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Chemistry 120 LAB 2020: Making Screencasts

Steps to making an effective screencast

1. Make a storyboard

All compelling videos tell stories.  Before you start, take some time to sketch out a clear plan or outline for your video.  In your "storyboard" include both the ideas you will share as well as the visual content that you will display alongside each idea.  Give some thought to the narrative arc - or the order in which you will present your content and your ideas will build upon one another.   Consider carefully how the accompanying visuals can work together with you words to help convey your story.

2. Prepare your visual content

Now that you have a plan, go about preparing all your visual content (be it in a slidedeck or another type of file or application).  Organize it so that it will be easy to navigate amongst according to the order planned in your storyguide.

3. Write your script

Now write out your script.  It should almost roll off your tongue now that you've mapped it out on your storyboard and prepared your visuals.  Choose language that will be accessible to your audience to convey your key ideas.  Be mindful of how your language relates to your visuals.  Make explicit connections to your visuals as appropriate.  Practice your script as needed so that you will be able to deliver it effectively in real time.

4. Get ready to record

Organize your screen so that you are able to easily navigate amongst the visuals you plan to share and that you can view your script as needed.  Select a recording software (suggestions below).  Take a tiral run so you get the feel for it.  Then give it a shot.

5. Edit your video

If needed take some time for post-production editing.  Various tips can be found in the resources below.  It is possible to add your voiceover in post-production should you prefer.

Links to resources