Tips and Tricks for authoring video in Dawn
Dawn is designed to support socially-driven, video-centric courses as part of the best mobile first learning experience out there. Here are some recommendations to help you take full advantage of its capabilities and ensure your learners the true Dawn Learning Experience.
- All videos need to be in mp4 format to upload to Dawn.
- Follow these video specs for best results:
- Shoot in 1080P or above.
- Design for 3-12 minute clips.
- Design with 360px width in mind.
- Use 16x9 aspect ratio for all video.
- Remember that maximum upload video size is 1 GB.
- Remember this is mobile first; fullscreen screen capture does not read on smartphones. All on-screen text or detail work must account for this and use at least font size 14.
- Design with smallest delivery mode in mind. Mobile devices in portrait mode have a width 360px. While talking heads are fine at this resolution, you want to make sure the details of your screen or scenic shots are visible at that size. Test this using Chrome’s debug resolution tools on your desktop. https://developers.google.com/web/tools/chrome-devtools/device-mode/
- Shoot test video before you fully commit your expensive resources. Check video and audio on all of the target devices.
- Aim for 3-15 minutes of video to leverage the tool’s strengths, and err on the side of “less is more” when possible. If you do this, your file sizes will be fine.
- If your video is larger than 1 GB, consider breaking it into multiple instruction items or decreasing the resolution or frame rate before uploading.
- We transcode all video to 720p (semi-high def) and 360p (low def); we recommend shooting in 1080p.
- Create pauses (1.5-2 seconds) in the videos to allow for fade-to-black before and after interactions.
- Make sure to check and match audio levels for all course video. You don’t want instructional items to have different levels since a learner will often play them back to back. Make sure your talking head, voice overs, and screencasts all are at the same audio level.
Localization is handled by building different courses for each language. Make the original course a template in the interface, so it can be copied and edited for localization.