(Last Updated: September 5, 2019)

In the era of present-day information explosion, videos can be the fastest and most effective way for you to train staff up on a new product, teach someone a process, or share information. Among many types of videos, instructional videos are now becoming popular in every industry, namely technology, healthcare, advertising, and education. In today’s blog, I’m going to walk you through 4 types of instructional videos with screen recording and how to create them.

4 Types of Instructional Videos with Screen Recording

As its name implies, an instructional video with screen recording contains instructions to a large extent and uses a screen recorder to capture all the live actions on your screen. More precisely, I’m going to introduce the 4 most common types of them including tutorial, training, presentation and screencast videos. They are listed in the comparison table below. 

  Definition Length Characteristics & Examples
Tutorial You know how to do something in a cool way or you are an expert in any field. It’s a good idea for you to make a video recording your screen. By this way, you can teach a process or share your knowledge to others easily and visually.  2 – 10 mins It contains step by step instruction with explanation, annotations, quizzes and more to draw the audience’s attention. Here is an example of a tutorial video using screen recording: 

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Training A form of training includes necessary facts, processes, data, and information. These elements are used in a video to empower employee, company, business or organization. 5 mins Real people and scenarios related to topics are likely used in training video to convey strong messages. However, in terms of delivering difficult and complex content, screen recording is a good choice for you because it helps boost the connection between the trainer and trainee.
Presentation A video made of PowerPoint slides played from beginning to end of the presentation. In addition, you can record audio or even webcam while the PowerPoint slides are being played. Span the length of the class or presentation, normally 30 – 45 mins PowerPoint presentations are played simultaneously with audio narration or webcam recorded. In this way, the content of each slide, animations and audio are played together, which gives the look and feel of a video.
 Screencast A video screen capture usually includes audio narration to teach someone to perform a task or share knowledge. less than 5 mins It’s a visual way to communicate an idea or solve a problem. Because you can quickly create a screencast to answer a question right at the time. And it’s often used for informal situations. 

Each of these four video types differentiates in use purposes, length and characteristics. However, they share one thing in common: going through a three-step process including recording screen, editing and exporting video. More details about these steps will be discussed in the next part.

How to Make Instructional Videos with Screen Recording?

1.     Beginning with a Plan

As we may know, the core factor makes a video become popular, or go viral is obviously its great content. In other words, an impressive video not only provides new and interesting information but also holds the audience’s attention from beginning to end. So, the question is, how can we make such an impressive video like that? The answer seems to be quite simple: every video needs starting with a great plan.

Making a plan

First of all, spend some time putting yourself into the audience’s shoes to consider what they tend to learn. Then, make a plan and determine what topic is going to be discussed. Once you have your topic, create an outline with main ideas and arrange them. The more clearly and logically the video content conveys, the more likely your audiences are going to understand it.

2.     Writing a Script

Now you have your plan done. One more preparation before diving into the main steps of creating an instructional video is writing a script.

Write a script for an instructional video

Scripts always play a vital role in process of creating instructional videos for many reasons. Above all, you can control every single detail in your video with a well-developed script. In addition, you can also estimate the video length and change it properly thanks to the length of your script. For instance, if there is a time restriction for the video, you will have to adjust the script as concise and short as possible. Besides, you are less likely to miss a thing in your video thanks to the fully written script.

3.     Finding a Suitable Screen Recording Software

A screen recording application is definitely the first thing that comes to our mind when we have an idea of creating an instructional screen recording video. There is a diverse range of screen recorders in the market. However, each of them functions a specific purpose. Therefore, in order to choose the one that best suits your needs, you may wonder the following questions: Does the software allow recording narration or webcam? Can I use that app to edit the video after recording screen? Can I export the content to a video or other formats?

Finding a software that includes all these features will save you a lot of time because you will do all of your work in one tool. Fortunately, ActivePresenter – an amazing app for screen recording, video editing and exporting to many formats will satisfy you.

Making instructional videos with ActivePresenter

The following content will cover all the steps to create an instructional video by using screen recorder ActivePresenter.

4.     Recording Screen

After having the preparation done, it’s time for you to record your screen. First, ensure to close all unnecessary applications and turn off the notifications may appear when you are recording. Next, open the application you want to record, and start recording screen with ActivePresenter.

Record screen with ActivePresenter

From here, you can choose to record narration and webcam simultaneously or separately. You can also control whether to record the system audio (the audio of the app you want to record) or not. In addition, you can change the cursor effects after recording screen with the recording settings function. Once you make a mistake, just simply pause and start right before the mistake. In case the video is short, you can discard and record again to get the smooth motions. This will help you ease your editing later on.

5.     Recording Narration/ Using Text to Speech

As aforementioned, you can record screen and narration at the same time. Or record your voice over after recording screen as the app supports the Record Narration feature in the editing phase. When you’re ready, with your script and a recorded video in hand, start to record narration. Try to speak clearly and match the tone of the video to appropriately communicate the message. If you make a mistake, just repeat the sentence and continue recording. This way, you will keep the tone, volume and feeling of the whole video the same. In some circumstances people have troubles with their voices, such as heavy local accents or speech impairment. Then, using Text to Speech is a perfect solution for them. With Closed Captions added, this feature allows you to convert these Closed Captions to speech with ease.

Record narration and convert Text to Speech

6.     Editing the Recorded Video

With the recorded video and narration done, you will move to the next step which is editing the videoAll the work you have done from the beginning till now is represented in one slide only. From here, you can edit the video the way you want by using many audio and video editing features supported in the app:

Cutting out unnecessary ranges by defining them with the playhead. 

Inserting freeze frames to video so that you will have some time to explain a concept.

Using Change Playback Speed if you want to speed up or slow down a part of your video. 

Adding annotations like shapes, zoom-n-pans, spotlights and animations to the video.

Reducing noise, changing volume or fading in/out the background music.

7.     Exporting the Video

Finally, you will export the video to the format that you want after finishing editing it. ActivePresenter supports exporting to normal videos with many formats such as MP4, MKV, WMV, FLV, AVI, and WebM or interactive videos with HTML5 format. Therefore, you can easily publish your own video to YouTube, web pages or share with others with these common formats. 

Exporting formats in ActivePresenter

Final Thoughts

Nowadays, you can see instructional videos everywhere, in any field because they seem to be the most effective way to give information quickly and visually. It’s now easier to create a video in general and an instructional video in particular. That is at your fingertips thanks to ActivePresenter – an all-in-one screen recording, video editing and video exporting software. Give ActivePresenter a try and see how it can bring your video content to life.

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