YouTube has taken the whole world by storm and until now it is still one of the top website that is visited by millions of internet users. What made it such a hit can be summarized in three words: “Entertainment yours now”. YouTube gave internet users what they want and when they want it – entertainment. Unlike shows in TV you can’t watch something when you want it and if you are going to rent a DVD to see it, it is such a hassle to do. In YouTube, you can view almost anything you want to see and there is no need for neither downloads nor to cash out and pay to watch it. Entertainment is yours in minutes.
Videos are vital tools which are used in the online learning industry today. Instructional video is a traditional format of teaching and training that has bloomed back in the early 90s. Videos ranging from cooking recipes, handicraft lessons, sports or work out and do it yourself videos are sold in VHS or VCD format back then. It was an effective medium of teaching and training. Learning is a form of imitation and through instructional videos one can observe and imitate what he/she is seeing. This is an effective way to teach students in a step by step manner that is why this method is still used even in the online learning system nowadays.
Elearning is a growing technology enhanced learning that was developed in order to provide a learning platform that is not hindered by the limitations of the learning facilities and at the same time, makes education accessible to all. This modern online learning system still uses instructional videos to teach and train students. Many elearning software solutions offer video editing and flash animation features that helps Elearning authors create high quality, crisp and sharp images and videos. Recently released authoring software are built to help authors in making PowerPoint and Flash presentations. They offer features such as creating animated annotations that highlight important points, formulating Multi-level navigation and branching, Embedded live web pages and other objects and Multiple publishing options, including Flash, Word, CD and podcasts.
Online learning authors are now competing in producing interactive video learning content for online learning. Some of these authors are taking video editing lessons to fine tune their skills. Producing high quality video learning content is a complex work. From writing an easy to understand material that will be delivered by a clear and audible voice, which will matched with the appropriate video material is not an easy task. The voice used in narration and lecturing of video content should be perceptible and must cater to general audience, ear candy in short. The video material whether it maybe a footage or image should be in the highest resolution and must be synchronized with is the voice lecture or narration is saying.
When it comes to video learning content the online student community is quite critical. If they could not understand what the video is trying to teach or the quality of the video is poor, these students will lose their interest in studying. Lost in interest in studying is a big factor in effectiveness of a learning method. That is why many Elearning software solutions offer innovative and breakthrough features for creating video presentations. Content providers must supply the online learning students what they want to see and learn.