Friday, April 26, 2013

Video Tutorials Make Learning Easy

Using video tutorials to teach can be very beneficial for those in the process of learning how to use a program like Photoshop for example. It is a proven fact that not everyone learns the same way. You might be a visual learner, whereas someone else might need to hear an explanation to fully understand. Video tutorials that can be made by using a program like Camtasia will ensure that every user's needs are met. Walking through material that is unfamiliar to users can be difficult. In most cases, there will always be one user who has trouble following and needs extra help. By creating a visual aid that is web based, users can review the process at home, working at their own pace.

What could be better than a productive session with users where everyone leaves with a complete understanding of the information you gave them? Using a series of video tutorials is the best way to make sure that happens. If potential customers can follow along with the visual aid by actually doing each step as it is shown they will have a better handle on how to use your product line. With a recorded visual aid, users can follow your instructions on their own, with a recording of your instructions, they will be able to work at their own pace so no one gets left behind.

There are many tools available to help you create video tutorials. Camtasia, a program that was mentioned above, is one such program that is easy to use. Camtasia allows you to make screen recordings that can be supported with an audio track, or narration. It also allows you to use Power Point, Picture-in-Picture and webcam video. Being able to fully show the process makes the use of video tutorials one of the best ways to show your users a process step by step. However, if you have never created video tutorials you might be wondering what kind of work is involved in putting together a visual aid like this one. Like most programs being made today Camtasia was developed to be extremely user friendly. You don't need to be a computer expert to get your video tutorials up and running.

To record your video you need to select 'options' under the tools menu, which is where you will find the capture tab. After finding the capture tab you will want to follow these steps:

-Use the checkboxes to choose your capture options.

-Select "Record the Screen" from the Camtasia window.

-Designate what project you are working on, such as a Power Point

-Start a new project and select what you will be recording, the entire screen or just and area that you indicate.

-Add audio by selecting the appropriate checkbox, a box will appear so that you check the input levels of your microphone.

-After setting your sound preferences click on next, and then finish to start the recording process. During the recording process of your video tutorials you have the option to pause, but that isn't necessary because you can edit out what you don't want later.

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Give your users the information they both want and need with video tutorials. It may even increase your sales.

Brad Lessard is the owner of EbizComm

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