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SME Tech Training Video Orientation: 2 Camera Editing with Premiere Pro 2015

As I had come to expect at this point, in the middle of a major developmental effort, we got another rush order for online tech training. A large customer was going to accept 1K of the new hardware platform, but without the new POS software as an interim step in their upgrade process. With the help of one teammate as the SME and our head trainer, we created the preliminary videos in 3 days and had them wrapped in a Captivate 8 shell and on the LMS in 5 days.


Our SME did not want to do a walkthrough thinking it a waste of time, so we just dived in and used his SOW for the outline. We had some camera issues as one tripod broke when I opened it, flaky cheap design. The 1st shoot was functionally a rehearsal. After the SME reviewed the clips overnight realizing they were not “high quality”, we simply shot the piece again. On this shoot I had 2 tripods and set Camera 1 (Handycam) for the long shot and Camera 2 (Nikon) for close ups of the system pieces on a table top.

All told we shot 8 clips:

  1. A system overview
  2. One for each system component (6)
  3. Cabling all the components to to system unit

When we did this,  I did not yet know how to edit clips from the 2 different camera angles, but I had confidence that Adobe CC had a solution as this is a very common video editing need. I was correct, lucky if you are a skeptic, lol. Here is the tutorial link to the Multi-Camera workflow .

Adobe just made a very cool change to this workflow allowing novice video editors to have good success with this technique. Please check the full tutorial carefully for the details; suggest you make a steps list 1st time out. Winking smile The newest improvement to the workflow is letting developers synch the multi-camera via the audio waveforms! Synching via the waveform is a snap compared to other methods with key frames. Using these powerful tools keeps getting easier with each new version.

I started each clip with clicking camera 1 when the SME was ready and then a few sec. later clicking camera 2 after any focus adjustments for the specific component being demoed.  The 2 camera workflow has cuts but no zooms or pans which are much harder to record without creating visual distractions.

Next Steps

Once the multi-camera workflow is set up, you can simply cut back and forth between the cameras as needed to emphasize the important points. For example, when  the SME is talking about the system overview, we begin with the long shot and cut to close up as he turns the system to around to show the connection points. It took me a day to edit the clips in this way. The assembly clip was the most complex with 11 cuts. I did that one last after becoming comfortable with the workflow. I also left the results “un-flattened” for easy re-editing to fix any errors. I made one fix after we reviewed everything.

Publishing to Vimeo Pro

Since there were managers and distributors eager to see what was coming down the line for their field technicians, we published the edited videos to Vimeo Pro at the and of day 3. The next day we got some good feedback and moved forward to the next publishing venue, the LMS.

Publishing to LMS

Our LMS is SCORM 1.2 compliant and we had already published several modules so there were no technical issues.

I simply:

  • Built a Captivate 8 shell with intro and several other slide types for each clip
  • Loaded the videos as objects on blank slides with internal playbars to make reviewing easier
  • Published for LMS
  • Sent the zip packages to LMS admin.

Due to the rush, we marked 100% slide views as criteria for Passing the module. Technicians had to pass to gain access to the new hardware. Within 2 weeks over 100 technicians had completed for the course and were preparing their first systems for installation.

Converting to full eLearning

After the rush passed, another developer took some of the video content along with other images from the help desk data base and converted the hardware installation videos to a more traditional eLearning module with interactions and quiz questions. So the rush SME video project provided content for 3 different mediums. Not bad for a week’s work!

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