Microlearning is often a common teaching tool for teachers, and recording microlearning is one of the essential skills for teachers. What are the best ways to make microlearning easy for teachers in the midst of their busy schedules? In fact, “Video Editor King” can be a good way to record micro-lessons. It is easy to record micro-lessons with this software, and you can also make necessary modifications to the recorded micro-lessons.
1. Record micro-lesson
Install and run “Video Editor King”, click “16:9 (common widescreen)” in the window (of course, you can also choose the other two as needed), click “Record→Record Computer Screen “, this will open the web browser (address: https://www.apowersoft.cn/free-online-screen-recorder?from=videoeditor), the web page has two buttons, respectively, “start recording ” and “download guest starter”. Click “Start Recording” (if it is the first time to record, you need to download and run the launcher, and then you don’t need to install the launcher to record again, but you need to connect your computer to the Internet), and after the launcher is running, the recording toolbar will appear on the screen (Figure 1). Of course, you can also download and install the client by clicking “Download Client” on the open webpage. After the client is installed, you can directly click on the desktop icon “Aurora Soft Recording” and the recording toolbar will appear.
Before recording, you can make some necessary settings. On the recording toolbar, the default is “Full screen” recording, but you can also click “Customize area” to set the recording area according to your needs; select “System sound” for “System sound”. “If you want to record, you can click “Camera”, so that you can record both the computer screen and the lecturer through the camera (Figure 2).
Tip: If the image of the webcam is obscuring the lesson, you can drag or resize it during the recording process.
Click “More” for further settings. In the “General” tab of the pop-up settings window, set and remember the shortcut keys for recording start, stop, pause, continue, and show hidden tools, which are very useful during the recording process. Also, set the folder where the recorded microlearning is stored (Figure 3).
In the “Record” tab, check the required settings in “Basic”, select the required format in “Video format” (usually choose (usually select “MP4”), and other settings can be selected as needed (Figure 4).
Tip: In the “Record” tab, generally do not check the “Show recording toolbar”, otherwise the toolbar may block the content of the courseware.
After setting, play the courseware and click the “Rec” button or press the corresponding shortcut key to start recording. If you are using a laptop, you should also note that some laptops require you to press the Fn key + the setting shortcut at the same time to perform recording. After recording, click “Save” in the pop-up window to save the lesson in video format (or GIF animation format).
2. Video Trimming
It is difficult to record the micro lesson in one go, and some problems will occur, so you need to do some necessary trimming on the generated video file.
Click “Import File” in the “Video Edit King” window, select the video file you just recorded and import it, drag and drop the imported video file onto the top video track, click “Zoom In” and “Zoom Out” on the right side of the window. Click the “Zoom In”, “Zoom Out” or “Zoom to Fit Timeline” buttons on the right side of the window to adjust the display of the video on the track (Figure 5).
Deleting part of the clip
To calculate the start time and end time of the segment to be deleted, position the playhead to the start time of the segment, select the video on the track, right-click, and select “Split”; then position the playhead to the end time of the segment, select the video on the track, right-click, and select “Split Select “Split”. This way, the whole microlearning video will be divided into 3 segments, right-click the segment you want to delete, select “Delete”, and the retained segments will be automatically merged (Figure 6).
Tip: If you delete more than one clip, you need to split at the beginning and end of each clip respectively, and then delete the clips you want to delete in order from right to left, so as not to cause confusion and time deviation.
Add other effects
Of course, you can also add some additional effects to the video, such as text, filters, overlays, transitions, animations, mosaics, etc. Just play the corresponding effects to the track, then right-click the effect and select “Edit” to set the effect accordingly (Figure 7).
Add credits and end credits
Finally, import the finished title and credits (such as pictures and videos) into the window, drag and drop the title to the front of the video in the track, and drag and drop the credits to the end of the video.
3. Export the video
After the video is edited, click “Export→Export Video”, select the desired video format under the “Video” tab in the pop-up window, and select the desired audio format under the “Audio” tab. (You can also click the “Output Settings” button to make detailed settings for the video resolution, encoder, frame rate, bit rate, etc.), and finally click the “Export” button to export the video. Of course, if you don’t need detailed settings, just click the “Export” button to export the video (Figure 8).