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Writing Helpful Help
Writing Helpful Help
Help customers help themselves with guidelines for effective Help center content from Michele Wiedemer of Virtual Customer Learning
FREE
55 min
NewTrainingCreation
Advice from Experienced Learning Professionals for Anyone Creating Training
Advice from Experienced Learning Professionals for Anyone Creating Training
What advice do experienced trainers have for anyone who is making training? This course talks with 14 experts and provides insights on everything from getting started, to measuring, to using video and visuals, and more.
FREE
19 min
TrainingDesign
Basics of Screen Recording
Basics of Screen Recording
Screen Recording is a great way to share knowledge and help others. This series of courses walks through the process of creating a screencast and will help you prepare to make better and more effective videos.
FREE
6 Courses
Screen Video
Not Everything Is a Course: Using Job Aids
Not Everything Is a Course: Using Job Aids
This course looks at how you can create and use a variety of job aids as an alternative to full courses. It looks at why you should consider using a job aid and gives examples of job aids you might create.
FREE
11 min
NewTrainingVisuals
TechSmith Live Expert Corner: From Asynchronous to Z-Order
TechSmith Live Expert Corner: From Asynchronous to Z-Order
Weekly Episodes about a wide variety of information including video creation, working remotely, communicating better, and many practical pieces of advice. A lot of advice for those new to video and image creation.
31 Videos
Advice For Anyone Creating Training Content
Advice For Anyone Creating Training Content
NEW CONTENT!! Lessons from 14 Learning & Development Professionals and their advice for anyone getting started with creating training content, including advice about measuring outcomes, working with SME's, using video and visuals, and more.
15 Courses
9 Tips to Get Started with Screen Recording
9 Tips to Get Started with Screen Recording
If you're new to screen recording or have some experience already, but want to get better, this course focuses on a few of the basics to help you make your screencasts better.
FREE
8 min
Screen VideoCreation
Getting the Most Out of Your Video Budget
Getting the Most Out of Your Video Budget
Mimi Rosenheim, Senior Director of Digital Marketing at Demandbase & Matt Pierce, TechSmith spoke at Brightcove Play about getting more from video budgets.
FREE
50 min
PostAdvice
Making a Video Tutorial for Beginners
Making a Video Tutorial for Beginners
Gain a high-level look at the process of making a tutorial video from TechSmith Instructional Designers
FREE
7 min
Video BasicsEditingvideo-start
Expert Advice for Anyone Beginning to Make Video
Expert Advice for Anyone Beginning to Make Video
We talked with expert video creators about video creation, video promotion, audience growth, and getting better in front of the camera.
16 Courses
Basics: Writing and Using Scripts
Basics: Writing and Using Scripts
An early step in the video creation process is writing your script. Here’s a look at why you should use a script, an overview of script types, what’s needed in a script, and some tips for better script writing.
FREE
9 min
Video BasicsPreproduction
Basics: Creating & Using Storyboards
Basics: Creating & Using Storyboards
While a video script tells you what to say in the video, storyboards tell you what to show while recording. Learn the basics of how to create and use a storyboard. (You don't have to be an artist!)
FREE
11 min
Video BasicsPreproduction
Build Better Online Courses
Build Better Online Courses
Online courses aren't just the professor or trainer talking to ta camera - that is one type of content. So what else do you need to make a better online course? Join Matt Pierce & Tim Slade as they share ideas & answer questions
FREE
60 min
Designconversationid
How to Create Content that Engages Students
How to Create Content that Engages Students
Calling all Educators! K-12 & Higher Ed we're talking about content you can create to help connect with students, other teachers, and parents. Dan Spencer, K-12 Educator joined Matt Pierce to talk practical solutions.
FREE
57 min
EDUAdvice
Getting Through Your First Video Alive - Video Survival Course
Getting Through Your First Video Alive - Video Survival Course
Matt Pierce spoke with video creators to help you learn key skills to survive creating your first or 30th video. Join guests with expertise in visual storytelling, video editing, getting feedback, and more.
FREE
3 hr 26 min
EditingCreation
How To Make Your Screencasts Look Better (and Easier To Edit)
How To Make Your Screencasts Look Better (and Easier To Edit)
Learn how to set your videos up for success and you’ll discover a faster workflow that gives you better quality screen recordings and more engaging videos.
FREE
71 min
Screen Video
Bonus Content: Interview with Amy Landino
Bonus Content: Interview with Amy Landino
Full-length interview with Amy Landino, cofounder of Aftermarq, and host of AmyTV at Video Marketing World.
FREE
28 min
Videoconversation
How to Educate with Resilience When Everything Changes with Crystal DeJaegher
How to Educate with Resilience When Everything Changes with Crystal DeJaegher
In this episode of The Visual Lounge, education and technology professional, Crystal DeJaegher, gives her advice for developing a virtual teaching practice that works for you.
FREE
84 min
EDUAdvice
Online Education Doesn't Mean Perfection | Jason Valade
Online Education Doesn't Mean Perfection | Jason Valade
On this episode of The Visual Lounge from TechSmith, you’ll find out how you can create better educational content online and while you don’t have to get it 100% perfect every time, with our help, you can get pretty close.
FREE
60 min
EDUAdvice
Kati Ryan- Full TLDC Interview
Kati Ryan- Full TLDC Interview
Kati shared her thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is her full interview.
FREE
22 min
conversationid
The Basic Tips You Need to Start Making Videos
The Basic Tips You Need to Start Making Videos
What do you need to know to start making a video? It doesn't have to be complicated, but knowing a few steps will make you better and help you get going faster, saving both time and money.
FREE
36 min
PreproductionCreationvideo-start
Creating Better PowerPoint Slides for Better Videos
Creating Better PowerPoint Slides for Better Videos
PowerPoint can be a great tool to help you create videos. Learn to use PowerPoint to convey information effectively and avoid some design problems.
FREE
TrainingRecordingCreationVisuals
How To Teach Online with Video When You're Just Starting Out
How To Teach Online with Video When You're Just Starting Out
Making the shift to online or distance learning? Our conversation with Ryan Eash covers tools, engaging with students, ensuring quality, and more.
FREE
55 min
EDUAdvice
How to Make Your First Video (Beginner's Guide)
How to Make Your First Video (Beginner's Guide)
Never made a video for? Need to know where to start? This live event will cover some of the very basics of creating a video (with emphasis on-screen recordings) Join Matt as he gives you tips, suggestions, and answer questions about making videos.
FREE
57 min
Video BasicsTrainingEditingDesign
Basics for Creating Video
Basics for Creating Video
Check out all of the courses, live streams, and more focused on the basics of video creation.
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Video Basics
Creating Training and Instructional Content
Creating Training and Instructional Content
Check out all of the courses, live streams, and more focused on the creating instructional and training content, for both internal and external purposes.
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Training
Featured Interviews and Conversations
Featured Interviews and Conversations
Check out all of the interviews from events, The Visual Lounge, and more on a variety of different topics.
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conversation
Content and Interviews for Educators
Content and Interviews for Educators
Check out all of the courses, live streams, and more focused on creating visuals and videos for education.
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EDU
How Long Should Videos Be?
How Long Should Videos Be?
Join me as I talk with Oz du Soleil, otherwise known as Excel On Fire on YouTube. Oz is known for creating videos about Excel and working with data. Oz brings a wealth of knowledge and opinions about videos to the conversation
FREE
118 min
PostVideo
How to Write an Awesome Script (Fast) With Dana Haines
How to Write an Awesome Script (Fast) With Dana Haines
In this episode of The Visual Lounge from TechSmith, Dana Haines, a multifunctional content creator who specializes in video development and scriptwriting, shares her best advice for creating a scriptwriting process that can reduce the number of revisions and create more effective videos.
FREE
75 min
Creationid
How to Write Content For Customer Education with Michele Wiedemer
How to Write Content For Customer Education with Michele Wiedemer
There are ways to create effective help resources, and in this episode of The Visual Lounge, Michele Wiedemer shares her twenty years of knowledge for creating, evaluating, and improving your customer-facing help content.
FREE
46 min
Creationid
How To Design eLearning That Delivers Results With Tim Slade
How To Design eLearning That Delivers Results With Tim Slade
Tim was more than happy to share some of his knowledge and walks you through the eLearning development process, helping you to design eLearning that captivates your audience and delivers tangible results.
FREE
48 min
Design
Connecting with Video featuring Jay Baer
Connecting with Video featuring Jay Baer
Matt Pierce talked with Jay Baer about a survey TechSmith conduct around the sudden shift to more digital knowledge sharing at the beginning of the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic and how individuals and organizations reacted, and how it was impacting their ability to communicate.
FREE
59 min
The Best Script Writing Strategy When You’re Just Getting Started [w/Andy Owen & Justin Simon]
The Best Script Writing Strategy When You’re Just Getting Started [w/Andy Owen & Justin Simon]
Are you a beginner video creator stuck with your script writing process? When you’re just getting started, it can take time to develop a video script writing strategy that suits your style and helps you create better content. But there are ways to streamline and improve your process.
FREE
55 min
PreproductionVideo
How To Learn New Skills with Alexander Salas
How To Learn New Skills with Alexander Salas
Join Alexander Salas and Matt Pierce to discuss strategies for learning new skills, and how to implement learning into your daily routine.
FREE
96 min
id
How to Add Video (and YouTube) to Your Content Strategy with Andy Crestodina
How to Add Video (and YouTube) to Your Content Strategy with Andy Crestodina
Join Matt Pierce and Andy Crestodina to hear about the value of including video in your content strategy, along with advice on how to create content that your viewers will want to watch.
FREE
96 min
Screen Recording Basics Course: Introduction to Screencasting
Screen Recording Basics Course: Introduction to Screencasting
This course kicks of the Screen Recording Basics course and will start providing you with fundamentals you need to create a successful screencast.
FREE
8 min
screen
Screen Recording Basics: Publishing and Analytics
Screen Recording Basics: Publishing and Analytics
The final course in the Screen Recording Basics series. In this course you'll learn how to render your video, take a look at video analytics that can help you understand you if your video is achieving it's goal, and some last tips and advice as you create your own screencasts.
FREE
13 min
screen
Screen Recording Basics: Video Editing, Part 2
Screen Recording Basics: Video Editing, Part 2
This is part 2 of video editing. We'll focus in this course on polishing your screencast to make it more effective - everything from adding zooms, annotations, transitions, and editing your audio in preparation of rendering your video for sharing.
FREE
17 min
screen
Screen Recording Basics: Editing Your Screencast, Part 1
Screen Recording Basics: Editing Your Screencast, Part 1
Once you've captured your screen recording, it's time to start editing. This course is part 1 of 2 that dives into the editing process. This course will focus on getting organized inside and out of your video editor, where to start the editing process, syncing audio and video, and other editing concepts.
FREE
18 min
screen
Screen Recording Basics: Recording Your Screen
Screen Recording Basics: Recording Your Screen
Capturing your Screen is at the heart of creating screencast videos. To do it well, you'll need know what to do before you hit record and how to make sure your capture exactly what you want. This course will dig into capturing your screen recording.
FREE
13 min
screen
Screen Recording Basics: Recording Audio & Web Camera
Screen Recording Basics: Recording Audio & Web Camera
This course is part 2 of the Screen Recording Basics course. In this course, you'll learn about recording clear audio and making the most of your web camera when you do want to show yourself in your video.
FREE
15 min
screen
The Tool You Need to Create Awesome Visual Instructions
The Tool You Need to Create Awesome Visual Instructions
In this episode of The Visual Lounge, TechSmith’s Learning and Video Ambassador Matt Pierce breaks down how to use Snagit and Camtasia’s template functions to help you save time and create more efficient workflows.
FREE
36 min
Design
Videos for Learning & Training with Cindy Lucas
Videos for Learning & Training with Cindy Lucas
If you new to creating video, you might not even know where to start or what type of video you can create. This live stream talks through some of the different types of videos you can consider creating.
FREE
52 min
CreationVideo
Why A Job Aid Might Be the Best Thing You Need with Dawn Mahoney
Why A Job Aid Might Be the Best Thing You Need with Dawn Mahoney
In this episode of The Visual Lounge, discover how job aids could improve your business as Learning & Video Ambassador, Matt Pierce, interviews Dawn Mahoney, founder of Learning In The White Space and one of the leading authorities on training facilitation and instructional design.
FREE
36 min
TrainingAdviceid
How to Grow Skills and Identify Learning Needs with Phylise Banner
How to Grow Skills and Identify Learning Needs with Phylise Banner
Join host Matt Pierce as he interviews guest Phylise Banner, Learning Experience Design Consultant, about the innovative ways to design learning experiences and find solutions to learning challenges.
FREE
53 min
DesignAdvice
Why Viewers Start and Stop Watching Videos
Why Viewers Start and Stop Watching Videos
Watch this episode to understand how viewers consume video, where they find value, and what makes them go elsewhere.
FREE
43 min
Types of Video You Can Create While Working Remotely
Types of Video You Can Create While Working Remotely
If you new to creating video, you might not even know where to start or what type of video you can create. This live stream talks through some of the different types of videos you can consider creating.
FREE
59 min
This is How to Give Better Remote Feedback
This is How to Give Better Remote Feedback
Feedback takes time & to be effective needs to be clear. One help is to use visuals when it makes sense. This video focuses on ways you can use visuals to clarify & enhance feedback.
FREE
Advice
Advice if you HATE YOUR VOICE on Video
Advice if you HATE YOUR VOICE on Video
We get it - Not everyone loves to hear their recorded voice. There are reasons it sounds different than normal to you - and you don't have to worry you have a great voice. This previously recorded video will give you a variety of tips about how to take care of your voice, and hopefully help you get over the way you feel about hearing your self.
FREE
RecordingCreation
This Is How to Be More Comfortable on Camera
This Is How to Be More Comfortable on Camera
Feeling uncomfortable with all the time you're spending on camera? Want to feel more camera-ready? We'll be sharing ideas on how to make you and your space to be a bit more ready to be on camera.
FREE
RecordingCreationAdvice
Audio First Workflow for Tutorials
Audio First Workflow for Tutorials
Matt Pierce discusses tips for recording the narration, how to record the video so that it fits, and how to edit so that you have a sharp-looking tutorial.
FREE
94 min
Brent Schlenker - Full TLDC Interview
Brent Schlenker - Full TLDC Interview
Brent shared his thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is his full interview.
FREE
44 min
id
Bob Pike - Full TLDC Interview
Bob Pike - Full TLDC Interview
Bob shared his thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is his full interview.
FREE
30 min
Trainingid
Kevin Thorn - Full TLDC Interview
Kevin Thorn - Full TLDC Interview
Kevin shared his thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is his full interview.
FREE
21 min
id
Sam Rogers- Full TLDC Interview
Sam Rogers- Full TLDC Interview
Sam shared his thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is his full interview.
FREE
28 min
id
Shannon Tipton - Full TLDC Interview
Shannon Tipton - Full TLDC Interview
Shannon shared her thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is her full interview.
FREE
21 min
id
Tim Slade - Full TLDC Interview
Tim Slade - Full TLDC Interview
Tim shared his thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is his full interview.
FREE
10 min
id
Asynchronous Communication
Asynchronous Communication
Communicating effectively asynchronously can be tough, but it doesn't have to be. It definitely takes knowing some best practices, leaning into using visuals, & setting guidelines.
FREE
57 min
Advice
Toddi Norum - Full TLDC Interview
Toddi Norum - Full TLDC Interview
Toddi shared her thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is her full interview.
FREE
25 min
id
Trish Uhl - Full TLDC Interview
Trish Uhl - Full TLDC Interview
Trish shared her thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is her full interview.
FREE
25 min
id
Cara North - Full TLDC Interview
Cara North - Full TLDC Interview
Cara shared her thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is her full interview.
FREE
25 min
id
Craig Sybert - Full TLDC Interview
Craig Sybert - Full TLDC Interview
Craig shared his thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is his full interview.
FREE
20 min
id
Cyndi Laurin - Full TLDC Interview
Cyndi Laurin - Full TLDC Interview
Cyndi shared her thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is her full interview.
FREE
22 min
id
Joe Ganci - Full TLDC Interview
Joe Ganci - Full TLDC Interview
Joe Ganci shared his thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is his full interview.
FREE
18 min
id
Debbie Richards - Full TLDC Interview
Debbie Richards - Full TLDC Interview
Debbie shared her thoughts about various training, learning and development topics at the TLDC conference. This is her full interview.
FREE
27 min
id
Press the Damn Button with Brian Fanzo
Press the Damn Button with Brian Fanzo
Brain and Matt will talk about the expectations of video, and why those expectations tend to be way higher than what they need to be, and that we need to stop stressing so much.
FREE
59 min
RecordingAdvice
Why, When, & How of Simplified User Interfaces (SUI) with Anton Bollen
Why, When, & How of Simplified User Interfaces (SUI) with Anton Bollen
SUI expert Anton Bollen joins Matt Pierce in this episode of The Visual Lounge, as they dive deep into the benefits of giving your screenshots the SUI treatment.
FREE
53 min
Visuals
Basics: Recording Audio In Your Environment
Basics: Recording Audio In Your Environment
A key element of a great video is good audio. Having bad audio is the easiest way to lose your audience. Many people tolerate video glitches but are less likely to continue watching a video if it doesn't sound good.
FREE
19 min
Video BasicsRecordingvideo-start
Basics: Using a Shot List
Basics: Using a Shot List
The shot list is a must-have for longer or more complex videos. This document gives details pertaining to specific types of shots within a scene such as close up, full shot, zoom in, etc.
FREE
10 min
Video BasicsPreproduction
Basics: Setting Up to Shoot Video
Basics: Setting Up to Shoot Video
Decisions made while preparing for a video shoot make a huge difference in the quality of your video. This course covers the basics of using a tripod, microphone, basic framing, the rule of thirds, and more.
FREE
13 min
Video BasicsRecording
Basics: Lighting Your Video
Basics: Lighting Your Video
Adding lights to your video production is an easy way to greatly improve overall quality. While the idea of lighting can seem overwhelming or complicated – it isn’t. This two-part course covers various light options, proper placement, and basic troubleshooting tips.
FREE
22 min
Video BasicsRecording
Basics: Syncing Audio and Video
Basics: Syncing Audio and Video
Recording audio separately from your camera or screen recording is a great option for many video creators. Or, you might need to rerecord an audio track and add it to a video. This course covers how to correctly sync audio and video recordings.
FREE
11 min
Video BasicsEditing
Bonus Content: Interview with Andrew Kan
Bonus Content: Interview with Andrew Kan
Full-length interview with Andrew Kan, Director of Video Production forTubeBuddy, at Video Marketing World.
FREE
17 min
Video
Bonus Content: Interview with Brian Fanzo
Bonus Content: Interview with Brian Fanzo
Full-length interview with Brian Fanzo of iSocialFanz at Video Marketing World.
FREE
29 min
Video
Bonus Content: Interview with Fernando Silva
Bonus Content: Interview with Fernando Silva
Full-length interview with Fernando Silva, Account Executive for Wistia, at Video Marketing World.
FREE
19 min
Video
Designing for Learning with Mike Taylor
Designing for Learning with Mike Taylor
How can you design content that will help people to learn? You don’t have to be a teacher in the traditional sense to teach others. You might find yourself faced with a teaching role that you didn’t expect. Perhaps you need to give a presentation, create an educational video, or even host an online course? Whatever the case may be, you must design your educational content for learning. Going Mike Taylor and Matt Pierce to learn how to effectively design educational content.
FREE
51 min
Design
Bonus Content: Interview with Nick Nimmin
Bonus Content: Interview with Nick Nimmin
Full-length interview with Nick Nimmin, YouTube Certified Creator, at Video Marketing World.
FREE
13 min
Video
Bonus Content: Interview with Owen Video
Bonus Content: Interview with Owen Video
Full-length interview with Owen Video, YouTube Marketing Consultant, at Video Marketing World.
FREE
34 min
Video
Bonus Content: Interview with Roberto Blake
Bonus Content: Interview with Roberto Blake
Full-length interview with Roberto Blake, Creative Director for Create Awesome Media, LLC, at Video Marketing World.
FREE
39 min
Video
Bonus Content: Interview with Sean Cannell
Bonus Content: Interview with Sean Cannell
Full-length interview with Sean Cannell, best selling author, YouTuber, speaker and coach, at Video Marketing World.
FREE
30 min
Video
Bonus Content: Interview with Sherri Powers
Bonus Content: Interview with Sherri Powers
Full-length interview with Sherri Powers, Director of Marketing for TechSmith, at Video Marketing World.
FREE
24 min
Video
Bonus Content: Interview with Tim Schmoyer
Bonus Content: Interview with Tim Schmoyer
Full-length interview with Tim Schmoyer, of Video Creators, at Video Marketing World.
FREE
29 min
Video
Bonus Content: Interview with Christin Kardos
Bonus Content: Interview with Christin Kardos
Full-length interview with Christin Kardos, Social Media and Community Manager of Convince & Convert, at Video Marketing World.
FREE
13 min
Video
Bonus Content: Interview with Tyler Lessard
Bonus Content: Interview with Tyler Lessard
Full-length interview with Tyler Lessard, Vice President of Marketing for VidYard, at Video Marketing World.
FREE
24 min
Video
Where To Begin: Creating Better Content
Where To Begin: Creating Better Content
Learn from video marketing experts and their tips to help you know where to start with creating better video content.
FREE
13 min
Recording
Video Promotion and Growing Your Audience
Video Promotion and Growing Your Audience
Learn from video marketing experts and their tips to help you make sure your videos get seen by the right people.
FREE
14 min
Post
Getting Better On Camera
Getting Better On Camera
Learn from video marketing experts and their tips to help you become a better video creator in front of the camera.
FREE
14 min
RecordingCreationAdvice
This is How to Hack Remote Work with Animated GIFs
This is How to Hack Remote Work with Animated GIFs
Animated GIFs aren't just for fun reactions, they can also be useful tools to help communicate, share, and teach. This episode covers a variety of uses for GIFs in the work place.
FREE
60 min
Visuals
How to Take Better Screenshots (The Basics)
How to Take Better Screenshots (The Basics)
If you've never taken a screenshot - how do you know what makes for a good one? Are there things you can do to improve the quality? During this video we look at the basics of taking a screenshot and simple ways to have them convey information better and more clearly.
FREE
48 min
Visuals
Bonus Content: Interview with Jeremy Vest
Bonus Content: Interview with Jeremy Vest
Full-length interview with Jeremy Vest, Director of Marketing for vidIQ, at Video Marketing World.
FREE
28 min
Video