How to Make Tutorial Videos

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  1. DownloadDownload Movavi Screen Recorder Studio
  2. Record the Footage for Your Tutorial
  3. Edit Your Video
  4. Export the Tutorial

How to Make a How-to Video

If you are a pro at doing something, and want to help other people improve their skills, there’s no better way to do it than to make your own video tutorial and share it on the Web. If your video guide is clear, professional-looking, and informative, you’ll be a YouTube star in no time!

Here are some guidelines for how to make tutorial videos:

  • Choose your topic. It is best to focus on a topic you’re passionate about. Your passion will help you to create interesting content for your target audience and keep your viewers engaged.
  • Practice before recording. Write out everything you plan to cover in your tutorial video. You can write a script to follow while recording the video. Make sure to read everything you plan to talk about out loud ahead of time.
  • Keep it simple. Give basic instructions that all your viewers will understand. Try not to provide too much information at once, or you may lose your viewers to confusion or boredom.
  • Keep it short. Don’t make your tutorial too long: if the topic you’re talking about is complex, create separate videos on different aspects of the topic. It’s easier to watch a few short videos all the way through than get through a long one.

These are the basic rules for how to make an explainer video. There is one more thing to consider, though – what software to use to record and edit your tutorial.

Movavi has great training video software to create instructional videos on all sorts of computer-related topics like digital painting, using applications and web services, and much more! Screen Recorder Studio combines an all-purpose screen video capture program with a powerful yet easy-to-use video editor – plus a huge number of quick export settings to optimize your recordings for specific mobile devices or for sharing online.

Download Movavi Screen Recorder Studio and find out how to make a how-to video in just a few easy steps.

  • Step 1. Install the Tutorial Video Maker

    After downloadingdownloading the installation package, open it and install the video tutorial software on your computer following the guidelines on your screen. After the installation is complete, click the Start button in the installation window to launch the program.

  • Step 2. Adjust the Recording Settings

    After the tutorial creator opens, you’ll see all the available options in the launcher window. If you’re creating a software video guide or other computer-related tutorial, choose Record screen to start the screen capture process. If you don’t want screen footage for your tutorial, skip this step and go to Step 3 to learn how to record webcam video and import footage from other sources.

    To start capturing your screen, move the capture frame over the area of the screen you want to record. Adjust the frame size by pulling on its edges until it’s positioned correctly. You can do even more to make your tutorial extra-clear: record audio commentary or webcam footage during the screen video capture, use the built-in visual and sound effects to emphasize cursor and mouse clicks, and even capture keyboard actions.

  • Step 3. Record Footage for Your Tutorial

    To start the recording, click the REC button. If you use Windows, you can also start capturing the screen by pressing F10 on your keyboard. Pressing F10 again will stop the capture. To do the same on Mac, press ⌥ ⌘ 2.

  • Step 4. Record Additional Video

    After the program is finished recording, you'll see a preview window where you can review the resulting footage. Click the Open in Editor button to load your footage into the Video Editor; this is where you can add more content. If you haven’t recorded screen footage, you can start the Video Editor directly from the launcher window by hitting Edit video.

    To make a training video more personal and appealing to the audience, you can also capture webcam video. In the main window of the video editor, click the Record Video icon to open the capture module; the software will detect your built-in camera automatically. If you’re using an external webcam, don’t forget to connect it to the computer first!

    You will be able to see yourself in the preview window. Adjust the camera to find the best angle and click Start Capture. To finish recording, click Stop Capture – your file will be saved automatically. Click Back to editing to return to the video editing module and automatically add the recorded video onto the timeline.

  • Step 5. Edit Your Video

    Now that you’ve added all the footage you want to use, it’s time for the final tutorial creation! Turn your raw material into a professional-looking explainer video by editing it to perfection. Here’s what you can do:

    • improve the quality of your video using correction tools;
    • cut, trim, and merge your files on the timeline;
    • use animated transitions to link different parts of your video;
    • apply special effects to make your video black and white, rotate images, etc.;
    • add background music and record your own voiceover commentary;
    • add titles, captions, and other text elements to your video tutorial.
  • Step 6. Export the Tutorial

    The final step is making your brand-new video tutorial available to the world. Click Export to see all the available options:

    • Save Video File will export the tutorial in the popular video format of your choice.
    • The Save for Devices option lets you optimize the video for playback on mobile platforms.
    • Use the Upload Online tab to easily share your video guide on YouTube, Vimeo, or Google Drive.

    Done! Now you know how to make an instructional video with Movavi Screen Recorder Studio.


Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder Studio does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

Movavi Screen Recorder Studio

  • Capture video from your computer screen
  • Grab sound from multiple sources
  • Tweak videos with the built-in editor
  • Save videos in any popular format

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder Studio does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.