My name is Alex Genadinik. I've been in Elearning since 2014 and have over 500,000 students. Here is my Udemy teaching profile.
In this article I'll go over every piece of hardware and software equipment needed to create courses online courses. We'll go over:
1) Audio equipment.
2) Video equipment.
3) Video editing software.
4) NOTE: NONE of the links or references to products in this article are promotional or affiliate. I do not profit or make money from selling equipment.
The most important part of your audio equipment is your microphone. Once you understand which microphone best fits your needs, the second most important thing is finding a quiet area to record. Home-based instructors often struggle with outside noises like dogs barking, children making noises, outside construction, or other noise getting into your course audio and causing problems.
After you get the right microphone and procure a quiet recording space, you need accessories like a microphone mount on which you put your microphone, a microphone pop filter to help control sound consistency, acoustic foam, and maybe even an area rug which helps to get rid of echo in the sound.
Once you sort out your audio equipment, the next thing to focus on is your video equipment. Today, the latest models of iPhone can create quite good video so if you already have a smartphone, you may not need to invest extra money into buying cameras or a webcam. If you want to get better quality video, you can get camcorders or regular photo cameras that record videos. You can get great ones for under $700 but you can go up to incredible 4k and higher quality if you want to spend thousands of dollars.
If you are just starting out, first try recording with your phone. If you can't get the video quality you want with that, the next step is to buy a camcorder or a camera for around $400-700 which will likely fulfill all your video needs when it comes to online courses.
Whenever you get any piece of equipment, its quality is as important as you mastering how to use it. A good videographer with a mediocre camera is always better than a bad videographer with a good camera. So take the time to learn how to use your equipment to its full potential.
I use software called Screenflow. It is made for Mac. Similar software exists for PCs. In general, the top of the line industry standard software for video editing is Adobe's Final Cut Pro. But I am happy with Screenflow. It has all the video editing features I need for online courses, and it's almost three times cheaper than Final Cut Pro.
Both PCs and Macs also come with free and basic video editing programs which you should try if you are just starting out or on a budget. The biggest headache is switching between video editing software because you will have to re-learn where to find each function that you already learned in your previous video editing software.
It can take significant time to create your first course. Plus, your first course is likely to contain many beginner mistakes. To avoid this, some Elearning entrepreneurs license pre-made courses instead of creating them from scratch.
With course licensing, you can get courses to sell overnight. The licensing is called PLR licensing. PLR stands for private label rights so you can present the courses to your audience as though you own the courses. Of course, I am still the instructor in the course, but you own it and have full rights to resell them. Here is more about PLR courses I have available. I offer 125+ of my courses and courses by a few other quality instructors.
To help new Elearning entrepreneurs, I also offer Elearning coaching.
If you need additional help setting up your Elearning store and overall business, I offer a more hands on option, which is my Elearning franchise option which comes with my courses to resell, a website, and coaching in one package. I also offer done for you online course creation where I create the courses for you. You can learn more about me on my online course creator page.
If you are just starting and don't want to spend any money, you can use the microphone built into your recording device like a computer, phone, or a camera. Those microphones are not great, but they are free.
If you have a budget, for a few hundred dollars, you can buy a microphone, a pop filter, foam to dampen echoes, and get great audio in your home studio.
Here is a page that discusses the best microphone for online courses. In addition to a microphone you may also find acoustic foam, microphone mount, and a pop filter useful.
Learn about all the possible equipment needed to create an online course.
Think about is whether you should be the only instructor in the course or whether you should have a co-instructor. Co-instructors are valuable if they can help you promote or add insight to the course. But if they don't provide long-term value, you will be stuck splitting revenue with them while doing most of the work which will discourage you from improving the course, which may ultimately lead to the overall failure of a course.
You have more options than creating or selling courses. You can work in Elearning as a video or audio freelancer. You can also create course images as a freelancer. Or you can become a personal assistant to an experienced instructor doing things like posting their course promotions on social media and uploading their courses to additional Elearning sites.