I spent some quality time with Studio yesterday to produce five quick start videos for … iShowU Studio. These are aimed at introducing the app, its layout to both new and existing users. The series covers some basic editing as well as touching on a couple of more advanced features such as freeze-frame and pan/zoom.
- Introduction, what Studio “is” and a quick tour of the UI. I also covered basic insertion of shapes.
- Basic Editing, how to select objects, multiple selection, lasso dragging, delete, trim and region cut
- Properties & Visualization, modifying the look of objects and using mouse & keyboard visualizers
- Advanced Editing, introduction to Pan/Zoom & Freeze Frame, an also freezing using an audio insert. Examples of all of these are included in the video.
- Sharing, how to share as a QuickTime file, sharing to YouTube and also authentication with YouTube via oAuth.
Probably the hardest part (for me) was making these videos short. As a precursor to this effort I spent some time planning a table of contents of all features of Studio. If I were to keep the videos at about 4m each I think I ended up with about 17 videos in total! When you pause and write down all the little things Studio can do, you end up with a lot of material to cover!
As always, I’m keen for further suggestions for more video. I feel “aware” that these cover the basics, and those users who have more experience may be interested in more complex workflows. Fire suggestions my way!
I feel like I’m getting a handle on how to produce them reasonably quickly. These five took me about 8-10 hours and that time includes script writing, proofing, production, encoding, uploading and blog posts.
I’ll probably make a post at some point about the workflow I’m currently using (it’s essentially: all audio first, make the video fit). I’m finding that doing the script first, audio and then video means I have very very little rework (if any, in fact).