If you’re planning on creating a new video series on a specific topic or set of topics for your video on demand library, the most efficient way would be to record more than one video at a time – to shoot a large chunk of footage and use it to create all of your series in one go or in a smaller number of sessions than if you were to do them one at a time.
If you want to make multiple videos all at once, you need more planning. Click To TweetHere are some tips to help you create multiple videos the easy way – streamlining the entire process from start to finish and getting your videos online much faster.
Shooting Footage for Your Videos
If you haven’t yet, read our article on writing a script and outlining your video series. Having a clear, written outline of what you want to create in advance will allow you to prepare for what you’ll be shooting.
Once you have a script in hand for each video you plan on making, you can start recording. Actually shooting footage should be done in three steps.
- Create Any PPTs or Screens Needed throughout Your Video – If you will be showing content on screen during your videos as part of the tutorial, create this content in advance. This might include PPTs, screen captures of software, or other pre-recorded content that you can then add to your finished videos later.
- Outline the Flow of the Content You Will Create – If you have a script for every video, you can look at them and see if certain segments make more sense to film together than others. For example, if you are a baker, you may want to bake multiple items at the same time that don’t use the same equipment so you can double up on your recordings. Planning this out will streamline things substantially.
- Set Aside a Certain Chunk of Time for Your Recording Session – Based on the outline you create, set aside a reasonable amount of time to record that content. For every projected minute of video footage, set aside three minutes of recording time. You may get done faster, but this will allow time for setup, reshooting, and other stoppages as you create new footage.
Once you’ve done all three of these, you should have a sizable chunk of video footage that you can start creating the finished videos out of.
Creating Your Videos from Raw Footage
After shooting the footage, you’ll need to break it down into multiple videos. Again, there are steps here that will streamline the process and allow you to get this done a lot faster than if you approached each video as its own piece of content.
- Creating a Shared Title Screen – Since this will be a series of like-videos, create a title screen that works for all of the videos together. This will help to brand your video library, and works even better when you have a platform that allows branding your video library. You can pay someone to do this for you as well – the cost will be lower if you reuse the title screen on multiple videos.
- Other Shared Elements for the Video – The same is true for other shared elements. If you will use an outro screen, a lower third for your name or the title of the video, or a certain music clip, gather these elements in advance so they can be used together as you edit your footage.
- Cutting Video Clips into Segments – If you record everything into one long chunk of footage, you can edit it together or cut them into segments and then edit. This will depend partially on the software you are using for editing. Free and low cost software usually relies on a library of clips so you’ll need to create separate projects for each export you create, while more advanced software will allow you to export segments of your larger video.
- Finalizing and Exporting Clips – One additional benefit of creating your videos together is the ability to check them at once and make sure everything is consistent in terms of titles, advice, and layout. You can also cut repetitive content this way as well, before you’re done with the final version of your video.
By following these steps, you can make a more efficient process, not only for this series of videos but for every video you create in the future under the same brand. For those that plan on building a large and ongoing video on demand library that matches your domain branding, this will reduce the cost of production and allow you to get more out there more often.