April 2016

Bi-Weekly Video Update – 04/03/16

Hi there! Lon Naylor here with your screencast video news.

From the Blog:

Create a 3D "Pop Out" Effect in Camtasia
A lot of times (especially when we demo software), we want to zoom into a particular part of a Camtasia recording to show greater detail of what we are doing.

Normally, that’s fine. Show the detail… and zoom back out.

Well, sometimes that is a problem when you want to zoom in BUT… still be able to see what’s happening on the rest of the screen!

Here’s a little trick you can do that will “pop out” a section of your recording and make it bigger and still show the “lay of the land” of the big picture:

Watch & Learn on the Blog…

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How to Make App Tutorials for Fun & Profit

OK… mostly for profit.

Our very good friend Mike Stewart (THE Internet Video & Audio Guy) is doing a special webinar for us on:

"Create App Tutorials – An Untapped Opportunity for Profit & Traffic!"

Wed, Apr 6, 2016 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT

Register HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6835771915438074626

Ever use an app on your phone or mobile tablet and think, "Man! This is cool but…is there a tutorial on how to use this stupid thing??"

Mike will show us how to create them and Wow… talk about a wide-open opportunity to take our screen recording skills and tap a HUGE market!

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Another Excellent Graphics Resource

In the Screencast Video Coaching Program series, we've been covering our favorite video resources for a couple of weeks.

Michelle mentioned Unsplash last time. Here's another graphics stock site with high quality stuff you can "use as you please" in Camtasia, PowerPoint videos, or whatever!

Check out free-to-get-and-use content at Pixabay.

Images, vector graphics, and video clips! Sweet!

That’s it for this week – see you in two weeks!

Lon Naylor and Michelle Schoen
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Bi-Weekly Video Update – 04/17/16

Hi, it’s Michelle Schoen with video tips, tutorials, templates and news. If you find yourself procrastinating a bit more in the spring because of the longer daylight hours and the urge to get outside, you may get a little motivation back from this week’s newsletter!

From the Blog:

Productivity is critical to your success as an entrepreneur, especially as a video creator. There can be so many moving parts and technical aspects that it is not unusual to feel frustrated and start procrastinating as you hit some particularly difficult parts to your project.

Everyone wants to get the most out of the time they spend online. If you’re not performing as efficiently or effectively as you could be, your long-term success in creating video products or services could be in trouble.

Before becoming a video screencaster, I spent many years as a Project Manager in corporate America planning and organizing projects for the video training departments. I really liked my work because I got to encourage and assist people with finishing the work to which they committed.

In this eight minute video excerpt from…

Finish reading on the blog…

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What Do Online Training Video Creators Earn Per Hour?

Because I work with a lot of Freelancers and Virtual Assistants, I’m frequently asked about the range in hourly rates for video training creators. Another name frequently used for that job title is eLearning Developer. An article I just read at eLearning.net puts those rates at between $35-$90/hr depending on your level of experience.

They also are clear to mention that "Just as important as hourly rate is the speed at which the vendor works, or the total hours billed to perform a specific task. I’ve seen companies off-shore who claim to charge $20 per hour but then bill 4 times longer to perform the same task as a US vendor who charges $60 per hour."

After reading the article, you may have a better idea as to where you fall in the pay scale.

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Some PowerPoint Video Inspiration

If you want to see a really nice portfolio of PowerPoint presentations that could inspire your next video, take a look at Nancy Duarte’s portfolio

Notice how she uses her PowerPoint screen as an empty canvas. You won’t see any overused PowerPoint Templates on her site.

If you enjoy reading, she also has a sample pdf of her book Slideology. It was one of the first design books I read back in 2008 when I first came online to try my hand at screencasting.

That’s it for this week – see you in two weeks!

Lon Naylor and Michelle Schoen
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