Create-Professional-Looking-Instructional-VideoNowadays it is incredibly easy to fire up a screen recorder and create an instructional video. However you may have noticed is that there’s a huge difference in quality between some of the videos out there.

If you’re looking to create an instructional video then you undoubtedly want it to look and feel like it is professionally produced. But how do you go about doing that? In many ways it’s like the saying – the devil is in the details.

Key Components of Instructional Videos

It is the tiny things that often make all the difference in the overall quality of instructional videos. Everything from the video itself, to the narration, and even the background music (or lack thereof) – all these things will reflect the overall quality of the video.

So if you’re committed to having your video look and feel professional, here are the key components you need to pay close attention to:

1. Have a Script

Have you noticed that some videos tend to be sharp and to the point, while others tend to be haphazard and maybe even have small accidents like the narrator tabbing into the wrong window, or clicking the wrong icon?

Largely this boils down to whether or not you have a script. Before you record your video you should script out what you want to show, the order you’re going to show it in, and also the voiceover that is going to play at each point. If it is a long video you may even want to split it into several shorter ‘scenes’ and record them separately.

With a script, you can avoid most of the accidental mistakes, or even reshoot parts as needed until you get it right.

2. Record the Voiceover Separately

When you’re recording your attention will be on getting the video right, so having to focus on that while at the same time narrate the voiceover is going to be tough.

Rather than trying and ending up with poor results – you can narrate the voiceover separately and then add it to the video later. Most computer recording software allow for this, and it will help you to get a much superior and smoother voiceover.

3. Cut, Edit, and Re-shoot As Needed

Here’s a secret of professional video-makers: They very often don’t get it right on the first take. Odds are you’ll find that after you have recorded your video you can improve it by editing it in various ways, or even re-shooting parts of it as needed.

Don’t be afraid to do so. After all, with screen capture it just means spending a few minutes on recording so you could have an unlimited amount of re-shoots if required.

Of course apart from all of these key components, you’ll also want to take care of the basics – such as the video settings, format, and so on. If you have no prior experience dealing with such things, using the Movavi Screen Capture software could be an immense help. Not only will it allow you to record, edit, and produce professional-looking instructional videos, but it will also let you save that video in a variety of formats by using presets for multiple different platforms.

All you need to do is choose one depending on how and where you intend to use your video, but as a rule of thumb it’s always a good idea to initially record in high quality and then convert to lower quality if you really need to.