Toolkit: Video Project

This year I’ve been learning how to use Movavi Editor, a popular and affordable video editing tool, with the goal of upgrading my personal and professional toolkit. The original project appeared in Toolkit: Sound Project and in the last few posts I’ve added a few basic and advanced features to the project.

Today we bring it all together. The original video now sports a short opening sequence and features such as a text overlay, zooming and panning, and transitions. Hope you enjoy the results. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what is possible with Movavi Editor, but I look forward to continuing my “video odyssey” in the months to come. Video provides another way to convey information, especially to those who are visual learners. And for some topics, who wants to read about it when you can see it in action in a video?

Congrats, your video is now on YouTube!

That’s the email message I received from YouTube after my first successful upload. YouTube is probably the best known media channel for publishing videos. It is used by everyone from individuals to corporations, and used to publish videos for everything from tutorials and home movies, to product reviews and documentaries. Google purchased YouTube in 2006, and provides tools for publishing and managing channels and playlists via YouTube.com.

I have enjoyed watching YouTube videos for years, but had never uploaded one of my own. I decided to dive in and create my own channel. I did some research, activated my Google+ profile, and created a page for Steps (the blog). This creates the YouTube account, with access to the publishing tools. For my first project, I decided to upload the slide deck Do Mobile Apps Need documentation (posted back in February).

Following instructions on the internet (including a few YouTube videos), I saved the PowerPoint slide deck to Windows Media Video (.wmv) format, and then uploaded it to my YouTube channel. I experimented with some of the settings, optimized the video to improve its presentation, and then hit Publish. It is easy to share the video via URL, embedded code, and email (I did all three). Sure, it is pretty lame – a slide deck, with no sound. But now I’m ready to tackle more exciting projects, and have lots of ideas to try!

Tutorials

Tutorials provide another alternative to standard documentation. They are typically self-paced “courses” that focus on a particular concept or skill, and frequently feature a sample to illustrate what is being taught. Multiple delivery mechanisms are available such as PDF files, computer-based software, and videos. The tips we talked about in How To Videos pertain to tutorial videos, although longer sessions are expected.

I like this example, by Jesús Ramirez from the Photoshop Training Channel (PTC) – https://www.youtube.com/embed/UGsfwWruT1s, in which he demonstrates how to use the Adobe Photoshop spot healing brush tool to remove power lines from a photograph. It is professional, concise (just under nine minutes), with good production values.

TechSmith has a great collection of tutorials for their products, including SnagIt, Camtasia Studio, Camtasia for Mac, Morae, and more. The tutorials present concepts and tips, and instructions for accomplishing tasks. The Camtasia Studio tutorials demonstrates how to use the tools to record and publish videos, and the web site provides additional reference materials, exercises, and related videos. You can easily design your own self-paced training to learn these products.