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Do you know how to record a quick and dirty 'Done Video'?
  v29.0 Posted at 2/07/2020 6:02 AM by Tiago Araujo

​When you've finished a PBI you should record a video to send to your Product Owner and anyone else that is interested. A 'Done' video is much better than a screenshot because you are proving the PBI workflow actually works. Even better, this video can double as documentation or release notes for your users.

When deciding whether a PBI might be a good contender to record a done video for, consider these factors:

  1. Is it a key piece of functionality that has high business value?
  2. Would it be difficult to quickly demo in the Sprint Review without a video?
  3. Is it UI heavy? i.e. would the video be compelling?

Here's a quick video describing how to record and edit a quick done video. (Notice how it itself is also in the done video format?)

 

Figure: How to make a 'Done Video'


​​For a great 'Done Video' here are the key things to remember:
  • Don't just demonstrate your new feature, start by showing the problem you are solving and the pain of why you needed to add the feature
  • Record it in one take. It doesn't matter if you stuff up or something goes wrong, treat it like you're having a conversation with them in the room. If it's super bad, just start again.
  • It's supposed to be quick and easy to make. If you spend too much time, you will be less likely to want to do it again in the future.
  • Be quick and concise, you don't want to waste other peoples' time either!
  • In your browser, remember to hide visible bookmark bars, browser tabs, add-in icons, and taskbar items to make it easier to view.  
  • In your browser, such as Chrome then you should first zoom to 125% ideally. 
  • You want it readable on a mobile phone so record at 1920x1080 (aka 1080p). This gives the best balance of detail to size, for smaller screens.
  • Use zoom.us as the screen capture software. 
  • Don't edit the video, Don't edit the video, just include your face at the beginning and end, using the fading functionality.
    Tip: If you are using Zoom you do not need to edit the video. Zoom includes your face automatically in the screen capture. Awesome!
  • Do not use headphone and mic combo sets as these are not as good as your webcam's microphone
  • Remember: smile at the beginning and end of the video!

​Tip: Some offices have a professional setup.
E.g. SSW have the Marantz Turret hardware and desktop recording kit. The Turret is an ideal device to record these videos as it has a professional podcasting microphone, built-in light and good quality High Definition video camera. 

turret-usage.jpg
Figure: 'Done' video in progress using a Marantz turret broadcasting kit
Learn more about the Turret: Product Review: The Marantz Turret — Wistia

Camtasia - Let's look at an example by Ben Cull

E.g. SSW TimePRO - Power BI Ad-Hoc Reporting:


Figure: A real example of a 'Done Video' with Fades


Tip: Fix the audio before making any cuts to the video

​After ​recording your video, you need to do some basic sound processing to make the audio awesome.

  • In the Timeline, select the clip with the audio
  • On the top left panel, click ‘Audio Effects’ and drag the ‘Levelling’ effect onto your clip
  • On the timeline, move the new audio meter up just until the audio waveform is about to hit the top
  • Listen and adjust as necessary​
audio-effects-panel.png
Figure: audio effects panel with the compressor

Tip: Camtasia 9 - How to fade-out and fade-in the video track of your face in Camtasia 9

  1. With the video track of your face selected, click on Animations (1). Track 3 in the image below.
  2. Select the No Opacity (2)  animation effect for the fade-out.
  3. Drag and drop the No Opacity effect (3) to the point in the track where you want to fade-out. Adjust the start and end point of the fade using the handles on the animation arrow.
  4. Select the Full Opacity (4) animation effect for fade-in.
  5. Drag and drop the Full Opacity effect (5)  to the point in the track where you want to fade-in. Adjust the start  and end point of the fade using the handles on the animation arrow.
fade in and out.png
Figure: Camtasia - Steps for adding fade-out/fade-in animation to video track of your face in 'Done' video​​​​​​

Final Step – Export your video  ​

Follow the steps to export your video:

  1. Click the Share button on the top right of the window
    export-video1.png
  2. In the new dialog, select custom production settings
    export-video2.png
  3. In the next window, uncheck the ‘Produce with controller’ option
    export-video3.png
  4. In the ‘Video settings’ tab, copy these settings:
    - Frame Rate: 30
    - H.264 Profile: High
    - Encoding mode: Quality
        o Increase the quality to 100%
    export-video4.png
    Figure: Copy these settings
  5. In the ‘Audio settings’ tab, make sure the Bit rate is set to 320 kbps
    export-video5.png
  6. Click Next and save your file!

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