FastLearner Course Guidelines
FastLearner is becoming the best way for tutors to make good money off their video courses in Africa. However, not all video content sells, the quality of your video course goes a long way when your aim is to have a consistent revenue from your video courses.
Creating quality video courses is not as easy as it looks. However, you don’t need to have a lot of technical know-how to produce the kind of video content that learners will enjoy watching—you simply need the right equipment.
It is FastLearner’s responsibility to regulate the quality of courses that are offered on this platform. We believe that quality content improves concentration and comprehension of all materials offered by our Fast Tutors.
What makes good video course:
- High definition video – We recommend using a device with a 1080p recording capability.
- Quality sound – Using an external sound recorder to capture high quality sound is recommended. Avoid relying on the camera sound.
- Steady video – Unsteady footage is a no-no for Fast Courses production as it can distract your learners or make them dizzy.
- Good lighting – Lighting equipment is necessary if you’re primarily recording indoors and in dimly lit areas. And even if you’re shooting where there’s ample ambient light, lighting equipment can modify the mood and even out the brightness of your setup.
- Good editing – Good editing to trim silences, adding charts and graphs and adding effects and animations. You can get in touch with our editing team to edit your raw video to make it Fast Compliant. Send your raw video to email@example.com
- Good background – Using a green/plain background for your video allows for post production to add after effects to make a more lively video. Avoid recording on background with too much detail or “too busy”.
- Distractions – Avoiding distractions during video development. Ringing mobile phones, noises or hooting are a no no for Fast Courses. In case of distractions, pause video and trim out any silences or distractions.
- Watermarks – All Fast Courses must include a FastLearner logo and the instructor name on the bottom left and bottom right corners respectively. You may download FastAssets to use in your video here.
- Interactive video – Combining video with illustrations charts and graphs and examples provides a great way to learn. It’s FastLearner’s policy to try as much as possible to provide interactive and fun content to our learners. This improves tutor ratings hence increased course enrollments.
- Good grammar – Bad grammar is a a turn off for everyone regardless of the quality of your course. We therefore ask of all Tutors to take this issue seriously in both written content and speech.
These guidelines are necessary for us to provide good learning experience to all our learners. Videos that do not meet the above guidelines may receive negative ratings and may be removed from FastLearner.
In our efforts to provide support to all our tutors, we have set up a media team to assist in video development and editing for only a small charge. Get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
What equipment do you need?
If you have a great personality and truly unique and amazing content, you could probably get away with using just a smartphone. But do keep in mind that FastLearner is becoming an extremely competitive platform, and as a beginner, it’s best to put some effort into the visual quality of your videos to ensure that you engage your learners.
Equipments you need:
- Tripod or Gimbal Stabilizer
- Video Editing Software
The most important piece of equipment to have is the camera. You don’t need to have the most expensive camera, you can use pretty much anything that can record high-quality (at least 1080p) video; for example, your phone.
You may choose any of the following cameras:
With mobile cameras getting better each year, we’re now at a point where smartphones can be used for pro-level videography.
Just like image quality, video performance varies heavily among phones. There are phones that take excellent photos but average video, and vice versa. Then there are phones that make editing your videos a breeze, and others that turn it into a chore.
For the best results, you may use a mobile phone with a 1080p recording capability and at least 12 megapixels.
Camcorders are obviously a great option for creating Fast Courses due to the simple fact that they’re specifically designed to record videos. Moreover, modern camcorders are compact, lightweight, fairly affordable, and built to handle almost any shooting situation—you can use them for when you’re just filming a video at home or for on-the-go vlogging.
Again, a camcorder that can shoot high-quality 1080p videos is a good bet.
Webcams are the best choice for those who want an affordable, plug-and-play video camera, especially those who need to record in front of their computers. Webcams also make live streaming easier since they can be directly connected to your computer.
A good webcam should support full HD 1080p and 720p video recording capabilities.
DSLRs are favored among FastTutors for their high-quality results. Their adaptability in low light situations and polished video recording quality are just some of the main reasons why they are an excellent choice for creating learning content. Though they are pricey, DSLRs are worth the investment.
2. External Microphone
Remember that your audio quality needs to complement your video. Even if you record high-quality cinema 4K footage, you’re going to have trouble keeping your viewers interested if the audio is terrible. Built-in laptop or camera microphones usually have bad audio quality as they are not able to record or eliminate ambient sounds effectively, so the next most important tool to have for making Fast Courses is a good microphone.
USB microphones have gone from being totally unheard of to being one of the standard picks for Fast Tutors. These types of mics have earned their spot due for their ease-of-use and sound quality together with their versatility and affordability.
Shotgun microphones are a popular, high-quality option for video recording with a small, professional camera. They’re already made with shock mounts that help reduce noise that comes from mechanical vibrations around the mic. Another important feature is its ability to focus on capturing clear sounds and vocals directly in front of it, so it doesn’t pick up a lot of ambient sounds on the sides and behind the mic even when recording outdoors.
Also known as a lapel mic, a lavalier mic is wireless and can be discreetly clipped onto your clothes or belt. It comes in a set that includes the transmitter, to which the lapel is connected, and the receiver, which can pick up the signal from the transmitter even from great distances.
3. Tripod or Gimbal Stabilizer
Unsteady footage is a no-no for Fast Courses video production as it can distract your viewers or make them dizzy. Tripods and gimbal stabilizers are great tools for stabilizing your photos and videos. Depending on how you will be recording your video, you can choose either of them.
A tripod is generally the more affordable choice. It’s advisable to invest in a sturdier, more reliable tripod that can last long and to ensure the safety of your camera equipment.
No matter how steadily you try to hold the camera, handheld shooting will produce shaky and jarring videos. Gimbals are specialized stabilizers that are built with motors or weights to carefully balance your camera and smoothen out your videos, even if you purposely make big and sudden movements. This is particularly helpful for Fast Tutors who are using lightweight cameras.
Lighting equipment is necessary if you’re primarily recording indoors and in dimly lit areas. And even if you’re shooting where there’s ample ambient light, lighting equipment can modify the mood and even out the brightness of your setup. Below are the types of lighting equipment that you can use when recording your Fast Courses.
Softboxes can emulate the natural, soft lighting from a window. This is due to the white diffusion panel that diffuses and decreases the intensity of harsh, direct light. This type of lighting gear is ideal if you want to add lighting without producing harsh shadows for a scene or your subject.
Umbrella lights are an inexpensive and portable solution for video makers who need soft lighting. Compared to softboxes, umbrellas create more controlled lighting as the light gets reflected from the silver interior layer of the umbrella. It doesn’t have a diffusing sheet, but it can cover an expansive portion of space. They’re ideal for backdrops and on-location shoots.
Ring lights are a favorite among vloggers. When its ring shape emits light all around a subject, it eliminates shadows from every direction, making anybody look more attractive in front of the camera. This is why this type of lighting equipment is often used by beauty and makeup vloggers since they’re able to beautifully light up the face and eliminate shadows that tend to highlight blemishes.
On-camera lights provide continuous lighting and can be mounted on cameras. These can be great for recording Fast content that involves people and dimly-lit locations.
5. Video Editing Software
When you’ve gotten all the hardware you need, you’ll also have to find a good video editing software for post-production. FastLearner has its own media team, but it would be great to have your own software so you have more freedom to modify your video to your liking.
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Elements 18 () is a very popular choice for videographers in general. Coming from the top industry leader in video editing software programs, it ensures very usable tools and a wide range of editing options (like video trimming, freeze frames, bounce-back effects, animations, and more) so you can turn your material into professional-quality videos that your learners will love.