Creating quality screencasts, for example to create formal training or a product demo, takes some preparation before you hit the record button. From getting your talking points together to the location of your recording, these are all important things to remember when creating your video. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time but thinking about them will make your recording seamless and easy.
Here we uncover 5 best practices for creating quality screencasts:
- Know what you’re going to say
Before you hit ‘record,’ know exactly what you’re going to say. A great time-saving tool is to prepare a script or talking points, before starting your screencast recording.
Many people stumble and forget what they’re going to say. If you have a script or talking points in front of you, you can easily record your screencast without having to repeat the whole video. Structuring talking points can also guide you in recording your video and reduce overall editing.
- Record in a quiet place
The place where you record your video is extremely important for creating a quality screencast. The more carpet you have, the better! It absorbs sounds and doesn’t leave an echo.
Here’s an example: Public bathrooms are usually tiled from wall-to-wall. Speaking in this type of room leaves a loud echo. Now let’s head over to your carpeted home office. You’ll notice the audio is much clearer.
Also take note of your background noise. Do you have a busy street nearby? Are kids playing near you? This can all be picked up on your microphone so it’s best you record in a quiet room away from all the noise.
- Getting the best audio possible
To get the best audio quality, invest in a good microphone. There are many in the market but one of the things to look for is if it eliminates background noise or static. It’s imperative that your voice is clear in your screencast so that viewers are not distracted.
Here’s a tip: Whether you are using your laptop or a separate microphone, keep your mouth the same distance away throughout the screencast. If you keep moving around, the audio volume will change and fluctuate. A good rule of thumb is to be consistent and keep your mouth about a hand’s width away from the microphone.
If you’re recording your voice on your laptop microphone, make sure you’re in the same position throughout the recording.
- Clear the junk and put a stop to notifications
Before you start your screencast, you may want to clear your screen from anything that will distract you. Simplify the tabs on your browser and only use websites you’re showing on a screencast.
Head to your settings and temporarily hide notifications from showing up on your screen. Most often, your viewers will get distracted from the notifications popping up.
- Use the right tool
Finding the right tool is essential in creating a quality screencast. The tool needs to fit your needs. Most creators are looking for something quick and easy. If that’s what you’re looking for then you may want explore options that only takes a few minutes to get you up and running.
Get a tool that takes only one click to record and forget all the complicated systems where the learning curve is high. To polish your screencasts, use a video editor that is highly intuitive and takes little to no training to become proficient. Being able to easily mix in other video content or visual aids such as images and shapes can really highlight your messaging. Saving time in the overall process is the key.
If getting your video on sites like YouTube or Vimeo are important to you, find tools that can easily share without the hassle.
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