This is the video companion to the egghead.io Instructor Guide.
Screencasting is hard! There are virtually infinite ways to produce one. For an egghead.io lesson we expect several key aspects to be met. We want to make sure that our lessons have depth and clarity. Clarity is important and starts with the technical aspects of recording your screen and voice. Once we have achieved this objective level of clarity, we dip into the stylistic aspects of recording a lesson. The style is subjective, and the goal of an egghead.io lesson is not to have an army of uniform drone producing flavorless video content for the masses.
Our mission is to make you a badass screencaster. We want to push you to another level. We've found that a small set of standard practices will create an awesome experience for the student, and eliminate frustration as we teach by providing a repeatable pattern for success. It’s not complicated. In fact, it is simple, but it isn’t easy.
This course will show you how to produce an egghead.io lesson. We strive for consistency in style, and these lessons will demonstrate the core elements that create our brand screencasts. Let’s learn how together.
egghead.io lessons are example driven. We don’t rely on slide decks, instead we focus on code. This code first approach is how we explain things to students. Armed with a lesson title and summary that describes the goals, we will avoid polite introductions and jump right into showing how to make code.
Good audio starts with quality gear. You can definitely record screencasts using the built-in microphone on your laptop, but we've found that our users want to have consistent high-quality audio.
We want you to sound amazing! Because you are.
To make this happen, we send each instructor professional grade audio recording equipment.
Once you've created a draft lesson that is almost ready to be published, we will ship you a case stuffed full of audio recording toys that will have you sounding awesome in no time.
Setting up audio gear can be tricky. It goes from fairly straightforward “computer mic” to very complex “NPR sound booth”. We are striving for something in between. Most egghead recording gear uses a professional grade microphone, connected to a USB interface with an XLR cable, and finally, the USB interface connects to the computer. Regardless of the specific, we need to verify that it sounds good! In this lesson we show how to keep your audio volume input levels as high in the green as possible without turning red (clipping).
For accessibility and quality, we capture our screens with maximum code and minimal distractions. Armed with a couple of tools and techniques we can create a desktop that focuses on the lessons. The resolution, font size, window layout, and menu bar management will all be wrangled into shape.
You aren’t the “1-take dizzle”. Instead of trying to get an entire lesson captured in a single capture, consider capturing audio and video in chunks. With our without a script, capturing in chunks makes it easy to redo parts and stay on-topic. You might see a repeating pattern of typing a bit of code > stop and explain as needed > typing a bit of code > repeat.
“We’ll just do it in post!”
This is always a phrase to be uttered with caution, but armed with just a couple of handy tools, we can to a lot of magic in post production even if we aren’t Hollywood editors. We will learn about the screencast editors best friend Ripple Delete. Then we will fine tune the recording removing any ummmm's or long running processes like installs or builds. Finally, we will make sure everything looks and sounds good and save it for publication!