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Online Tutorials: Tools and Best Practices

Kaltura CaptureSpace Desktop Recorder

Kaltura CaptureSpace Desktop Recorder makes creating videos very easy! Faculty and students can download stand-alone software to their Mac or PC to create:

  • screen recordings
  • Web-camera recordings.

CaptureSpace allows you to enhance your videos with drawing/annotation tools and simple editing of your videos.

Good uses

  • Demo and explain how to perform a task or solve a problem using specific software.
  • Make step by step software tutorials, product presentations.
  • Record classes and make them available instead of or in addition to face to face instruction.

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Best practices

Best practices for all tutorials.

Plan

  • Clarify your goals and create a storyboard for the visuals and audio.
  • Consider the time limits and pace.

Record video

  • Tidy up: clean up the desktop, turn off reminders and pop-ups, hide irrelevant toolbars, etc.
  • Record in segments, saving as you go along. That way, it is easier to re-record a small portion if there is an error.
  • Move the mouse slowly across the screen.
  • If there is text on screen, make sure it is readable.

Record audio

  • Use the best microphone you can get.
  • Record in a quiet room, without ambient noise.
  • Speak as though you are addressing a small audience in a large room.

Postproduction editing

  • Use available editing tools to highlight important points.
  • Be consistent: use the same fonts, callouts, colors, sizes, etc. (if editing is available).
  • Use only one type of transition per video (if applicable).

Modified from Create Engaging Sceencasts (PDF file)

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