7 Steps To Create Your Online Course
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7 Steps To Create Your Online Course

Everything you need to having a high-quality salable online course
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Created by Scott Onstott
Last updated 9/2019
English, French, 1 more
  • Spanish
Current price: $23.99 Original price: $34.99 Discount: 31% off
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Video post-production with Adobe Premiere Pro & Media Encoder
  • Cleaning up audio with Adobe Audition
  • Creating overlay graphics with Adobe After Effects
  • Masking with Adobe Photoshop
  • OBS Studio (live-action and computer screen recording)
  • Building courses in Udemy & Thinkific
  • Generating captions and translations with Artificial Intelligence
  • Optimizing videos for the web with Handbrake
  • Setting up a green screen & chroma key filter
  • Outlining & building a table of contents with metadata
  • Using teleprompter for scripted live-action
  • Recording on iOS devices
  • Your own ideas for the courses you want to develop
  • Windows or Mac computer for post-production
  • You can subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud when you're ready to do post-production on your own courses.

Hi, I'm Scott Onstott and I'd like to welcome you. I’ve been creating professional video courses for more than 20 years now, and my courses have millions of views across the many platforms where they’ve been published. I’d like to offer you the means of production to create professional video courses, exactly like I do in 7 easy steps, which correspond to the sections or chapters in this course:

  1. Planning & preparation

  2. Hardware considerations

  3. Audio & video recording

  4. Audio post-production,

  5. Video and overlay post-production,

  6. Captions & subtitles in foreign languages,

  7. Uploading and configuring everything in your chosen online course platform (both Udemy and Thinkific are covered).

I’ll start by showing you how I organize my thoughts and create a course outline, then how I setup a green-screen recording studio in my home, complete with all my current audio and video hardware recommendations. You’ll learn how to configure and use Open Broadcaster Software to create high-quality recordings integrating live-video with screen-captured video and keep track of it all in an evolving table of contents. We'll also learn how to record on iOS devices.

On Windows and MacOS, we will do post-production using Adobe’s Creative Cloud, where I will teach you a core skill set, taking a critical path through several essential design apps to efficiently deliver a professional course in the shortest amount of subscription time.

In particular you’ll learn how to remove noise and clean up audio in Audition, create on-screen overlays in After Effects, mask and blur regions using Photoshop, and bring it all together in Premiere Pro where we do non-linear video editing. We’ll optimize the course videos for the web with Handbrake the open source video trans-coder. We’ll then employ Sonix, a proprietary artificial intelligence service to create captions for the hearing impaired and importantly, for search engine optimization. We will create subtitles with Google’s free Translate Toolkit in multiple foreign languages. Lastly, we’ll design the course image, capture thumbnails of all the course videos, and put together a promotional video with teleprompter software and clips taken throughout the course.

Finally, we will build the online course in Udemy, where you can sell to a large preexisting audience, and we will build the same course in Thinkific, where you can create and sell courses or memberships under your own brand and marketing. Coordinating all of this is actually a lot easier than it sounds, but I'll take you step-by-step through the process of building the very course you have already started watching. So let’s dive right in and really get started!

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone wanting to make professional-quality video courses
Course content
Expand all 65 lectures 04:14:34
+ Introduction
2 lectures 02:27

Welcome from the instructor and what to expect in this course.

Preview 02:21

Downloadable files.

Exercise Files
+ Planning & Preparation
3 lectures 07:17

In this video I encourage viewers to stick with it and learn all the skills needed to create a professional course.

Coming up with course ideas

Here you see an outlining solution that works on Mac and Windows computers and in web browsers. Dynalist supports zooming to focus in on specific levels of your outline, which is invaluable for organizing ideas and brainstorming.

Preview 01:50

I discuss the process of creating assets that are safe in terms of intellectual property, practicing with those assets on your own, and considerations for setting up a recording studio.

Assets, practice and setting up a studio
+ Hardware Considerations
6 lectures 20:58

We go over three levels of hardware options for recording audio, from the microphone that is built into your computer, to a mid-range Yeti desktop microphone to a high-end broadcast quality headset and pre-amp.

Selecting audio hardware

Here we see the video output from a webcam and an iPhone that is being fed into OBS Studio with plugins both on the iOS device and on the computer that is recording the feed.

Selecting video hardware

I reveal the green screen behind me and you see how it is hidden with a chroma key and other filters that improve the look of my talking head. We also see a still image background and a dynamic video background all thanks to the green screen behind me.

Preview 04:02

In this video I go over the hardware devices that must be connected in series to capture professional audio on an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad.

Interfacing with iOS devices

We go over the differences between key and fill lights and I recommend an LED desk lamp with variable intensities and color temperatures that allows fine control over fill lighting.

Lighting considerations

In this video I discuss hardware and software solutions for teleprompters that allow you to read a script and record live action video seamlessly.

Teleprompter hardware and software
+ Recording
13 lectures 53:44

We see how to record using a third-party microphone and pre-amp on an iPad using the built-in recording system that is part of iOS.

Recording on iOS

In this video you see how to move videos recorded on an iOS device to the files app and from there to iCloud where they can later be accessed on a computer for post-production work.

Moving recordings from iOS to computers

Here I show the difference between screen and target resolution for recording and introduce two utilities for resizing windows precisely, Sizer on Windows and Keyboard Maestro on Mac.

Resizing utilities for target output resolutions

We install OBS Studio, create a new profile and edit its resolution in a text editor.

Open broadcaster software profiles

In this video we configure settings in OBS Studio to save 48 kHz audio in .MOV video output. We also setup hotkeys to start and stop recording.

OBS settings

We add a display capture source and video capture device source to OBS studio to record the screen and webcam respectively. We re-position by dragging and use the Alt key to crop a source.

Preview 04:28

Here we see how it is possible to flip, scale, crop and re-position using the Transform cascading sub-menu on the webcam source.

OBS transforms

By adding filters to sources you can control many effects including chroma key for green screen, color correction, sharpening and an image mask.

Preview 03:24

Using Photoshop we create a image mask with transparency that is used to filter the webcam video source in OBS Studio.

Creating an image mask to filter a source

Here we create a color source and filter it using the same mask that we used earlier for the webcam. We learn how to scale and re-position the color source also.

Adding a color source and masking it

By creating a new scene and referencing sources we learn that sources can have different positions and scales in each scene but the filters and properties of each scene are constant across all the scenes in which they are referenced.

OBS scenes

I show you how to use the free VirtualCam plugin to use in other programs such as Skype or Zoom, where you can create professional quality webinars and video conferences using your OBS Studio output.

Preview 04:20

Using a spreadsheet template provided as an exercise file, I explain how entering metadata including a file naming convention and written descriptions about your videos as you record them is the best practice.

Building your Table of Contents
+ Post-Production: Audio
7 lectures 38:41

I recommend signing up for the week-long free trial to Adobe's creative cloud and installing Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition and Media Encoder for post-production work.

Installing relevant Adobe applications

We create a project in Premiere Pro, configure its workspace, create a bin, import a video asset and create a scene on the timeline to get started. We also learn how to zoom tracks both horizontally and vertically.

Getting started with Premiere Pro

Here we adjust gain to control the maximum amplitude or volume of the audio track. This can be adjusted graphically in the audio track or by opening the Adjust Gain windows where you can input values in decibels.

Adjusting gain (audio levels) in Premiere Pro

In this video we select the Simple Editing workspace, turn on spectral frequency display and see how to navigate in the audio track which was extracted from Premiere Pro.

Getting started with Audition

Here we capture a noise print from the start of the track and then proceed to remove this from the entire track by subtracting this print globally.

Preview 04:03

To remove specific sounds in Audition, we insert silence, auto-heal the selection and use the paintbrush tool combined with reducing amplitude to clean up unwanted sounds.

Removing specific sounds in Audition

Here I create a scene that composites two videos into the timeline and deal with their multiple audio tracks.

Compositing audio and video in Premiere Pro
+ Post-Production: Video and Overlays
13 lectures 01:04:51

Looking for a visual cue to sync up the video tracks, I discovered that the illumination on my talking head changed when the iPad interface got brighter. I added markers to identify these two moments and then dragged one drag over a distance equal to the distance between the markers to sync the tracks.

Syncing two video clips using visual cues

In this video I show you how to cut audio and video tracks with the Razor tool, how to delete selected sections of video, to ripple delete, un-link audio and video and how to add a frame hold. These skills are needed to remove unwanted sections of video.

Removing unwanted slices of time in video

Using a complex timeline example we see how to add video transitions such as cross dissolve, and how to adjust the transition's duration.

Adding transitions between videos

Here we export a frame from a video in Premiere Pro and edit that image in Photoshop where we create Mask and Blur layers that we later import back into Premiere Pro.

Masking and partially blurring in Photoshop

In this video we generate an animated circle that draws viewer attention to a specific place in any video we overlay it. We do this using video effects with key-framed transitions.

Creating animated vector graphics in Premiere Pro

We overlay the animated vector graphics created in the previous video here on an existing video. We remove the overlay's audio channels and adjust its effect controls to re-position its anchor point.

Preview 05:12

In After Effects we create a composition with an animated rounded rectangle upon which we will ultimately display text information in Premiere Pro.

Getting started in After Effects

We add key-frames to animate a rounded rectangle in After Effects. We learn about the Time-Vary stopwatch, adding keys both manually and automatically.

Animating a rectangle in After Effects

In this video I add text, re-position and align it and then animate the opacity of the text with a range so that it progressively appears over time. The text is also turned into an expression which can be edited in Premiere Pro.

Preview 07:55

An After Effects .AEP composition is brought into Premiere Pro where it can be used as an overlay on top of course videos to display text. This text can be edited in Premiere without having to make alterations to the composition in After Effects because of the expression code that was added.

Using lower thirds in Premiere Pro

Here we export a sequence from Premiere Pro and down-sample it to an HD quality 1920 x 1080p video using a preset in the Export Media dialog box.

Exporting from Premiere Pro

Media Encoder is a separate application that is part of Adobe's Creative Cloud. We use it to render out our videos from Premiere Pro so that we can keep working in Premiere while this processing is happening in the Media Encoder.

Exporting with Media Encoder

In order to optimize the video for the web we use Handbrake and this reduces the file size more than 10 times for delivery to students in a course platform.

Optimizing for the web with Handbrake
+ Captions and Other Details
8 lectures 33:54

Here we use the AI in Sonix to convert speech from video files to text. Sonix syncs the text with time-codes automatically so we simply edit the text and export to .SRT caption files.

Generating captions with artificial intelligence

In this video I show you how to use Google's free translation service to create machine translations of your caption files in multiple languages.

Preview 03:37

Using a free online converter, I show you how to batch convert SRT to VTT subtitle files.

Converting subtitle formats

We scrub through the timeline of a video and find a frame that best represents the video content and then take a screen capture of this frame for use as a video thumbnail.

Capturing video thumbnails

Using a template in Photoshop, I customize its text and layers to provide a backdrop for the Welcome video.

Designing a title card

Here I discuss the issues surrounding recording scripted live action using teleprompter software, and hiding its display in OBS Studio.

Recording scripted video with teleprompter

In this video I show how to mark the in and out points in a post video, which we bring into the timeline of the Welcome video. We also see how to disable audio tracks and scale video to the frame size.

Preview 06:40

After importing a Photoshop document into Premiere Pro, we composite it on top of the teleprompter video using a blend mode. We also adjust the position of the talking head video by adjusting its effect controls.

Integrating title card into welcome video
+ Building Courses in Udemy
6 lectures 17:18

After creating a new course in Udemy, we start to add sections (chapters) and lectures (videos), along with the relevant metadata, copied and pasted from the Table of Contents spreadsheet.

Adding curriculum in Udemy

We add captions, one language at a time, through Udemy's web based interface. These must be VTT files.

Preview 02:47

In this video we learn how to make particular videos free for people to download prior to enrollment. We also preview the course interface from the perspective of a prospective student.

Making videos downloadable and previewing

In this video we learn how to make particular videos free for people to watch or download prior to enrollment. We also preview the course interface from the perspective of a prospective student.

Making videos previewable and/or downloadable

Here we enter important metadata related to the course, including its subtitle, description, categories, course thumbnail and promotional video.

Creating the course landing page

After selecting a price tier for the course you see how to submit the entire course for review and potential publishing on Udemy.

Selecting pricing and creating promotions
+ Building Courses in Thinkific
6 lectures 14:04

After creating a new blank course in Thinkific, we dive right into creating chapters and uploading videos.

Preview 02:25

Using the video library, we add English and foreign language captions all at once as well as video thumbnails in Thinkific.

Uploading captions and thumbnails

In Thinkific you will see how to set certain videos as "previews" which allows prospective students to watch them for free after they sign up for a free account.

Offering free previews for certain lessons

In this video we specify many important settings for the course including the player theme and search engine optimization copy text.

Settings and SEO keywords

By specifying certain lessons with release dates days after enrollment, you can "drip" content to the students at a reasonable pace to increase engagement.

Specifying a drip schedule for the course

After reviewing several methods of pricing courses on Thinkific, I set a price and show how you go about publishing the course and making it appear live on the site.

Pricing and publishing
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 01:20

This lecture contains the link to all Scott's recommended items of hardware and software best suited to creating video courses. He also has a parting message and offers a thank you gift.

Bonus Lecture