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5.1 Conclusion

In this last video you will get some final advice and tips for creating engaging instructional videos!

5.1 Conclusion

In this last lesson, you will get some final advice for creating engaging instructional videos. It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If you wanna get really good at making instructional videos, find content that you like and try to replicate it. And if possible, try to improve on it as well. Sometimes you will find a particular presenter that you find entertaining. And other times, you will be drawn to the particular look of a production. Either way there's no point trying to reinvent the wheel, especially if you're just starting out. You can learn a lot of little things about the production process, script writing, research, lighting, audio, camera angles, and presentation just by trying to create a video in the style of something that you like. I was first inspired to create instructional videos by Andrew Kramer from videocopilot.net. Not only did his videos help me refine my After Effect skills, they also set a benchmark for quality in my own instructional videos. Now if you don't have a lot of gear to work with, use what you have in the most efficient way possible. For example, if you have just a single camera and one light, start off with a medium shot of your talent. And get that light positioned to make your talent look good. Then shoot the entire presentation again with the camera covering only the product and use your light to cover the hands and the product. This will take more time, but you will be making the best use of the gear that you have available. Also, keep in mind that you can rent gear, but depending on where you live, it may be a little more difficult to get. If you live in a more remote area, you may not have a facility that rents lights designed for video production. But you may have a place that rents stage lighting. If this is the case, you may be able to rent a handful of ETC Source Four lights for your production. If you can control the light in your space by blocking out the window light, these will make fantastic lighting tools. You can diffuse the lights, just as I did, with the fluorescent lights, by using a large roll of vellum or a really large five-in-one reflector/diffuser. You can also rent lights, audio gear, and cameras online from sites like borrowlenses.com. I hope the things you learned in this course will help you make fantastic instructional videos. Again, my name is Dave Bode for Tuts+. Thanks so much for watching and I'll see you around.

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