Record Your Own CAD Training Videos

14 Aug, 2013 By: Robert Green

Learn the correct software settings that will allow you to create clear, easy-to-follow tutorials for your users.

Now set up your production for Windows Media (WMV) format as shown in this dialog.

Note: If you have to stream your videos over slow wide-area network (WAN) connections, Flash (the first option in the screen above) may be your best bet, but make sure you'll be able to install the required Flash components at the remote site without creating a big IT hassle!

When you select WMV, all audio values and encoding parameters are set automatically. Now set the audio/video quality for your production by using the existing profiles for the WMV format.

Use the Best Quality and File Size option to render at the same size you recorded with optimal audio/video compression. This achieves the best available balance between quality and file size.

Now simply give the WMV file any name you'd like, and Camtasia will do the rest. After the production is complete, your video will start up in Windows Media Player for your final review.

Try it Again

You can now try another practice recording and generate final-quality output using the settings described above. Remember that practice really does make perfect, so you'll likely run through a bunch of practice sessions before you get everything set just the way you like it.

Still not convinced? Download the free Camtasia software trial and give it a try. You may find that you like the process and can add it to your bag of CAD management tricks sooner than you expected.

Summing Up

In the next edition of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I'll be providing some tips for generating training lesson plans that have maximum impact, whether they are in video or classroom formats. It is my hope that you'll find the video and training topics useful in your day-to-day quest to make your users more productive. Until next time.

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