How To Make An Electronic White Board

Jan 25, 2012, Blogging

Shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Numerous people have been asking me to explain exactly how I created my electronic white board that I’ve been using for videos and webinars lately. So, I thought I would make a video explaining it (better than I ever could writing it out), since a lot more people might be wondering […]

White Board ExampleNumerous people have been asking me to explain exactly how I created my electronic white board that I’ve been using for videos and webinars lately. So, I thought I would make a video explaining it (better than I ever could writing it out), since a lot more people might be wondering too.

If you’re unsure of what a white board video is, it’s simply a screen recording of someone drawing on the screen, giving the effect of a teacher drawing on a chalkboard or whiteboard.

I got the idea from Pat Flynn, of Smart Passive Income.com, a while back in a blog post explaining how he made his electronic white board, and I loved the idea instantly. It offers a powerful way to brand each and every one of your videos that you put out.

You can also go see his post explaining how he did it too, I’m sure he would appreciate that!

Why Use An Electronic White Board Video (EWB)?

Recording a video of you drawing and explaining things on your own customized white board works very well for several reasons:

  1. They’re unique. Not very many people put out videos like these (yet), and as with many things in life, even if they knew how to do it, most still wouldn’t actually take the time to do it. This is just one more way to be The Purple Cow in your niche!
  2. They’re engaging. EWB videos hold your audiences’ attention like no other! While a slideshow presentation is just a bunch of still images and text, your EWB video is full of movement and action on the screen that will hold your audience captive the whole time the video plays…even if your handwriting and drawing looks like chicken scratch, they won’t take their eyes off the video.
  3. They offer fantastic way to teach. For most people to learn something effectively, they need to be engaged in the event and be a part of it, which using an electronic white board allows you to accomplish. There’s just no better way to explain certain things than drawing it out for your students.
Here is a video I made explaining how I made my electronic white board:

 

Some of the things I mentioned using in the video:

  • Camtasia Studio: recording software need to record your screen and/or webcam, marketed by TechSmith. (Amazon affiliate link)
  • The Bamboo Capture: the awesome tablet that I use to draw on the screen (Amazon affiliate link)
  • GIMP.org: free Photoshop-like software for Mac or PC
  • Photoshop: software needed to design the white board

A Few Last Tips

If you are going to make your own electronic white board, let me give you a few tips to help you get started:

  • It takes practice. The first few times I tried drawing with my Bamboo pen and tablet, it looked terrible…and it’s also difficult at first to talk and draw at the same time. But also, remember that you can edit the videos if you mess up in them.
  • Use layers: If you’re going to be writing on top of your background image inside of Photoshop or Gimp (instead of through Camtasia during the screen recording), then be sure to draw on a layer over your background layer. This allows you to easily delete your drawing and writing by simply turning off the layer.

I hope this article helps you build your own brand even more!

To Your Success,

Brent Wehmeyer

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