Did you know your Articulate 360 subscription has everything you need to create videos? That’s right—from the initial recording to making basic edits and gathering feedback to the final publishing of your video, Articulate 360 has you covered with Peek and Replay 360. These are two extremely handy, easy-to-use tools you can use in conjunction with each other to create simple and professional video tutorials.
Here’s an example of a video that was recorded with Peek and then edited with Replay 360 to transform it into a step-by-step tutorial. The best part is, from start to finish, it was all done in just a few minutes, including the narration.
Let’s take a look at how you can use Peek and Replay to create quick and simple videos like the one above.
Record Your Video with Peek
The first step is to create your screen recording. You have a few options for how to do this, since both Peek and Replay 360 have recording abilities. Personally, I like to use Peek for my recordings. Why? I love how the Peek recorder is easily launched directly from my taskbar, and how Peek videos are automatically uploaded to the Articulate 360 Review platform for me when I’m done recording. I also like how completed Peek recordings are converted to an .MP4 file (which are all stored in your MyDocuments/Peek folder). Here’s a tip for quickly accessing the .MP4 version of your Peek videos: right-click on the video in question in Peek and choose “View in Folder” from the menu that appears.
Right-click on a Peek video and select “View in Folder”
to easily access the .MP4 version of the recording
I can also click “View on Articulate 360” from the menu to open up my Peek recording in Review. Once my Peek video is available in Review, I typically grab the Share link and send it off to my reviewers or Subject Matter Experts. This way, I can get approval from stakeholders that the video covers all the appropriate content before I start working on final touches.
Edit Your Video with Replay 360
Once you’ve created your Peek video, you can jazz up the .MP4 version with Replay 360 by adding images, subtitles (called “Lower Thirds”), and audio narration. To make edits to the .MP4 video you created with Peek, launch a new Replay 360 project and insert the Peek video.
Click the Video button to insert the .MP4 version of your
Peek video in a Replay project
You’ll notice that your video is added to the A track in Replay 360 (there are two tracks: A and B).
The inserted Peek video has been added to the A track in
Replay 360 and is ready for editing
This is when it starts to get fun, when you can start making edits and tweaks. Here are a few things you might want to consider doing:
- Add an introduction photo and a wrap-up photo using the “Image” option
- Use “Lower Thirds” text to add an introduction and summary to your video
- Use “Lower Thirds” to add text captions to your video describing high-level steps or key information about what is happening in the video
- Use the Cut, Delete, and Split tools to edit your video; for example, to remove any unnecessary parts of the video.
- Remove original audio. If you included audio in your original Peek recording and you want to remove it to re-record the narration after you’ve made edits to your video, simply use the Silence tool to remove the original audio.
- Record narration using the Audio tool. You can either insert existing audio files, or you can record from your mic directly in Replay 360. The nice thing is that Replay will play your video while you’re recording, so you can easily pace your timing so that it works with what’s happening on-screen. Your audio file will be added to the B track.
These are a few things you can do to improve and refine your Peek and Replay videos. What can you do with the video once it’s ready to be viewed by learners? Here are a few options …
Insert Video in Rise or Storyline Courses
Once you’ve got this great video, you’re going to want to share it with learners. Ways to share your videos include:
- Publishing and uploading your final, edited Replay video directly to Articulate 360 Review from within Replay. You can then grab the Share link and share your video with learners. You can choose to have the comments enabled or disabled on your video.
- Inserting the content in Rise as a video lesson, or as a video block inside a Blocks lesson.
- Inserting the video in a Storyline course. Storyline gives you the power to make the video as interactive as you want. For example, you could add trigger points to pause the video at key points and bring up a pop-up layer with information or a quiz question. The sky’s the limit with Storyline!
These are just a few tips for how you can use the tools available in your Articulate 360 subscription to create quick and easy videos. Have you created videos of your own with Peek or Replay 360? I’d love to hear about your experiences, tips, or tricks in the comments below.
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