Do you record a quick and dirty 'Done Video'?
26/11/2019 12:09 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.
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.
- 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)
- 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!
- 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.
- 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: 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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