Re: [BULK] Re: Writing Scripts for Training Videos

Subject: Re: [BULK] Re: Writing Scripts for Training Videos
From: kafkascampi <kafkascampi -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:21:18 -0700

When I do a script (as I am in fact procrastinating doing this very moment)
I make a table, with the left side Script and the right side Action. I put
one sentence in each row and usually (but not necessarily) an action to go
with it. This helps visualize how the video will go, what you'll be showing
on the screen at all times. As far as recording, I have the voice person
read with a two second pause between each sentence. After the audio is
complete, I do the video to match it and edit the audio as necessary.

Apart from that, think about if you need any contextual information at the
beginning of the video that may need a visual, like a diagram. Do you want
an intro with a bulleted list of what you'll be covering? Effects-wise,
don't go crazy with the zooming and wipes and dissolves--pick a specific
effect you use for a specific reason and be consistent. I try to use zooms
sparingly and, if I use them, try to zoom back out before changing screens,
so the viewer doesn't lose their bearings.

For video, record at the right aspect ratio. 16:9 is good... 1280 x 720.
That will do HD on YouTube.

There. I am all adviced out and sadly must return to writing my script.

Chris

On Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 5:56 AM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> There was quite a discussion about this several months ago here.
>
> Rather than repeat myself (I'm lacking time at the moment), perhaps you
> could search on "Camtasia" in the archives to pull it up.
>
> > Chris
>
> On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM, Mike McCallister <
> mike -dot- mccallister -at- pkware -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > You can also call them "screencasts."
> >
> > Mike
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
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> > On Behalf Of Debbi Crum
> > Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 3:57 PM
> > To: Stuckey, Ginger; Sweet, Gregory (HEALTH);
> techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > Subject: [BULK] Re: Writing Scripts for Training Videos
> > Importance: Low
> >
> > So, you are writing the script for someone else who will be creating and
> > narrating the video?
> >
> > I use a sample script I downloaded from Tech Smith. You can download the
> > script template from this page, which also has some good tips for
> writing a
> > script:
> > http://blogs.techsmith.com/tips-how-tos/how-to-write-a-good-script/
> >
> >
> >
> > We call them training videos here.
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 4:41 PM, "Stuckey, Ginger" <
> > X2BVSHEW -at- SOUTHERNCO -dot- COM> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > After sending off the email, I realized that I didn't provide enough
> > information. I was a bit frustrated. Anyway, we are using Camtasia to
> show
> > step-by-step directions for using some software. I've only ever had to do
> > that kind of thing for me. I just wanted to gather some ideas to create a
> > standard.
> >
> > We'll be distributing the content by a link to the video.
> >
> > Is there a better term than training video for what I'm doing?
> >
> > Ginger Stuckey
> > Technical Publications - Design
> >
> > "He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his
> > life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true to the
> last
> > beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."
> > --Unknown
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Sweet, Gregory (HEALTH) [mailto:gregory -dot- sweet -at- health -dot- ny -dot- gov]
> > Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 3:37 PM
> > To: Stuckey, Ginger; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > Subject: RE: Writing Scripts for Training Videos
> >
> > <html>
> >
> > What is the scope of the script?
> > Dialog only? Dialog and blocking?
> > Who's going to be acting the script?
> > What is the final product?
> >
> > As with any discipline, the tools do not make you proficient, but having
> > the right tools can make tasks nicer to do.
> >
> > Celtx has a nice suite of free-ish script writing and media production
> > tools:
> >
> >
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.celtx.com_index.html&d=AAIFAg&c=AgWC6Nl7Slwpc9jE7UoQH1_Cvyci3SsTNfdLP4V1RCg&r=XMvZyDLmDtAs-PaKQvRklSeLCSEGzk-bR-Un4-IXOyI&m=IjiZTQj4A6khrUL9tUftU3Jdfq2LptWx7yr0Eublhjg&s=u8equuGCytuUg3QAgXYwXK-h3Fi9TBBjGFnrP0wdkwY&e=
> >
> > Cheers!
> >
> > Greg
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: techwr-l-bounces+gregory -dot- sweet=health -dot- ny -dot- gov -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > > [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+gregory -dot- sweet=health -dot- ny -dot- gov -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- co
> > > m]
> > > On Behalf Of Stuckey, Ginger
> > > Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 3:54 PM
> > > To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > > Subject: Writing Scripts for Training Videos
> > >
> > > Hi All,
> > >
> > > I have a task to write several how-to scripts for videos. Since I'm
> > > doing it for someone else and not myself, I want to get an idea of what
> > other writers do.
> > > If you can point me to an article or blog, I would welcome that as
> well.
> > >
> > > Ginger Stuckey
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