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For my Technology for Professional Writer’s Class (ENG 321) during Fall 2017, we were required to complete several projects to gain understanding and proficiency with Adobe products. One of these projects was to create a tutorial on how to use either Photoshop or InDesign through Adobe Captivate, a screen capture program.
Project Plan and Responsibilities
We as students were given minimal direction on the project and its final result, other than it had to be longer than 5 minutes, it had to be created in Adobe Captivate, it had to have closed captioning at the bottom of the video, and had to focus on either Photoshop or InDesign in some way. We were also required to submit finished storyboards of what our videos would focus on and a script with the final video.
I chose to focus my video on a basic tutorial in InDesign to teach people new to InDesign how to use the tools in the programs and what those tools do. Previously, I had intended to do a beginner’s introduction to all of InDesign, but I realized that would be too much to cover in a small video. Since I was still new to Adobe products and how they work, this project was helpful for me to learn the basics of InDesign and get a firm understanding of what each tool in InDesign does. The best way to learn something, after all, is to teach it to others.
There were multiple ways we could create the final video, so I chose to record the audio for it in Captivate first and then match a video to the audio. To keep my tutorial consistent and make adding closed captions easier at the end, I created a script before the recording that I read off as clearly and accurately as possible. To get an idea of what was most helpful for users for my audio, I listened to several Youtube tutorials for Adobe products and InDesign and got a sense of how fast to talk, what tone to have, and what to talk about.
Once I had both the audio and visual files, I merged them into one file and began adding closed captioning at the bottom for any hearing-impaired listeners or those who didn’t have access to audio. Since I had no previous familiarity with Adobe Captivate, I had to learn from video tutorials and classmates who knew how to use the program to merge those files and add the closed captioning. After everything was combined at the end, I exported the video into a common format for easier viewing if a user didn’t have access to the Adobe products.
The result was a well put together video that teaches a new user to InDesign what the tools on the left-hand side of the menu did and how it could be useful to their projects. The video, audio and closed captioning elements flow smoothly together to help the user follow along and know what to do, even if they have hearing difficulties. The experience I gained about navigating Adobe Captivate and learning how to create a screencast tutorial will be invaluable in the future if I need to create similar videos to help others understand a new concept or program via video.