This course is for anyone who is interested in designing and producing super engaging video tutorials, and especially geared towards total beginners.
It is a hands on practical guide to finding the right topic to teach, the right style for your courses and communicating your topic clearly using Screenflow screencasting software.
The first section will take you on a complete walkthrough of how Screenflow 6 works with plenty of real examples, a thorough explanation of the regions of the user interface and how to use the timeline. Followed by an in depth look at all the editing functions in the editing properties tabs.
I will cover:
How to record a screencast from your computer, your smartphone or tablet.
Apply transitions and video actions to it.
Add callouts to focus attention to specific elements on your screen.
Add text and annotations like arrows or boxes.
Add video motions to your elements (New in Screenflow 6)
And add closed captions
As well as your export and publish options
Then I’ll give you some screenflow tips and best practices followed by tips on:
How to find a suitable topic to teach.
Design and communication.
Outlining and scripting a course
And making a persuasive promotional video so that you can sell your own courses.
A quick overview of the Udemy interface showing you short cuts to the curriculum so that you can skip to particular lectures, where to adjust the speed and volume of your videos, and how to download videos to your computer for offline viewing.
How to launch Screenflow and the various different ways of opening a project followed by a walk through of all the recording options in the Screenflow welcome menu
Screencast a new clip from within an open project, learn the hotkeys for start and stop record and set one up for pause. Followed by a demonstration of why I like to screencast at 1080p
A full exploration of how all the regions of the Screenflow user interface work.
Different ways to import media and manage the content of your Screenflow media library.
How to stitch your media together in the time line using simple transitions.
How to alter the speed of your media using Screenflow’s Transition Inspector window.
How to copy and past between Screenflow projects and why you would want to do that.
Adjusting the scale and position of your media and adding video actions to it to make it move from one size and position to another.
How to rotate your media around the x, y and z axes and add video motions to them to animate them.
What you can edit via the Audio Properties tab. Adding actions to your audio to make it fade out, editing the audio channels independently of each other and adding sound effects.
How to add text to your project in a variety of fonts, at any size you want, and apply transitions to it as well as any of the Screenflow video properties found in the Video Properties tab.
How to adjust the size and shape of your mouse pointer, apply the radar like signal when you click on your screen and highlight areas of interest on your screen, as well as how to show what keystrokes you used on the screen.
An in depth look at the Callouts Tab which is where you can highlight regions of your screen in different ways
How to draw circles, squares, and arrows on your canvas and apply Video Properties and Transitions to them.
A demonstration of all the different animations you can achieve inside Screenflow’s Video Motions tab including the pulse effect, the spring effect and the gravity effect.
How to show your finger movements on a tablet or smartphone if you want to demonstrate a screencast of an app
How to generate closed captions within Screenflow and how to convert them to a .vtt file for use on Udemy.
How to export video, audio or just a portion of your video, how the settings effect your file sizes and what settings I use personally.
Some general tips and best practices for making video tutorials in Screenflow so that your screencasts are nice and smooth and your lessons are engaging.
Advice about microphones and why you should buy a good one, a few ways to absorb the sound bouncing back at your mic from the walls and a couple of ways to record your narration from inside Screenflow.
A source of free music to play beneath your tutorials and how to listen to tracks alongside your project to decide which one you like best.
Some advice about talking heads videos including how to do it from within Screenflow, how to light yourself, position yourself and speak directly to camera.
How to use the Chroma Key video filter inside Screenflow to remove the background from your video and replace it with a completely different scene.
What to avoid teaching and some ideas about how to choose the best topic for you to teach. A step by step example of how I decide what to teach.
Where to find Udemy’s hot topics and research other courses in your field on Udemy and Amazon, and how to check up on Google Adwords if there is enough interest in your topic.
How I get people who are interested in my subject to subscribe to my email list and a few ideas for how my students can do this too.
How to come up with a coherent style for your course incorporating slides, text and images and tying them all together in a harmonious way.
Making sure your graphics are the correct size for a screencast, how to resize them if they are not, and how to remove the background from images in free software.
How to choose a color palette to set the right style or tone for your particular course and how to pick colors using the free adobe color app.
Tips for keeping your course interesting, to the point and effective for your student.
The step by step process I use for outlining a course.
How I script my courses so that it is easy to narrate them without stuttering and stumbling.
Some pointers about what to include in your promotional video to help people understand why your course is the right solution for them.
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I bought Scrivener, learned a couple of the main functions and got to work on my novel. It was only at the end of the novel that I discovered I could convert my manuscript to .mobi for Kindle right there inside Scrivener. Upon closer inspection I discovered that Scrivener had some fantastic functions that I had hardly begun to tap in to. I was hooked. Before I knew it, I had told all my writing friends about this cool new thing and was offering to convert their manuscripts, and was urging them to switch to Scrivener in order to convert their own manuscripts. In my enthusiasm I inadvertently ended up being the 'the go' to person for their Scrivener problems so I had to learn Scrivener fast.
Once I delved deeper into the software, I could have kicked myself for not learning it properly in the first place. The time I could have saved! Don't get me wrong. Knowing your way around Scrivener does not make you a better writer — you have to learn that skill separately — but it sure does make everything else in your writing project easier.
The problem is, learning it all via the User's Manual can be time consuming and confusing so I found myself popping around to people's houses to get them started or taking step by step screen captures to email to them. This is no way to work, so I learned how to make screen capture videos so that it would be really easy to learn, and my writers could get on with the important work which is writing great content.