With the growth and development of science and technology, online teaching platforms are growing rapidly. With the better flexibility and convenience, comfort, and cost-effectiveness provided, the online courses platform is the new preference of all educators and learners. To create and sell online courses effectively, making quality videos is important.
These videos are an important component of the online study material. From providing students with a quality understanding, making live sessions more effective, increasing traffic to the course website, doing promotions to expanding sales, videos help course creators in several ways. Let us discuss some effective tips to record and edit videos for your online course respectively.
Video recordings steps
1. Invest in the right equipment
Sometimes the smartphone camera doesn’t do justice to recording high-quality videos. You need to invest in some basic technical gadgets like a camera, a tripod, a microphone, or other recording tools. No need to go for the expensive versions. Buy the tools that fit your online course budget. Make sure to buy equipment that is easy to use and has simple functions.
2. Plan the video structure
Just switching on the camera and starting speaking can make the video look vague and never-ending. The videos should be to the point and specific. To do so, make sure to plan the video structure. Look at which academic topic you need to cover in the video. Make notes or jot down the important pointers. Keep this list in hand, and then start recording the video. For how to sell online courses effectively, you need to plan the video structure properly too.
3. Ensure the right setup or space
Adding a professional element to your course video is very important. Make sure to select the right space for recording the videos. The background should be neat, clean, and well organized. If working from home, set up a dedicated space. Or you can visit studios for recording videos too. Another point to focus on is that your space should be free of distractions. This will help to maintain audio and video quality.
Feeling nervous, or confused can be common with teachers too. Many educators are camera shy. In such cases, before you go for the final shoot, practice properly. For example, sit in front of the mirror and start delivering the lecture. Or turn on your mobile self-camera and start speaking. This will make you familiar with facing a camera. Your video topic understanding will also be boosted.
Educational video editing tips
1. Choose the right software
After recording or shooting the video clips, the next step is to do the necessary editing. Video editing is done to make sure that high-quality content with proper audio is delivered to the learners. The first step to focus on here is selecting the right software for editing. Today there are several applications available for this. Some are free of cost while some include subscription charges. Make sure to choose the right application. Don’t go for the one which is complex to understand and use. Start with some basic tools and later you can move to the sophisticated ones.
2. Keep it simple
All course creators want to make videos attractive and eye-catching. However, excessive editing, and adding transitions, and effects is not a good idea. Overdoing anything is never beneficial. Just keep IT simple, let it look original and relatable. As it is an educational video only, add effects only when needed. Decent backgrounds and a black screen at the video ends are some simple steps that can be followed.
3. Keep the duration short
We all know that students have a short attention span. Speaking too much or going into too much detail can unnecessarily exaggerate your video. While recording, sometimes we are too much into the topic, that we don’t realize how much information we have shared. Later during the editing time, watch the recordings properly and remove the irrelevant portions. Keep the video duration moderate or short.
4. Balancing the audio
For video editing, focusing on the audio is important. If the audio is not proper, students can face understanding issues and overall content quality will be affected. You can record your audio with a separate recording system. Purchase a good quality microphone and attach it to the recording camera. Or you can record audio separately, and do the synchronization later. Also, when you add music to the video, make sure there is a balance between the both. When the speaker is speaking, the music volume should become low and when only images or infographics are being played, the music volume can be higher.
For effective online course sales, making educational videos is important. By following the above-mentioned steps, online educators can record and edit videos respectively. This will help to make high-quality videos for students, enhance the learning outcomes and make the course successful.