Step Five: How to Make a Training Video
After you shoot your video, look at the raw footage. If you like what you see, you're ready to enter the post-production phase. A.K.A: editing. You'll find lots of free and inexpensive editing apps for smartphones, PCs, and Macs. For example, iMovie (iPhone; $4.99) is a good quality editor, and it comes free with many newer Macs. For PCs, try the Windows Movie Maker (free).
Import your video into whatever application you choose, and then crop out any mistakes. Use the video editing tools to add a title and—if needed—callouts to provide viewers with additional information.
If you shot multiple viewpoints you may require more advanced editing software to handle multiple video tracks and to create video-in-video effects. When you finished editing, you can render your final video and make it available to your employees. Share it over your network, or upload it to a site like YouTube to make it easy for people to watch from any location. Just be sure to mark the video private so that only people you invite can view it.
Making your first video involves a steep learning curve, but it gets easier with each video you make.
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