A couple of recurring questions got us thinking about onboarding new users. How can we help new users understand what LearningSpaces is and how it works?
One of the solutions that came up was to create short explanatory videos for the most important views and features, and prompt new users to watch them.
But before spending a week on writing scripts, recording screen captures and dubbing voice-overs, we decided - as usual - to start with a quick prototype.
We wrote a 150-word script about the Spaces overview, got someone on Fiverr to record a voice-over for under 20$, and then used Quicktime and iMovie (both ship with OSX) for the screencapture and editing.
You can watch the result here:
Pretty cool right? Not bad for about 2 hours of work and 15$. And a great way to start testing if support videos can help the onboarding process.
- Start QuickTime (and don't open a video in that annoying dialog)
File > New Screen Recording)
- Select an area to record or go fullscreen.
- Record (I recorded to the voice-over so I needed 3 tries).
- Save, import in iMovie and match the timing with your voice over.
- Export and share!
Bonus: go to
System Preferences > Accessibilityon your Mac, select
Enable keyboard shortcuts to zoom. The default shortcut is
cmd+alt+8- this will zoom in on the position of your cursor. You can put this to great use when highlighting specific features of your application.