August 2018

Bi-Weekly Video Update – 08/14/18

Hey there, it’s Michelle this week and I’ve decided to devote this week’s newsletter to current and prospective Camtasia Freelancers. Learn about strategies to find work, how to price work and some questions you can ask your clients once you get the work.

On the Blog: Elearning and Camtasia Freelancers- Develop a Strategy for attracting new business

How many organizations do you know that operate with absolutely no strategy, and just hope that everything works out? Not many successful ones, that’s for sure. If you are a Camtasia freelancer, you are your own organization and you should have a detailed plan that identifies how you will attract and retain new business and capture new opportunities. At least a few times a year, check how you’re doing against your strategy and adjust wherever necessary…

READ MORE on the blog==>

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How to Calculate the Cost of Development

Every video training course is unique and if you have to give your clients a set price it can be pretty difficult. I did, however, find a forum thread that has some really good thoughts on this subject. Although it’s a rather old thread the prices really haven’t gone up much since it was created.

Cost of Development

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Some Questions to Help You in Your First Meeting with a Client

Once you’ve been hired as a contractor you’ll usually have a kickoff meeting with your client. Here is just a sampling of the questions you may want to ask. These will help you determine the cost and the timeline for the training.

  1. Where is the final learning product to be launched? (LMS, smart phones, iPad, etc.)
  2. How much of the content already exists (i.e., is written down somewhere)?
  3. How many SMEs will be involved, and how accessible will they be? (Warn that slow SMEs can grind projects to a halt)
  4. How much learner interactivity would be appropriate, given the topics we’ve discussed?
  5. Do you have an existing stylesheet of company branding colors or fonts you’d like me to use?
  6. Is there an existing image or video library?
  7. Would shooting unique images or video be appropriate?
  8. Who would you like to use for voiceover narration? (Explain pros and cons of using a professional)
  9. What do you feel would be a good length for each Module? (explain that most e-learning Modules are 20-40 minutes or so)
  10. Do you want to formally assess the learner’s knowledge by scoring knowledge checks/quiz questions?
  11. Are there some Training Videos you have seen that you especially like? What do you like about them?
  12. Is there a hard deadline for the project?

Hope you find this to be of help in your next project!

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

Lon Naylor and Michelle Schoen
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Bi-Weekly Video Update – 08/24/18

Hey, it’s Lon Naylor this week with a Friday Freebie for you!

On the Blog: FREE PowerPoint Video Template

I love talking video template creators into letting me give away free samples and then doing tutorials that show how to modify them:

GET YOUR FREEBIE ==> Slide Show Template

Watch the tutorial and I’ll walk you through step-by-step on how to use it.

This sweet sample is from the Decinema Reactive collection and I’ve got 30 additional templates as a bonus ==> Decinema Reactive Bonuses


New Animated Motion Graphics

Here’s a new package of nice animated icons, backgrounds, etc. that use the Flat 2.0 design.

CHECK OUT ==> AnimatedFlat 2.0

These come in animated GIF and MOV format and… here’s the sweet part: The alpha transparent MOV versions work great in Camtasia!

These are on a super launch special which makes them a good value so don’t wait long to see if you can use them and get the best price. 😉

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

Lon Naylor and Michelle Schoen
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