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Udemy Course Creation with Camtasia Studio 8 screen capture & video editing and MicrosoftPowerPoint 2013 presentations
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  • Length 5 hours
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Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

This course is not sponsored by or affiliated with Udemy, Inc.

Want to Make $10,000 Or More per Year Authoring Udemy Courses?

The udemy team recently announced that 1/4 of its instructors make more than $10,000 per year selling their Udemy courses online. More than $10,000. That's a lot of passive income to simply watch pass you by without acting. Maybe it's time you considered taking your piece of the pie.

  • 5+ Hours of High Quality Online Video Training!
  • Over 7700 Students Currently Enrolled!!
  • 60 x ***** 5 Star ***** Reviews!!!

Learn What it Takes to Produce and Sell a Udemy Course

This course explains how to create Udemy courses using PowerPoint and the Camtasia Screen Recorder and Video Editing software. It includes everything you need to know to create stunning screencast based presentations on your Windows based PC. The course concludes with information on pricing and marketing your course that will set you well on the path to becoming one of the Udemy $10,000+/yr elite.

Good instructor Brian is a good instructor. He explains things well and for that I learned a lot of things easily. I'll be a future Udemy instructor and this course is definitely helps. Thank you Brian. ---Joni Esteban (5 Stars)

Learn PowerPoint Slide Animation

Rather than using PowerPoint to produce bland presentation slides, this course will show you how to animate PowerPoint slides to produce stunning production and course logo videos and show you simple ways to add movement to your slide presentations to maintain your audience's attention.

In this course you'll learn to use PowerPoint to:

  • Create a course image
  • Animate production logos
  • Animate course logos
  • Animate lecture slides

Learn to add exciting PowerPoint presentations to your Udemy lectures.

Fantastic course! If you are trying to learn how to publish on Udemy, this is a great course! I learned more about using Camtasia and publishing on Udemy than I have with all the other information I have found! Really good stuff! Highly recommend! ---Josh Gwin, MBA (5 Stars)

Learn Camtasia Studio Screencasting

Camtasia Studio is the premiere Windows PC based screen capture and video editing tool. In this course I'll show you the ins and outs of Camtasia Studio recording and walk you through the video production process from beginning to end. From video recording through editing tasks such as deleting unwanted scenes, zooming and panning, and adding callouts -- it's all here.

In this course you'll learn to use the Camtasia video recorder and editor to:

  • Capture screencasts
  • Capture PowerPoint presentations
  • Edit your videos and merge media
  • Zoom, pan, and annotate your videos
  • Produce your course lectures for upload to Udemy

Learn everything you need to know to become proficient with Camtasia Studio.

But wait, there's more...

This course is excellent. This course is well organised, clearly presented, and provides step-by-step instructions on the do's and don't of how to successfully create a Udemy course. It answered a lot of the questions I had and alerted me to other important considerations. I feel that I now have a blueprint that will guide me as I go through my course creation steps. ---Silvia Wright-Davies (5 Stars)

Learn Udemy Course Production and Marketing

Learn to navigate the udemy website and to use the interface to produce and market your course videos. Learn to price your courses to sell. Learn to promote your courses so that customers will want to own a copy. Learn to monitor sales and take action to keep the money rolling in.

Don't forget the standard Udemy 30 return policy, no questions asked! This should make your decision a no-brainer ;-)

Online education has rapidly become the preferred learning method most students. This is the wave of the present, not the future... Get in on this trend now before it's too late.

Best of luck with your new course!


What are the requirements?

  • Windows PC
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn to create PowerPoint animations
  • Learn to capture and produce screen cast based course videos
  • Learn to produce and market your courses via udemy

Who is the target audience?

  • Those new to udemy course production who would like practical course development guidance

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course Introduction

In this overview of the course I discuss each of the eight major sections in the course which pretty much lays out the course production process, not that you won't learn even more about creating courses for udemy in the next couple of lectures.


In this two slide lecture I show how Udemy works from preparing and submitting your course through sales and payment. The view is at the highest level but I still hope this provides a good overview of what we're about to undertake.


In this lecture we discuss the hardware and software requirements of preparing a udemy course. Although the initial investment can be steep if you're starting from scratch, most of us have a PC or Mac with much of the required software already installed. With a little luck, you can get started for the cost of a $69 pair of microphone headphones.


In this lecture we review alternate sources of udemy production information as almost a prerequisite to this course, the most important being the udemy staff course on creating a udemy course. I don't think it replaces this course, but it sure is good for free.

Section 2: Initial Setup

This lecture shows you how to create a Udemy account in preparation for becoming an instructor or purchasing courses on the site.


In this lecture we go through the steps required to become a premium udemy instructor. You can not charge for your courses until you become a premium instructor.


In this lecture we look at where to find the software for installation. We also look at checking to see if you have Microsoft Office preinstalled on your system. If you do, the software is free and all you need to spend is about $70 on a decent headset microphone.

Section 3: Finding Your Niche

In this lecture we learn how to scope out the potential competition using the course search function of udemy. During the lecture we discuss ways to add keywords to your course title to refine your search and find a competative niche.


In this lecture we create a course by supplying the minimal information required, mainly a title.


In this lecture we fill out the Basic information page to begin defining the contents of our book. We discuss the importance of selecting a short but keyword rich title, a descriptive subtitle, and a competitive category for your new course to improve search and browsing hit results.


This lecture discusses the use of the udemy Curriculum tool to layout an outline for your course. It includes information on adding and renaming sections and lectures as well as deleting and moving these two basic building blocks.

Section 4: Creating a Course Image

In this lecture I provide a very quick overview of using the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to produce a 960px x 540px udemy image. Use your favorite tool be it the premiere Adobe tools or something that came pre-installed with your operating system. In two more lectures I'll show you how to use PowerPoint instead to create udemy images.


In this lecture we consider an alternative to the traditional graphics manipulation program such as the GIMP or Adobe Illustrator or Premier by using PowerPoint to create course production graphics, in this case a course logo.


An update to the original course outlining Udemy's ban on text in the course image along with a workaround if you really can't live without it (which I suggest your try).

Section 5: Camtasia Video Recorder

In this lecture we use a PowerPoint simulation to demonstrate the use of the Camtasia Recorder to record video screencasts. Such screencasts will constitute the core of your udemy course.


In this lecture we look at directory organization and file naming standards that will help you to keep the multitude of files generated by the udemy course creation process organized. Follow these steps and you should be able to find everything you need to finish course production (this won't be easy if you don't start organizing your files early).


In this lecture we look at recording PowerPoint presentation which in the end turn out to cause little difference to the recording method other than requiring that the on screen cursor be disabled.

Section 6: PowerPoint

In this section introduction I attempt the impossible, to provide an overview of PowerPoint in preparation for a demonstration of using PowerPoint to produce Production Logos, Course Logos, and Lecture Slides. I hope this is enough and complain via comments if it isn't and I'll try to add more based on your notes.


In this lecture I go wild and show you the entire production process using PowerPoint to animate my production logo and in the process produce the very video you find at the front of each lecture in this course.


In this lecture we focus on PowerPoint as we show how to animate the course image to produce what I refer to as the course logo. I typically speak over the course logo as I will speak over this course logo during this course. Confused? Don't be, it will all become clear by the end of the lecture.


In this lecture, we show how to use simple animation to snaz up a standard PowerPoint slide presentation. Also discussed is controlling the presentation via on click and with previous configurations.

Section 7: Camtasia Video Editor

In this lecture we take a look at the Camtasia Video Editor screen in order to familiarize ourselves with every region of the tool interface.


In this lecture we look at how to load various media into the clip bin and from their move them to the timeline to be viewed and edited.


In this lecture we show how to use the timeline to review a recording and to make simple edits. We review selection, delete, copy, & paste operations before looking at stacking tracks.


In this lecture we look into editing multiple tracks by performing the common function of prepending a recording with the course and production logos.


In this lecture we look at setting the audio for a lecture as well as replacing audio with silence to remove such things a throat clears in the recording.


In this lecture we view different options for emphasizing the cursor and its actions as well as the use of the Zoom and Pan tool to zoom in on important areas of the screen.


In this lecture we look at using callouts to add graphical and text annotations to the video screen. We show four callouts including a text box, and cross out animation, a blur, and a yellow highlight.


In this lecture we look at using the free music and video callouts provided within Camtasia in the Library tab. We show how to use a fancy title and some music to create a nice course logo.


In this lecture we see how to produce a video lecture to a wide screen MP4 video file.


After releasing this course it was not approved by the udemy staff due to "video quality" problems. This prompted research into video quality that uncovered interesting observations. Please watch "Lecture 40: Day 3: Status Update" for the latest information on Camtasia video quality.


In this lecture we put everything together, PowerPoint and the Camtasia Video Recorder and the Video Editor, to show you how to prepare, record, edit, and produce a lecture.

Section 8: Udemy Publication

In this lecture we review the written content of our course and discuss the importance of writing a great course overview.


In this course we make a simple promo video using PowerPoint Slides and screen casts of the applications to be taught. We get to see the course being recorded and the edited result.

4/4/2016 Udemy Pricing and Coupon Update

In this lecture we look at the effects of setting various prices and coupon codes in our drive to become one of the udemy elite when it comes to earnings. Bottom line: $49 at 65% off and 35 sales a day should do the trick.


In this lecture we discuss polishing your course and submitting it for review.

Section 9: Promoting Your Course

In this lecture we discuss a release strategy that involves giving your first course away for free. Want to see how it works? Just watch the lecture.


In this lecture I show you how to monitor your sales and gather additional insight into your engagement with you students.

Section 10: Conclusion
Course Wrapup
Section 11: Continuing Education
Let's Talk Microphones

In this lecture we look at two options for recording talking head videos using your webcam: full-screen talking head videos and picture-in-picture talking head videos.


In this lecture we look at the Student Satisfaction metric, a new feature added to Udemy to allow instructors to see how engaged student's are with each lecture.


In response to a student message I discuss how I record a lecture from initial class inception through post-production of the recorded lecture


The post-production video for "How I Record Lectures"


This lecture explains how to replace the narration for an existing video with a fresh narration track (or how to simply add additional narration to a video.

Section 12: Bonus Material

In this addendum to the course material I provide information on how the release of this course went after the second day. I also show the basics of sending and HTML based email to your new mailing list.

Day 3: Status Update

And on the fourth day, the course was approved... Yay!


In this lecture I provide a recent status update showing the revenue I generated during my first 10 months with Udemy.


Note: This lecture and the following spreadsheet download are replicated in my "Udemy Course Marketing" and "Microsoft Excel 2013 for Beginners" courses.


Note: This lecture and the following spreadsheet download are replicated in my "Udemy Course Marketing" and "Microsoft Excel 2013 for Beginners" courses.


Note: This spreadsheet download and the previous lecture are replicated in my "Udemy Course Marketing" and "Microsoft Excel 2013 for Beginners" courses.

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Instructor Biography

Author/Publisher Brian Jackson, 28 Courses, 1,800+ Reviews, 4.58 Stars and 37,000+ Students

Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.

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