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Visuals and videos are powerful, but creating them can feel overwhelming. Yet they are essential to creating content that impacts understanding, helps improve communication, and can save you and the viewers time and money. 

The Visual Lounge is a place where we talk about creating and using visuals and videos for all sorts of communication. Whether you’re creating a course to help your organization roll out new software, an educator learning to better communicate with 
your students, or a marketer helping your customers see the impact of your product, our conversations will help see how visuals can impact your work. 

Listen in as Matt Pierce, Learning & Video Ambassador, leads you through a variety of conversations with industry guests and experts. You’ll get practical advice and insights to help you to create better and more impactful images and videos.

The Visual Lounge TechSmith Corporation

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    • 4.8 • 14 Ratings

Visuals and videos are powerful, but creating them can feel overwhelming. Yet they are essential to creating content that impacts understanding, helps improve communication, and can save you and the viewers time and money. 

The Visual Lounge is a place where we talk about creating and using visuals and videos for all sorts of communication. Whether you’re creating a course to help your organization roll out new software, an educator learning to better communicate with 
your students, or a marketer helping your customers see the impact of your product, our conversations will help see how visuals can impact your work. 

Listen in as Matt Pierce, Learning & Video Ambassador, leads you through a variety of conversations with industry guests and experts. You’ll get practical advice and insights to help you to create better and more impactful images and videos.

    6 Video Mistakes I Still Make

    6 Video Mistakes I Still Make

    Mistakes – everyone makes them, but most of the time we try to hide them. What should we be doing instead?
    Acknowledging that we’re not perfect while looking for ways ‘level up’ in every single video we make.
    That’s why in this episode of The Visual Lounge, Matt Pierce, Learning and Video Ambassador, explores the six top mistakes he still makes in his videos. Matt doesn’t just point out the blunders, he also gives clear and precise steps on how to tackle them.
    So, if you find yourself making the same mistakes over and over in your videos, you’re in pretty good company. In Matt’s view, perfection is a tough goal to meet, but taking a proactive approach to get better at video creation is the way forward.
    Learning points from the episode include:
    00:00 - 00:19 Intro
    00:20 - 02:08 Why we’re going to be discussing common video mistakes
    02:09 - 04:51 The importance of leaving breathing room when making videos
    04:52 - 07:24 How to solve the issue of leaving breathing room in videos
    07:25 - 15:55 Why you should map out your video content beforehand
    15:56 - 17:42 The importance of being intentional about editing
    17:43 - 19:24 Why people make the mistake of not being aggressive during the editing process
    19:25 - 20:56 Things to consider when editing
    20:57 - 26:26 Why you should dial it down on the transitions
    26:27 - 31:24 The importance of watching your videos before rendering it
    31:25 - 40:39 Why analyzing your video afterward is necessary
    40:40 - 42:23 Matt gives a recap of the 6 common mistakes he tends to make in video creation
    42:24 - 42:42 Outro

    Important links and mentions:
    Download Camtasia 2022: https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-upgrade.html (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-upgrade.html)
    Learn more about the https://academy.techsmith.com/?utm_source=podcastandutm_medium=socialandutm_campaign=visualloungeandutm_content=videomistakes (TechSmith Academy)

    • 42 min
    Choosing the Right Images and Videos

    Choosing the Right Images and Videos

    Getting started with video creation? Then one of the most basic things you need to master is how to choose the right types of videos and images to get your message across.
    With that in mind, Matt Pierce, Learning and Video Ambassador at TechSmith, talks about the ABCs of making videos in this episode of The Visual Lounge. As he tells us, video creation isn’t as hard as some people make it out to be. But there are some key decisions that can either make or break the final product.
    Learn the secret formula for a great video structure, as well as what kind of videos or images to use in different scenarios in the full episode.
    Learning points from the episode include:
    02:55 - 05:08 Matt shares a few things to keep in mind as you start creating videos
    05:09 - 07:03 Why the purpose of your video is important
    07:04 - 09:15 How to think about the structure of your videos
    09:16 - 14:59 The basic parts of a video
    15:00 - 18:49 Matt talks about video structure in terms of a bigger framework
    19:50 - 22:21 How to budget the time you spend on different aspects of your video
    22:22 - 22:56 Picking the right visuals
    22:57 - 27:56 What equipment do you need to make videos
    27:57 - 24:21 Goals vs Outcomes when creating videos
    24:22 - 26:09 Choosing the right images and/or videos for an information share out
    26:10 - 32:13 Choosing the right images and/or videos for repeated questions
    32:14 - 39:35 Things to consider as you go through repeated questions
    39:36 - 45:39 Choosing the right images and/or videos for training
    45:40 - 49:47 Choosing the right images and/or videos for feedback
    49:48 - 55:55 Matt’s tips for anyone starting out
    55:56 - 57:22 Conclusion
    57:23 - 57:47 Outro

    Learn more about the https://www.techsmith.com/academy.html (TechSmith Academy).

    • 57 min
    What You Can Do With Camtasia 2022

    What You Can Do With Camtasia 2022

    Camtasia 2022 unlocks even more great features and capabilities than ever before.
    Joe Dearman, User Experience, and Brooks Andrus, Product Technical Manager at TechSmith, hopped on to this episode of The Visual Lounge to share their favorite features, what to expect from Camtasia 2022, how its “epic cursors” work, and much more.
    Joe and Brooks take us behind the scenes of Camtasia’s development and how this new iteration aims to help video creators level up their content. Find out what new features to expect and see some sneak peek demos in the full episode.
    Learning points from the episode include:
    0:00 – 4:06 Intro
    4:07 – 5:39 The elevator pitch for Camtasia 2022
    5:40 – 7:46 The path from idea to delivery
    7:47 – 10:59 What’s new with cursors in Camtasia 2022
    11:00 – 14:39 Why the TechSmith team decided to focus on cursors
    14:40 – 19:37 Why cursors are the new “lead actor” of videos
    19:37 – 21:10 How to avoid overdoing it with cursor sizes
    21:11 – 22:45 Camtastia demo time
    22:46 – 27:20 Building a new central location in Camtasia
    27:20 – 35:08 Camtasia’s new templates and assets
    35:09 – 40:06 The stars of the new library and what was most fun to develop
    40:07 – 46:06 How to use Audiate within Camtasia to edit audio with text
    46:06 – 48:08 Brooks' and Joe’s top Camtasia features
    48:08 – 50:47 What it’s been like working in the TechSmith development team
    50:47 – 58:22 Speed round
    58:22 – 59:22 Outro

    Important links and mentions:
    Camtasia: https://www.techsmith.com/video-editor.html (https://www.techsmith.com/video-editor.html)
    What’s New in Camtasia 2022: https://www.techsmith.com/learn/tutorials/camtasia/whats-new-camtasia/ (https://www.techsmith.com/learn/tutorials/camtasia/whats-new-camtasia/)
    Upgrade to Camtasia 2022: https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-upgrade.html (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-upgrade.html)

    Learn more about the https://www.techsmith.com/academy.html (TechSmith Academy).

    • 59 min
    Time to Make a Video, Part 1

    Time to Make a Video, Part 1

    Introducing video content to your arsenal is not an easy task. It’s a gradual procedure, and mistakes will certainly be made along the way. But that’s OK.
    In this episode, master virtual trainer Kassy LaBorie joins Matt Pierce on The Visual Lounge for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create her first video for her business. From the early planning stages to nailing your script (or deciding whether you need one), Matt and Kassy discuss how to navigate the basics when stepping into the world of video.
    Learning points from the episode include:
    00:00 – 01:10 – Intro
    01:10 – 01:51 – Matt introduces Kassy
    01:51 – 02:47 – Matt introduces the premise of the episode
    02:48 – 04:29 – Why Kassy wants to make a video
    04:29 – 05:31 – Matt and Kassy discuss advantages of video content
    05:31 – 08:44 – Kassy explains her ideas for her first video
    08:44 – 12:48 – Pinpointing an ideal outcome for the video
    12:50 – 15:53 – Choosing how to host a video
    15:54 – 20:39 – Measuring whether a video is serving its purpose
    20:41 – 24:32 – Forming a message to connect with the target audience
    30:53 – 37:51 – How to formulate a scripting plan
    38:23 – 48:56 – Building on from engaging introductions
    49:06 – 57:11 – Kassy asks Matt final questions and next steps
    57:12 – 58:46 – Outro

    Important links and mentions:
    Kassy’s website: https://kassyconsulting.com/
    Connect with Kassy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kassylaborie/
    TechSmith Academy Scripting Course: https://academy.techsmith.com/basics-of-writing-using-scripts

    Learn more about the https://academy.techsmith.com (TechSmith Academy).

    • 58 min
    How I Improved My Videos

    How I Improved My Videos

    Video creation skills aren’t “built in a day.” Like everything else worth learning, it's a gradual process that you’ve got to embrace every step of the way.
    To share the story behind his stellar video creation skills, Jeff Batt, Learning and Development Specialist and Founder of Learning Dojo, joins The Visual Lounge. He takes us back in time to where it all started to talk about his humble beginnings in video creation. Jeff also explains his production process and shares some insightful advice for anyone looking to up their video-making skills.
    Jeff has a wealth of experience ranging 10+ years in the digital learning and media industry. He also has a strong background in web development and is a regular conference speaker covering eLearning technologies such as Captivate and Camtasia.
    Learning points from the episode include:
    00:00 - 00:39 Intro
    00:40 - 01:46 Matt tells us a bit about Jeff
    01:47 - 03:27 Jeff shares additional insights about himself
    03:28 - 05:28 How Jeff got his start in video making
    05:29 - 08:24 Jeff’s evolution as a video creator
    08:25 - 10:28 Challenges Jeff first encountered when developing his video skills
    10:29 - 15:00 Jeff talks us through his gear setup
    15:01 - 17:29 The equipment you should get if you’re just starting out
    17:30 - 21:35 Common mistakes beginners should avoid
    21:36 - 29:24 Jeff’s video and learning content creation process
    29:25 - 31:46 Agile vs Waterfall methodologies
    31:47 - 40:13 How Jeff plans out multiple pieces of content as opposed to one video
    40:14 - 42:10 What interface Jeff uses on his Rode Procaster
    42:11 - 43:44 Where to find Jeff online and on social media
    43:45 - 52:39 Matt’s speed round questions
    52:40 - 53:27 Outro

    Important links and mentions:
    Learning Dojo: https://learningdojo.ninja/ (https://learningdojo.ninja/)
    Learning Dojo’s YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/c/LearningDojo (https://www.youtube.com/c/LearningDojo)
    Jeff’s Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/jeffbattlxd (https://mobile.twitter.com/jeffbattlxd)
    TechSmith’s Video Gear Wish List: https://www.techsmith.com/blog/video-gear-wish-list/ (https://www.techsmith.com/blog/video-gear-wish-list/)

    Learn more about the https://academy.techsmith.com/?utm_source=podcastandutm_medium=socialandutm_campaign=visualloungeandutm_content= how-i-improved-my-videos (TechSmith Academy).
    To read the blog post on the topic or watch the video, go to: https://www.techsmith.com/blog/?p=210313 (https://www.techsmith.com/blog/how-i-improved-my-videos/)

    • 53 min
    Strategies for an Effective Hybrid Workplace

    Strategies for an Effective Hybrid Workplace

    Whether you’re an LandD professional, video creator, or a software developer, your industry has probably been bitten by the hybrid work bug in one way or the other.
    This isn’t a challenge we can master overnight, but all it takes is the right information to get you moving in the right direction.
    Michelle Massey, VP of Community Outreach and Customer Operations at TechSmith, joins Matt on this episode to share some practical steps and advice that make for a more wholesome hybrid work environment. She talks about organizational culture and how it affects the hybrid work setup and also doles out a few tips on how to communicate better in a hybrid work environment.
    Learning points from the episode include:
    00:00 - 00:49 Intro
    00:50 - 01:34 Matt introduces Michelle
    01:35 - 02:56 Michelle shares some insights about herself
    02:57 - 05:27 Why the topic is vital for everyone regardless of industry
    05:28 - 07:13 A practical example of how to communicate in a hybrid environment
    07:14 - 14:57 What role does organizational culture play in establishing hybrid work environments
    14:58 - 19:04 How to manage communication in a hybrid work environment
    19:05 - 21:17 What is hybrid work
    21:18 - 28:28 Tips to enhance better hybrid communication
    28:29 - 37:30 How to be resilient as work conditions evolve
    37:31 - 45:28 How Michelle’s communication approach has changed since she started using Snagit and Camtasia
    45:29 - 53:08 Speed round questions
    53:09 - 53:38 Outro

    Important links and mentions:
    Reach out to Michelle: m.massey@techsmith.com
    Connect with Michelle on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-massey-32970b4/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-massey-32970b4/)

    Learn more about the https://academy.techsmith.com/?utm_source=podcastandutm_medium=socialandutm_campaign=visualloungeandutm_content=effective-hybrid-workplace (TechSmith Academy).
    To read the blog post on the topic or watch the video, go to: https://www.techsmith.com/blog/?p=209941 (https://www.techsmith.com/blog/effective-hybrid-workplace/)

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

RobertISD ,

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I had NO Idea that this was happening- just so happed that some one canceled a meeting today - and a notification popped up on my iPad.

I was like WHAT?

It was GREAT! Ryan Knott (I think was his name) gave lots of practical advice. Also provided references (URLs).

I have added this to my schedule and will be tuning in weekly.

Thanks Matt for pushing the INFO out to the world.

All the best!
ROBERT
Sacramento California

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