We all spend time on the web looking at videos and learning from them as well. As a matter of fact, most of us are very visual but I still, and often, need to see the written word. I love the color, motion, and interesting topics but if I am learning something new, I truly need to see the transcript in order to really digest everything.
It could be that when we learn to read, we are learning to use text as the basis of understanding the world around us. The text, itself, if written well, can create a new world around us. I know when I want to learn something I first need to see it, be shown how it works or how it is put together, and then see the steps it took to make that creation. That is likely why we all love YouTube and the stuff we can learn from there.
I have heard that people have learned to knit, crochet, quill, and even quilt by just watching YouTube videos. I used YouTube to learn how to fix things, work on painting a project, and even how to fold paper to make an envelope. All of these are amazing ways to learn more and more. I not only use YouTube, but I am also a fan of Skillshare and other online courses. This is where you learn more than just a few steps in any process. My fav teacher, of course, is Helen Bradley - she is amazing and her courses include Illustrator for Lunch and Photoshop for Lunch.
If you are really into designs, then you can really get a good handle on both Illustrator and Photoshop through Skillshare.
Now on to creating videos. I brought up Illustrator and Photoshop because they are two tools you need to understand so that you can make your backgrounds and other effects. The other piece of software you will need is something such as Camtasia Studio (this has been my favorite program for many, many years).
I have used another video application called VideoMakerFX - a really great fast and quick way to make animated videos. This one is just a little difficult to use for instructions. It would be used more for promotional animated streams.
Here is a short video I did for Patreon:
We have just started our YouTube channel so it should be fun putting together some great videos on the projects we are working on. Hopefully, you will be able to learn a great deal from us - one of the items I want on this channel is to add the transcripts so it is much easier to follow along.
Today's recommended reading on making videos:
- How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro
- How To Sell Video Courses Online: A Roadmap
- Web Video Creation: Business Owners Guide to Web Video Creation!
I hope you try and make your own crafting video - even our 10 year olds are making videos these days.