Creating Online Video Course Content

So as you can see notes a couple of examples that I jot down into the actual original recording it's just so quick even on that death slowing connection that I was doing this on and it works with 3 and I could have done it even with uploading actual files to drop box I have been using content samurai and it hasn't skipped a beat it still sounds fantastic, so yeah can't say enough about the guy who actually created this so you see here the...I actually get this wrong a couple of times and that's no real issue because if you get it wrong you can just click the re-record button and it re-record it a few times. This is one very short thing at the moment but I actually believe the update they brought out couple of days ago that that particular box gone if you do a huge great list you can actually split them up for audio a bit easier, that's awesome and yes I'm firing through here.  I love at the top how it's got the number of sentences left to record that's really helpful to know and it's kind of really encouraging as well. I mean it only takes about 10-12 minutes to I think to...when I time myself to actually record this is a 700 word article so it don't  take too long so you need to just fly through here.
If you want to create a profitable online course, the most important thing is to get acquainted with your audience, learn what their interests are, and come up with the best course idea. If people see that you are solving a significant problem for them and that they will learn new skills, they will want to buy your course. A successful course always:
Here are five easy-to-follow steps for online course creation. At Northpass, we call this the Beginner’s Guide to Creating an Online Training Program as it will enable you to create an online course and deliver it when and where your learners need it. It is an iterative process that recommends you start small (with one course), learn from the process and your learners’ engagement, and adjust and improve your training program based on the feedback you receive from target learners.
Content Samurai is a service that produces videos based on text, audio, and video content that either you provide or use the extensive video and image stock library that comes with the license. The objective of Content Samurai (you can get a free trial here or go directly to a $35/m discount checkout page here) is to enable anyone to make rich videos quickly and with minimal effort: the software does most of the heavy lifting.

Content Samurai is a service that produces videos based on text, audio, and video content that either you provide or use the extensive video and image stock library that comes with the license. The objective of Content Samurai (you can get a free trial here or go directly to a $35/m discount checkout page here) is to enable anyone to make rich videos quickly and with minimal effort: the software does most of the heavy lifting.
Hello Menhaj,I have come to the perfect place for what I was looking for. I was planning to create a small video of my dance class as well as short videos of dance documentation. I was searching for an easy and simple way to carry on the task which I couldn’t fine. As I came across this post I feel so excited for finding the solution of my humble dream. Thank you so much for reviewing the Content Samurai. 

The number one thing we kept in mind while creating the first version of our online Instagram course was that it has to be as in-person as possible. We knew that it had to be as interactive as possible so we could gather feedback and find out what our students’ biggest struggles were during the course. What we didn’t want was a course where we’d be sending our worksheets and students would feel like they were talking to a faceless corporation.


Hello Menhaj,I have come to the perfect place for what I was looking for. I was planning to create a small video of my dance class as well as short videos of dance documentation. I was searching for an easy and simple way to carry on the task which I couldn’t fine. As I came across this post I feel so excited for finding the solution of my humble dream. Thank you so much for reviewing the Content Samurai.  How to Create Your First Online Course | SELLING ONLINE COURSES
Users of Storygami can transform YouTube videos into interactive experiences known as ‘folding stories’. Website creators have named the interactive elements “interactive cards”. These are layers that the designer can add, and define the length of the time they are shown to the viewer. The cards are interactive, which means the user has the choice to either click on them or ignore them. Those clickable layers are for example video cards, article cards, gallery cards, map cards, data cards (all context cards), newsletter cards, poll cards, donation cards, product cards, patreon cards.
Thank you for writing an excellent review with all necessary information about the content samurai video creation software product. I was looking for a perfect video creation software which has some advanced feature like text to speech technology and automated voice also. I believe this is the perfect one which I was looking for. I am going to bookmark this article and soon I will buy this software for my different activity.
AVS Video Editor is a downloadable video editor for Windows. It is easy to use and it is rich in features as it can give your video a professional and high-quality touch, while importing your clips, trimming them, adding several elements (like music, pictures, and text) and transitions between them. AVS also provides several video effects and offers the ability to share the end result through various social media platforms.
Thanks for posting this list! I googled and thought I’d have to search on my own, and your list was first in line. (recently updated, too!) You saved me countless hours of work finding and investigating these options. We’d like to offer some of our safety classes online. As a small business, your first paragraph resonated with me. I can’t afford to license an LMS, authoring tools, and do the development to connect them to our website. I need an affordable SAAS solution. You rock!

I teach for a large, well known (ahem, orange) online company. Many of my most advanced students (who will run out of content soon) need other options. I do not need to market and attract large numbers of students as I teach 70-90 classes weekly; I simply want to supplement and further their skills (I have three classes to offer that parents and students both ask about regularly) as they progress out of the current curricula. As they are all in China, could you possibly narrow down which of these options will work there? If by chance I can grow my own business, that would be fine, but it is not currently my short-term goal. The option to expand is certainly one I want to keep available as a possible long-term goal. TIA. 🙂
Hello Menhaj,I have come to the perfect place for what I was looking for. I was planning to create a small video of my dance class as well as short videos of dance documentation. I was searching for an easy and simple way to carry on the task which I couldn’t fine. As I came across this post I feel so excited for finding the solution of my humble dream. Thank you so much for reviewing the Content Samurai.  How to Create Your First Online Course | SELLING ONLINE COURSES
Skillshare provides instructors with tools to create courses composed of video lessons and a “class project.” (All classes are have these two elements.) Classes are normally 10-25 minutes long, broken down into short videos, and they are all pre-recorded and self-paced. Once you have enrolled more than 25 learners in a class, you become eligible for participation in Skillshare’s Partner Program and can earn money through the royalty pool managed by the company – usually $1-2 per enrollment, according to the company. (Unlike Udemy – discussed below – Skillshare sells subscriptions to all of its content rather than to individual courses.) Once you are a partner, you’ll also get compensated for new Premium Members ($10 per) you bring to Skillshare through your Teacher Referral link. The Skillshare site reports that “Top teachers make up to $40,000 a year.”
Bob – It sounds like you probably do need a platform (and I always recommend having a Web site in addition to whatever platform you use) You might be better off with one of the companies I cover at the following link (LearningCart, in particular, could be a good choice, based on the little bit I know about your situation – https://www.learningrevolution.net/learning-management-system-for-small-business/
Embedded in this front-end planning is getting an in-depth understanding of your customers and audience. Think about who you’re creating this training for. What are their demographics? What do they care about? What terminology or jargon would / wouldn’t they understand? How do they like to learn? What would they like to learn? Once you answer these questions, you will have a great foundation for your learner persona.
Offering forum support is a great way to connect with students, but don’t count on it to make sure the students are understanding the lessons in your course. Many people don’t ask questions because they fear asking a dumb question. I definitely recommend forums for support, but incorporate quizzes and assignments to assess progress and understanding.
Selling online courses as I understand it could be about how a professional training business like say the guys who bring you GTD (VitalSmarts) required a “customer” training LMS to scale the business of learning. They use the Thought Industries platform, which is similar to others like Skilljar, LearnUpon or Docebo? I’m sure each has their areas of expertise, benefits, etc. But curious if there is value in expanding on this post with a quick write up about how platforms like Thought Industries help sell online courses as well? Thank you for your consideration.
The company massively upgraded its Web page builder capabilities in 2019, making it more powerful than ever for creating Web sites and courses. And, in early 2020, Kajabi released Kajabi Email, featuring a powerful visual editor to to create attractive, high-converting e-mails fast. The Web page builder and e-mail capabilities are included with every plan.
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After your first run through the five steps outlined in this post for online course creation, it will become increasingly easier to build future courses. You will gain tremendous insight into your target learners, what’s important to them and how to best keep them engaged. As a result of helping learners reach their training goals, you too can achieve your business goals.
I’m not aware of any restriction on this. You own the content that you put into Udemy. The issue, though, is that Udemy is providing the tools to “structure the content” – i.e., providing the menu/links for a student to move from lesson to lesson. Still, if you course is mostly video – which it would be on Udemy – simply posting those videos on a different site or platform shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
Hello Jeff..thanks for this information. My needs seem to be a little different, and I hope you can be able to guide me. I work for a non-profit organization and we offer elearning courses for business owners at no charge. Our approach is to develop the content, have someone produce it as an ecourse — and we own it. I don’t understand the monthly fees that all of the platforms you mentioned seem to have. Wondering if you have suggestions of elearning developers that produce the courses without any ties into monthly fees and revenue sharing. Thank you!
Then I'm going to grab from our photo and just going to video template.  Then we go to that now uploading and while the intros for our video intros is uploading I'm going to upload the other couple other images and if you want to find images and we love this as well they have a image finder that just goes out there gets creative comes with images  completely for free all that stuff that you going to need to use in commercial videos because pretty much every video is technically commercial so you need commercial license images so that can happen just here, and because I always create intro....first couple of slides are intro slides or intro backgrounds I will just go and upload the images for these first couple as well.  So I can speed the video up and we can fly through this slide creation super fast and get into recording the audio.

A balance of visual, auditory and kinesthetic content elements is the best way to involve everyone in the learning process and ensure that all feel engaged. So make sure that skills, knowledge, and concepts are presented through a variety of video content, graphic content, written notes, and activities like branching scenarios and group assignments.


Thankfully, you can get Content Samurai at a 25% discount off its normal price. (This link will send you directly to the checkout page.) So, instead of its retail price of $47, you’ll only pay $35, saving you $12 a month forever (again, for as long as you keep your monthly subscription after clicking on the previous link and taking advantage of this discount deal).
How to Create an Online Course and Landing Page in Thinkific - Tutorial (Complete Walkthrough)
How to Create an Online Course and Landing Page in Thinkific - Tutorial (Complete Walkthrough)

Unlike many types of content where the mark of great content is did it entertain, did it grab and keep attention, did the person finish it? The mark of a great course is does it complete the goal of teaching what you want to teach? Was your student able to complete the course and then do the task if it’s a task related goal, make the behavioral change if it’s a behavioral goal, or recall the content if it’s a memorization and recall type of goal. Even the most entertaining content wouldn’t be a successful course, if it didn’t successfully teach the student the desired outcome.
A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, usually containing audio narration. Sometimes you may need to show your learners specific steps of a procedure on a computer (e.g., how to use a specific software or simply recording the slides of a Powerpoint presentation). Screen-recording tools are very easy and often free to use. You can use:
Hi Jeff, thanks for the article. 2 questions for you. Where does Kartra fit in here? I’m social media based craft business looking for a landing spot to direct customers to video tutorials for purchase. I cannot tell what is right for me. I would only be selling 1 large/master course that i would like to have broken down into several chapters. Possibly some subsequent courses as advanced learning to the original mastercourse. I just want them protected and not shared. I like the idea of a login, or a landing page to collect the email but not entirely necessary. I could do the payment processing and send customers a link or have the platform collect the payment- not really particular just a bit lost. Really small business, small budget.

Once you have picked your online course topic, the next step is to conduct a number of market research tests to see if it has a market demand or not.  Many course creators make the mistake of thinking that if there is a lot of competition in their topic area, then their course idea won’t fly.  But actually, this shows that there is a high chance of there being a strong market demand for that course idea and is therefore well worth investigating further.

I must admit, most of these websites are too expensive or offer little features for small start-ups. I was thinking about going with Udemy because they’ll help promote the course if you split the profits, but then I got greedy and thought about using wordpress to start my own, but it would be a pain in the butt to have to constantly update all those plugins. So I’m leaning towards Udemy and ValueAddon. I hate that I have to pay a monthly fee for VAO, but i like their platform set-up. I may try both and see which one performs best. Most likely it’ll be Udemy because they’ll do the marketing. We shall see though.

I’m just going to throw my two cents in here after seeing so much negative stuff about Udemy. While I understand the criticism related to such aspects of the platform as controlling user data and communications with students as well as some difficulties with the review process, I have had an excellent experience with them. The bottom line is, Udemy courses sell. For those of us who don’t like to do a lot of marketing or aren’t very good at it, Udemy has a huge user base and very effective marketing.
Once you have picked your online course topic, the next step is to conduct a number of market research tests to see if it has a market demand or not.  Many course creators make the mistake of thinking that if there is a lot of competition in their topic area, then their course idea won’t fly.  But actually, this shows that there is a high chance of there being a strong market demand for that course idea and is therefore well worth investigating further.
Dainis – Thanks for commenting. I agree – mostly. Aspiring course entrepreneurs tend to put WAY too much emphasis on the technology. In most cases, simply getting on with it and going with a major, established platform like Teachable or Thinkific is the right move. Still, there can be reasons for going with other options. I get e-mails from people every day asking for advice on platforms, and I am struck by the number of times that they have specific needs for which Teachable or Thinkific are really not the right fit. It pays, I think, to take just a bit of time to think it through, apply a reasonable process, and arrive at a choice you feel confident about (which is the point of my free platform selection guide). – Jeff
I’m not aware of any restriction on this. You own the content that you put into Udemy. The issue, though, is that Udemy is providing the tools to “structure the content” – i.e., providing the menu/links for a student to move from lesson to lesson. Still, if you course is mostly video – which it would be on Udemy – simply posting those videos on a different site or platform shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
While the truth of a person requiring a specific presentation style in order to learn is debated, it is widely accepted that people have preferences for the way they learn. By providing multiple delivery options, you make sure to meet the student at their strength or preference level. Planning the placement of video, visual components like diagrams and pictures, text documentation and other multi-media help people grasp and apply the concepts and tasks you are trying to teach.
7 Keys to Make $100,000+ With Online Courses
7 Keys to Make $100,000+ With Online Courses

Learning Cart has been fantastic for me! I entered the field on Teachable because they provide a lot of guidance on how to get your course(s) noticed. But, I soon felt the technology was lacking and I didn’t get much from their guidance. So, I moved to Thinkific who has a little bigger feature set, but their tools for creating the home and landing pages were not very flexible and did not offer much for customizing, unless you are a coder. After researching over 50 LMS I chose Learning Cart. Their tools for customizing their template are much better and they have all the features I need. Most of all, their support is fantastic! With that said, our business model is to provide training on a wide range of business topics, from technical to management. I do not teach any of the courses. Instead, I find experts who have a course or idea and want to make some money, I market the courses and manage the site. You just teach!
It is important to sit down and ask whether using Content Samurai will really bring in the marginal fifty (or twenty-five if you go annually) dollars a month that it needs to make it a good decision. Part of this will depend on the length of time you intend to keep and use Content Samurai. If you have your material ready, you can do all the work in just one month (or have a virtual assistant do that for you). You can get a lot of videos done in 30 days, pause and resume the license only if/when you will need it again in the future.
Just to put cost in some context, when I designed and built one of the very first eLearning platforms for Sun Microsystems in 1996 to train my sales force, I had to hire 23 web page creators and instructional designers to build my site. Sixty hours of on-line training cost me $1.34 million dollars. Of course, at that time, no alternatives existed and Saba, Blackboard and Moodle all came by to see SunTAN (Sun Training Access Network) to see my learner-centric model. I used Java to create custom pages on the fly depending on the audience (salespeople want just the basics and sales engineers wanted everything possible). But within 2 years I was able to show the CEO a >125% ROI (increased sales and getting them trained faster than in the classroom) and I never had any problem keeping my content updated from that point on when execs understood eLearning’s importance. Of course we didn’t call it eLearning then, Cisco’s John Chambers coined that word a year later. Today I am using LearnDash to create a site for my 4000-person active senior community and the cost will be more like $15,000.

Let’s say I start with Thinkific but a year from now ultimately decide to shift over to another platform like WordPress / Learndash or Kajabi. What are the potential risks and repercussions of doing this? Is it not that big of a deal or is it not advisable? My thoughts are this. As long as you can export the customer list from the old system (with their passwords) and then import it into the new system you are fine. But I am not sure if most systems support this. Any input is appreciated.
Really, it comes down to the nature of your content and how much you rely on the tools contained within any specific platform to create your courses. If you rely on those tools heavily, then you will have to redo quite a bit when you go to a new platform. Maybe not a big deal if you don’t have a lot of courses and the courses you have aren’t all that large. But it could be a big deal if that is not the case.
Wow! I am SO happy that I found this article! I am right at the stage of training to do video – this is serendipity at it’s finest! Thank you very much for sharing your insight and learning – I am going to sign up for that free trial RIGHT NOW! I am also going to share it with my employer, he is keen to do online video but has been put off by the potential expense and steep learning curve. Looks like Content Samurai is a perfect solution for his business too!

The bulk of the work will occur in this step wherein you’ll develop the course content. Even so, this process need not be time-consuming. Start by thinking about what content you already have developed — whether those be PowerPoint presentations, hard-copy or digital training manuals, videos (pre-recorded webinars or product demos), or support articles. Organize those pieces in a cohesive manner. So you’re not overwhelmed by an overabundance of files that can lead to distraction, select only those materials that have a direct correlation to the learning objectives you defined.


James – It really depends on what your overall business goals are and how that impacts how you manage your brand and segmenting of your market. The main thing, from my perspective, is that you want to be be selling from a site that you own (Brendon, for example, owns HighPerformanceAcademy.com) rather than relying entirely totally on a third-party market place like Udemy – at least if you are really serious about being in the education/training business. I, for example, decide a while back that I wanted to develop business brands that were distinct from my personal brand. I have a range of reasons for wanting to do that, but one key one is that I would like to have the potential (whether I ever take advantage of it or not) of selling off those brands/businesses. Not having them tied too tightly to my personal brand makes that possible. Hope that helps. – Jeff
James – It really depends on what your overall business goals are and how that impacts how you manage your brand and segmenting of your market. The main thing, from my perspective, is that you want to be be selling from a site that you own (Brendon, for example, owns HighPerformanceAcademy.com) rather than relying entirely totally on a third-party market place like Udemy – at least if you are really serious about being in the education/training business. I, for example, decide a while back that I wanted to develop business brands that were distinct from my personal brand. I have a range of reasons for wanting to do that, but one key one is that I would like to have the potential (whether I ever take advantage of it or not) of selling off those brands/businesses. Not having them tied too tightly to my personal brand makes that possible. Hope that helps. – Jeff
Then I'm going to grab from our photo and just going to video template.  Then we go to that now uploading and while the intros for our video intros is uploading I'm going to upload the other couple other images and if you want to find images and we love this as well they have a image finder that just goes out there gets creative comes with images  completely for free all that stuff that you going to need to use in commercial videos because pretty much every video is technically commercial so you need commercial license images so that can happen just here, and because I always create intro....first couple of slides are intro slides or intro backgrounds I will just go and upload the images for these first couple as well.  So I can speed the video up and we can fly through this slide creation super fast and get into recording the audio.
How to Create an Online Course
How to Create an Online Course
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