Basic Adjustments

Once you’ve recorded your large chunk, you’ve done your one tape recording, you’ve recorded a series of lectures, whatever might be your particular use case, and then you stop the recording. So as I’ve taught you basically, as in your recording session, use, pause, don’t use stop, because you want to focus on the recording. Well, once you actually come to the end of all of your recording, you hit the stop button, what’s going to happen is that the project is going to load up, I’m going to show you that in a moment. And there’s, there’s basically three primary adjustments you make. You decide the basic size of you on the screen, you set the audio levels if they’re too low, and you basically decide what you want to do with the mouse cursor. So those three things I’m going to demonstrate right now. Now, I’m going to show you this in ScreenFlow. But the same principles apply. If you’re using Camtasia. Or if you’re using for example screencast o Matic, the only difference will be that screencast o Matic may not have the same kind of call out functions. ScreenFlow has Camtasia does have a lot of power, the specific ways in which it functions are a bit different. But what’s really important are the basic principles that I’m doing. And the ways in which will do the trims and the call outs and things will basically be the same in both. Now, what’s going to happen when you stop the recording, as opposed to hitting the pause button is that your project will automatically load up in a window like this. And the first thing to do is to actually save the project is really important. So simply obviously, just save the project and save it onto your external hard drive, which should be a powered USB hard drive. In other words, you have electricity power going into the drive, and you have a USB cable coming from an external drive to your computer, ideally, USB three, which is a fast USB connection. The reason why we tend to use power drives external drives rather than ones just powered by USB is there actually faster and as you start to do editing and If ScreenFlow or Camtasia, or screencast o Matic, what’s gonna, what’s going to matter basically, is the speed at which you can actually get stuff to load up into render and everything else. If you’ve got a slow drive, it’s going to be pure torture, because all the time you’re going to be waiting for the drive to function to turn, and then for stuff to render. So that’s why you need a reasonably fast drive. Okay, but your projects gonna load up like this. And so the very first adjustments after saving the project, the very first thing I always do is I actually come to the principal thing which of course is me one and I will basically decide where do I basically want myself on the screen? What size do I want the basic shot of me to be? So this is your canvas here, this is what this is the screen has been recorded, and the second layer is here. Okay, this track is me. And this track on the bottom is, is the screen surprisingly enough. If you’ve had a multi camera shoots, if you’re doing demonstrations and you have a second webcam, then you might well find that you have an additional On Track here, which will be another another angle on you, for example, the other thing you might be doing is importing extra material from a video camera. If you if used if you use a video camera and a webcam in combination, then the other thing you might have to have to do is import by simply dragging the material onto the timeline. And then we’d be looking for that sync plat point to actually sync everything up. I don’t think I’ll be able to demonstrate this in this particular module. But basically what would happen is you’d do a sync clap, and then you’d be looking for spike on the audio track and point where the hands meet that you’d line everything up on the different tracks that you have in order to have the sync point moving forward. Okay, so that’s if you drag in an additional video layer. Yeah, but let’s just assume for now that you’ve just got what’s going on on the screen and yourself as the two layers that we’re playing with. So I can demonstrate things with this. So as you basically you have these two tracks, and you see this little I shall try to increase the size of this if I can You can just little little up arrow can increase the size. You see how we’ve got the audio track like this? Yeah, little green spiky thing above me is is the audio layer. So you know your project can load up like this basically. Now, the first thing you can do on a Mac is you can do shift Zed, or you could actually use the slider. Yeah, like this, you see this little slider here. And basically, you can just get an overview of your entire recording. Okay, so in fact, this is in fact, the recording I did for the demos section of day three. It’s about 20 minutes long, but I did it all in one take. Yeah, good. Good for me. And so the first thing I’m going to do is basically, you know, have a look, check. Okay, what have I got? Okay, I’ve got about 19 minutes of stuff, because I can see the entire recording there. Now, you know, over time, you might have different chunks. But again, you could shift that it and actually see the whole thing on the on the timeline. It’s quite nice just to be able to see, you know what, you’ve got an entirety first To select the track with you and decide basically, where do you want yourself. So once you’ve got the tracks selected, you can actually drag that around the canvas. And you know, because in this particular lecture, the mind map is with branches off to the left, then what I’m going to do is stick myself down bottom right, and that will work well. But you know, your mileage will vary, it might be better for you to be up here might be better for you to be down here. You might decide, for example, that you want most of your lecture to be for you to be full frame to be full screen, and just just segue to the mind map or segue to other images, in which case, what you would do is just drag one of the corners expanded up, and it will be full screen like that. Okay, you see, I’ll just drag it, drag it back down again. Okay. It entirely depends on what you’re teaching and the style that you want to have that in ScreenFlow and Camtasia. You can also set actions to for example, move this box to a different part of the screen at different times in in the overall editing. If you needed to do that, and I’ll show you a technique later, where we can actually change the size of this up and down, depending on where you are in, you know, in the experience that you want to create, okay, but let’s just say for the time being that I want it to be bottom right. And the reason being that most of the stuff is going to be is going to be off to the left. So if I just drag it through the entire project, you can see how how those lines, drag it back and forth, I can see what’s going to appear on the project. Sometimes that can be important, because you might actually have things going on on the screen, that you just want to preview and check how big they are or where they appear on the screen. And then you’re going to judge where you are relative to all that stuff. Yeah. So for example, you might drag along and you might see an image that, for example, comes across here, in which case you would know that you’re going to want to be slightly smaller, to be out of the way of that by the time you hit that all my tongue all the terms of which I’ll show you would be to actually fade yourself completely out. At that point, and just reveal entire screen, that’s called the capacity trick. And I’ll show you, I’ll show you that as well in a moment. But my suggestion to you is, basically check that the basic, the basic framings on the screen are basically what’s going to be useful for most of the video, set that first and then you can basically do the tricky staff and the more finicky staff a bit later on, but get the basics right first. So the basics here would be okay, so I want this to be something like this during this video, ad, I would click into the filmstrip icon in ScreenFlow. But you know, every editing software has its own its own ways of doing this. Add I would decide what size do I want? Okay, now let’s just say I wanted at 70%. Okay, you see how that says 70% there. Now, the good thing is that, set it at a number that is easy to replicate. So I now know okay, I’m at 70% of them right? for this for this module. Okay? And that means that we can have question Consistency from lecture to lecture, or possibly even module to module. Yeah, what we’re trying to do is build a consistent style. Next up, I’m going to look quickly at the brightness, okay? Am I happy with the brightness? Do I need to, it’s better not to crop it. By the way, it’s better to have everything in 69. Because Because basically, if I want to then expand up, I can expand it up and it’ll match the canvas want to bring it back down, it’ll match the canvas, I want to quickly take it back to where I said it was going to be 70% and tap that in like that. And then quickly, quickly position it, okay. So So leave it my suggestion would be leave it at the aspect ratio, it’s been recorded, unless you really, really want to have a different style and you want to copy it or you want to put yourself in a bubble or something, something arty like that. But try to aim for consistency of style and position and size. It’s going to help the overall course experience. So here we go like this. And the first thing I’m going to ask is well, okay, am I happy with the brightness now? If you’re not happy if you think you’re underexposed and you to brighten yourself up a bit or you’re too bright and you need to kind of take the brightness down a bit, now would be a really good time to adjust that because basically you’re going to be adjusting it through the whole of the recording. So that when you start to split stuff up, that adjustment will already be in place it will it’ll just make the entire workflow much much quicker. So at this stage, I might for example, look at color controls. This stage I could adjust brightness if I wanted to make myself darker or brighter or whatever. In fact on this one because I’ve been a good boy, I’ve actually done all the adjustments in advance. Yeah, it’s actually perfect. So I’ll just leave it at 100% like that, and this is basically why we try to set the camera the angle of the camera, the the brightness using webcam settings of the microphone levels and all the stuff. This is why we try to set it and to have no ambient noise. We try to have everything set prior to recording, because it means that when we come down to editing, there’s actually very little that we need to adjust. Yeah, the framing is fine, the brightness is fine, the angle is fine, the focus is fine. And you know, the audio is fine as well. Yeah, I can see straight away even just looking at the little green wavy bit, which is the audio signal that the audio is nice and healthy and present on this track. Okay, I can I can immediately see it. If you’ve been if you follow the instructions, you will have done a technical test before recording. So you’ll already know that the microphone is correctly plugged in and it’s fine and the level is good. And you’ll know that everything’s cool with the audio by listening through headphones. But if for some reason you haven’t done that or you have any lingering doubts, now is a really good time to dip into this and just check Okay, do we have on the audio what we expected to have? Yeah. And the way you would do that is you plug in your headphones, you listen through headphones, and you would basically just you would just Basically dip in and play through little bits of this, just to check, am I happy with the quality of the audio? Can I hear anything nasty in the background and any anything, any airplanes or fridges or air conditioners or buses or hums that I didn’t expect, this is the time to actually basically check that out. Okay? And what I’m looking for when I play it, I won’t plug in headphones right now, because it’s gonna be a pain. But what I would be basically looking for is you see this level meter here on the right, I’m looking for the levels be nice and healthy when they come up there. So you see here, they’re coming up to about four fifths of the way up, that tells me it’s nice and healthy, it’s green, it’s not going into red, so it’s not peaking. You know, basically the audio is good. Alright, so we’ve we’ve basically checked the audio levels. And then the next thing I would do so we now know that I’m okay, the audio is okay, the audio is present. There’s no nasty stuff going on. Basically, we’re sorted out In terms of what’s going to be on the screen, Okay, next up, if I wanted to take the mouse cursor out at this stage, I can actually tell it to take the cursor out. If I want to show the mouse cursor, I can show it. I can expand the point around if I want to draw attention to stuff as I’m moving the cursor around. There’s various other effects that you can explore and have a look at the guides the quickstart guide to see to see what you can do there. But this will be the stage to basically make any adjustments to the to the mouse cursor. Okay. So at this stage, I know that I’ve got everything basically sorted out with the two tracks, and everything’s gonna be fine. Yeah.