Creating blockbuster e-learning with video

Want to know one way to make your online training projects more compelling and effective? Add some video! And with today’s tools, virtually anyone can create good-looking videos quickly and easily with little to no additional expense.

Articulate Studio ’13 makes it super easy to work with video in your e-learning projects. Here are some helpful tips to make your next course video-tastic in a jiffy:

Video Formats

With Studio ’13 you can insert almost any video file you want. Articulate Presenter, Articulate Quizmaker, and Articulate Engage work seamlessly with any of the most common video formats, so you don’t have to worry about converting your video to another format. Just pick the video you want to import and go.

When you add any of the following video formats directly to your project, Studio ’13 will automatically take care of encoding it to the proper format:

This saves you a step in the production process and eliminates the need for any additional software. Then, you can focus more of your time and money on designing great courses—instead of converting video files.

Leverage Online Videos

Did you know that people upload over 100 hours of video to the Internet every single minute? This means there are tons of online videos that you can leverage for your projects. Just try the Add Slide Video from Website… option to easily take advantage of the best videos from sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Screenr and more.

The best part is: to insert the video, all you need to do is copy and paste the embed code from the video site. That’s it! You can learn more about adding videos from a website here.

Video Compression

One neat thing about Studio ’13 is that it automatically compresses your videos in a way that balances high quality and small file sizes. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that’s a huge relief!

If necessary, you can easily adjust the default video quality settings toward smaller file sizes or higher quality to suit the needs of your project when you publish.

If you prefer to have full control over your video compression settings, just use your favorite video editor to produce it exactly the way you want it. Then check the Do not compress video at publish option when inserting your video. (This option is only available for MP4 videos created with baseline, main, or high profiles.)

Quick & Easy Editing

Ever need to make changes after you’ve inserted a video? No worries! The new video editor in Presenter ’13 makes it easy to crop and trim your video, adjust the volume, or add a watermark or logo.

Now that you see how easy it is to add video to your e-learning projects with Studio ’13, why not try it out today? For a little inspiration, check out this great collection of video projects from a recent E-Learning Challenge. The possibilities are endless!

If you want to try this yourself but don’t have Studio ’13, no problem. Just sign up for a fully functional, free 30-day trial. And don’t forget to post your questions and comments in the forums! We’re here to help. For more e-learning tips, examples, and downloads, follow us on Twitter.