Yesterday evening I drove up to my buddy Paul Alders to visit him at his e-learning studio. We had decided to create some e-learning authoring software review videos the coming weeks and wanted to do something different. No pure desktop recording but a co-hosted session where we could talk through the software, share a demo and really make it a little more lively. We had a lot of fun doing it and by reflecting on this first video we’ve got some new ideas on how to improve the next one.
Since this was a fairly spontaneous idea we came up with a week ago, we had little preparation. We’d setup a quick call to set a date and discuss some topics, a format and actions and fairly quickly found that the week had flown by.
Over a quick dinner we discussed what we wanted for our first video and what we would be doing that evening. I had planned to write a script but really hadn’t got around to it, so when we got back to Paul’s studio he set up the camera, adjusted the lights and made a cup of coffee. In those 20 minutes I drafted the script and while drinking our coffee we tweaked it so we both felt comfortable with the style and tone of voice.
Based on advice from Articulate community member Jackie van Nice, which she shared in a previous Articulate challenge, we decided to practice the script out loud before we started recording. This turned out to be a good decision as Paul and I weren’t used to doing this together and it helped us work on our timing. After a couple of trial runs and some good laughs we decided to hit the record button and go for the real thing!
We knew we weren’t going to do this in one take but after the 4th take we were quite happy with the result. We watched the raw footage on Paul’s Mac-book and decided it was good enough for our first try. We cleaned up the studio, agreed on next steps and set off for home.
This all only took about 2,5 hours and we were pretty amazed when we checked the time when we went home. In those 2.5 hours we:
- had dinner
- discussed what we wanted to do
- setup the studio
- wrote a script
- rehearsed our script
- recorded our video
- decided on next steps and actions
- learned a lot
- had a lot of fun!
As I said this was my first time being recorded as a presenter and watching the raw footage a couple of things popped out.
- Although we knew the script we were peeking at our laptops quite a bit to make sure we were doing it right.
- You could tell we weren’t seasoned professionals (go figure!)
Is that a bad thing? Not at all. As I said, we had a lot of fun doing it and by reflecting on this first video we’ve got some new ideas on how to improve the next one.
Paul is doing post production now and I’m looking forward to release this first, imperfect, video to the public and to start working on the next one, which will be a little better and where, I am sure, we will learn some more!
Do you have ‘green screen’ experience and have some great tips? Please let us (and the rest of the world) know by leaving a comment!