Monarcares Tutorial Videos

February 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

Like I said in the previous post, I have been using computer programs to make tutorial videos for websites/web applications. One of the major ones I’ve been making them for is Monarcares, a website that helps caregivers manage the care of caregiving. If you’re not exactly sure what that means then I’ll give a more general definition: a website that helps middle aged people take care of their… um, failing old parents. I must say that it is a great program (my dad made it so of course it’s great) so if you are or know someone who would benefit from it, then tell them. You can also sign up for a free trial, so it’s risk free.

Anyway, on the homepage of Monarcares it has a button that says “Learn More”, which directs you to the video I made! The video is the voice of one of the founders of Monarcares so I went to their office, recorded her, recorded the computer screenshots, and slapped on some background music (which by the way always adds a lot to a video or presentation), and it was done!, well not so quite so fast. : ) I was still pretty early in learning Camtasia Studio, about 3 or 4 months, so I wasn’t quite as streamlined as now. But after I had finished it, they showed it in a Rocket Pitch at UNCW for company fundraising (they’re just a startup still) in front of about 80 people! I was there and I was so nervous the whole time it was playing even though nobody knew I made it. It was a good experience, though, and the slide after my video asked for a LOT of money, I don’t remember how much but it was over $100,000. It’s nice they like my video that much, and I’m sure they also like how cheap I am. I know I like being payed, though, and they don’t need to make me a millionaire in 9th grade! Like my dad says, he’s learning how cheap child labor is. : )

I am making them a set of short tutorial videos now to explain in detail how to use Monarcares, and the ones made so far are on YouTube. Search for “Monarcares” and you’ll see them. I’ve made about 17 tutorial videos (most of them under 1 minute), and only have 4 to go! I’ve enjoyed the project, but it’s nice to be wrapping up.


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