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Instructional Video. Peyton R. Glore Macon State College SSCEL 10/1/05. Why use video?. Show information quickly and concisely Add a sense of realism Teach concepts too dangerous or expensive for users to experience personally

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Instructional video

Instructional Video

Peyton R. Glore

Macon State College

SSCEL 10/1/05

Why use video

Why use video?

  • Show information quickly and concisely

  • Add a sense of realism

  • Teach concepts too dangerous or expensive for users to experience personally

  • Show places, people, animals or events that the user may never have the opportunity to see

Why use video con t

Why use video? (con’t)

  • Emphasizing recording video from your desktop:

  • Works great for demonstrating software

  • (Teaching or training)

  • Show a method or technique

  • Walk the user through the steps

  • Show the final product

Who is the video for

Who is the video for?

  • Determine your audience

  • What is their skill level?

  • How will they view the movie?

    • CD/DVD

    • Streaming

    • Download

Is file size a concern

Is file size a concern?

  • Yes!

  • There is always a limitation on storage, either media or hard drive

  • Size should be considered if the video is to be streamed or downloaded

  • You don’t want to tie up the users connection all day to download a 2 minute movie

File size con t

File size (con’t)

  • Resolution, or movie size, plays a big part in the file size

  • How much space do you need to demonstrate your point?

  • What size screen will it be played back on?



  • Are you using a window?

  • Are you going to use you entire desktop?

  • If so, what is your current resolution?

  • You may want to change your screen resolution in order to capture the entire desktop



  • Consider your audience when choosing your capture size

  • Smaller movies can be played on larger screens without significant loss

  • Not the other way round

Is audio necessary

Is audio necessary?

  • No, but it is nice

  • Benefits the user to hear the instructions while watching the actions

  • This is called reinforcement

  • Make sure you have a microphone

  • Set your input level (for the mic)

  • Turn your speakers down to reduce feedback

What is feedback

What is feedback?

  • Feedback is what happens when sound being produced by the computer is being fed back into the computer

  • This creates a loop

  • Click the icon to hear the sound

What are you going to cover

What are you going to cover?

  • Regardless of the subject matter, you will forget something

  • Write notes or a script!

  • This will ensure that you cover key points

  • If you normally talk fast, reading the script will slow you down

What are you going to cover con t

What are you going to cover? (con’t)

  • Break the information into small segments

  • Shoot for 3 to 7 minutes each

  • Benefits

    • Recording shorter segments means you are less likely to make mistakes

    • Shorter segments are easier for the user to remember

Tips for recording

Tips for recording

  • Try to limit the background noise; it’s distracting to the user

  • Check your microphone recording level; make sure it is loud enough

  • Relax

  • Be prepared to make mistakes

  • No big deal

Windows media encoder

Windows Media Encoder

  • Download the most recent version of the software from the link on the class page

  • Demonstrating as I record the lecture will not work, so I will talk you through the set up steps

  • You will be on your own to actually record

Wme set up

WME set up

Click New Session

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Choose the type of video you want to make and walk through the wizard

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You need to save the profile before you can continue

Choose the type of screen capture:

the entire screen or just part

Modifying the profile

Modifying the profile

  • After you create the basic profile through the wizard, you can modify it to ensure the desired output

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Change the location for saving the file

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Modify the compression methods to make the files smaller

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Forcing the compression into 123 Kb per second for storage. This works well for streaming as well. This is the method I use for recording class lectures.

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Select audio parameters

Select video parameters

My application

My application

  • Record lectures live in class

  • Insert anecdotes

  • Students ask questions

  • Online & traditional students watch lectures

File size compared to movie length

File size compared to movie length

  • 19 MB - 40 mins

  • 15.5 MB – 46 mins

  • 35 MB – 57 mins

  • 25 MB – 60 mins

  • 32 MB -56 mins

  • 25.5 MB -74 mins

  • 21 MB – 52 mins

  • Average 16 MB – 41 mins

  • Total 292 MB – 736 mins (nearly 12.5 hours!)

What is in those movies

What is in those movies?

  • Content varies based on subject

  • Longer , smaller movies audio over slides

  • Shorter, larger movies audio over application

  • Movies with lots of color and “actions” increase file size

Contact info

Contact Info

  • If you have any questions about this or other Interactive Digital Media

  • Email me at

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