At the heart of our new Custom Tutorial Center is the Scene Editor. You don’t have to use the Scene Editor at all; if you simply want to provide us a basic outline of your tutorials, we can work with that. But, if you’d like to lower the final cost of your tutorials, you can use the Scene Editor to provide detailed instructions and even screenshots which we can copy and paste into your tutorials. (Remember: The more information you can provide us, the lower your costs will be.)
This article is just an overview of the main features of the Scene Editor, and not meant to be a thorough guide. Any unanswered questions? Let us know in a ticket!
Once you’ve created a new tutorial in the Custom Tutorial Center, you’ll see a blue button next to the tutorial leading to the Scene Editor.
The first time you access the Custom Tutorial Center, you will be presented with a Sample Job and Tutorial. We felt this would be the quickest way to show you what can be done in the Scene Editor; when you no longer need the sample job/tutorial, feel free to delete them.
Tutorials are split up into scenes, which typically show how to do one specific thing in your tutorial (such as entering a username). You have two options for creating new scenes in the Scene Editor:
1) Upload all the screenshots at once using the black Autocreate Scenes from Screenshots button. (Obviously this assumes that you will be providing us the screenshots, rather than having us capture them for you.) One new scene will be created for every screenshot you upload.
2) Create scenes one at a time using the large New Scene button in the timeline, and optionally upload the screenshots as attachments (as described below).
Once you have some scenes in your timeline, double-click on a scene’s thumbnail to edit that scene. For every scene, you can add a New Note or New Comment using the green buttons. Notes are instructions meant to actually show up in your scene, whereas Comments are your instructions to DemoWolf and will not be displayed in the scene. Once you’ve added multiple notes or comments to your scene, arrows will appear allowing you to rearrange them. You’ll also notice an X at the top right corner of the notes/comments, which is what you’d use to delete them.
Other noteworthy buttons that appear in the scene editor when editing a scene include:
- Upload Attachments, which allows you to upload several files at once… files you’ll want us to use when creating your tutorial. Acceptable formats are listed in the attachment uploader, but in general include any common image format as well as MP3 audio files.
- Set Background Image: For choosing a background image or screenshot for the scene from the attachments you’ve already uploaded.
- Delete Scene: Self-explanatory, and permanent.
You can also give each scene a title using the field at the top of the scene editor, but this is not required and is really just for your benefit.
To move a scene around in the timeline, click its thumbnail and drag it where you want it to be. You can also move a scene to the trash by selecting the scene in the timeline then pressing the Delete key (or one of the delete buttons at the top of the screen). Also, you might want to check out the Helpful Tips link at the top of the Scene Editor for a few tips to make reordering and deleting scenes go faster.
When finished with a tutorial, you should click the blue Mark as Ready button at the top of the Scene Editor. This will help you keep track of which tutorials are ready for us and which you still need to enter into the system.