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How to Make a Quick Tutorial Video (Animated Slideshow) With Placeit

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Are you a cracking cook, a makeup marvel or a top traveller? Whatever skill you have to share, excite and engage your viewers with an insightful and easy-to-follow tutorial video. Here are some tips on how to nail yours.

What is a Tutorial Video?

You might want to show your audience how to do or make something, or perhaps to give them some practical tips on things like studying, motivation, or fitness. This is where a tutorial video is perfect, you can use a mix of footage, images and text to create something engaging for your viewers.

How Can I Make a Tutorial Video?

There’s no right or wrong way! You might want to invest in some equipment, like a camera and lighting, or you might want to film your tutorial video on your phone. Here are some tips to get it looking and sounding its best.

  • Use a tripod to keep your image steady
  • Turn off autofocus so the camera doesn’t ‘hunt’ when you move around
  • Attach a separate audio recorder, don’t rely on the in-camera microphone

Try a Template

Templates are a brilliant way to make something that looks professional, while being easy and quick to do. If templates for popular software suites like Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects aren’t really for you, then you might want to try Placeit, where you have everything you need, right there on the website.

Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect, using the template "Slideshow Maker for a Productivity Step by Step Tutorial" from Placeit.

This is the layout you’ll see when you open the template page:

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The fonts and text are on the left; effects, colours and images are on the right and each slide is shown along the bottom, with the option to add more if you need them.

Change your first slide to introduce your video.

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I’ve changed the colour from green to blue, added the words 'Tutorial Video’ as a title, and changed the background from plants to a nice zen water scene to match the new colours. 

Hitting Preview Slide at the top will let you see the changes to that slide so far, with Preview Full Video, unsurprisingly, letting you preview the whole project so far. You can use the stock footage and images provided or you can upload your own.

Slightly frustratingly, you have to re-select your colours for every slide. Here's a work around: can get one slide how you want it, then hover over it and hit duplicate slide and then make changes to that.

Remember to add your logo and/or branding and things like contact details and your website so that your fans know where they can find more great content.

Here's a demo of how it might look.

You can buy templates individually, or subscribe to Placeit and use as many as you like. Why not try one of the other great tutorial templates.

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