We’ve put together a short, 52 second, showreel-cum-promo video for WriteLessons, our collection of elearning courses in technical communication:
We’ve just published, as a beta release, our latest e-learning course: Revising and Editing Content.
It covers the following topics:
- Revising content
- Revising tools
- Editing and revising exercises
- Getting your content reviewed
- The relationship between editors and writers
Revising and Editing Content is available as part of WriteLessons, which provides you with access to a range of e-learning courses in technical communication.
You have access to all of the courses, which you can take at your own pace.
We’ve just uploaded some spreadsheets to accompany our online Managing Software Documentation Projects training course.
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Just a quick update on some recent training-related news.
We’ve scheduled some new classroom courses:
- Cherryleaf’s policies and procedures writing course – 11th October
- Advanced technical writing & new trends in technical communication training – 20th October
We’re also continuing to add more courses to WriteLessons – our bundle of elearning courses for technical communicators looking to expand their core skills. We’ve added courses called “Writing and designing embedded Help” and “Markdown”.
WriteLessons is a subscription service – a bit like Netflix. You pay for it for as long as you need it. You can stop when you want, and the subscription will finish at the end of that month. You have access to all of the courses, which you can take at your own pace.
We’re currently working on a module on post-writing and verification, which focuses on editing and proof reading, which will be added to WriteLessons. You might also see a course on Cascading Style Sheets in the upcoming months.
WriteLessons, from Cherryleaf, provides you with access to a range of courses in technical communication. You have access to all of the courses contained within WriteLessons, which you can take at your own pace.
Currently in beta, we’ll be adding extra courses over time. At launch, it contains:
- DITA fundamentals
- Single sourcing and content reuse training course
- Introduction to content strategy
- Documenting REST APIs
- Managing technical documentation projects
You have access to all of the courses in the collection under a Netflix-style subscription plan.
Are you a top professional in the technical communication or content strategy fields, with a passion to teach and share your knowledge with others? Cherryleaf is extending its range of training courses, which focus on technical communication and content strategy topics, and we are looking for trainers with expertise and excellent teaching skills.
Cherryleaf handles all customer registration, payment processing, administration and any hosting fees, and we work on a straightforward and fair revenue share model. For online course development, you’ll be able to use our video recording studio and our course design tools.
If you are interested, contact Cherryleaf now.
There are some activities that seem like they always could be improved. One is creating an authoring environment where professional technical communicators and other staff can work together; the other is setting up the best lighting for training videos.
This is especially true for videos where chroma-key will be used to remove and replace what was behind the person being videoed. The type of background designed to be easy to be removed from a video is known as “green screen”, although sometimes the colour can actually be a shade of blue.
In the past, we’ve used a green screen cloth on a frame, which has worked fairly well. However, it was bulky. We’d either have to dismantle it and the reassemble it for each recording, or live with office space being taken up by the frame and cloth.
There also always seemed to be a few wrinkles in the cloth that resulted in a green halo around the presenter. Photographers call this “spill”, and it’s caused by light bouncing off the green screen on to the presenter. Many professional video software applications have a feature called spill suppression, but it’s best not to have to use it in the first place.
In the end, we decided to take a different approach and paint one of the office walls. Using a special latex green screen paint from Germany, we painted a large green rectangle. Here is a photo taken after the first two coats of paint:
It took quite a few coats to get an even colour, but it has made recording videos a lot easier, and it’s given us back some office space.
It’s reduced the amount of green fringing around the presenter, but there is still a little of that if someone looks closely. We may never be able to get rid of it completely, unless we carry out post-processing spill suppression. However, we believe we can make some improvement by changing the bulbs in the kicker lights.
This image from Virtualsetworks.com shows where the kicker light should be placed:
You can never have too many lights.
Hopefully, we’ll come up with even more improvements, and report on those in the future.