In this week’s post, I will be discussing how I approached Articulate’s E-Learning Challenge #42: Smartphone Video Training for Course Designers. The goal of this week’s challenge was to record, edit, and publish a training video using your smartphone. Although I’ve carried around an iPhone for the last year or so, I have not used it for video recording. After going through this challenge, I’ll have to admit it produced a decent video. On the other hand, editing on the iPhone was an area that I chose not to waste much time on. Without adding additional software, I was limited to trimming sections at the beginning and end of each video; therefore, I chose to use tools from my Instructional Designer’s toolkit.
Here are the tools used to produce the end product:
- iPhone 4S: I used both my iPhone and my daughter’s iPhone to capture different angles for the videos which were later combined in post edit.
- Tripod/iPhone/Monopod mounts: I used a regular camera tripod along with an iPhone mount I purchased for $6. To obtain an overhead angle, I used a monopod.
- Camtasia Studio: I used this tool for editing, fades of music, and video segments.
- Articulate Storyline: Storyline was used for post-production publishing to achieve the overall look and feel of the demo.
- PowerPoint: As always, I used this tool to do some simple graphic edits.
- LiveCam Avatar: This tool was used to to produce voice over (I could not get my daughter to do the voice over for free!).
- Garageband: I used this tool from my iMac to create the background music track.
The idea for the “How To” topic came from my daughter Morgan. She makes a mean guacamole dip. For the Title screen, I used a picture of an avocado and incorporated the “avocado-green” color into the color-scheme. The font I used was called Bahiana.
After advancing past the Title screen, you are taken to the Main Menu (see below) which incorporated several Storyline features. First, to maintain a television cooking show theme, the concept of “television channels” was used for each step. A hotspot links to a “channel” layer. When the layer opens, a remote control will appear and a finger will select the appropriate channel. After the channel is selected, you are taken to another layer that was created to display each video step for making guacamole. I used the LiveCam Avatar scripting tool to provide a voice over and then imported it into Camtasia Studio where it was cleaned up and exported to Storyline.
The scrambled television was created using two triggers to ensure it looped. You will also hear background music throughout the entire demo. The background music used two triggers and a soundtrack placed on a Slide Master to achieve this effect. To watch the demo, click on the image below. Please leave a comment if you like what you see! If you would like to see how this demo was built, stop by our YouTube Channel.