3 Key Steps in Training Video Creation for Employee Development

Training videos that actually work? It's not magic; it's just three simple steps

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By Danielle Vaughan
Jovan Mijailovic
Edited by Jovan Mijailovic

Published January 3, 2024.

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We've all been there: staring at a blank screen, dreading the thought of creating another dry slideshow for employee development. But guess what? You can record engaging training videos and don't need to be Steven Spielberg to make it happen.

This article is your secret weapon, so let's explore simple steps to create training videos for your employees, so they actually enjoy watching and learning from them.

Why Is Video Training Important?

Video training grabs attention way better than plain words. Employees can learn all sorts of skills, like how to use a new company software. Plus, one clip can cover many different ways to do specific tasks.

Pictures, moving graphics, and expert interviews will keep your employees hooked and improve their knowledge retention. Plus, those working remotely can access training videos anytime for self-paced studying.

» Learn effective strategies for training remote employees

1. Pre-Production

To make training videos for employees, start by talking to higher-ups in the company and get their opinions on what they need to include. Consider your audience—the staff—but on a granular level. For example, check where they come from and their education.

Then, you should write a script, making it clear and concise while outlining the training content. Follow it up with a storyboard, too—it'll act as a visual plan in case your video team gets confused during editing.

2. Production

Next step: recording your training video. Hopefully, you have a professional-grade camera because a higher-quality picture grabs more attention. Lighting is essential, too. I prefer to use natural, but you can use a three-point setup using artificial equipment if there isn't a good source.

A diagram of a standard three-point lighting setup for training videos.
A standard three-point lighting setup

3. Post-Production

Once you've shot the video, it goes into editing. Focus on nonlinear software like Adobe Premier, After Effects, or DaVinci Resolve. You can also use guidde for simple how-to videos. It can record the screen and your voice, automatically creating a clip with highlights, callouts, and searchable transcripts.

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Beyond Boring Slideshows: Video Training Made Easy

After you've finished the video, don't let the momentum fade. Encourage employees to apply what they've learned by practicing, discussing their experience, or sharing their knowledge with colleagues.

Remember, the goal is to turn passive viewers into active participants in their development. If you're looking to create a knowledge base, try guidde. It can help you record screencasts and voiceovers to explain processes, document workflows, or showcase product features directly within the platform.