The Anatomy of a (Digital Scrapbooking) Online Class – Part 3

Digital Scrapbooking for Beginners begins in a little over two weeks! On May 1, I’m releasing this brand new class at Scrapaneers and it will be absolutely FREE!


We’ve been counting down the opening of said class by detailing how a class is born and raised through infancy. After Part 1 and Part 2, we’re at the final with Part 3.


Let’s discuss the big-daddy: Video Production.


Step 5: Video Production & Editing

Video production is the reason why classes ought to start so far in advance with planning, goody design, project-building and scripting. Video production ain’t no joke! Video production takes a lot of time. Video production is where all the hard work from previous milestones pays off. Video production tests your mettle. Video production is one of the BEST parts of the job!


Video Production Screenshot


I use Screenflow by Telestream for screencasting and video editing. Beautiful interface and fluid, Screenflow works with a variety of media and is easy to use (once you get the hang of video editing).


Screenflow is the best because I can transition different types of music, media, audio, and demonstrations easily into one another. And that’s imperative for a video editor like me who likes to sprinkle intro and ending music into each lesson. Or add fun Youtube video snippets to wake you up during a dull topic and get you laughing without taking away from the presentation.


Video Production Screenshot


Yeah, I do that ALL THE TIME! Because deep down inside, I’m a comic.


Quality video recordings require a quality (or even superior) microphone and I’ve relied on Blue Microphones Yeti USB for 6 years! You can’t find a better, affordable mic. Sort of R2-D2ish, the mic has never failed my voice. And I love that I can just plug it in and play.


Did I mention that is looks like R2-D2? Bonus win!


The last piece of my hardware includes a a pair of Bose QuiteComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. Bottom line, they help me hear the quality of the recordings after they’re recorded and minimize distraction whilst I’m recording. Because, you know, hearing the squirrel is just as problematic as seeing the squirrel (inside joke — you have to read Part 2 to get it).


I’d take a picture of myself recording, and I will soon, but usually I produce videos in my pajamas with my huge horn-rimmed classes and my lips smashed together in some type of stress-relieving way. There’s always an empty bowl of the day’s lunch on my desk. And while for the most part, my desk is organized except for the post it notes peeking out of my planners and notebooks. It ain’t pretty but hard work isn’t usually pretty.


Step 6: Wrap it Up and Share

The final step IS the reward: opening the class and welcoming new students! When the class you’ve poured your heart and soul into for the past six months opens to students who absolutely are ready to jump in and enjoy, well, there’s no greater victory!


Because what satisfies more than accomplishing the goal of helping others? Nothing, in my opinion. Classes like this help you grow, learn and create ish that you love. That your family loves. That captures memories. That spark emotions. That touch human hearts. And this is my small contribution to our collective universe.


Damn, I’m getting verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. I’ll give you a topic: a peanut is neither a pea or a nut — discuss!


But YOU feel me, right?


In next week’s post, you’re going to get the early peek at the kit so hang around!


Share the Good News!

If you’re a self-taught digital scrapbooker, you’ll benefit from this class — I promise. Or you may not need a Digi 101 class, and that’s cool. But if you know someone who’s curious about digital scrapbooking and has always wanted to learn, please tell them about the upcoming free class on May 1! Let’s pull them over to the dark side once and for all. 😉