The key to creating a how-to video is put yourself in the audience’s shoes. The golden rule here is that you need to think about how the viewer is going to respond to your video, especially when they are watching it for the first time.

Here are five common mistakes that you can avoid when you are creating a how-to video:

  1. Going too fast:  This is by-far the most common mistake. In a rush to keep the video short, you may end up moving too fast. This can make the video hard to follow and reduce retention in your viewers. Go slow and cover all the aspects. Create a follow up video if you need to.
  2. Too much information: A video stuffed with loads of information is difficult to digest and viewers tend to pay less attention. Its always better to stick to one topic at a time. Remember, you can create as many videos as you want.
  3. Recording on an tiny screen: Try increasing the screen size around the area you are referring to so that it’s nice and clear and easy to follow.
  4. Recording bad audio: How-to videos are incomplete without good audio to support them. Try using title cards before, after or even during each segment of your instruction, otherwise make sure the audio is clear and crisp.
  5. Overloading with b-roll: Avoid including extra fluff in your videos. Keep it to the point and convey the message.

Hope that with these tips to get started, you are able to create your perfect how-to videos.