how to make video course

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im looking to make a udemy course

what is the best software

other than camtmasia
#make #video
  • Originally Posted by Wage Mills View Post

    what is the best software
    other than camtmasia
    Other than what?
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  • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
    Originally Posted by Wage Mills View Post

    im looking to make a udemy course

    what is the best software

    other than camtmasia
    There are a lot of others. Personally, I use Screencast-o-matic, which is becoming pretty popular with marketers today. You can either use the free online version or for $15 per year, upgrade to the professional version.

    Another popular option is Jing.

    One that isn't mentioned very often but is still a pretty good option is Debut. I found out about this one since the site is where I got my transcription software. I used the trial version a couple of times and it worked really well.

    And if you do a search here on the forum, I'm sure you'll find other options too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Javisito
    I used both Camtasia as you mentioned you don't wanna use. And Screen Cast o Matic which is a much cheaper alternative, they do have a free version as well but they limit free accounts to 15 minutes of recording.
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by Javisito View Post

      Screen Cast o Matic which is a much cheaper alternative, they do have a free version as well but they limit free accounts to 15 minutes of recording.
      I also forgot to mention that with the free Screencast-o-matic, they include their logo at the bottom left of the video, like a watermark.

      It's not intrusive, but if you want to be more professional, it's probably a good idea to upgrade. Once you upgrade, you can download their software and you're not limited to the 15 minutes.
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  • Profile picture of the author BinaryKing
    I am using Camtasia and I am very happy with them, money well invested. Also Logitech C920 and a microphone with amplifier, the built in sound from the webcam is not good at all - you want to make sure you are investing around $200-300 in good soft- and hardware to deliver results that get viewers to stay.

    Nothing worse than some 320p video with bad audio
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by BinaryKing View Post

      Nothing worse than some 320p video with bad audio
      That's true!

      I've had my Logitech HD C615 webcam for a couple of years and JUST figured out a couple of days to set it at wide screen 1080p mode for better resolution! DUH

      The built-in mike on mine's really good; I just need to set up better lighting in my office.
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  • Profile picture of the author Priscilla Lopez
    Usually I choose this free class lecture recording tool to give lessons to my students. It is an online used screen recorder for various purposes from capturing game play to tutorial. You can add webcam if you want your students to see you while teaching and leave some important message and marks on the video. Also you could choose to record the system sound along with microphone or none of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    When you use video, don't forget to also include a written transcript for people who want to learn more quickly. For anyone who knows some of the info already, sitting through lots of content that you aren't learning anything new from, is a very annoying waste of time.

    So be considerate to your more advanced, or more intelligent learners, and give them the option of learning at their own pace.

    This goes for product-creation in general . . . I made that point on a thread here years ago, and every single comment on the thread agreed.

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Oziboomer
    The best solution is the one you have available.

    Content that has value to the viewer is the most important thing.

    It helps to have great audio, good lighting etc but ultimately it is the information you are able to deliver in an engaging way that will boost your success.

    The cost of the software largely becomes irrelevant once you have a product people are willing to pay for.

    As for the screen capture route I'd suggest a good mic and then camtasia on windows or screenflow on a mac. If filming live content then get a good DSLR or any video camera....

    . . . but . . .

    everything is changing so fast. . .

    so use whatever works.

    Smartphone.

    Cameras like the GH4, 700D, Black Magic's or Osmo's, Gopros. . . etc

    It doesn't matter. . . (there is always something better, right?)

    JUST MAKE CONTENT.

    Sell the content.

    Once you are selling content it is easy to invest in better equipment or software to produce the content.

    The hard part is getting the recurring sales.

    Do that and the production becomes easier and easier.

    Best regards,

    Ozi
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    • Profile picture of the author superowid
      Originally Posted by Oziboomer View Post

      The best solution is the one you have available.

      Content that has value to the viewer is the most important thing.

      It helps to have great audio, good lighting etc but ultimately it is the information you are able to deliver in an engaging way that will boost your success.

      The cost of the software largely becomes irrelevant once you have a product people are willing to pay for.

      As for the screen capture route I'd suggest a good mic and then camtasia on windows or screenflow on a mac. If filming live content then get a good DSLR or any video camera....

      . . . but . . .

      everything is changing so fast. . .

      so use whatever works.

      Smartphone.

      Cameras like the GH4, 700D, Black Magic's or Osmo's, Gopros. . . etc

      It doesn't matter. . . (there is always something better, right?)

      JUST MAKE CONTENT.

      Sell the content.

      Once you are selling content it is easy to invest in better equipment or software to produce the content.

      The hard part is getting the recurring sales.

      Do that and the production becomes easier and easier.

      Best regards,

      Ozi
      This.
      Focus on the content.
      It's what you sell BTW.
      Perhaps you can start and use PowerPoint.
      It really doesn't matter.
      Just sell your content!
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by Chris- View Post

    When you use video, don't forget to also include a written transcript for people who want to learn more quickly. For anyone who knows some of the info already, sitting through lots of content that you aren't learning anything new from, is a very annoying waste of time.

    So be considerate to your more advanced, or more intelligent learners, and give them the option of learning at their own pace.

    This goes for product-creation in general . . . I made that point on a thread here years ago, and every single comment on the thread agreed.

    Chris
    The same applies to people who have been through the course already, but want to review a small section of it. Having to sit through the rest of the material (or scroll forward/back trying to find what you want) is frustrating as all heck.

    One thing I used to see some video makers do is offer a list of time stamps for different sections of the course. If you can, check out Jack Nicklaus's "Golf My Way" video. The VHS tape is over two hours long, but each section has a time stamp so you can FF to the section you want.

    For that matter, this is useful even if you do provide the PDFs.

    If you do either or both, don't forget to mention it in your sales letter...
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