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[2020] The Procedure to Make Instructional Videos

Jane Zhou updated on Dec 22, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

No matter what it is that you want to get your hands on, today you can learn just about everything from your mobile devices and computers. This has become possible because there are a ton of instructional videos available on the web. These videos teach you how to do something, explain to you various concepts, and guide you in the right direction so you can achieve what you want. What about making instructional videos by yourself? Making these videos does not require much effort if you have a tool to help you with it. There are a ton of tools available to help you create instructional videos starting from helping you brainstorm ideas to finally helping you edit your videos before they are uploaded to the internet.

  1. Choose the Video Type You Want
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Record your Instructional Video
  4. Edit Your Instructional Video

How to Make Instructional Videos

If you have decided to go ahead with making instructional videos for your students or just the general web users, there are several types that you can choose from to make your first video. You will want to stick to one type of video if you are a niche-based educator. If you do not choose the type of video that you want to create, you are going to get confused at each stage as you will not be able to decide on the plan and the tools that you need. Having a clear video type makes everything just so much easier for you. The following are some of the popular instructional videos that you usually find on the Internet and that you can make for yourself on your computers.

Part 1. Choose the Type of Instructional Video you Want to Create

As said earlier, you will first need to decide what kind of instructional video you want to create. This will then help you choose the appropriate tools that you will need to make and edit your video. Initially, you should start with one of the following video types, and then eventually you can branch out to other types of videos.

Video Type Real-Life Footage Often Informal Good for Later Viewing Screen Capture Software Required Voice Narration Required
Training Yes No No No Yes
Explainer No Yes No No Yes
Presentation No No Yes Yes No
Screencast No Yes No Yes Yes
Tutorial Yes No No Yes Yes

Type 1. Training Videos

These are videos that train people or employees in a company so they can get their tasks done with the available equipment. If you have worked in any company before, you have likely watched these types of videos. They train you to use certain types of machinery or tools that your job requires you to use for your tasks. These videos often have real-life footage showing your actual trainers doing things with the available equipment.

Type 2. Explainer Videos

An explainer video, as the name suggests, explains a concept or topic in an easy to understand manner. You have likely come across numerous explainer videos on sites like YouTube where they teach and explain to their audience a specific topic. If you have certain concepts or topics in your mind that you are knowledgeable about, then you can certainly make these explainer videos to educate your audience. They will appreciate you sharing your knowledge with them.

Type 3. Presentation Videos

A presentation video is nothing but a mixture of your PowerPoint presentation along with a narrative. This narration could come from you or someone else and is part of the full package. You can deliver this video on a video platform and your audience will be able to consume both your presentation as well as your remarks about it. These videos are fairly easy to make, and even easier if you are already used to making presentations with software like Microsoft PowerPoint. You can then record your screen where it displays the presentation, add your narration, and your video is ready.

Type 4. Screencast Videos

Screencast videos are where your screen is recorded in a video format. You will need to use this video type when you want to show your audience something that you are doing on your device. For example, if you want to teach people how to change a setting on a computer, you can make a screencast video and this will help them learn the task more easily than explaining it using long blocks of text. Making screencast videos only requires screen recording software. You can use it to record your screen when you are doing your task on it. Optionally, you can add your voice narration to further explain your point, if you want.

Type 5. Tutorial Videos

A tutorial video, as the name implies, is a tutorial that shows how to get something done with your things. This could be as easy as making tea or as hard as writing a complex computer program. You can make these videos to teach your audience how they can do something on their devices. These videos could include your narrative, your screen recording, and even yourself against a whiteboard explaining things and teaching how to accomplish something. It is totally up to the tutor to decide what they want to include in a tutorial video.

Part 2. Begin with a Plan

Once you have chosen a specific type of instructional video that you want to make, you need to write down the plan as to what you are going to be covering in your video. This could be on a simple plain paper or in a note-taking app on your computer or your smartphone. Without a plan, you really cannot decide what you will be doing with your videos. A clear plan will help make your things go smoothly and you will have an idea of what you will be doing at each point in the whole video creation process. If you are unsure of how to go about making a plan for your video, the following might help you.

The first thing you need to do is to choose the type of video that you will make. Depending on what type of video you want to make to the required equipment you have, you will need to make a decision about it first. When you decide on a video type, make sure you know what all things it is going to need. Keep yourself informed of the required items and you should be fine.

The second thing you will need to do is to choose what you want to include in your video. This could be an image, a video, or any other items. When you have made a list of required items to be included in your video, start gathering those items. This could be copying files from your other device to your main computer, downloading content from the web, and so on.

Third, you need to decide on the order of items that will appear in your video. You may want to show an image in the first part of your video and other things in the rest of the video, and so on. Make a clear plan as to what you want to appear in what order for your video and this will make the whole thing a lot easier for you.

Part 3. Record your Instructional Video

If you have made a decision as to what you will be recording and you have a plan ready, it is time to implement it and give your ideas a shape. Depending on the type of video that you are going to make, you should have all the required tools ready with you. If it is the type of video that requires, say showing real-life footage, then you will need to grab those from somewhere and save on your main machine. If it is a PowerPoint presentation, you need to ensure it is available locally on your computer. This will make it easier for you to add these items to your video.

You will need to adjust the physical location of your camera and ensure that all the settings and configurations on it are as per your needs. This way you will record exactly what you want for your video. Also, make sure everyone knows you are recording a video so they do not end-up disturbing you while you are recording yourself. Most video types can be recorded with any camera including the camera on your smartphone. However, if you are looking to record your screen for a screencast type of video, then you will need a video recording app installed on your computer. Then there will be steps you need to follow to actually record your screen and save it as a video file. The following should teach you how to do that.

How to Record Your Screen

The first thing you are going to need to do is to download a tool that helps you record your computer screen. There are several apps available in the market to help you do it and you can pick the one that is best for your operating system. Here we show how to use CamStudio, one of the free screen recording software, to record your computer's screen.

Step 1. Launch the software and click on "Region" to select the region of your screen that you want to capture.

select screen region

Step 2. When you are ready to capture the screen, click on the "File" menu and select "Record". It will start recording your computer screen.

record computer screen

Step 3. Click on the "File" menu and select "Stop" when you have finished recording.

stop screen recording

Step 4. You will be asked to choose the folder where you want to save your video file.

How to Record Your Voice on Your Computer

The second thing you need to sort out is your voice. You will probably want to add some narrative or audio to your screen recording and this can be done by using an audio recording tool.

Windows 10 comes preloaded with an app that allows you to record your voice and save it as an audio file on your computer. You can make use of it to record your voice and this way you will not need to install a third-party utility to do the task on your machine.

Step 1. Open the "Voice Recorder" app on your computer and click on the large mic button to start recording your voice.

start voice recording

Step 2. Click on the stop button when you want to stop recording your voice.

stop voice recording

Step 3. Right-click on your recorded file in the left-sidebar and choose "Open file location" to find the actual recording file on your computer.

access recording file

You can then use this audio file with your screen recording to make it a full instructional video.

Part 4. Edit Your Instructional Video

Once your instructional video's video and audio parts are ready, you may want to edit them to give them that final touch before they are put in front of your audience.

While there are many tools to help you do this, nothing beats the simplicity and the set of features that EaseUS Video Editor offers. It is a fully-fledged video editing app that allows you to edit and refine your instructional as well as all other types of videos on your computer.

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It comes bundled with all the tools you can think of to edit your videos and the software is pretty easy to use. You can get used to it in no time and start editing your videos. The software will let you fix any issues with your video, enhance your video, fix your audio, add a new narrative to your video, and so on.

Regardless of how you want to retouch your instructional video, the software will let you do it. The following are the steps on how you can use it to edit your video.

Step 1. Select an Aspect Ratio

The first thing you need to do is to select an aspect ratio for your video file. Depending on how you have recorded your computer's screen, you will need to use an appropriate ratio so that your video fits well in it.

select aspect ratio

Step 2. Add Your Instructional Video to the Software

After choosing an aspect ratio, you will need to add your instructional video and audio to the software. You can do this by clicking on the option that says "Import" and choosing "Import file". Add both your audio and video files, right-click on them, and choose "Add to Project" to add them to the timeline.

add audio or video

Step 3. Add Text to Your Video

Most instructional videos have text descriptions to clarify things in the videos. If you want to add text to your video, click on the "Text" option in the left sidebar and choose one of the text styles to add to your video.

add text to video

Step 4. Enhance Your Narration Voice

If the voice quality in your narration is not that great, there is an option to fix that in the software. Right-click on your audio file in the timeline and choose "Voice Enhancement". It will help you enhance the quality of your voice.

enhance audio

Step 5. Add Various Elements to Your Instructional Video

There are a ton of other things you can add to your video. This includes filters, overlays, transitions, and various elements. Simply click on the item you want to add in the left sidebar and you will be able to choose a style to be added to your video.

add items to video

Step 6. Export Your Instructional Video

If you are not sure what configuration your target video site uses, this software has preset for some of the popular video platforms to save your video. Click on "Export" at the top, select the "Video platform" option, and click on your target platform.

save edited video

Your video will be saved in a format and configuration that is compatible with your chosen video site.


With loads of tutorials available out there for how to make instructional videos, it is not difficult to make these types of videos and share them with your target audience. APPs like EaseUS Video Editor have made the editing part much easier than ever and you can have some pro-level videos edited on your computer in a few easy steps with these apps.

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