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Video Lessons in the Trend
Nowadays, government implements the online class instead of the traditional face to face classes to avoid close contacts to one another to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus Disease, which caused the pandemic this year. For the teachers and students, you can use the Open Broadcaster Software for your lessons and reports. With its easy to use interface and controls, you can make a simple video recording with just some few steps.
What You Need
Before proceeding to the steps, make sure you have your lesson at hand and images for your presentation. Prepare a title page/image wherein the subject, title and topic were indicated using the MS Office Publisher using a simple WordArt feature. Use the “Save As” feature to save your publication in JPEG format with the drop-down menu (Publication File is the default format). If you have no pictures and you will only give pointers, make a JPG image just like in the title page with a WordArt as your pointer’s name and text box feature for the main details. You don’t have to type all the explanations regarding a topic because you will use a script to further explain and expand the idea in the video lesson. In this article, we will use the topic How to Make a Bed with One Sheet of Plywood Only as an example.
Let's Start Your Simple Video Lesson
If you have your scripts and materials ready in one place(folder), open OBS Studio. Rename the scene as Video Lesson <topic>. Add a Video Capture Device and a Mic. Then add the title image you've made in Publisher. This will be your front page of the presentation.
Add another scene and name it Video Lesson Body. Add the image source that has the title of the topic you have made beforehand with the MS Office Publisher.
Add a Video Capture Device. Crop and resize it just to give visible area for your sources that will be placed behind it.
Add your sources orderly just as what is in your script. Rename the first source as “1” just for easy naming and order. Repeat the step for the rest of the sources and keep the Video Capture Device at the top of the list. Remember to arrange the sources in ascending order.
Once your done with the sources’ preparation, go to the first scene you’ve made and ready yourself for the recording or going live. With the Auto-Configuration Wizard at the top bar of the OBS Studio application, choose if whether to optimize the use for recording or streaming.
Live Lesson in a Streaming Platform
If you are going to teach lessons via streaming platform like Facebook, make sure you have a close group wherein the members were the only participants who can see your lessons, just like in your classroom. Connect the OBS stream key in your Facebook Live Settings then click “Start Broadcasting”. If your all set and ready for your lesson, click “Go Live”.
Recorded Video Lesson
For the recorded video lesson, you can click “Start Recording” if you are ready to go with the presentation.
In the video, you will have the host seen on the screen. Do the introductions and some talks. When your ready to start the topic, click the next scene which is the body. You don’t have to click the Transition button if you are already in the non-Studio Mode setup. It will automatically change what’s on the canvass, may it be on live streaming or recorded.
Click the eye-like icon in the sources. Do the explaining and proceed to the next picture by clicking the eye-like icon on the current source to proceed to the next one you will present.
Repeat the previous for the rest of the sources until you finish your topic. Click back to the first scene to do your closing messages and remarks. Click “Stop Broadcasting” or “Stop Recording” to end the video. The Live Video will automatically end if the broadcasting was stopped.
You can add some Media Sources like other videos for additional instructional materials. You can place it on another scene or place it in the current scene above all the sources, just hide it with the eye-like icon when not in use. It will start from the beginning once unhidden.
Now you have your simple video lesson with the OBS Studio. You can add some border layouts with PNG images so that you wont have black areas like those in the sample pictures above.
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