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Good effort. Having made a number of training videos, here are some tech suggestions;

1. Get a lavalier mic or record your narration in a quiet room. Nothing puts a training video viewer in a trance faster than that ‘mic buzz’ coming from your on-camera mic. Recording your narration separately will give you more flexibility in editing as you will have a ‘clean audio’ track and an on-camera reference track to work with.

2. Use more camera angles. The next thing that will put your viewer on ‘snooze’ is using the same camera angle throughout your production. Getting in close particularly when you are pointing out specifics on the subject is not only helpful to the viewer, but will keep them interested.

3. Use more graphics. Putting those little ‘thought balloons’ in the second video was quite clever and was a backup to the info you were talking about. You did it once and never did it again. Don’t do that. When introducing elements to a video the old rule is, ‘Either or, neither nor’. Continue to use the graphics once started or don’t use them at all. Definitely use the graphics.

4. Don’t use autoexposure! The only time you need autoex is when transitioning from the outside to the inside or vice versa in one fluid shot. You’re in a studio setting with a steady and unchanging light source. Put the exposure settings on manual, set your exposure and leave it alone. In the third video the autoex was trying to expose for the black background and your white hand each time you pointed to the subject. Going from normal to overexposed constantly was annoying.

5. Use more music. You started out okay in the third vid and then stopped. You’d be surprised how an unobtrusive music loop in the background audio can liven up a training video.

6. Use cutaways. Cutaways are graphics, still images or clips that you use to emphasize your talking points. Some photos or short video clips of where the part is located in the vehicle will do wonders at keeping the interest level of the viewer up. This is helpful not only to the novice repairperson, but a good refresher for old hands as well.

Try these minor additions and watch the quality of your TV’s leap forward.

Good luck.

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