This is the third installment in my Microlearning Video on a Shoestring series, this focused on the concept of pacing. Seven tips are shared here:

  1. Focus on only one objective
  2. Use fast-paced visuals
  3. Show, don’t tell
  4. Edit ruthlessly and reduce word count
  5. Exclude details and distracting content
  6. Get to the point
  7. Don’t repeat yourself

There are others, of course, and we would love to hear your tips. Leave a comment!

Check back in a few days; I plan to have a few example scripts here to review and rewrite as an exercise.

Thanks for viewing!
@tomspiglanin


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Microlearning Video on a Shoestring – Pacing — 3 Comments

  1. Hello again Tom,

    Just a quick note to say thank you for these short and educational videos. I find them valuable! They uncover the process of how to create videos for learning and encourage me to give it a go too. Out of interest, how much time did it take to create this video? My difficulty is having the time to commit, but also having other people to help me take video footage.

    I’ve been using Windows Movie Maker (probably not as functional as iMovie) but it seems to do the job.

    I love the animations within your video too.

    Keep up the great work! :-)

    • I was chatting with Brent Schlenker earlier today and we came to realize each of us came to appreciate short form video from completely different directions, but agree L&D can and should be faster to market with many of our products. Short form video, done well, can help accomplish that. In addition to my technical background and nearly two decades in Learning and Development, I’ve also produced video, sitting with professional video producers in the editing studio into the wee hours of the morning more than once. I also had the pleasure of writing a complete screenplay with a professional screenwriter and learned the craft of dialogue and pacing, which applies even more strongly to the microlearning video format.

      The production itself is actually the most time consuming part of the process, but I seldom separate the steps cleanly as I indicated in my first video in this series. In practice, unless I’m using live action video recorded with a camera, production (which is acquisition of assets) and post-production (sequencing assets and editing video) are done at the same time. This video, with the animated sketches, took the longest of all the videos I created so far, probably 6 hours in total, but spread over several days. Other videos took as little as an hour or two. The animations really help and are made easy with the Project Expresso tool, currently only in trial release. I’m also looking forward to resurrection of Xtranorml for animated characters.

      As for taking video footage, I’ll be sharing tips on that later. In summary, using voice over minimizes demands on your “actors” and minimizes the time to record as well. The videos from DevLearn were completed with only about 15 minutes needed from my (our) friends; there are only two spoken lines between the two videos.

      Thank you, Helen!

  2. Hi Tom, I really need to get in touch with you like tomorrow or Thursday if you have time. This is what I need to get cracking on the work load at work. PLEASE!!!!!

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