CIT strongly recommends you to write a script before your video lecture recording.Here are some points for your consideration on why you should write a script?
- At first you may find it troublesome but it will certainly save you lots of trouble during the recording.
- Writing scripts helps you to stay focused during the recording as its all embedded already in your mind. You will be at less risk to go off course. Script out even the jokes you may want to crack during the lecture.
- It helps you to organize your resources and provides the mental cue to bring the right elements at the right time or do annotation.
- It helps you to accurately time the duration on spent on each topic. Take note online lectures are concise and shorter because unlike traditional classroom, you do not digress, experience interruption due to question asked by a student or start an impromptu discussion.
- Once you have the script in soft-copy means you may use it for reading from the 'Teleprompter' in the studio or add subtitles to your videos.
Sample screen recording script
SCRIPT: Windows Calculator and Notepad
Please read through the entire script to familiarize yourself with the actions you’ll be completing during this activity. Also, before you begin recording, open Notepad and the Windows Calculator, and resize/reposition them to be side-by-side on your screen. **Notepad on left, Calculator on right.
Action on Screen
|1||Built in narration to be cut out later during editing…||Hello and welcome to this video tutorial on how to use the Microsoft Windows calculator.|
|2||Optional: insert a title slide during this audio, and then transition to recording||I’m going to show you how to copy calculations made on the Windows calculator and paste the results into a Notepad document.|
|3||An opportunity to use Callouts to point to different parts of the screen||For this demonstration, let’s just perform a simple subtraction problem.|
Zoom in on the Calculator
|For this demonstration, let’s just perform a simple subtraction problem.|
|5||Silence the “Ummm” during editing…||Ummm…Enter the current year, and then subtract the year you were born…and click equals.|
|6||Built in narration to be cut out later during editing…||Spend a few moments in disbelief that you really are this old…then just smile and accept it.|
|7||Add keystroke callouts||With the number visible in the display, press “Control” and “C” on your keyboard to copy this number.|
Pan over to the Notepad document Add keystroke callouts
|With the number visible in the display, press “Control” and “C” on your keyboard to copy this number.|
|9||Optional: transition to an end slide||This is a quick and easy way to transfer calculations from the Windows calculator to another application on your computer.|
|10||Built in narration to be cut out later during editing…||Thank you for taking the time to watch this video.|
- For easy reading and on-the-spot editing:
- Use large fonts. Preferably above 12.
- Double space your lines.
- Do not have content for one slide split across a page break. If script for one slide is across multiple pages, that is fine. Pause long enough to edit out page flipping.
- Slide cues are important: indicate when to change slide, when to show points on slide, when to show images (but try to minimise animations in the first place).
- Do not talk over slide transitions as far as possible. This makes for easy saving and editing.
- Print the script single-sided. You may consider the use of a tablet for the script, just remember to put the tablet in airplane mode and switch off notifications.
- Script (and slides) should be submitted to the project manager at least three working days before recording. This gives a day for project manager to revise, a day for instructor to make changes, and a day for one final review. Proofreading is very important especially for external MOOCs.