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Create Video Tutorials Using VMware Workstation

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Create Video Tutorials Using VMware Workstation

If you are using VMware workstation, it is likely that you are in the process of learning, testing, or training process. While you are working with this application, there might be instances where you want to test something new in person, and also want to share your experience with other users/students the next day or later sometime.

VMware Workstation has been designed in such a way that you can fulfill this requirement of yours by creating video tutorials using its built-in feature. When you start creating a video tutorial using the VMware Workstation built-in feature, the video file is saved in the .AVI format which can be played on any normal video player.

The only drawback while creating a video tutorial using the VMware Workstation is that you cannot add your voice that easily. The best way to add your voice to the video tutorial created using the VMware Workstation is to use any third-party software such as Camtasia Studio. With the help of Camtasia Studio, you can give a voice-over to the running video using any professional microphone.

Since the prepared videos are in the AVI format that might have large file size, it is recommended that you convert the AVI files to MP4 format which has reduced size while keeping the video quality intact. Such converted files can be easily transferred online, and can also be posted to any tube site for public.

Here’s what you can do to prepare video tutorials in VMware Workstation:

  1. Log on to the computer on which VMware video tutorial is to be created.
  2. Double-click the VMware Workstation icon to initialize the application.
  3. Once initialized, run the desired VM using which the video tutorial is to be created.
  4. After the virtual machine boots successfully, make sure that the VM window is active.
  5. Click the VM menu from the VMware Workstation interface.
  6. From the drop-down menu, click Capture Movie.

  7. On the opened Save As box, browse for and select the location where the captured movie file should be saved.
  8. In the File name field, type a unique name for the .AVI file that is to be captured as video tutorial.
  9. Click Save button when done and the recording of the activities of the screen starts instantaneously.

  10. To stop capturing the movie, click the VM menu again, and click Stop Movie Capture.


  • The captured movie can be found by browsing to the location where it was saved.
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