What's the best, most efficient workflow for making a screencast?
January 28, 2014 2:02 PM Subscribe
I want to make a series of instructional programming videos. I'm reasonably happy that I have all the moving parts lined up - I know what I want to cover, I have the examples and material ready, I've figured out how to make high-quality video recordings of my desktop and I've got a nice USB microphone. But if there's one thing that my brief forays into video editing have taught me, it's that it can be incredibly time-consuming. Given that I plan on making ~10 hours of content for my first batch of videos, I'd like some advice on doing this efficiently. Specific questions inside.
- Is it better/necessary to write a script from which to read? Or will that make it sound unnatural? This is going to be material that I normally deliver in the form of a lecture + slides, for which I don't use notes.
- Is it better to try and record the video + audio simultaneously? Or do the video first then dub audio on top of it? Or read the script first and then match up the video?
- Is it better to split a ~1 hour long video up into very small chunks, and record them individually then stick them together? Or is it better to try and do the whole thing in one take and edit it afterwards?
Any other advice? or if somebody can point me to a recommended workflow for this kind of thing, I'd be very grateful.