A video training CD will get your message across to many people you couldn’t reach on your own.
A video training CD is one of the most effective methods of passing along skills and information to a large number of people. Whether you want to teach individuals kickboxing or instruct a corporation use a high tech copier, a well-produced video training CD can be the most efficient way of getting your knowledge across.
1. Write a complete script of your training video. Depending on the complexity of your subject, the video may only need a single location and no props, or multiple locales and a myriad of different items. Regardless, a simple script will help you determine exactly what you will need to properly instruct the viewer.
2. Set up your location. Make sure that it is clear of unnecessary clutter and well lit as your viewers need to see exactly what you will be demonstrating and anything that draws the attention away from the instructor will countermand the intent of the entire video training CD.
3. Perform a run through. You will want to make sure that the camera operator knows all visual cues (i.e. when to zoom or pan) and that the instructor knows their lines and is clearly demonstrating the actions necessary for the trainee to be able to mimic their actions in a live situation.
4. Record the scenes from the script. To save time, shoot all the scenes in each location, regardless of where they appear chronologically in the script. This will eliminate the need to return to the same location repeatedly and expedite the filming process as a whole.
5. Upload the images to your PC. There are different ways to accomplish this, depending on the type of camera you’re working with. If you recorded onto a DVD-R, it will be recognized by your computer’s auto play function once it is loaded into the drive. You should see some variant of the option “open files for editing.” If nothing pops up, you will need to look for the shared drive in Windows Explorer and drag the files over manually. If you’ve utilized a different type of recorder, you may need to transfer via a FireWire cable or a flash drive, either of which can be connected from the camera to your computer’s USB port. Some formats, mini-DV for example, require a separate deck to be connected to the PC, usually through a FireWire cable as well.
6. Edit the scenes together based on the order in the script. You want to ensure that the scenes flow seamlessly and that the trainer’s instructions are in the correct order. You can also take this opportunity to insert music for added effect.
7. Save the file in a standard media format such as .mpeg or .wmv. and place it in an easily accessible directory on your PC
8. Insert a blank CD into your PC. You will want to use a CD-R as opposed to a CD-RW as the latter can be re-recorded. Just be certain that you are satisfied with your final cut as you will not be able to edit the CD-R once recording has been finalized. When the auto play options pop up, select the option to “burn to CD.” Follow the on-screen prompts until your video training CD is complete.