Thinking about incorporating videos in your courses?

Consider writing a script before you start recording. Taking a bit of time to plan out what you’ll say helps you create better videos and, believe it or not, will save you time. Really!

How does scripting help you create better videos? 

Scripts help you sound more professional, as they help you eliminate the “ums” and “uhs” that can creep in when you’re recording. When you have a script, you’re less likely to make a mistake that requires you to rerecord. Recording over and over again lengthens your production time significantly. Scripts also help you create focused videos that leave little room for rambling, thus keeping viewing time to a minimum. Think about it, how likely are you to watch a video more than 5 minutes in length?

The best reason to use a script, though, is that they make it easier to create accessible videos on YouTube. While YouTube provides an automatic closed captioning tool, it might not caption your video correctly, making if difficult for deaf or hard of hearing students to access your content.

Instead, add the script yourself by uploading a file or by transcribing and setting the video timings. If you have a script already written, it takes only a few seconds. If you’re not using YouTube to host your videos, check out Amara for an easy way to caption your videos.

If you’d like to learn more about creating, scripting, or captioning videos, please get in touch with any member of the ID team.


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