Editing Your Screencast

Basic Editing

Using the screencasting or video editing program of your choice, edit your video and audio to remove all errors, retakes, and stumbles. Listen for background noises you may have missed during the recording (for example: thumps, loud typing or mouse clicks, or distracting mouth noises and lip smacks). Re-record as needed.

Listen back through your edits as you go. If you can hear the edit, the listener will be able to hear it as well. Your edits should sound and look seamless. If you move between images on the screen, use a simple cut. Don’t use any additional transitions or effects.

Final Touches

It's now time to finish editing your screencast by adding some final touches:

  • Add in your additional visual elements such as slides and images.
  • Add small visual and audio fade-ins and fade-outs to the beginning and end of each lesson.
  • We ask that you don’t do any additional processing to your audio. This includes filters, compression, or noise reduction. If you are comfortable and confident with audio processing and would like to process your own audio, please talk with the Course Producer before you proceed. We prefer that you provide us with good audio and we do the final processing to ensure continuity.
  • Watch your whole course, looking for mistakes, errors, and edits that can be improved.

Exporting Your Files

Export your videos at 1280x720 (or 1280x800) as .mp4 files with H.264 encoding.

Video Converters

These are our recommended video converters:

Final Review

Now take the time to watch your exported videos one last time. Wear headphones and double check for the following:

  1. Is it the correct file type?
  2. Is the video in the correct aspect ratio?
  3. Did you introduce yourself at the beginning of each lesson?
  4. Did you end each lesson with what’s in the next lesson?
  5. Are there any obvious or awkward audio or video edits?
  6. Are only the approved Envato Tuts+ slides and fonts being used (See Slides)?
  7. Does each lesson begin and end with a smooth fade?
  8. Are the files named correctly?

Make any final edits that are needed, and once you're happy that the course is finished, submit your files to your editor. Remember you can contact our Course Producer if you have questions about recording or editing your screencast.

Congratulations, you’ve completed a course!