What is the Best Microphone?
AUGUST 9, 2016
One of the most difficult parts of a video is getting quality audio, in my opinion. I often like to make videos on the road at events – usually in a noisy conference hall with high ceilings. So, I thought I’d round up a bunch of different microphones at work and compare them for you. Matt Pierce, the Training Manager, and I headed to our soundbooth and tested 6 different microphones. What microphones have you tried that you like?
TechSmith Tips – Microphones, Recording Audio & How to Sync Audio with Video
AUGUST 13, 2015
I am Mike, a video producer for TechSmith and in this episode I am going to give some advice on types of microphones, audio recorders and methods to easily sync your audio with video. Can’t see the embedded video? Welcome to another episode of TechSmith Tips.
eLearning: What's the Best Microphone for Voiceover Audio?
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
JUNE 11, 2013
I received an email asking the following: What specific advice can you give about the kind of microphone to purchase for making good quality audio narrations to accompany my Captivate training sessions, minimizing echo and other audio problems? I would prefer the versatility of a standalone microphone on a stand that could sit on my desk rather than a microphone built into a headset. I've had wonderful luck using the microphone built into my MacBook Pro.
My Favorite Microphones for Recording Audio Narration
NOVEMBER 22, 2016
While I’ve covered audio recording tips and tricks in the past, one of the most frequent questions I’m still asked is about microphones. Microphone Recommendations. There are a lot of good microphones out there and they’re not that expensive.
How to Map Out Your Video Production With Blocking
OCTOBER 25, 2016
They do the same thing in video, and you should be doing something similar with your screencasts. Have you ever planned a video production, either a screencast or a video recording, and had it end up nothing at all like you envisioned it? Heard of blocking?
4 Important Keys to Video Pre-Production Planning
OCTOBER 18, 2016
There are a lot of meetings to have when building a corporate video. Any video that involves more than one person is going to require some sort of meeting of the minds. In the eLearning Brothers video we’re producing, our busiest actor is one of the company founders.
Audio Best Practices
JULY 19, 2016
Nothing turns off viewers faster than a video with bad audio. Unless you have a higher end camera that has a built-in shotgun mic, you are going to want consider recording audio separately from your video. Can’t see the embedded video? Can’t see the embedded video?
Video is the New Text.Hmmm!
Will at Work Learning
MAY 13, 2015
For years I've been telling clients they ought to use more video in their learning programs, especially their elearning offerings. My arguments have been as follows: People react to well-crafted videos and audio with increased attention. The storytelling often inherent in video is powerfully seductive. Video is now fairly cheap; you don't necessarily need high production values, expensive equipment, or professional help. Video is the New Text.
Mobile Video Recording – TechSmith Tips
JULY 30, 2015
Hi everyone, my name is Mike and I am the video marketing specialist here at TechSmith Corporation. With the recent rise in mobile sharing with video, we thought it would be a good idea to share some tips and advice for mobile video recording. Can’t see the embedded video?
Learning videos - anyone can do them, but that doesn't make them easy
Clive on Learning
SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
Last week I explained why video trumps e-learning , at least in certain situations. A lot has been said about why video has become so much more accessible in recent years: Video cameras have dropped in price like a stone. In fact, you don't really need a specialist video camera, when you can record in HD on a mobile phone, a compact camera or a DSLR. I remember clearly 30 years ago when I joined a specialist corporate video production company. video
Do You Know About This Video Tool?
JANUARY 11, 2016
If you are creating an online course then you know the importance of video. Videos on the other hand allow you to form a human connection. A quick search in Google will yield thousands of results for video recording software with varying price tags.
TechSmith Tips – Getting Started with Video Webinars
AUGUST 20, 2015
At TechSmith we use video webinars for a number of purposes: in-depth demonstrations of our more complicated products, highlighting the success of our customers, a few times we even stayed up for 24 hours straight for our 24 in 24 and 48 in 24 video series. What is a Webinar?
Recording Skype and Google Hangout Video Calls
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
As a video creator, especially with screencasts, I am always looking for ways to enhance my content and improve the engagement of my viewers. One way is to introduce video of a subject matter expert or key person into the video. This is not a good video setup for me.
Hands On: How to Produce Your Own Video Resume
AUGUST 27, 2013
In our first series of blog posts on this topic, we showed some video resume examples that our interns here at TechSmith completed. In this entry, I wanted to talk about the production process when creating your own video resume. Part 3: Shooting the Video Resume.
Tools to make you drool – video training toys for IDs
AUGUST 20, 2012
In my last post I examined several characteristics that make for hi-quality learning videos – [link]. In this post, I take a look at some of the latest tools available to Instructional Designers to make their video efforts come to life.
4 Reasons to use video for business training
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
The second largest search engine, YouTube offers much more than cat videos or funny fails. Ask any employee about how they learn new things at work and try not to be amazed by how many of them mention how-to videos, tutorials, and YouTube. 4 Reasons to use video for business training.
How to Add Video to eLearning on a Budget
DECEMBER 15, 2014
There’s no doubt video is an essential component in your eLearning tool box. Video can enhance learning retention by accommodating multiple learning styles, including aural, visual, verbal, and even kinesthetic learning styles. Fortunately, DIY-type videos are do-able for amateurs.
3 Ways to Create Videos for your Courses
MARCH 24, 2016
Videos are perhaps the most sought after multimedia format in the eLearning world. Without videos, we feel we are missing real action! Again, the best video recording and editing equipment does not guarantee quality videos. Videos are excellent teaching tools.
B-Roll: The Secret Sauce of Any Great Video
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
Not all videos are created equal. What is the secret sauce to making a great video? Yet there is one important element that is often overlooked and I believe is essential to the really great videos. B-roll makes your video more interesting.
12 eLearning Audio and Video Tools
DECEMBER 25, 2014
When creating an online course, you often need to capture a live video, audio, or screen recording. We’ve narrowed it down to 12 great eLearning audio and video tools to help you get started easily. iMovie allows you to turn your home video into your favorite film with just a few clicks. Fine-tune every cut and transition, edit color and audio, and fix shaky video. Windows Movie Maker is an easy to use video editing production suite.
Tune in – We’re Making 48 Videos in 24 Hours
FEBRUARY 14, 2014
We’re going to pull an all-nighter and make videos to share our tips and tricks with you, show you the people who work at TechSmith, and give you some insider tips on being better visual communicators. This time we’re going to do 48 videos in 24 hours!
5 Screencasting Tools You Need to Create a Great Microlearning Video
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
Screencasting software is a necessary addition to any video microlearning toolbox. The ability to capture what's happening on your screen is not only useful for software walkthroughs, but allows you to quickly and easily create simple motion graphics videos using presentation programs like Keynote and PowerPoint. Why use a Screencast instead of built in video exporters? Both PowerPoint and Keynote have video export built in, but you should.
Steps for Using Video in eLearning
FEBRUARY 6, 2014
After you have weighed the pros and cons of using video in eLearning , it is time to make a list of steps for putting your recorded video online. These are a few steps you may need to accomplish: Decide which content will be presented through the video. Record the video.
4 Priorities For Your Voice Over Recording
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
When making a clean and crisp eLearning video, you have several choices for audio styles and recording setups. For our live-action video, we have two types of visual situations with audio that runs throughout. Generally you want to produce your video as quickly and concisely as you can.
How to Create Your Own e-Learning Video
JULY 16, 2014
Do you ever wish you could include video in your online training? Equipment You’ll Need: Camera: Doesn’t have to be fancy, but ideally choose one that records high-definition (HD) video. No one enjoys watching shaky video. For a how-to video, that’s extremely important.
Why Interactive Videos Work Best for Students
MARCH 17, 2015
Video is everywhere today, so it’s no surprise that it is growing as a viable channel of education. In fact, more than 60 percent of high school students are now creating videos as part of their schoolwork (Cable in the Classroom). Studies have shown that better learning outcomes can result from learning programs that contain video versus those that do not contain video (Romanov), as video-based instruction is proven to be more memorable than text-based instruction.
How to Make Your Videos More Engaging
APRIL 7, 2015
Your videos are surely awesome, but, just like everything in life, they should be works in progress. Once you’ve nailed this, you’ll have improved your video quality and increased viewer engagement. Video should be kept fairly short so that learners do not lose focus of the subject matter. It’s recommended that video clips be limited to twenty to thirty seconds. Watching video in a learning program can increase the cognitive load experienced by learners.
How to Record High Quality Audio for E-Learning
JULY 13, 2016
Choose a high-quality microphone. Microphones are like cars. The same is true for microphones. A cheap microphone will record audio just like an expensive one, but the quality won’t be the same. I use this as my everyday audio recording microphone, and it serves me well.
How to Soundproof a Room for Quality Voice Overs
MARCH 8, 2016
Nothing kills a video like poor audio quality. No amount of set design, camera effects, or lighting tricks will help your finished video if your audio sounds like an old cassette tape. Of course, some types of videos are less driven by audio than others.
Social Learning Demonstration: How to Be a Backup Singer
NOVEMBER 8, 2011
Step Two: You will watch a video that covers the same material. The professional in the video essentially uses a “tell me/show me” instructional design approach. You will then have an opportunity to evaluate your learning based on the video lesson.
Create a Holiday Greeting Card Video with Camtasia Studio 8.4 – Part 1
DECEMBER 15, 2014
You might share them via text or social media, however, have you ever considered using Camtasia Studio to create holiday video cards to make your images come alive with music and your voice? In this tutorial, you will create a winter holiday greeting card video using Camtasia Studio.
How to turn heads: The essential need for positional audio in immersive learning
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
The opportunities of 360 video and virtual reality (VR) are in designing highly immersive experiences for people to explore. Many people are still new to trying 360 video or VR material, so they may not realise they can look around. Learning innovation engagement video
Rethinking The Holiday Rush
DECEMBER 22, 2014
Instead I’ve been shut into a dark room recording and editing video. My plan was to use the microphone on my iPhone ear-buds. I also have plans to buy a month of PowToons to create some short video promotions and a few of the “lectures” that don’t have visuals. Although Udemy definitely tries to push videos over any other means of instructing. Begin scripting each of the videos, I started with about 34 unique topics.
Two Ways to Edit Your Background Audio that You Didn’t Know About
AUGUST 2, 2016
The music can be distracting, or overpower the vocal track making your video unwatchable. But when you listen to someone talk into a microphone for a long period of time, especially one that is being limited digitally, the frequencies of their voice can begin to cause ear fatigue.