Do you record a quick and dirty 'Done Video'?
  v17.0 Posted at 10/01/2019 6:03 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.​

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:

  • 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.

  • What tool? You can either use Camtasia, SnagIt or Zoom.
  • If you're using Camtasia Studio 9 don't edit the video, just include your face at the beginning and end, using the fading functionality. See instructions after the video below.

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 fading-out and fading-in 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.
  3. Drag the effect (3) to the point in the track where you want to fade your face. Adjust the starting and end point of the fade using the handles on the animation arrow.
  4. Select the Full Opacity (4) animation effect for the fade.
  5. Drag the effect (5)  to the point in the track where you want to fade your face back. Adjust the starting and end point of the fade using the handles on the animation arrow.
fade in and out.png
Figure: Camtasia - Steps for adding fade animation to video track of your face in 'Done' videos

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