Making a Video Tutorial

In this installment I wanted to go over the basic Video Tutorial Techniques that result in a quality tutorial for newcomers.

At a minimum you will need:

  • Screencapture Software (Vokoscreen or equivalent for Linux) (Skitch or equivalent for Windows)
  • Sound Recorder Software (Audactity for any platform)
  • Optional* Video Capture Software (Cheese for Linux) (Logitech video capture mode or something similar for Windows)
  • Video Editor (Kdenlive for Linux) (Windows live equivalent or Sony after effects for Windows)

While it is entirely possible to record the audio/video, and screen capture at the same time the very best results come from doing these steps separately.


  1. Record the screen capture at the correct speed, 20 fps is optimal for many on screen demonstrations. (slightly faster for videogames or graphics programs that might flash.)
  2. Watch the capture and record audio or video segment.
  3. Composite the video (If using video) into an out of the way area of the screen.
  4. Combine your sound file and video file in the video editor and make adjustments.
  5. Render the video to a friendly format (mpeg-2 is usually adequate.)
  6. Upload to the video host i.e. you tube or website.

Because this tutorial is literally about making a tutorial I will try to simplify the process enough to demonstrate below.

To demonstrate the video overlay I will re-use my older tutorial about video overlays. Note that the only difficult part here is placing the selector at the frame to get control of the corners of the overlay.

That about covers it. You can use any variety of programs in the screen capture provided they allow the capture program to run at full speed.

Thanks for reading and or watching!

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