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7 tips for producing quality e-learning video for manufacturing applications

Employ these tips in your training videos and you’ll see an improvement in learner’s comprehension of your e-learning module

Video is used quite often in manufacturing companies’ training programs. It is a very effective method for demonstrating techniques and procedures. Technology has made it quite simple to turn anyone into an amateur video producer, with mixed results. Unfortunately poor video quality can actually hinder the learning process.

Going back to the basics of video production, here are some simple tips to make sure your videos are well produced, thus enhancing the training process:

  1. Use a tripod
    The simplest way to improve the quality of your videos with the most impact is to use a tripod. Without one, it is impossible to hand hold a steady shot. Learning new material is difficult enough; don’t inhibit the learning experience by distracting the learner with a shaky camera.
  1. Enhance the scene with simple lighting
    A simple light kit with a soft box will make a big difference in your training videos. It will help to illuminate what’s important, giving the viewer a clearer picture of what the proper procedure looks like.
  1. Use a quality camera
    We’re all walking around with a camera in our pocket or purse now. Phones and tablets are great for personal videos and informal sharing of business information, but aren’t suited well for video in a manufacturing environment because of their lack of manual controls and lack of a good zoom.. Good quality HD cameras can now be purchased for less than $3,000. Invest in one and upgrade your productions instantly.
  1. Vary your shot
    Use wide shots to help orient the learner and close-ups to focus on the details that are so important in industrial training applications such as installation, machining or inspection.  Avoid the use of a lot of disorienting zooming in and out.
  1. Time your shot in the field
    Read or play the script out loud as you record the video so the action times out well with the narration.
  1. Unclutter the background
    If you can control the location for your video production, pick an area that is less traveled and visually uncluttered. Let the background go darker then the subject you are shooting so it won’t be distracting, allowing the learner to focus on the actual content.
  1. Capturing screen recordings
    For software training, there are software packages like Camtasia and My Screen Recorder Pro that let you directly record all screen action to a video, without a camera. If you can’t load screen recording program on the device you need to provide training on (i.e. CNC machining ), you will need to shoot the screen with a camera. Darken the room so you don’t get reflections on the monitor and then experiment with the monitor’s refresh rate or your camera’s shutter speed to eliminate any flicker.

If you have any additional video production tips, please add them in the comment section below.

Ron Trilling
Author of Learning Lines | Founder and Partner, at Media Dynamics
Ron is a great source of information when it comes to eLearning. He has a background in instructional design and has worked with many companies to help develop their eLearning content and courses.
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