighting unit, which gives me that additional lighting benefit on. Then this is my blue Yeti microphone, and you'll see it's gotta pop screen on the front, which is actually quite unimportant but very inexpensive. Edition. I think my blue yeti mike was about £80 discounted. The logic Tate Webcam, which was also on a on Amazon special offer, was about £40. I know the max are expensive, but as you can see, it's a very simple set up. It makes it very easy for me to produce videos quickly on to say The emphasis I really want to put on is getting the content right. I don't want to be spending forever so faffing about trying to get everything set up so I can create a video. So that's the equipment set up. I did mention the logic tech specification, which is a Logitech C 9 28 de pro Webcam. So that's my equipment set up very straight forward. I hope it gives you some idea of how easy it is, Teoh. Get yourself set up so you can make these videos very easily and quickly put all your effort into getting the content right. So that's it for this video on. I'll see you very shortly in another one 2. How to Create a Video Lecture in 30 minutes Key Settings: thin this video. I want to give you a quick overview off how this process works as well as some of the key setting information, which I know it'll be helpful for you to have as a note. Now the presentation structure is always the same, and it's very simple. I have my intra music, which is the same as my outro music. This is a seven second clip from one of Apple's GarageBand little little ditties music, so that that's very easy to manage, and I have it saved, easy to access. I can just drag and drop it into screen flow when I need it. And I always set that at 75% bodies that simply standard. I then have the same title image, which goes to the beginning, goes at the end, and all I change is the title on that slights. I'm just continually copying that slide and then adding the title to so that standard on. Then I have a little seven second intros. You heard on this for the music, and then I introduced the slide and then I get into the main part of the presentation, which is what I'm doing now. and it's this bit that I spend my time editing in getting right. The two ends either side are always standard. When I get to the end, I sign off on, then play the music, and then I fade out off the outro slide. So it is a simple as that on, by keeping it very simple. It means it's very quick to read replicate. It also gives you a substandard brand feel, so it's very straightforward. Now you can see that the template that I'm using is also very standard. I always have the words down the left hand side. I try to create simple bullets. You can see I'm not reading this script, but I'm talking to it. And the bullets actors an aide memoire prompt for me to tell you about what I need to speak about on this particular site. At the same time, it provides helpful notes of students they want to give them. PdF. So that's two jobs in one. I haven't got to replicate that, but it's not a script. It means I can keep myself animated energised and talking to you with hopefully enough interest from me to engage you. I also have a lighter color background slide because it's much easier to watch. And you see, on the right hand side where put the dashing picture of handsome old me. Well, okay, maybe not so very good receiving hairline and all that. But that's where the image off me and the Webcam image goes and put the two together. Now, obviously, there are occasions when this gets changed around, but I always try and use this standard template from keynote s. I get a constant, similar look and feel to all my videos. Talk a little bit about some of the key settings. I always creating a 16 9 ratio. So it's the wide ratio that's one that plays best on screens, also plays best on the platforms, and when you creating or slide decks, make sure that you pick the right aspect ratio for your slides. That standard default setting might be for narrow ones, and then you've got to start shaping them around. It becomes a real mess, so better to get that standard. It also fits the screen recording image, leaving any black areas left and right, which always looks a bit bad. Um, with the Webcam recording which is the picture of me. I crop in size that to fit on the image, I have a shadow to it. I bring it the left and right, so it just fits in the box on the right hand side on again. The size of that will very depending on what sort of additional stuff I'm putting in, very used to move sizes and move things around in in screen flow. Andi, I've already said the music volume is always a 75% now, having had a complaint about how loud the music waas, the microphone is close enough to me. It's It's here, it's off to the side. But it's close enough to me so that you can hear my voice or right, because it's really important to get good quality audio. People will watch a average video average quality video with good audio, but they will switch off a very, very good video that's got very poor audio. And that's a really critical lesson for you today, which is why it's good to have a good quality microphone and you get your sound right in terms of the export settings from screen flow. There's been a lot of debate about this thes the ones I'm using at the moment is not to say it won't change in the future. I export it Web high. I use age to 64. Video encoding. I don't know what this means is just what I use at 1 200 kilobits per second. I did try moving the killer bits up, but the files become enormous and I find 1 200 is fine. I used the A C, including audio encoding at 250 killer bits. That's higher, probably than it needs to be. But again, audio quality is so important, and I export the scale of the picture at 1 to 82 7 20 pixels. So it obtains that ratios. But it's it's probably about half the compression that I actually record at. So if I need to go back and record and export higher quality videos, I could do that. But I export at that that 12 87 20 and that gives me a reasonable file size. It's still good quality. So that's the overview off how I create my lectures again, trying to make it a simple process that I can repeat very easily so that the that the overall editing and production processes very quick, and I can concentrate on getting the right content in the slides on, then creating the right quality of videos for you. So I hope you get something from that and I'll see you again very soon in another video. 3. How to Create a Video Lecture in 30 Minutes Summary: welcome to this video in which I'm going to summarize this little Siri's off videos all about how to create a video lecture in 30 minutes. Now, the purpose of putting this together was to give you a feel for the systems on the standardization I brought to the video lecture production process. The way I do it now, I'm not saying this is perfect, but it does enable me to focus on the content on make the production process very quick and efficient, which means I can produce a five minute video lecture in 30 minutes on this makes a huge difference to my productivity. So in the introduction, I explain to you the various stages that were involved to give you a clear idea of what you need to master on. I took you in the overview through the structure of the presentation, some of the key settings to give you a good feel for exactly how I use it. I then explained the equipment set up I've got just so you could see how simple it waas So you didn't get put off by people who setting up these vast and complex studios on then in the most complex video in this little Siri's, which actually found quite quite tricky to make. I took you through the editing process that I used when I created the introduction video. So hopefully gave you a feel for how I draw things together and make it as systematized and simply process driven a an editing process in screen flow to make it quick and efficient. So I hope you find that helpful. I hope in him gives you an insight into how I do it. Say I'm not ultimately the last word in this. I'm sure there are people who are doing it better than I am, and I'm sure my my course video manufacturing will improve and become even more slick. And maybe I should make another video like this in this in a year's time also. But I hope it gives you an insight and helps you with your course creation process and gives you a bit of confidence. So that's it for this video. Andi, Inevitably, I hope to see you again very soon. In another one 4. How to Create a Video Lecture in 30 Minutes Editing Process: I think this video I'm going to show you how simple the screen flow editing process is on. We're going to do it on the introduction to this little lecture. Siri's Now before we get started, I just want to show you the basic settings I use for the two timelines I've got here. The screen recording needs to fit to the screen. So what do you do? Whatever you have to do to it, you need to get it to fit to the screen. Perfect. Consider moved. Pulled it down a little bit just to take out the the bar at the bottom. And I had moved it up a little bit just to hide the top of the screen. So it fits my screen. Perfect. I've got showing on the screen what I want to see on then in this top one. If you look on the top right hand corner here, I size it to whatever size I want on position it where I'm going to position it. And where's the best place? Probably for a course of this nature, that's probably too big an image. So I'm going to reduce that even further, maybe even to 35%. I'd like you to be able to see me, but I don't want to get in the way of what I'm trying to teach you. So I leave myself down the bottom right hand corner Here you also see what shadow on and I've got cropping on. So I cropped the image in so that it takes up less space and you can just just see me as you need to see me. And that's just a manual setting. But that, then is a global setting for the whole Off the the video. And now I can crack on now Got my basic screen set up the right way. A one quick word on the music. I always reduce my music to 75%. Somebody left me comment once and said, Institute out So I've done that as well on I'll have the same music at the beginning and the end. So I'm just gonna wiz that over so that it's ready to be used when we come to the end of the video. So I've set up the image size correctly and I have a fade fade in. So while this is on the screen, um that's gonna be the gap for the music. And then this is me introducing it. So in this section, I want to tell you about how to create a video lecture in 30 minutes. Now, at that point, I bring in a video action and I make everything before that zero A personally said, basically, you can't see the introduction based on. Then it comes in now there are six step. Now you'll see that I am at this point, I'm too small. So now for the rest of the lecture, I want to move this and actually make it bigger. So I'm gonna make that 100% see how that goes. Is that too big? No, that's fine. It's not gonna obscure the writing on the left and you can see plenty of meter. That's good, too. So that's not set up the play. Now I'm going to go through. I'm not gonna bore you with all the details of essentially. Then I then go through the whole off the soundtrack on the whole of the image and just make any little changes and adjustments that are necessary. So I'm gonna pause the video, and I'm just gonna go through it now because you want to hear this twice on. Then if I come across anything interesting, I'll stop on DSHEA when I'm doing so. I've gone through the length of the video, actually didn't need to make any changes, which is great, cause I like to keep editing to a minimum on. Now we come to the end and I need to have the fade out on the image, so just listen for a moment. So at this point, I then transition to the end. You'll see my face fade out. So again I go and create a video action on. Then everything beyond here again is not seen on the top line. Is that where the I take them? But don't toothy zero capacity for the setting on? Do the talk out, say, and that's it. That's the introduction to how to create a video lecture and 30 minutes. I hope you found that video helpful, and I look forward to seeing you very soon in the next video. And as you can see, I've got the music ready to roll, and as that finishes, the music comes in. Now here's a useful tip. First of all, I cut off very often the end of this track, just so if there's any noise that it doesn't interrupt. But this may not be long enough on a simple way of extending, that is, was you still got the image you want in the screen, cut the end, then take it away, then selecting the track, go up and go edit and freeze frame on. This basically adds a static frame, which is, after all, all this screen is and you could extend it as long as you want. But it means I can extend it long enough so that when the music finishes, I could make the music on this finish on the same point. And then I always go back and fade out the bottom line after the music. So come back into here and video action that I'm gonna move, move. I want to keep the It's like tricky and I'm going to expand. The timeline is going about this. I actually want to move this, so I want to grab this and then move it, probably to their let's shrink this background against I can see where we've got to with music. Um, So move it to that. Then I have the again the image fading out. But I'm gonna cut them both at that point. And that is the editing done. And that's all I do. And then I save the file on. Then I export it on just to show the export settings. I've got it on to 64 encoded at 1 200 kilobytes per second a C audio on I actually wanted. This is not the right size I wanted, so it's just it's gonna come up more note. So I'm gonna custom the size, and I always set it to 12 80 7 20 Once I said it up to custom Export, I just hit export and it will export the file. And that's my editing file, if you like, created. So that's the export complete, and that's all it takes me. So I have a very simple process. I have my intro with my music. I make sure my standard settings are always the same. I always have the same template. I go through and edit whatever needs to be edited in the middle. I try and keep the the duration down to well, certainly never longer than 10 minutes. I can possibly help it. I like to keep it around the five minute mark. You can see from the bottom of screen that this video is three minutes and 20 seconds, although it's gonna be obviously a little bit longer with a with a discussion I'm giving you now, Andi. I then have the outro in the fade on the cut off on the music, and that's a simple as it gets on, because I do that every time When I come to do an an idiot for a video on at the same press of the time, I could make it really quick. This process has been a lot more complicated because I'm editing videos, which I'm teaching about editing videos, and so we're cycles within cycles. But I hope you found that really helpful. 5. How to Create a Video Lecture in 30 Minutes introduction: So in this section, I want to tell you about how to create a video lecture in 30 minutes. Now, there are six steps to doing this on the first of these is what I'm gonna call the introduction. But essentially, I want to make sure in the introduction you understand the limitations off the process I'm taking you through. I eat may not be for everybody, and it's purely the way I do it. And there may be better ways off creating lectures. And I'm also assuming that you've selected your topic and you know what you're going to talk about. So I'm not trying to teach you your content as it were, just showing you how I manage my content. The next thing, then, is the style of the presentation. And in a sense, you're getting a feel for this now because I'm showing you how I create my presentations, which is a simple but I think, elegant key net keynote template on me, talking over it with the talking head and looking into the camera as much as possible. But every night again, I have to look down to my notes to see what's going on. I'm gonna take you through the equipment I use just so you can understand how simple it is and how inexpensive it is. And there are even cheaper ways of doing it. But I find this set up, which is permanently set up, and I can switch on a recorder lecture whenever I want too much the easiest way. The minute you have to get into half on hour of setting up stuff, it's gonna be very difficult. The presentation's structure I'm taking you through at the moment you can see the beginning , the continental contents in the end, that how I use music, try and give it a standard feel and a certain amount of polishing presentation. But people really want to get into the nuts and bolts of the content as quickly as possible . I'm going to show you how I create the video in screen flow to show you not China teaches scream for but just to show you how standardized I've made it and therefore how quickly I can produce a video. Once I've recorded this part of the recording process on then the keynote process, which I'm demonstrating to you as part of creating this content were wheels within wheels. There aren't way you'll get a feel for again how simple the keynote processes with the beginning slide the middle bit. The end slide on because I use a standard template straight off key note, and I have ah, ready made beginning and ending side, which is very simple. Everything has kept very quick and easy. Now. There are people who have got very much more professional intro slides with music on moveable images and little movies and things I haven't done that you can do that. It doesn't look very professional, but I'm just trying to keep it as simple as possible about all my effort into the content. So at this point, I then transition to the end. You'll see my face fade out, and I say, and that's it. That's the introduction to how to create a video lecture and 30 minutes. I hope you found that video helpful, and I look forward to seeing you very soon. In the next video 6. Bonus: Lecture Creation Sequence: Now this on the face of it, is a very simple topic getting your lecture creation sequence. Right? But believe you, me, it's something which I had to have pointed out to me on. If I can explain it to you in very simple terms, I think I'll save you a lot of time and trouble. The sequence is very simple, but the trick here is not to put the cart before the horse. So the first thing you have to record is all your main sections and lectures. So you plan out your course. You lay it all out. You put your your sections together. You design your lay or lectures for each section on. Then ideally, you batch by section on there a couple of good reasons for this. But the main one is that when you're recording, you really get into a flow. You get into a zone on your lectures will have a lot more flow to them. A lot more continuity, a lot more energy. If you actually do them in batches, rather do one edit it, upload it, title it and everything, and then go and do the 2nd 1 So I strongly recommend doing that After you've done that, you can then do the summary. So you now have recorded your your course and you can summarize what you've recorded. And then and only then you go back to the beginning and you introduce what your course is all about. Now, the mistake I made when I made my first courses was I do the introduction. First, have my course planned out, record it, and actually either add lectures or take some away or move the order around. And I then had to redo my introduction on my summary. And this is the big pitfall that everybody spores into. Then finally, you can make your promo video because you know then exactly what you're promoting. So it's very, very simple. But if you follow that order, that logical sequence or that a logical sequence, if you like it will save you having to redo your introduction, your summary and all the rest of it. Do it in that order, and it makes a lot more sense when you're creating online courses. A simple tip, but one which I hope will make life easier for you and save you time. And if you saves you time, it saves you money 7. Bonus: Direct Your Video Like A Pro: I want to talk to you in this video about how you can direct your video like a pro on. It's all about having a little bit of technique brought into your videos, which can make a really and I guess, the question. What what is that technique? What is that difference? That you can do what? It's very simple. I want you to think in shots I want you to think is if you're a director of a feature film where it's cutting all the time, the camera stand still, but the images in front of you don't they keep on changing. They keep on moving on. That makes it really engaging and really interesting. So what I want you to do is to use short segments to teach your subject, keep things really moving quickly, with lots of ideas and lots of things going on. And if you use movement and you use variety than your create entertainment, and that will keep your audience focused on what you're telling them, and it will keep them engaged and keep them interested, and that's really, really important because what you want have in the back of their mind is the question. You know what is gonna happen next on? That'll keep it really exciting and really interesting. So that's the secret here. If you keep your video moving with lots of transitions and lots of content and lots of engagement and entertainment, it'll make it fun for your audience, and it'll make your teaching much, much more effective.