10 Best Tools tools to Create Training Videos and Tutorials for Teachers

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 Screencasting tools, video tools  
When it comes to creating engaging training videos, screen recorders are among the best tools to use in this regard. They are simple, easy to use, and, most importantly, enable you to add a personal touch to your videos using webcam overlays and voiceovers. Below is a collection of some of the best screen recording and video editing tools you can use to create and share a wide range of video content including training videos, video tutorials, video lessons, explainer videos, how-to-videos, instructional videos, presentation recordings, meetings and webinar recordings and more.

All of these screen recorders are simple and easy to use. While some of them require software download others are totally web-based. Some of the common features they provide include: the ability to create video recordings that include captures of whole screen or part of it, webcam overlays and voiceovers,  a wide variety of annotations to make your videos interactive and engaging (e.g., callouts, shapes, lines, arrows, icons,  captions, etc), various editing features (e.g, crop and trim, blur, animations and effects, and more),  the ability to import and edit audio and video files, and more.
While I compiled this list with teachers and educators in mind, anyone interested in creating engaging training videos will find these resources helpful. I have tried each one of these tools during various periods in my EdTech blogging journey. However,  I do have a predilection for  Camtasia and it is the one I am currently using in my video projects. That said, the other tools are definitely powerful alternatives. You might even find them better than Camtasia.

Camtasia is a great screen recording and video editing platform you can use to create training videos. It provides a wide variety of assets and elements that make your videos stand out. Its video templates gallery features tons of pre-designed templates to use in your own videos. There are templates that cover various topics from making review videos to creating recorded presentations. 
Camtasia offers a growing library of free video clips to include in your videos. Camtasia’s audio library contains a large collection of free royalty-free music and sounds effects that can be easily added to video projects. Other interesting features provided by Camtasia include the ability to manually add captions, access to a huge collection of animations and annotations (e.g., callouts, arrows, shapes, lines, blur, sketch motion, Lower Thirds, and more), the ability to remove single-colour background from videos and replace it with a new background, create and add interactive table of contents, add quizzes and surveys to videos, and more. 
Camtasia is also a powerful editing software which works with different media types. You can import videos and audio clips and edit them in Camtasia editor. As for pricing, Camtasia offers a 30-day free trial period after which you need to upgrade to keep using the service. A lifetime license costs $299.99.

Screencstify is another great platform for creating training videos. Screencastify offers three main products: Screencastify Record, Screencastify Edit, and Screencastify Submit. Screencastify Record, a Chrome Extension, enables you to create video recordings that capture your browser tab, entire desktop, and/or your webcam. The free version of Screencastify Record limits screen recordings to 5 minutes per recording. You need to upgrade ($29/year) for unlimited recording.

Screencastify Edit is a browser-based editor where you can edit your recordings the way you want. It offers access to a wide variety of tools and annotations such as zoom effect, text insertion into videos, crop and trim tools, and more. The free version of Screencastify Edit allows you to export videos up to 5 minutes in length. You need to upgrade ($29/year) for unlimited exporting.
Screencastify Submit ‘is perfect for creating a magic link that allows your students to record videos and easily submit them to you, getting a ton of videos from your colleagues, or requesting quick walkthroughs of something on screen to offer super quick tech support’. The free version of Submit supports 1 active assignment at a time. For unlimited active assignments you need the premium version which costs $49/year.
The technical requirements to start using Screencastify include a Google account, a recent version of Google Chrome, install the Record extension from Chrome Web Store or from Screencastify website. While it does not work on mobile devices, Screencastify works on Chromebooks and is compatible with most of non-mobile operating systems such as Mac, Windows, Linux, and ChromeOS.

Loom is a screen and camera recording tool perfect for creating training videos and screencasts. The app works on Mac, Windows, as a Chrome Extension, and as a mobile app for iOS and Android. Some of the features it offers include: the ability to add recording backgrounds, add virtual backgrounds to the camera while recording, make videos interactive by adding emojis and in-video comments, highlight mouse clicks to direct viewers’ attention to the action your are performing with your cursor, drawing tool, capture and share screenshots, background noise suppression, call-to-actions, custom size recording (e.g, to record specific regions in your screen, available for Mac and Windows on desktop), GIF animated covers to provide a preview of the video, invite team members to access videos, and many more. 
Loom also offers detailed engagement analytics allowing you to view who has watched your videos, video completion rates, call-to-action conversion rates, and more. Loom Starter plan users have up to 5 minutes recording limit. Educators and users of Loom Business or Enterprise plans have unlimited time.

Screencast-O-Matic is both a screen recording and a screenshot taking tool that works on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Chromebook. It is great for creating training videos and instructional tutorials. You can use the tool’s screen recorder to record everything that takes place on your screen. You can also add a webcam and your narration to the video. Once the recording is complete you can use Screencast-O-Matic editor to edit your video the way you want. 
You can add overlays (e.g., video, text, shapes, images), apply various animations, add effects such as green screen, insert automated captions, and more. Screencast-O-Matic has a built-in stock library that offers access to a wide range of videos, images, and music tracks to add to your videos. 
As for pricing, Screencast-O-Matic Education plans starts with $2.25/month, $4.00/month for Solo Premier Edu plan, and $1.75/month for Team Edu. For other users, Screencast-O-Matic costs $4.00/month Solo Deluxe plan, $5.75/month Solo

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