“How to create a step-by-step video tutorial in an hour?” A week ago at a conference for SaaS companies, I met a guy who couldn’t believe that a 3-minute video guide with auto-narration could take just an hour to be created. We bet $50 and guess what? Of course, I won!

However, that guy didn’t lose either. Yesterday, he called me and told me that he and his colleague bought a year subscription for StepShot Guides and now they are going to produce video tutorials for their help center and site, create demos, and, in the future, onboard new employees. Isn’t it a win-win?

What is a video tutorial and why do you need it?

A video tutorial is a video created to guide other people through a software program to help them better understand how it can suit their needs and solve their problems. In the modern world, where everyone is obsessed with time and use modern technology to save it, a video guide is the most time-efficient way to explain how to use software or to accomplish a procedure. For example, you can create a video tutorial to explain to your customers how to create and edit a new file in your program or to teach your grandpa how to sign up to Facebook. If a video guide is clear, demonstrative, and easy-to-follow, the viewer will be able to accomplish the procedure step by step simply by following your video tutorial. This makes StepShot Guides an awesome tool for creating demos reassuring a customer that a solution you present is easy-to-use and effective in his/her specific case.

How to create a video tutorial? Easy way

If you want to know how to create a video tutorial for software, you should know there are two ways: hardcore and easy. An easy way to create a video guide is to use StepShot Guides. This way, you need neither to have any extra skills in video making, nor to buy storyboarding software, nor to spend as much time as an average storyboarding tool takes. Just download StepShot Guides and follow a step-by-step guide below. Moreover, if you want to save more time, watch two video tutorials created with StepShot Guides – check them out below!

1. Plan your video tutorial

Think of what you want to include in your video tutorial like the procedure from beginning to end, how you’ll start and finish your guide, who your audience is, what they need to learn, what issues they may have. There is no need to write a detailed script, just write those parts which do not directly describe steps. You’ll know why in the next steps.

2. Capture the procedure

It’s as easy as it sounds: launch StepShot Guides and then go through the whole procedure while StepShot Guides automatically captures your keyboard and mouse clicks. Each click will be represented by a screenshot with a highlighted location of your click and a short step description recorded by the keylogger. After that, export the file to video to select which steps you’ll include in your video tutorial. You can see how the capturing process works in the video tutorial below.

3. Edit & correct mistakes

Afterward, you need to edit the guide to correct any mistakes and enhance it. Look through step descriptions – correct any inaccuracies and add the necessary text to make sure everything looks and sounds perfect. Step descriptions are important if you choose to auto-narrate your guide or to display subtitles.

4. Auto-narrate your video guide or record your own voice

This is my favorite part – StepShot Guides has the unique functionality of auto-narration – 20 voices in English, Spanish, German, and French. It allows you to not have to bother about the accent or silence or repeatedly re-record audio because of each tiny hack. On the contrary, you can record your own voice to build a rapport with your listeners. Additionally, you can add those step descriptions as subtitles to your video tutorial.

5. Export & share a video tutorial

You can save your video guide as a local file and there is no limit to sharing – you can share your video guide wherever you want. Don’t bother with checking if you haven’t missed a step description – our smart video export warns you about the steps without auto or manual narration.

StepShot Guides is a super convenient tool to design a step-by-step guide in various formats including video tutorials. As a rule, video production takes a lot of time to compile, but this tool allows you to simplify the process significantly.

How to create a video tutorial? The Hardcore Way

The hardcore way requires certain skills in video making, professional storyboarding software and also takes more time and effort. This way, you can really create whatever video you want. Here, we discuss how to create a video guide in storyboarding software.

1. Make a plan

Obviously, you need to have a clear plan of what you need to present in your video tutorial. Consider your audience, potential issues, think of a topic. After that, create a storyboard to delineate and visualize your tutorial.

2. Create a script

If you work with the professional storyboarding tool, you have to write down how your video guide will “sound” – it’s better to write down everything from the very beginning to the end for your video tutorial.

3. Record audio narration

Even though storyboarding tools have a wide functionality, they do not allow you to auto narrate a video guide in a breeze like StepShot Guides. Do not hurry to record audio narration immediately – practice aloud several times to make sure you sound confident and easy to understand, find the best microphone and a quiet place. Now it’s time to record your voice.

4. Capture screen video

This step is actually the “meat” of your video guide. Clean off your desktop and launch an application you have to record, open your tool and record your screen. If you’ve made a mistake – just do this action again correctly – you’ll delete this part later.

5. Correct mistakes & edit

First, cut out all the mistakes and trim excessive footage. However, make sure you have enough time for each step of your video tutorial to be narrated. Remember to add all media items at this point.

6. Synchronize audio & video

This part is critical as you need to synchronize your audio and video materials so that they match perfectly. This step is also critical for the time you spend on the video tutorial production – you don’t need to do it manually in StepShot Guides, unlike the professional storyboarding tool. To do this, follow the timeline of audio narration and use extend frame and clip speed to synchronize the speed of your video with recorded audio.

7. Save & share a video guide

Save your video tutorial to a local device and/or choose a platform from the provided list to share it.

So, what’s better?

Indeed, compared to the professional storyboarding software, StepShot Guides offers unique functionality and benefits of video export including:

  • auto-narration in four languages and multiple male and female voices;
  • automatic screen capturing and annotation;
  • automatic recording of step descriptions;
  • unlimited hosting;
  • audio narration with your own voice;
  • no need to write a script;
  • no need to synchronize your video with audio;
  • time and effort efficiency.

While Camtasia storyboarding tool delivery ratio is 36:1, hence it takes 36 hours to create a 1-hour video tutorial, StepShot’s delivery ratio is much lower. Although our tool cannot deliver similarly comprehensive training, its video functionality is commonly used by IT operators, small business owners, ERP consultants, customer support agents, marketers, sales managers, technical writers, and HR managers. So, if you need a screenshot-based video tutorial or demo – StepShot Guides is exactly what you need.

Let’s bet I can create a 3-minute video tutorial with auto-narration in about an hour? Or would you prefer to try StepShot Guides first and save your money – not to mention your time and effort?

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