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Udemy Course Creating Made Easy w/Camtasia Screencasts - Learn How to Teach Online Courses with Screen Capture Videos
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

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

Are you excited and nervous about creating your first Udemy course? Are you dreading having to record yourself on camera? If so, you're in the right place!

This course is designed to teach you exactly what you need to know to create a Udemy course from scratch without ever having to appear on video yourself. The secret is to record Camtasia screencast videos instead of recording your own talking head.

I have used this strategy in several of my own successful Udemy courses. And while I must admit that many students do enjoy seeing the instructor's face on the screen from time to time, appearing on screen just isn't necessary to create a successful Udemy course.

If you need convincing of this, just look at some of the most successful courses on Udemy. Many of them are largely screencast courses.

I'm going to show you how to create your first Udemy course. In fact, I guarantee it! If you aren't 100% satisfied with ANYTHING that you learn or you don't see for certain that you can create your first Udemy course within 30 days of signing up, I'll give you a FULL REFUND.

Why should you take this course?

  1. It's a complete beginner's course. It will take you through the entire process step by step from a raw course idea to a published Udemy course.
  2. I don't hold anything back. I share all of my strategies, hacks and secrets. If you've taken my other courses you already know that I am an open book and I sincerely want YOU to succeed!
  3. I have a proven track record. I've published 11 courses on Udemy with over 8,000 students and 180 reviews, and I consistently earn over $800 a month from my courses.


I started out on Udemy trying to create talking head style courses and it was like torture. It requires a lot more equipment, a larger dedicated recording space and a lot more perfection in your deliver to avoid major editing challenges. Worst of all, you have to enjoy sticking your face in a camera, holding still, and saying your lines eloquently with very few mistakes.

I could go on, but I think you know exactly what I'm talking about. To eliminate all of that misery,I began recording more screencast videos and using them as lectures.

Here is what I discovered:

  1. My students were still very engaged in my courses
  2. I was getting lots of 5 star reviews
  3. I was making lots of money from my courses
  4. I was enjoying the process of teaching SO much more!

The bottom line is that creating screencast lectures is just as effective, it's much easier to record and to edit, and it's WAY more fun!

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone who is brand new to Udemy and wants to create their first course on Udemy in a fun and easy way that won't break the bank and doesn't require you to record yourself on camera.

This course is also designed for instructors who have already created a course and want to find an easier way to record and edit their next course for increased success.

What's included in the course?

  1. How to set up a simple, portable, professional recording area that fits on a desk or even a kitchen table.
  2. Personal recommendations for the best value on a microphone that will make recording and editing a joy.
  3. Complete walk-through of the Camtasia Studio software.
  4. Quick guides to the Camtasia features that you will use the most
  5. Mini tutorials on individual Camtasia features to make your recording and editing easier.
  6. A 16 step action plan to take your course from raw idea to published Udemy course.
  7. How to prepare the audio portion of your lectures using outlines, scripts, rehearsing or free-form lectures.
  8. How to upload your lectures and create your complete course on the Udemy platform.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my course. I can't wait to help you get your first Udemy course published. If you have any questions about the course feel free to message me here or check out the FREE preview lectures to learn more.

And if you're ready to get started now, click on the "Take This Course" button and I'll see you inside!

Remember, I'm confident that I can help you create your first Udemy course. In fact, I guarantee it! If you aren't 100% satisfied with ANYTHING that you learn or you don't see for certain that you can create your first Udemy course within 30 days of signing up, I'll give you a FULL REFUND.


What are the requirements?

  • It will be helpful if you know what you want to teach before taking this course.
  • You will need a pc, a copy of Camtasia Studio software installed on your computer and a quality microphone that works with your computer, such as a Blue Snowball.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create a Udemy course from start to finish using only your computer, Camtasia and a microphone.
  • Use Camtasia Studio 8 software to capture video straight off your computer.
  • Record screencasts with high quality audio.
  • Edit your videos with a few simple tricks to make your audio and video look professional.
  • Integrate text and slideshows into your videos to put more power into your lectures.
  • Create simple Powerpoint slideshows and record audio over your slides.
  • Upload all of your video lectures to Udemy.
  • Create compelling titles, descriptions, and course goals that help people find your course on Udemy.

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to create their first Udemy course but does not want to have their face on camera.
  • This course does not cover talking head style videos.
  • This coures is not for you if you want to create a very complex course. It will teach you how to create a simple, professional looking course that you can create and produce even if you don't have video editing experience.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Are You Ready to Create Your First Udemy Course?
02:40

Udemy course creation is challenging, but it can also be very rewarding. Not only is it fun to share your knowledge and passion with the world, it's also one of the best ways to make money online. This lecture introduces you to the basic idea of using a screen recorder to record screen captures for online courses in Udemy.

06:57

Camtasia Studio 8 by Techsmith is the best screen recording software for creating screen capture courses on Udemy. This lecture introduces you to the Camtasia Studio software and gives you an overview of the basic features.

14:40

Camtasia Studio 8 has a LOT of features. It would take a long time to learn all of the screen recording and editing features. That's why this lecture breaks Camtasia down into the most important features that you will need to successfully record and create your Udemy elearning course.

07:17

Just like the title says, this lecture lays out 16 action steps you can follow to create your own online course using Camtasia Studio 8 and Udemy.

Section 2: Monthly Earnings Reports
02:47

This lecture includes an update of my Udemy earnings from December 2015 through January 2016.

01:37

This lecture includes an update of my Udemy earnings through March 20th, 2016.

03:10

My Udemy earnings report updated for the months of April and May. These are the first two months of the big new Udemy price change, so this is really interesting to watch right now.

04:18

My Udemy course earnings for the months of May, June and July. We've been through 2 price changes at Udemy in the last few months, but earnings are starting to climb again and I'm excited to see where the trend goes from here!

11:29

In this lecture I'll take you on a tour of the Udemy Earnings Report page. This is the fun part of Udemy, where you get to see how much money you're making.

Section 3: Important Links to Help You Get Started
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Where to get 50% off Camtasia Studio 8 Techsmith software for Udemy Instructors.

Article

Link to Udemy Facebook Instructor Group

Article

Be sure to upload a test video before recording a bunch a video the wrong way!

Article

Get a FREE Udemy course image designed by the Udemy design team!

Article

This lecture includes a link to Udemy's excellent marketing tutorial. Click it to learn how to market your Udemy course using email autoresponders, social media and more.

Article

This article helps clear up a lot of confusion about video recording dimensions and how to make it all work.


Section 4: Recording Your First Udemy Video Lecture
03:07

Getting the right screen recording software and equipment is the first step in creating your Udemy course. This lecture includes recommendations for microphones and software as well as tips for the best audio setup.

07:09

Camtasia Studio 8 is set up with an easy to use pop-up control panel for recording your screencast lectures. This lecture walks you through the use of the Camtasia control panel.

07:45

Now we're starting to get into the meat and potatoes of Udemy course creation. This video is full of tips to make your screen capture easier and more professional.

14:40

Coming up with your audio content can be a challenge. This course walks you through the pros and cons of several different methods for organizing your content including: rehearsing, script writing, outline creation and free-form recording.

11:20

We've already talked about how to use the Camtasia Studio recorder controls. Now we'll do a complete walkthrough of the process of starting and managing a recording session.

Section 5: Camtasia Techniques - Mini Tutorials
05:01

The Clip Bin is where you hold all of your files that you want to use in creating your video. This lecture will show you how to import images and videos into the Clip Bin and then transfer them onto your time line for editing.

08:02

If you don't manage your files in Camtasia and on your computer, things can get really confusing really fast. This lecture will show you how and where to save your files so that you stay organized. This means less lost videos and less time wasted sorting out which video is which.

05:14

Understanding what type of file you are working with and how to open each file type is really important when editing videos in Camtasia. This lecture teaches you how to tell the difference between Camtasia Studio projects, raw Camtasia Screencast videos and finalized Camtasia videos that have already been produced.

03:00

Quickly separate your audio from your video tracks. This will allow you to move or re-use sections of only audio or only video without taking the whole recording with you.

11:20

Okay, you've recorded your lecture and saved it properly. Now it's time to edit your video to make it look and sound great. This lecture walks you through the essential steps to editing your screencast videos for the best student experience.

10:58

Audio is one of the most important parts of any lecture, especially with screen recording style lectures. The first thing to remember about audio is that recording it right in the first place is the most important step. But even the best recording will still have room for improvement. This lecture shows you how to clean up you audio and make it shine.

05:41

The zoom feature can be very useful for keeping your students' attention. It also helps to make your subject matter visible for those students who are watching on mobile devices.

10:43

Callouts are a great way to increase student engagement by leading their eyes through your lecture. Text, arrows, boxes and other callouts are easy to do and are very effective. This lecture shows you how to use Camtasia Studio callouts.


04:36

Layering elements on the Camtasia timeline allows you to easily achieve desired effects. You can layer callouts, layer images over or within other videos, or even create screen in screen videos, such as with talking head videos.

05:33

Here are just a few editing techniques that you can use while creating your first Udemy course. The one I use the most is Splitting. Splitting is useful for separating out a section of a track so you can move it somewhere else on the timeline.

08:08

Transitions help you to move between separate video clips, callouts or even between videos and static photos smoothly. This lecture will show you some simple ways to do a nice clean transition using Camtasia Studio.

03:55

Do you plan on using a certain clip or callout over and over throughout your course? If so, then save it into your Camtasia library so you can quickly and easily re-use it without all the time and hassle of rebuilding it.

06:34

Sometimes your original Camtasia recording doesn't turn out exactly how you had hoped. If there is a section of your audio that you just can't fix with editing you can re-record just that part of the audio using the voice narration feature in Camtasia.

02:44

Here are a few tips on how to manage your screen size with zooming and how to remove your tool bars in windows to clean up your screencasts.

Section 6: Uploading and Publishing Your Course on Udemy
05:46

The Udemy upload interface is where you enter all of your course details such as: title, description, course goals, and targeted students. This is also where you will upload your individual Udemy course lectures and organize them into relevant sections. This video provides an overview of the Udemy upload interface.

04:03

The first things you'll do when you go into the Udemy upload interface is to create and upload a text video and enter your course goals.

04:37

Along with your promotional video, your course title is THE most important selling point for your course. It should tell your potential students EXACTLY what your course is about. It should connect with your target audience and have a compelling reason for them to click through to your course landing page. It should also include relevant keywords that relate to your specific course topic.

06:17

Your course summary or course description is one of the most important ways to sell your course. This is where you get to tell your prospective students all about your Udemy course and why they might want to take it. The course summary also provides Udemy with a lot of important keywords so that it can send qualified students to your course landing page.

04:05

Your Udemy course image is one of the first things a potential student sees when then come across your course. You can create your own course image, pay someone to create one for you, or you can have Udemy create a FREE one for you. Awesome! Follow this lecture to learn how and then click the link in the Improtant Links section to request your FREE course image from Udemy.

09:24

This is where you do the heavy lifting. It's time to upload your videos into Udemy, organize them into Sections and Lectures, write titles and descriptions for them and publish them to your Udemy curriculum.

04:34

This is where things get really exciting!!! First you upload your Udemy promo video (which, by the way, is THE most important part of your entire course for converting potential students into paying students). Then you'll check all of your details to make sure you haven't missed anything. Finally, you'll click that SUBMIT FOR REVIEW button and your course is off to Udemy for approval!

Section 7: How to Make Money from Your Course
08:49

Creating a great promo video is one of the most important things you can do to drive people to your course and increase your Udemy course sales. The promo video is the gateway to your course. It's only a 1-2 minute video, but it's the most important video in your whole course. It's also one of the trickiest videos to create. That's why we're going to do a step-by-step breakdown of a how to create a great promo video.

Section 8: Live Editing Example - How I Recorded and Edited My Promo Video for This Course
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This whole section is a live walk-through of me editing my promo video. You don't have to watch all of it, but I wanted to include it so that you could see exactly how I do things.

07:33

My recording style is pretty free-form. This is an example of my unedited Promo video from my course landing page on Udemy. I included this lecture so that you could see just how rough it is when it starts out. Then in the following lectures I walk you step by step through the entire editing process so you can see how I do it all.

15:16

This is a live editing demonstration so you can see exactly how I edit my videos.

14:53

This is part 2 of the live editing demonstration.

06:33

This is part 3 of the live editing demonstration.

Section 9: Conclusion and Thank You
07:34

Thank you for joining this course. It's been my pleasure to teach you how to use Techsmith Camtasia Studio 8 software to create your very first Udemy Screencast Course. I can wait to see you publish your first course! I'll see you in the discussions.

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Steve McDonald, Dedicated Instructor Will Show You How | 26,000 Students

Learning is easier if you are given the right tools and instruction. In every one of my courses I take my students step-by-step through the tools and knowledge they need to accomplish their goals.

Whether I am teaching How to Publishing Kindle eBooks, How to Learn Excel, or How to Create Killer Content for the Web I always share an inside view of my knowledge about the subject. You get access to all of my secrets.

For over 10 years I have studied strategies to create passive income and how to use passive income to vastly improve the quality of your life.

I have tested many different strategies from investing in rental real estate to building niche websites about my hobbies to publishing Kindle eBooks. I have studied what works and what doesn't work, and I have narrowed my research down to the strategies that work the best for creating financial freedom and an improved quality of life.

Each of my courses is designed to share my hard-earned secrets with you. 

I hold nothing back. I won't bore you with all of the strategies that didn't work. I'll get right into the exact steps that I have taken to be successful so that you have the opportunity to replicate them.

Of course, it's no secret that one of my favorite ways to generate truly passive income is through publishing Kindle eBooks. I have published over 100 eBooks and published five of those in print. Many of my books have been bestsellers including my own pottery book The Despicable Five.

Once I developed my Kindle publishing system, learned some formatting secrets, and learned how to use some simple SEO skills, publishing eBooks became remarkably simple.

Even hiring writers, which would seem scary at first, is really easy and even fun when you follow my system. 

Using my system, you can publish one or two books and then roll the profits from them into hiring people to write more books for you, so you aren't taking any money out of your pocket.

It starts out as a little passive income snowball and as you add the profits back into the snowball it grows and grows until you are seeing a surprising and exciting amount of passive income.

I retired in 2014 thanks to my eBook publishing success. Now, I'm using my spare time to find the best ways to create passive income. As I find great ways to make money from home I'm more than happy to share what I learn with you.

You'll notice that my new favorite way to create passive income is teaching courses on Udemy. Check out my Udemy Course Creation course to see why I love it so much!

I am here to guide you on your way to success. You can contact me at any step of the way for assistance, even if you're unsure whether my course is the perfect fit for you. Let me know your concerns and I'll point you in the right direction, even if it's to someone else's course.

I'm always happy to help.

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