I need to record a training video which involves recording a screen and going through lots of processes on screen. The video also needs audio direction too, but will need to be recorded separately from the screen recording.
Having produced a training video before that needed a ton of editing afterwards, I wanted to get some tips from other users how they do it to speed the process up. My initial thought is to record the audio script first, then record the screen whilst listening to the pre-recorded audio (if this is possible in Camtasia?)
I am using Camtasia Studio 8.
I have found for producing short form (1-5 min) tutorial clips this is the way to go. If you get the narration right (relaxed, good pace, not rushed or amateurish) beforehand, everything else falls into place. Here's my approach:
1. Outline the main points needed to convey; make that conversational in script form
2. I record the audio with a good mic setup into SoundForge (Audacity, etc) and edit it down to a clean final take.
3. Launch Camtasia v8.x in the right monitor; click Record the Screen, set to 1280 x 720 (towards YouTube delivery) and get my screen set to those coordinates.
4. Launch SoundForge in the left screen with the narration file; add a 7 second pre-roll of silence to match the Camtasia 3-2-1 countdown.
5. With everything in place I then a) start the narration, b) start Camtasia Record the Screen and they match up.
When I'm satisfied I have the take I need, then it's just a matter of closing the narration (w/o saving the 7 sec preroll) and then importing the audio clip into the project along with the screen track. The opening and closing slides are created in advance and added from the clip bin.
How much further you add transitions and effects is up to you.
EDIT: Have a good assets folder plan to keep everything organized as there always seem to program updates lurking where the clips need to be updated as well!
1. If the process is long, break it up into smaller byte sized chunks. It will be much easier to both record as well as edit.
2. There will often be periods where one has to wait on the computer to do something. This adds a delay into your video. When those happen during recording, be patient and don't say anything you want the audience to hear and try not to move your mouse. You will want to cut those sections and either simply discard the wait or speed it up quite a lot. Either way, you don't want to have to deal with narration the user needs to hear as well as introduce the magickal teleporting mouse.
3. I'm presently working on a video where I narrate a bit at first giving background information before actually showing a screen recording. I've recorded the narration, but will treat the screen recording separately and splice it in. For me, it seems to work best to narrate as I operate. For the part where I'm basically verbally conveying information, I do NOT want the user to stare at a blank or non-moving screen. So I'm assembling different visual assets that coincide with what I'm talking about. For example, one section is discussing what the Administrator does. So I have an image of a person sitting at a computer and I've mocked up the screen with what it might look like for them. It's a static image, but I'll be using a "Ken Burns" style of effect to slowly and gradually zoom in on the screen.
4. When you stumble (not if, but when) pause briefly, then repeat.
Hopefully others will chime in with their own suggestions!
Cheers... Rick :)