Screen Captures | get it right the first time
Getting started with creating your first screen capture doesn’t have to be a daunting task. You can add polish to your final output by knowing about a few behind the scenes tips. Utilising screen capture software tools like Camtasia, you can produce some incredible content that is not only relevant but very specific to your organisation.
Getting started with screen captures
Gathering ideas is essential for anyone looking to self-produce their content. Think about how you can showcase what is possible with Office 365 and how your workforce can apply that to their work, for example, is one idea.
- Start by sharing success. Share the success that other teams in your business have achieved by creating videos and releasing them during company announcements in Yammer.
Great screen captures with seven tips
Here are seven tips to assist you when creating screencast content.
Check what emails and files will be visible on your screen
Ensure no client data or information is shown on screen when doing a screen capture. Ensure any emails being captured on screen are generic and don’t breach customer or company privacy.
Reduce background noises
Ensure all noises are either deleted from recorded time-line during editing. Re-record the capture if troublesome sounds are heard during playback. Try to have all windows and doors closed creating dead air. The smallest of background sound will sound a lot louder when captured.
When recording, everything must remain still. The slightest drag of a cup or computer, a shift in your chair or bump of anything will be picked up by the mic. Stillness is the key.
Maintain a constant distance from your microphone
Keep your microphone in the same position and length from your mouth during the entire recording and each following on taping. A slight change of the microphone location will cause a substantial change in your voice recording. Generally, a clench fist distance from your mouth is best. A good quality headset and microphone combo work well here.
Say it as you mean it
If you trip over your words or are a bit unsure as to what you are saying; re-record the section. You must sound like the authority in your videos. Delays in your voice flow will come across as unsure. Its best to re-record than to deliver an uncertain voice. Try to have minimal spaces between sentences and words, so it flows smoothly for the listener.
Check your work as you go
Do a regular mic check and ensure the sound that is being recorded is clear with no feedback coming from the mic or background whistling. You can also play back each recording before accepting it into the screen capture application.
Manage your project files
Don’t delete raw files. Files can be reused, and if an edit to a project is ever needed, the original raw files are also needed. Deleting or moving files will break the original project file, so be mindful of any changes you make. Use the export feature to package up the project in a way that it can be used again in the future.
Good screen captures and voice-overs are a swift way to produce beautiful content. It can support your Office 365 adoption in your organisation without adding a heavy cost and by introducing a new way for your users to consume content. By following these advanced tips will enable you to save more time during your initial recordings and editing and spend more time thinking and creating compelling content.