Before you start using our video tutorial software, you need to decide, “Who will be watching this video tutorial?”
In most cases, you will be helping a client or a coworker use a digital product or service. Answer these questions before doing anything else:
If you don’t know the answers to these questions, ask a potential future viewer. From these pieces of information, you can then select your video tutorial topic. You want to choose a topic that will help the largest number of individuals solve an extremely troublesome problem.
Now that you have your topic and strategy, you can create your storyboard. Creating a storyboard using visual communication software, gives you a thorough representation on how your screen recording will flow. This way, you know exactly what to talk about during each part of your video.
Most video tutorials will have 5-7 main elements. Consider:
It’s almost time to use CloudApp's software for making tutorial videos. The last step of video preparation is writing a script. Go through each section of your storyboard and write down what you will say to your viewer. Most people prefer to create a series of points that will guide you through the video tutorial. Trying to memorize a bunch of lines exactly is a waste of time. It also produces awkward audio.
Here are a few tips to remember when creating your video tutorial script:
Our screen recording software is absolutely free to use and only takes seconds to download. Just a few clicks and you will be recording your tutorials:
It’s finally time to utilize CloudApp’s video tutorial making software. Before you begin, consider purchasing an external microphone. This is a sound investment as audio from a standalone mic will always be superior to your built-in microphone. The following steps will allow you to record the audio and the video you require for your tutorial:
Remember to read your script slowly and clearly. Use a pace and tone that you would use with a friend over coffee. At any point during your recording you can hit the “Pause” button to take a break. Did you stumble and make a mistake? You don’t have to start over. CloudApp gives you the option to “Cut” or “Trim” content afterwards during editing.
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To cut and trim with our tutorial video maker, you can remove “still-time” at the beginning and the end of your tutorial. You can also completely remove any errors that you made during the middle of filming.
Select your rough-cut video tutorial from your CloudApp drops and hit the play button to view your video. The two green dot-lines can be moved along the timeline to select various sections of your video. Your location in the tutorial will be displayed in the preview window. Use these green lines to “Cut” or “Trim” pieces of content out using the two icons at the bottom of the editing window.
Now that your video is edited you can share it with others.
With the tool bar on the right-hand side of the CloudApp window, click the drop-down arrow next to the blue “Save” button to receive a sharing link. You can send this directly to contact through email or IM.
CloudApp also gives you the ability to share directly with Slack, Asana, JIRA, Trello, Zendesk and other tools. Select the “Triple-Dot” icon under the “Share to” area in the editor to access other applications or use the embed content feature to embed your video directly on a website.
Remember, your video tutorial is now safely stored in the cloud, ready to be shared with anyone you deem fit.
CloudApp allows you to create stunning video tutorials in minutes- but it also elevates workflow in other areas. Capture and annotate screenshots in seconds. Create your own GIFs. Access content anywhere with the iPhone app. Record content directly from your Google Chrome browser. This is a multifaceted tool for every area of your life. Register for your free CloudApp account today to take your work to the next level!