When you want to learn something new or fix something, what do you do? Many people use YouTube to find out how to do things. Whether you’re creating animated video tutorials, interviews, or educational resources, a video tutorial is the most effective way to explain how to use a product, complete a task, solve a problem, or complete a procedure.
So how can you create an easy-to-follow and clear demonstration to help your target market understand how to use your product, solve a problem, or make their lives easier? Below are seven great tools for creating your own video tutorials.
Screen recording software
Screen capture software is a tool that allows you to record your computer screen. Use it to create a video tutorial explaining how a product or process works. Capture your entire screen or only relevant parts of it.
Open Broadcaster software (OBS)
OBS is an open-source and free video recording software program that runs on Mac, Windows and Linux.
To start recording your desktop:
- Click on the † below sources and select View recording†
- Change the name of the resource to desktop and click Okay†
OBS features include:
- Filter multiple themes and video sources.
- Real-time video and audio recording.
- audio mixer.
- Streamlined settings panel and configuration options.
- The ability to pause recordings.
Look full video tutorial to help you set up and use OBS.
Apowersoft Online Screen Recorder
Apowersoft is a free web-based screen capture software. Capture everything displayed on your computer without downloading anything.
The main features include:
- Add annotations such as numbers, text and shapes to your video.
- Share directly to Vimeo, Google Drive and YouTube.
- Export to AVI, MP4 or MKV.
- Share videos directly to the cloud.
- Add webcam to screen recording.
Look video of the user manual to get started with Apowersoft.
Screencast-O-Matic is an easy-to-use screen recorder. It offers both a free and a paid version.
- Record your screen and your voice at the same time.
- Easy to use.
- Record with your webcamyour screen or a combination of both.
- Zoom in or out or write text while recording.
- Crop recordings.
- Add captions.
- Save to desktop.
- Publish to YouTube or Screencast-O-Matic.
- Upload a scripted recording and record the screen while listening to the audio.
Screencast-O-Matic offers a free version and two premium options: a Deluxe version for $1.50/month and Premier for $4/month. Paid versions offer additional features such as drawing while recording, videos over 15 minutes and no watermark.
Watch Screencast-O-Matic’s Training and tutorials for detailed instructions on how to use the software.
Quality microphone and optimal audio
Most screen capture software offers the option to record audio while displaying your desktop. However, some built-in computer microphones result in muffled sound.
The quality of your audio matters and contributes to the overall professionalism of your video. If you’re new to creating video tutorials, try a USB microphone. They offer good sound quality, are affordable and require no additional hardware. Connect the cable to your computer and start recording.
Using the correct microphone minimizes the distraction caused by echoes and background noise.
Below are some suggestions for high-quality USB microphones:
All USB microphones are not the same. What works best for live streaming games may not work well for recording music or video tutorials. If you find that your audio needs some tweaking to clear up some noise or noise, you can use Dare†
It is an easy-to-use open-source multi-track audio editor. Audacity works on many operating systems, including Mac OS X, Windows, and GNU/Linux.
Video Editing Tools
Many of the screen capture software tools offer some editing options. Others, such as Screencast-O-Matic, require the Pro version to access editing effects such as captioning and on-screen drawing.
If you want to make your video tutorials more visually appealing, the best way is to use a video editing tool that goes beyond what is included in some screen capture programs.
The video editors below are free to use.
blender is a free and open-source video editing program for Mac, Windows and Linux. Perform basic operations such as splitting, video masking, and cropping.
shot cut is also a free and open-source video editing program available on Linux, Windows, and Mac.
Shotcut supports a wide variety of video formats and offers helpful video tutorials to help users learn the software.
Two key features that make Shotcut stand out from some of the other free video editors are its native timeline editing and support for 4K HD resolution.
Only available for Windows, VideoPad is simple and easy to use for beginners.
- Library of sound effects.
- 3D video editing.
- Pre-made transitions to choose from.
- Reduction of camera shake.
Users can directly export finished videos to YouTube and other social media platforms. Look video instructions for more information on using VideoPad.
Capturing your screen is one way to create a video tutorial. Another way is to record live video. Whether you’re recording part of your live video or your entire video tutorial, you need a good video camera. There is no need to hire a professional videographer or use expensive equipment.
You can make high quality videos with cheap equipment and even your smartphone, especially iPhones.
Below are some tips for making videos with smartphones:
- Clean your iPhone lens.
- Use the AE/AF lock to improve focus.
- Use a tripod or selfie stick for stability.
To make sure your videos look professional, you need to have the right lighting. It’s best to control the lighting rather than relying on the natural light that can cast shadows or change quickly.
clamp lamps are inexpensive, versatile and can be mounted in a variety of ways. A disadvantage of these lamps is the lack of diffusion and dimming control which can lead to harsh lighting.
For those with a higher budget, studio lighting kits can be purchased for $100 to $500. They contain effective diffusion materials and often use large fluorescent lights.
Video Animation Tools
Adding animated video segments to a video tutorial can make it more fun, engaging and grab viewers’ attention. Animations can explain a complex idea, topic, product or service in easily digestible content.
Creating animations does not require as much time or technical expertise as in the past. Several animation and online presentation tools simplify the animation creation process.
Below are some tools you can use.
To use PowToon to create eye-catching animated videos and presentations.
Users can customize ready-made templates with a simple drag and drop interface. Powtoon has a tiered pricing structure, including a free version.
Create animated videos and slideshows with explanations with render forest† It also has pre-made templates that can be customized with a simple drag and drop user interface.
Renderforest has a tiered pricing structure with a free version. It also offers the option to pay per product if you want a higher definition video without a watermark.
animoto is a drag and drop video maker. Users can create impressive videos with no editing experience.
Animoto has a three-tier pricing structure and offers a 14-day free trial. The personal plan is very affordable at $5/month (billed annually at $60).
Where will you host it after you create your video tutorial? YouTube and Vimeo are the most famous and popular video hosting sites.
YouTube is the second largest search engine and by far the most widely used video hosting platform.
It is free to use and has many benefits, including:
- Hosting your videos on YouTube makes them easier for your target audience to find because Google prioritizes YouTube videos in search results.
- Creating playlists organizes your videos into relevant categories.
- You can embed videos on your website and landing pages.
- YouTube has a built-in notification and subscription system.
There is not much security on YouTube so that others can steal or copy your video. Avoid having copyright infringement problems by not “borrowing” music that you don’t have a legal right to use.
Vimeo provides users with a professional looking interface and customization options. It offers a limited free version and four tiers of premium membership. If you’re looking for more control over your video content and more privacy, Vimeo is a good choice.
It has many other benefits, including:
- No ads or pops on videos.
- High quality video playback.
- Premium accounts have no video length limit.
The number of video tutorials presented on marketing platforms, websites and social media continues to increase. This is because they are more effective at demonstrating, explaining, or teaching than written content.