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11 Tips to get better at producing eLearning videos

A good video can take your eLearning course to another level. We do understand that making a video is not an easy job. These tips will help you get better at producing videos.

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Since the advent of Covid-19, a lot of big and small businesses are using eLearning tech like LMS and onboarding software. Most of these eLearning courses use video formats to share the course content. Videos are great for keeping the audience engaged and conveying information using both visuals and audio at the same time. Making videos, on the other hand, isn’t a piece of cake for everyone. We are sharing our top tips to help you make quality eLearning video content.

Have an objective

Having a clear objective of what you want to communicate to your audience is extremely important. Do you want to give them a fun, exciting video lesson or do you want to make it more formal? Having an objective can also help you decide the flow of your video lessons when you start writing your script.

Understand your audience

Invest some time in understanding your audience. When people watch your online course video they should feel like it is made for them. Knowing your audience will help you be more relevant. It will also help you decide the type of tone, delivery, graphics, music, and language to be used for the video.

Write a perfect script

Write the script. Edit it. Re-edit it. Keep re-editing until you and your team are happy with it. Make sure you don’t miss out on anything. A last-minute change in the script is something that you should avoid, so make it as flawless and perfect as possible. Make sure your script is formatted in a way that is easy to understand for the director and the post-production team.

Design a Storyboard

Designing a storyboard can help you visualize how your video is going to look. It is also very beneficial for the set designers to design the set and for the director to set the frame. You don’t have to make realistic drawings for the storyboard. Make rough figures or doodles and add pointers to help others get a better understanding. There are also many tools available on the internet with drag and drop features to make good storyboards.

Add post-production notes

This is a tip that can help you save a lot of time and will also speed up the post-production process. Make sure you add post-production notes to your script. What does that mean? Your script should specify when your editor has to cut the scene, the transition to be used, and even the graphics that you want on the screen. Adding these notes will eliminate any confusion and will help your video editor work better.

Prepare a schedule for the shoot

Scheduling the shoot will make things run smoothly without causing any issues like last-minute shoots. Decide when, where and what you are going to shoot. Give this schedule to the production team and make sure they follow it no matter what.

Set design

While designing the set it is important to design it according to the theme of the video. For example, if you are shooting a video for science students you could add some test tubes, burners, chemicals, and other things that are usually seen in a science lab. Make sure to keep a lot of white space (in simple words empty area) so that the frame doesn't look very busy. Choose calm colors as far as possible.

Have good lighting

The importance of good lighting cannot be overstated. It has the ability to set the tone of the video. If you get it correctly, it may make a huge difference in the quality of your video. If you can get natural light, that's fantastic. If that isn't possible, consider lighting the set from all sides to eliminate cinematic shadows.

Rehearse the delivery

You have to first decide on the way you are going to deliver the content. By this, I mean to decide on the tone. Once that is done I would highly recommend that your speaker rehearses the delivery. It's a minor thing, but it can save you a lot of retakes. It also sounds very natural when the script has been practiced before.

Hire a skilled editor

A video post the shoot is basically a folder with tons of short clips that need to be stitched together. A professional editor can make your video go from good to great. If you could hire someone who is more specialized in eLearning video editing that would a jackpot. Make sure the editor understands completely what he has to do and more importantly what he shouldn't.

Use appropriate music

Adding a piece of good music to the video makes it better. You instantly convert your simple online course video into a fun lecture if you add some fun rhythm in the background. Now don’t go too overboard with this. The music should not disturb the speaker’s voice. Also, the music should be according to the theme of the video.

Conclusion

A good video can take your eLearning course to another level. We do understand that making a video is not an easy job. These tips will help you get better at producing quality eLearning videos that your audience will love to watch.

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