How to Use POV Video in Interactive Training

How to Use POV Video in Interactive Training

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Does POV (Point Of View) video serve a non-entertainment purpose? When it comes to interactive video training, we think it does.

Let’s face it; POV video is fun to watch. There are endless YouTube, Facebook, and Cable TV hours filled with POV footage—from devices attached to foreheads, carnival rides, surfboards, and bike handlebars. The rise of GoPro devices has been a major catalyst. In fact, the idea for this blog came from a POV video with over 2 million views (so far) that has absolutely NOTHING to do with interactive training.

It’s about two minutes long. Go ahead. Enjoy…

You’ll notice I was able to manually remove most, but not all of the usual distractions (like recommended videos) from this footage. But let’s get back to the question: Can we use POV video for interactive video training?

POV Basics

Before we go there, it’s important to know how best to create POV content. It’s theoretically possible to do so with an ordinary video camera or phone. But the essence of this genre is to use a device that is attached—either to one’s person or to a moving object, like a bike’s handlebars or a car dashboard. The person making the video may be present and audible, but the view is decidedly different from a conventional video.

Making POV videos will require an investment. GoPro cameras cost between $200 and $500, not counting the various straps and mounting devices required to attach the camera to people or objects. (There are of course many alternatives to GoPro.) As with any video source, one must also consider editing capability, which can include programs as basic as Adobe Photoshop CC.

What Kinds of Training Need POV?

Obviously, any sort of skill that can be done sitting down (sales, software operation, customer service) is NOT ideal for POV video. However, as soon as the activity requires movement, POV should be considered. Such activities could include:

  • Driving-related tasks, such as forklift operations in a warehouse or delivery driver competency
  • Walking-related tasks, such as outdoor tours, indoor venue tours, or real estate walk-throughs
  • Public safety procedures, like how to get passengers off a plane, or how to conduct a traffic stop
  • Sports techniques, assuming one can mount the device in a location where the athlete’s actions and movements can be seen clearly
  • In-person meetings, like how to deliver the best sales pitch, give a compelling presentation, or improve professional communication skills.

POV Training Best Practices

Simply hosting POV video online will create little or no training value. However, when used in a training portal, like Viddler Training Suite (VTS), this content can be essential to effective interactive training.

First, keep the video segments short. Whenever possible, use only the footage that clearly shows a single, significant action. If you record a forklift operator’s entire, 20-minute sequence inside a warehouse, I guarantee the audience will lose interest. (Using fast motion helps, sometimes, but be conscious of short attention spans.) VTS allows you to combine shorter sequences into a single, seamless playlist. Think of it as a “best of” reel for an important task or procedure.

Second, use in-video questions to keep the learner engaged. VTS lets you add multiple choice questions anywhere in a video or playlist. It even lets you take the user to a different moment in the video (forwards or backwards) depending on the answer given.

Third, provide a means for learners to have discussions at any point in the video. VTS lets users add and reply to comments at any point in the timeline. These can be viewed by anyone in the group, so users can also enter private notes for later reference.

Fourth, timeline comments do not have to be student-generated. The instructor can add permanent explanatory comments (with Web links) at any point in the video. In VTS, he or she can also attach related documents to any video.

Fifth, and perhaps most important, manage your POV and other video content by the appropriate group or learning channel. Not everyone in the company needs to see every video, so use VTS’ user management to assign specific content to the right people. (You can also track individual user progress through the learning process—including who watched what, for how long, and their answers to questions.)

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Written by John Parsons

John Parsons is a writer, consultant, and business analyst for the communications, publishing, and training industries. He has written numerous articles, white papers, case studies, blogs, and other material for national publications and business clients. At Viddler, he leads the communications and business development efforts for the company's online sales training, interactive video training, and sales enablement efforts.