Three Easy Ways to Make a Teaching Video
Three ways to make Rockstar Teaching Videos for Free – plus tips and tricks for turning your phone into a webcam and more!
Easy Ways to Make a Teaching Video
Once upon a time, video making skills were only essential in film and TV production. But times have changed, and we now have YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook.
Making a teaching video has now gone from a passion project to a necessity. Distance learning is a new catchphrase. Whether instructors are promoting expertise or preparing lessons in advance, suggestions for easy ways to make a teaching video can come in handy.
Star in your teaching video or stay off-camera
Now, if you just plan to point the camera at yourself and talk, that’s one thing. You could grab your handy-dandy smartphone to accomplish simple lectures. But maybe you don’t want to be in the shot. Or, you need visual aids to get your point across. How do you accomplish it? Where do you start?
Fortunately, there are several ways to make a good quality teaching video. A few of them are probably already ready and waiting on your desktop or laptop, and you may not even know it.
So, we now present to you three easy ways to make a teaching video. They’ll have you calling yourself Steven Spielberg in no time!
Our Beloved Zoom
As we all know, Zoom magically integrated itself into our lives as soon as the lockdowns started. People have been conducting CEO level meetings using Zoom, and thousands of institutions have made it their primary route to continue teaching kids across the world.
What you may not know perhaps is that Zoom can be used for making videos as well. It’s a straightforward process. If you know how to conduct a meeting on Zoom, you definitely can navigate the video-making thing as well.
First things first, though, as you need to install Zoom on your device. Open the application, and it will show a window like this:
To make a teaching video, start a new meeting
Start a new meeting, and it will open a new meeting window with you as the host.
Next step, you need to share the screen you’re using to explain your content. It may be a PowerPoint presentation, a book you’re reading from, or a blank page of OneNote. Set the parameters of the area you want to include in your meeting by adjusting the small green box, which shows the dimensions of your video.
The black box will show your video recording through the camera. You can drag it at any place on the screen where it suits you, or you can simply leave it out.
Record your video
Next up, you have to record your session. You will find “Record” in the “more options” on the Zoom dock. Click on it, and you are good to go. Do not forget to ‘Unmute’ yourself at the start, or everything you’ll do will go in vain.
Rendering your teaching video
Once you are all done, again open the “more options” and “Stop recording.” You can ‘Pause recording” as well in case you need a drink break, or the dog is barking.
End the meeting, and Zoom will open a new window showing the rendering progress of your project. Once it is complete, it will take you to the location where your video is saved.
And there you go! A perfect and easy teaching video made with nothing but Zoom.
Tip: Here’s a great video about recording yourself and your screen at the same time.
Wait, What? Powerpoint?
Yes! Microsoft PowerPoint is undoubtedly the most common presentation-making software, and it can also be used as an easy way to make your teaching video.
You may not be able to include your image via webcam. However, it’s still more than enough to get your job done. Who cares about faces anyways, especially when you’re now used to seeing the eyes peeking from behind the mask?
From slides to teaching video – be sure to make your slides first
Once you have made all of your slides (which is the time-consuming part), and you’re good to go, open the “Slideshow” tab and start recording.
Your slideshow will open in a full-screen presentation. Speak while you explain stuff. You can even right-click on the slide and choose “Pointer” if you want to write on the slide during the presentation. Press “Esc,” and you will then be back in editing mode.
Export as a video
It’s straightforward to export the presentation as a video in the “Recordings” tab.
You now have your brand new teaching video ready for use. Easy, peasy!
Tip: If you know how to use Powerpoint, you’re 99% of the way there. But, if you need a bit more guidance, here’s a great YouTube video.
Free or Paid Methods
You can use Powerpoint, Zoom, or even the FREE version of DaVinci Resolve along with the equipment you have. Or, make small investments in editing, microphones, or webcams.
Let’s Ramp up the Game – DaVinci Resolve
Professional video-editing software
For people who are not satisfied with the above two options, you can use a professional video editing software as well. So, allow us to introduce you to DaVinci Resolve.
You see, the above two options can each create a teaching video. However, there are minimal options to edit It afterward in case you want to refine it further.
More of a learning curve
Remember that DaVinci Resolve is a professional video editor. You will have to put up with the dense interface and spend some time figuring out things, maybe watch a couple of dozen YouTube videos as well (or book some time with a guide on OTL Guide Me at Home).
But once you’ve done that, and you’re a pro-beginner video producer, you can easily create professional-grade content.
DaVinci Resolve FREE or Paid Version
Now, as we previously mentioned, all video editing software can be pretty expensive. However, DaVinci Resolve has two versions available, including a free DaVinci Resolve 16, which can be directly downloaded.
The paid version is DaVinci Resolve Studio 16 at $299.
Tip: Editing software is nothing like running Google Chrome. They’re considerably sized and will squeeze out the massive performance power of your device. So, if you are going to use it, make sure you have a powerful laptop or desktop. Otherwise, you need to prepare for lags and hang-ups.
Making teaching videos at home
Tips and Tricks
When you begin video making, you will undoubtedly face problems. You probably won’t be satisfied with the clips at first. But don’t worry, as you will get better. After all, practice makes perfect, right?
Here are a few helpful notes regarding video production:
- If you are recording your own video, try positioning yourself in a well-lit place, preferably near a window for a more natural look. When you put the light behind you, you’ll be amazed at how much better you look!
- A teaching video is a combination of visual and audio recordings. While you may be focusing on the pixels, don’t forget to use a good quality microphone. If your mobile or laptop recording option is fine, then great, you’re all set! If not, at least get a good handsfree or headset with a well-working microphone. You can also buy a proper mic but it’s not necessary to spend too much on it.
- The same goes for the visual part, as well as audio. Laptop cameras are not generally the best. So, you could use a separate auxiliary webcam. Or, you could just get a stand for your mobile phone device to hold up at the right place and an app that can connect the two devices.
- Keep the microphone near you, and not too far away to avoid unwanted echo.
- Once again, choose your place very wisely when it comes to the audio. You won’t want a revving Mustang on the street in your math lecture, would you?
Now that you have what you need to make perfect teaching videos or presentation recordings, get in there and start making mind-blowing productions. Maybe one day, you’ll even be inspired to start your very own YouTube channel.
Best of luck!