Instructor Ron Hogue on Producing Screencast Videos
Ron Hogue is a technical training guru who has been delivering instructional content to hundreds of students since 2003. In 2012, he received awards for his “Top Five-ish Screencasting Tips” video, and he currently has two top-performing courses on Udemy, both on Camtasia.
Ron Hogue is a technical instructor who teaches everything from software to networking, but he’s also an expert when it comes to using screencast videos to create the highest quality courses. He prefers using Camtasia to record his courses, and recommends that other Udemy instructors do the same.
Record Audio and Video Separately
Ron encourages instructors to record audio and video separately for screencasting so you have more flexibility to edit both as needed. Per Ron’s advice, this allows you to play your audio normally and have your screencast play back at the exact speed you want. If needed, you can even make part of a clip one speed and another part a different speed, or freeze a frame so nothing moves until you’re ready to continue.
Put simply, Ron’s process is:
- Script the lecture
- Record audio
- Record screen using Camtasia
- Record any PPT slides
- Edit, edit, edit!
Pro tip from Ron: “I highly recommend recording the course first and doing the intro and sales videos last. This way, you can better talk about what’s in your course rather than what you think will be in your course.”
Ron highly recommends is Camtasia as the software to record your Udemy course. This article goes into more detail on how Ron uses Camtasia and what settings he recommends. Camtasia can also come in handy if you want to add closed captioning or you’re teaching a course on a program like Photoshop:
“A program like Photoshop uses a lot of screen space. I recommend recording at full screen to start your videos and then zooming in to specific parts of your screen where you’re working. When you’re zoomed out, your screen will be a bit blurry. But if you use Camtasia to zoom to 100%, you will find that the area you are working on becomes perfectly clear.”
Show Yourself on Screen
It’s a good idea to show yourself speaking on the screen, even when teaching something like a software program that you’re demonstrating to the audience.
“I recommend a small talking head in the corner when possible. It’s not a requirement, but we like to look at people who are talking to us. We connect more with those we see. I find myself more engaged in courses where I can see the instructor.”
Better Videos = Better Courses
With the right recording and editing tools, Ron has been able to make his courses more engaging. He can speed up a video when software is being installed so he doesn’t lose his audience’s attention, and he can zoom into one part of his screen and freeze it without making it obvious so he can slow things down when necessary. When it all boils down, though, is focusing on creating concise, engaging videos that are easy to follow: “I’m a big fan of short videos. I want to encourage everyone to create concise videos. Rather than grouping several items together into one big video, please break up several items into smaller videos.”
We’ve asked a variety of bestselling and innovative Udemy instructors to host one hour Q&A sessions in the Udemy Studio or Faculty Lounge. These “Ask Me Anythings” are a chance for the instructor community to get their questions answered in real time by instructors we consider to be true mentors. To view the Ask Me Anything session hosted by Ron Hogue, go here (Note that you will need to be a Studio member to access the link).