Ezvid Wikimaker Style Guide Part Three
This is part three of the Ezvid Wikimaker Style Guide. Here you will find more of our editorial standards for writing and image selection along with techniques for how to incorporate Wikimaker's features to create entertaining and informative videos. If you are ever unsure of something, always refer back here and read the full style guide. Make sure you've watched part one and part two before moving on to this section.
What Rules Are Covered In This Section Of The Style Guide?
- Remove Personal Information
- Remove A.I. Images That Are Very Irrelevant
- Remove A.I. Images Which Refer To Your Main Subject And Are Imperfectly Relevant
- Take Opportunities To Show Websites Instead Of Images
- Uploaded & Captures Images Must Be Highly Relevant
- In How-To Wikis, Show Steps Explicitly
- Show Things, Especially Interfaces, Large In Frame
- Take Responsibility For Making An Entertaining And Useful Wiki
- Use Common English Characters Only
- Drag And Drop Images To Fine-Tune
- Assign The Same Screen Recording To Multiple Words
Where Can I Find Some Examples of Well-Made Wikis?
You can find previously published wikis made with Wikimaker on this page. It's always a good idea to watch other videos to get new ideas for making your articles and videos more entertaining.
What Are Some Good Additional Resources On Grammar?
- An article on the passive voice and how to avoid it
- The rules for capitalization in English
- A guide for when to use an apostrophe
- The Chicago Manual of Style
Where Can I Find The Other Sections of The Style Guide?
Now that you've watched the first two parts of the Ezvid Wikimaker Style Guide, you should have a handle on the standards for writing and image selection. Here we will go more in-depth into the rules regarding video creation and how to use screen captures and recordings to make an entertaining and informative video.
When making informational guides, sometimes you will need to be logged in to web services. In these cases, you don't want to have any personal information visible while making screen recordings. Make sure all identifying details are out of the recorded video area, and when making screen captures, use the eraser tool to delete information as necessary.
As you work with Wikimaker, our artificially intelligent system will automatically assign images to your text. You should remove those which might be confusing for the watcher of the video. This requires thinking and judgment to determine which images should be removed.
In the preceding paragraph, the words "images" and "text" were assigned pictures that, though they relate to those words, aren't specific to Ezvid Wikimaker. Instead, screen captures of what is being described work better. The same is true for "remove," where a stock image was replaced with a screen recording of actually removing an image. The image for "thinking" was left in because it conveys the idea in a way the viewer can understand. That's where judgment comes in.
You should also remove images that are imperfectly relevant to your topic. If you're writing about Google Images, the system might match the word "Google" with the Google logo. But our subject is "Google Images", not the overall company. This image should be removed and replaced with a screen capture or recording of the Google Images homepage, to show off the specific topic.
You should always take opportunities to show websites discussed in your wiki. If our subject is Apple's iCloud service, while you could include many automatic images related to Apple and websites, it's better to show a screen recording that demonstrates how to use the iCloud site so the viewer can see how it's done.
Though the automatically loaded images are often only generally relevant, a strict set of standards applies to any capture or upload that you make to Wikimaker, which should be highly relevant. If you are discussing Uber, don't upload video of a person using a phone. Only add captures and recordings of the Uber site itself or images relating to use of the actual Uber app.
If your wiki is a "How to" where you're explaining a process, it's important to show each step explicitly. When writing about how to find a job with Indeed, don't just say "Search the available jobs" and add a picture of someone at work. Make screen recordings showing how to perform each step and walk the viewer through the entire process.
It's important to show things large in frame so your viewer can see them. In a wiki about downloading ringtones, you may want to show a search on Zedge.net, but the search bar is too small. Zoom in using Control and the plus and minus keys or click in the corner of your browser. Wikimaker Capture also has a tool to enlarge just the text on a page to make it easier to read.
Remember that it is your responsibility to make your videos entertaining and useful. Using still images is fine, but leaving too long of a gap between them makes for a boring video. You can always add some interesting images, screen captures, or video to make it look professional and interesting.
Your subject matter may cause you to encounter names which contain characters not found in common English. These will corrupt the voice synthesis engine. Rewrite them using only English characters so that they will sound correct.
You may find that adding new images causes an overlap with those already in place. When you are adding images, you can drag and drop existing images to move them around. Make sure they don't appear too briefly or it is better to remove them.
When you are telling a story with screen recording, often you will want your actions in the recording to tightly match the words that Wikimaker speaks. When adding a screen recording, you can choose a starting frame from anywhere in the video. This means you can make one long screen recording, then assign it to multiple words, each time starting from a different place.
First, type in "Titanic" to go to the Titanic Wikipedia page. Click on "Edward Smith" to see his bio. "Royal Naval Reserve" will take you to the next page, where you can select "Crimean War" to learn about its history. This creates the illusion of the video being perfectly timed to the vocalized text when in fact it is a longer video with words in the text synced to when they appear.
Always refer back to the Ezvid Wikimaker Style Guide as it is updated with new features and techniques. Remembering these rules will make your wikis more entertaining and more informative.