Notes On Course Creation

Notes on creating the course, “Premiere Pro Basics: Building A Strong Foundation”

Teachable uses specific terminology. “Class Curriculum” is at the top of the structure, followed by “Sections” and “Lectures.” A section is category, and a lecture is a topic.

My setup includes all of the topics seen below, but they are organized into various sections. Each item shown below is a lecture.

After the course outline was made, I entered the topics into an EXCEL spreadsheet. Using Adobe Audition, I created template files that introduce each subject heading, so I can simply use each file in the creation of the specific topic. Each file is imported to Premiere Pro to act at the primary VO for the topic. The outline appears as follows in my Mac Finder structure:

After Effects was used to create the intro segment that displays Tom Glander Media Presents Premiere Pro Basics Building A Strong Foundation in two distinct segments. The Ae file was imported into Pr and the WAV file Intro Theme added. I changed the Ae graphic to 5 seconds long by adjusting the Clip Speed/Duration number to 200%.

The music bed drops away after the first tinkling bell begins to chime. But before it begins to fade, the bubble rises with the Pr graphic, then my mug fades in and you hear me talking. Music drops away under my voice.

Intro Graphic Created in After Effects

Now that the intro is set up, all that must be done is to import the finished screen capture and camera recording from Camtasia. Obviously, Camtasis is used for the screen capture and camera video recording. The camera recording of my mug is scaled to 95%. All recordings are done in HD at 1920×1080. I adjust the monitor’s resolution to that level before I start recording.

When recording is complete, I export the tracks individually. The camera track and screen capture track are saved in native Camtasia format. My mug gets imported into Ae, where an elliptical mask is applied, the Pr graphic is centered, opacity is adjusted for the fade, and then everything is rendered. This creates the “bubble” file that is imported into Premiere. The screen capture is imported into Premiere as well, using the template file that has the intro already in it.

Below: The intro segment before adding the screen capture and “bubble” content.

The audio WAV file is imported to Premiere. Then audio is synced with the audio from Camtasia, and the audio track from Camtasia is muted. Only the audio from WAV file recorded in Audition is used. This is clean audio, all mouth noises have been removed, and secret sauce presets from Universal Audio have been applied to the voice, giving it a clean pro sound.

Finally, the entire project is edited to keep things moving forward before the final fade to black. Since this is course material, there is no ending credit roll. The end user is already in the course, and has immediate access to all of the courses with a simple click of the mouse.