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How to Create an Engaging and Entertaining Video Lecture Plus Free Resources

John Colley, Digital Entrepreneurship

How to Create an Engaging and Entertaining Video Lecture Plus Free Resources

John Colley, Digital Entrepreneurship

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7 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. How I Created the Video

    • 2. Behind The Scenes in Screenflow

    • 3. The Structure of a Video

    • 4. Starting with the Audio Track and Audacity

    • 5. How to Use Green Screen and Chroma Key

    • 6. How you can use background images or videos in your lectures

    • 7. The Final Video

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About This Class

I want to share with you some of the more sophisticated techniques I have learned to make my videos and lectures more interesting.  This is a real behind the scenes look at how I create the videos in my courses.


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Behind the Scenes in Screenflow

Now that you have seen the original video, with the music, I want to take you behind the scenes in Screenflow to show you how this video is put together so that you understand its component elements.  Once these are clear in your mind I can share with you how the elements are created to be put together.

The Structure of the Video

This helps to explain the basis of every video and why they must have a clear structure to be an effective learning tool.  Without this essential building block, you cannot develop a curriculum or a teaching strategy for your subject.

Starting with the Audio Track in Audacity

If you have a script and you are not going to appear in the video, or a large part of it, there is a real advantage to recording the audio in Audacity, a free and relatively simple to use audio software package.  The free download link can be found in the resources section of this video

Using GreenScreen and ChromaKey in Screenflow

Here I want to share with you how you can use the Chroma Key filter in Screenflow or Camtasia to really add some interest and entertainment to your lectures.

Using Background Images and Videos for More Impact

Background images and video can also be used, without Greenscreen, to good effect to make your lectures and videos more impactful.

Finally, Watch the Finalised Video 

This is my original video which I have created for an upcoming course.  The actual content of the video is not as important as HOW I put it together.  The scenes, the script and the techniques I use.  So watch it critically and then I will take you behind the scenes!

Free Resources for Your Videos

Where can you find amazing free resources for your Videos?

MakerBook is a site which lists lots of sites where you can find free resouces to use in your videos.  Do not forget to check that you are adhering to the detailed terms and conditions for any you use but many are creative commons and attribution free.  

The website is  

Full disclosure: I have no commercial relationships to this site - this is a purely free educational resources for students of this course.


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1. How I Created the Video: in this section. I'm going to show you how I put together this video lecture for one off my upcoming courses . I've shown you the basic structure of creating a video lecture, and now I'm gonna take it to the next step. Because as I've created over 1000 videos over the last few years, my processes have evolved, have changed, and I've learned Maura about trying to make it more interesting and more entertaining. So I'm going to take you through this and I'm gonna deconstruct the lecture that I created so you can really see inside and see how it's put together. First of all, then I'm going to ask you to watch the video that I've created so you can actually see what the end result is like. And then we're going to step back, and I'm gonna take you into screen flow behind the scenes, camped Asians very similar and show you how this whole thing fits together. It's important as well that every lecture has some form of structure. And I will explain this to you so that you can understand why structures very important. I'm also going to show you how you can refine your audio quality by pre recording your audio track in audacity. And this is really helpful because you can take out all the blemishes really fine. Tune the audio on. If you're not going to appear very much on screen and you're going to do what Scott doesn't bring lots of additional assets onto the screen. Then, by having this separate audacity recorded audio track, you can achieve a step up in audio quality that can really make a difference. And, of course, you then got the clever things you can do with the green screen effect on the chroma key video filter in Camped Asia and in screen Flow, which allows you to play with things even more. And if you haven't got room for a green screen in your own office, at least you can play with the green screen of fate using your PowerPoint or keynote presentation software combined with the video software. And then, of course, there's the ability to use background images and background video to make final things even more fun and exciting. So I'm going to show you all this on the challenge to you really is what can you do in your next video to make this to take the lessons from this and to make your video even more exciting and more interesting. So that challenge is there for you to take forward. So this is gonna be all about how I created this video lecture on. I hope you're going to get lots of insights into how you might be able to do things in a more engaging, exciting, fun way, but also able to do it faster, too. 2. Behind The Scenes in Screenflow: in this video. I'm just going to show you what my video looks like behind the scenes in screen flow so that you can understand the base component elements that it is comprised off on. What I'm gonna do is I'm actually gonna open up screen flow and talk you through the rest elements that make up the video on this will help you to understand how I go and create individual elements and then bring them together in screen flow and how they all fit together. You also need to bear in mind how you layer them because things on the bottom are, if you like it the background. And then if you put something on top of it that still sits sits in front of it. If you did the other way around you, the other one is hidden. So you actually you actually have to understanding the three dimensional element of it as well. So let's jump into screen PLO, and I'll talk you through how the video is being built up s so that you get a good idea of how that works. I want to show you inside off screen flow so you can see what the video looks like when it's being put together. And you can see the various elements were going to discuss now moving from the left to the right. Down here we have the introductory element where the the intro comes in and you can see that happening at the bottom. Here, I've got the main audio, which I created inaudible on. It's basically me reading from a script, but by doing it inaudible, I'm able to clean it up. Then I've got a piece here where I'm actually talking t the screen on going through it on introducing it, but in of a personal way. And that segment, by go to the far end, is repeated here where, Having told you what you're going to expect, I then tell you what you've actually just bean talked to about. So what? Explain what I've shared in video, and that's also a piece directly to camera and very personal. So you do get to see me in this video. Even there a large portion of it is taken up by my script. Now, in the when I'm actually delivering the audio script. If you come over here, you can see I've got different words up on the screen, and that is based on this key point presentation, which is here on. You'll see that as it gets to the end of that, then you start to get some transitions on that keeps the thing alive, and I'm using a few effects in screen flow on. Then I bring this three d Chapin here just to make it more interesting. And he's a little three D character, which I have in my character libraries on Ben. He, as you can see, appears for several just he's just repeated, but you can see he appears for several of the screens, and it does bring a bit more life and a bit more interest into it. So then, right at the end, I then have my end screen where you can see what's going on, and that's all very straightforward. So you can see that that that is how it's set up now for some of them. Just so you know, I also have a music track that runs along the bottom on. That also brings a bit more interest to the video so you can see there are different components that you need to put together in order to create this video. So having seen the video itself now and seen inside the video, you can see exactly how we're gonna put this together. I'm gonna take you through the various stages that step by step. So now you've seen how this video is put together on DSO. When I start talking through the individual elements of it, you'll understand how they get brought together. Andi, therefore, how the video is put together and once you understand how it's done, I'm sure you agree that you can do it just as well, if not better than I do. So this is if you like the platform on which we're going to build this whole Siris of discussions about how you put these videos together. 3. The Structure of a Video: in this video. I want to talk to you about the structure off making an educational video. Now the whole purpose off this is that if you are producing lots of different videos, then you do need to have a system and a structure to your videos. And essentially what you're trying to do is to tell your students what you're going to tell them. Then you tell them and take them through the teaching points. Instructional points off the lecture on. Then finally you recap and tell them what you told them. So you have a beginning a middle and an end, and that is the essential structure of any ist instructional video. However, there are some key points that you do need to bear in mind. Firstly, you need to keep it short on. By that, I mean 3 to 6 minutes per lecture so that you don't lose your students attention span. Secondly, try to keep it punchy trying to keep your enthusiasm and your energy levels up because this makes it much easier for the students to listen to what's being taught. Good audio is absolutely essential. I've got here a fantastic blue. Yet you Mike and I will you swear by this, although there are plenty of other good ones out there. But having a proper microphone is absolutely essential. And of course, I believe it's important to show your face, which is why I'm doing this now to camera so you can see me and you can hear me talking and hear what I'm saying. So how'd I do it? Well, basically, to create a basic initial video, a straightforward you just like this one. You start off with a slide deck and you can see the slider that I've created here, and it has a structure, and it has a style, but it's very, very simple on then you saw at the beginning my intro slide. Will I repeat that and have that as an outro slide at the end as well as you can see from this, I also create bullet point text. I don't work from a script, and that means it makes it a lot easier for me to talk to the camera. But I know what I'm going to say. I keep the transition simple. I'm having a bit of fun with the words on this particular lectures. You can see. I try to keep it in standard format. But if you're going to do this, then make sure that whatever you do, you develop your own style so that you can, um, create videos which have reflects your personality and your way of teaching. But if you follow this sort of a pattern, you can actually create lectures very quickly. You can create lectures in 30 minutes or less on that makes it a very efficient way of working. So that's terrific. And indeed, that is exactly what I've been doing here just to show you the basic style of one of my lectures and how I put them together. However, what if you want to improve your production standards? What if you want to do something more complicated and more imaginative? This is what I'm going to take you to in the subsequent lectures to this section. I'm going to share with you some off the tips and tricks I used to increase the production values on my videos, and hopefully you'll be able to incorporate those into some of your videos going forward 4. Starting with the Audio Track and Audacity: So in this video, I'm going to show you how If you want to get a much better quality audio track, you record the audio track separately and you do it in audacity. What I do when I'm working with a script or any pre written content is to start with the audio track because you want to get the audio as well as possible. And typically, if you're working with a client and they've already got the content they want you to put together, we are taking some content from a client blogger or a white paper. This is the best way to start. So what does this involve? First of all, you open audacity and you record your script and you make sure that, you know before you start exactly what it is you want to read. This is not very difficult to do because you obviously just get yourself prepared. But once you've done the recording, there are some necessary postproduction steps which you need to put together on. The first of these is to use the compressor to just take out the peaks of your recording. Then you use equalization to cut the trouble a little bit and to boost the base a little bit. And then finally you use noise reduction to just take out some of the background noise. But it doesn't actually stop there. Because once you've done the noise reduction, you need to go through your recording and edit out all the breeding and all the little bits of noise that will exist between the spoken word. When you bean creating a recording, there's always bits and bobs on. There's always these breathing sounds which you have Teoh try to eliminate, if at all possible, cause it really improves the quality off your recording if you do that. So what I'm going to do now is take you into audacity and show you peace I've recorded on. Then at the end of that, we're gonna come back here and I'm gonna play your little snip it off the pre and then the post recording just so you can hear the difference and see if it makes makes sense to you what I'm trying to achieve here, because if you get the audio right, then you're setting yourself up for success with the lecture as a whole. So let's go across to audacity now and take a look at that. So on the left hand side of the screen, you can see the audacity software on on the right hand side, the pain here page from which I took the script and on the left hand side in the audacity software, you can see the two tracks off the recording itself. Now, as yet, I haven't done anything to this. But I have downloaded the original recording so you can listen to that now I'm going to shrink the webpage away, will expand that out. And I'm now going to show you the simple things I do to tidy up this recording. The first thing I want to do is make sure this is all in the same area. So if I clicked, select all on, then I go to tracks mix and render. If I've got any breaks in, the recording is gonna put everything in one place. So the next thing I do is and double click on it again and go to effects on. The first thing I'm going to do is use compressor on. This basically reduces the peaks. Watch the peaks dropped down and it narrows the whole range of the recording. It stops distortion at the higher end, but I've still got a couple of other things to do. As you can see, there's quite a lot of noise in between the spoken pieces. So I'm going to get to effect noise reduction, getting those profile, and that shows it the sort of noise I want to remove. And then I'm going to click noise reduction again and then reduce the noise. Now, this is not going to take everything out. As you can see here, it has cleaned it up a bit. There are still other things I've got to do before I do that, though I'm just gonna do some equalization on this. Just improves the tone off the voice without making a major change. So I get equalization on. Here we go. I've got it on the bass boost, which is what I want for the first part of my click. OK, and then I go to equalization again and I'm gonna alter the trouble slightly so I start by going to trouble boost. But I'm actually gonna drag it below the line, so I'm actually reducing it, not boosting it and go OK again. Now will I have to do is to go through this recording on find the places where I need to just moved out the background noise which has not worked out. This is normally breaths and things like that. And you do that by just clicking on this little button here. Here's a very good example. This is in the middle of the two spoken bits is me taking a breath and I don't want matter in the recording and there's other noise in these, so I'm just gonna pause the recording and go through this. Andi finished doing that, and then I come back to you. So there we are. I've gone through the recording that literally took me a couple of minutes for longer recordings, always takes a bit longer, but it's an absolutely essential piece or post production, just a tidy up the recording. Now all I do is save the project again. Just make sure I've got the pretty probably save and go to export audio MP three files on in options. I always go for Anderson being a podcast. I go for the highest quality option, which is the 3 20 killer. Burt's constant joint stereo *** on. Then save that, Andi. Then just go. Okay. And that will published the MP three clip, which are also put up so that you can hear it. And that means we've now got the main audio track for the video. Done, Andi. I will then be able to bring this in and start to build up my lecture. So now I'm gonna play you a short excerpt from the original recording, and I just want you to listen to what the original sounds like paying by the pain near account throughout the world, Pioneer has become the preferred payment method for retailers freelances on online marketeers, doing business internationally. And now I'm going to play you a short excerpt, a similar piece, but from the post production version. And I hope you can hear that there is a difference and better quality to the recording. Paying by the pain near account throughout the world, Pioneer has become the preferred payment method for retailers freelances on online marketeers doing business internationally. So that's it. That gives us our groundwork. Our initial base, if you like for the lecture. Because once we've got the main audio track in place. Then we can begin to build from there. And you'll note that having built the audio track this way, that I'm going to be doing a lot less in this new lecture in this new style, a lot less of head shots with me talking to camera, although you will see that I will top and tell the lecture with a personal piece either end so that it still has some personal input, which I think is really important. 5. How to Use Green Screen and Chroma Key: didn't in this video. I want to show you how you can use a green screen effect and chroma key to actually make your videos a bit more interesting. Now, this is a really neat technique. If you actually want to make a bit more of a visual impact in your slides, of course you can like this. Use your slides in keynote and you can use keynote as the background. So I've got this great blackboard effect here, and that's fine because it's very clear, very easy to read, So it is, you know, perfectly all right, and it makes for a very engaging video. But what if you want a different effect, something that you can do when you get into screen flow or Cam Tasia? What if you want to make your slides transparent so that you still keep the words, but the background disappears. It's actually so very simple. You simply switch your background color to a bright green like this, and you can see then exactly what your your store reading. But you've now got a green screen effectively. It's like having a perfect green screen. Then when you get into screenplay or camped, Asia you simply add the chroma key color filter onda. The effect is that the screen, the green screen disappears, and it's like having this perfect green screen, which means that you can actually put anything with chroma key behind it, and it becomes completely transparent. You can have any backdrop. You want static or moving. So why did you give that a try? It could be a really effective technique. It can make life much more interesting because if you've got background slices you can bring in, whether they're movies or whether they're static slides, it could be really, really interesting, and it can really help to make your videos stand out. 6. How you can use background images or videos in your lectures: in this video. I want to concentrate on how you can use background images or videos to enhance your lectures on this sort ties in with the chroma Key. Electra. Just talk to you about visual diversity. Can really enhance your lectures by making them stand out. Mawr Using Images Andi You can either use some sort of abstract background image like this , which can really enhance and frame the slides that you're delivering or form or impactful. Result. You can actually change the whole background. Andi really bring the individual into the whole ambience off the atmosphere you want to create, So the first thing you have to do is Teoh. Make your slides transparent, which you do by turning the background green like this, which is very straightforward to do. You go into the background changing. Just pick a nice right green color on then in screen flow awkward or from Camp Tasia, you switch on the chroma key color filter and that will make the whole background disappear and your slides will become chance transparent. So you can then have static images just like this one, and you can see them how that works. But if you want to make it more interesting. You can actually take your students were audience it down to the river so that they can actually see something moving and something more impactful than just static backgrounds. So you want to think about how you do that? You obviously need to keep some sort of context. With that. Andi will make it very relaxing but not distracting to the message you want to deliver. But the challenge is what when? What can you do today to use this technique to make your lectures more interesting? So little technique. But it can be very effective, and it helps to keep the visual stimulation for your audience are very high and therefore your your video's gonna be much, much more interesting. 7. The Final Video: in this video. I want to explain to you the core idea behind pain here, and that is essentially that. You can have a whole Siri's off foreign currency accounts in dollars and euros in pounds where your customers can pay you in their currency on. Then the money goes into your pair near receiving accounts in those currencies on. Then you make one single transfer across to pioneer to your main account or domestic account in your country. It's such a simple idea, but it does reduce your costs, and it makes it very, very easy for your people, your customers to pay you wherever they are in the world. You can use Pioneers Global Payments Service to accept payments in mawr currencies. You can get paid in US dollars in euros, in British pounds and Japanese yen and in Chinese yuan renminbi, as if you had your own local bank account paying near offers receiving accounts via their global payment service, which enabled you to receive local bank transfers from companies on marketplaces in the U. S. Europe, UK, Japan and China. Direct to your pioneer count. So how do you benefit when you can reduce your payment please increase your earnings by reducing or payment fees up to 71%. You can accept payment in mawr currencies. You can accept payments in U. S. Dollars in euros in pounds, in Japanese yen and in Chinese yuan renminbi as if you had a local bank account. This offers customers a simple way to pay. You can offer them a simple, quick and cost effective solution for both you and your customers. And of course, you can get the help you need because you can enjoy multi lingual customers. Care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So how does the global payment service work? Well, it's very simple. You sign up to pay near and get your local receiving accounts. Then you send customers the details of your receiving accounts. Customers then pay you by local bank transfer to your receiving accounts, and pioneer automatically transfers the funds to your pioneer count. So now I hope you understand the core idea behind the Global Payments Service and receiving accounts so that you can receive money from your customers overseas and get it into your domestic account.