Do you know how to record a quick and dirty 'Done Video'?
10/09/2020 8:14 PM by
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:
- Is it a key piece of functionality that has high business value?
- Would it be difficult to quickly demo in the Sprint Review without a video?
- Is it UI heavy? i.e. would the video be compelling?
When deciding on the software:
- Solo "Done Video" – Camtasia
- Remote person – Zoom or Teams (bitrate is low – the sound is not as good as Camtasia)
- Edit the Video – Camtasia or Adobe Premiere Pro
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:
- Start with “Hi everyone, today I would like to show you xxxx”
- 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.
See Rule: Do you make sure your screen recordings are easy to view?
- In your browser, such as Chrome then you should first zoom to 125% ideally.
See Rule: Do you always zoom in when using a projector? (or in this case before the recording a 'Done' video)
- Set your screen resolution to 1080p (1920x1080).
- Use Camtasia to record your screen and webcam (PC and Mac). For Mac you can use Quicktime but it’s not as flexible.
- 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.
Learn more about the Turret:
Product Review: The Marantz Turret — Wistia
- Figure: 'Done' video in progress using a Marantz turret broadcasting kit
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
- 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
- With the video track of your face selected, click on Animations (1). Track 3 in the image below.
- Select the No Opacity (2) animation effect for the fade-out.
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.
- Select the Full Opacity (4) animation effect for fade-in.
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.
- Figure: Camtasia - Steps for adding fade-out/fade-in animation to video track of your face in 'Done' video
Final Step – Export your video
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