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How to make a screencast
Thread poster: xxxkingmarsh
xxxkingmarsh
Local time: 12:09
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Jul 3, 2007

Screencast is a digital recording of computer screens, full screens or screen regions and usually comes with an audio narration to describe the on-screen actions. The term screencast dates back to 2004 with an interesting story.
In 2004, a columnist Jon Udell invited readers of his blog to propose names for the emerging genre. In all the suggested terms, Udell selected screencast, which was proposed by both Joseph McDonald and Deeje Cooley. His "Heavy metal umlaut" screencast is a well-known example - which explains how Wikipedia works.
http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/gems/umlaut.html
Since then, the term screen has be known by more people and the use of screencasts has itself become more popular. Currently the new trend of screencast is documentary filmmaking of software-based social networking services like Wikipedia, del.icio.us. or digg.

In This Article
1. Screencast Types
2. Screencasting Tools
3. Guide Lines of making a screencast

Screencast Types
Product Tutorials: The screencast tells users how to use a software application or service by showing screen introductions. Usually, there is a recorded voice over to walk through the steps.
See examples below
Cracking WEB in 10 Minutes
http://userportal.iha.dk/~02882/Whoppix-wepcrack.swf

Short How-to: This kind of screencast usually is often short and demonstrate a simple guide or gives tips and tricks to solve a small problem or dig into a product feature.
See example below
Better use of Window ‘s Search Feature
http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2005/01/25.html#a1157

Conversational Demos:
Conversational demos has more focus on the conversion rather than the screens. Usually, there are two voices for the screen. Often one is asking question about the screen and another gives the answer.

Software review:
If you are asked for writing a software review , you can always make a screencast to highlight some features.
User produced demo:
Some software applications are difficult to use and you sometimes have some unexpected troubles. Making a screencast to explain will help you a lot when you are talking to the technical support. You can even make you troubleshooting demo to share with your friends and families.

Of course, there are more types has not yet included in this article.

Screencasting Tools
For Window Users
Windows Media Encoder - Free but with high system requirements
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Windows_Media_Encoder
Wondershare DemoCreator - Flash-based Screen Recorder
http://www.sameshow.com/demo-creator.html
For Mac Users
Snapz Pro X
http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/

Guide Lines of making a screencast
1. Know what you want to present
First and foremost, You'll need to have an idea about what you'll present, and you'll need to figure out which platform to use. Knowing your purposes of making a screecast is the first to come.
2. Make it real
Always to make a screencast in real and substantial scene. For example, it is for software demonstration or a network monitor, then work with the software or live network.
Of course , for reasons of logistics or security, this isn't always possible. But the more real we can make it, the better.

3. Interactivity is important
Interactivity engages viewers through the demo. If your screecast is just screen by screen, your viewers will leave soon. You can and I’d argue you should record narration or insert background music to the screencast. Usually, some screencasting tools like DemoCreator enable you to add some visual aids to the captured screens like callouts, shapes, annotation buttons and animated images. Note that when a screencast is interactive it will engage the viewers in a conversation that steers it into unexpected areas.


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Anna Sylvia Villegas Carvallo
Mexico
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I like this one. Jul 3, 2007

http://www.camstudio.org/

Very friendly but memory consumer.


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xxxkingmarsh
Local time: 12:09
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REP Jul 4, 2007

Tadzio Carvallo wrote:

http://www.camstudio.org/

Very friendly but memory consumer.



Yes, Camstudio is one more choice.
But the interface is not user friendly for some features and hard to find and too many parameters need to be set. That would confuse those
beginners.


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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Example Jul 4, 2007

[quote]kingmarsh wrote:

Tadzio Carvallo wrote:

http://www.camstudio.org/

Very friendly but memory consumer.


As demonstrated here: http://www.textnart.de/VitosCorner/MultiTerm%20Convert.html

I assumed that Vito had written his own program, which would not have surprised me

Chris


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Vito Smolej
Germany
Local time: 07:24
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Red ears alert... Jul 4, 2007

I assumed that Vito had written his own program

that's flattering, but I have others in house write things like this (g).

I used Camtasia 3 studio for the said introduction. The fact is, with this software you can do anything between a plain old PPT with the text being read (for those who can not read) and a full-feature Vistavision film. The first extreme, the "talkie" PPT ... oh well, no comment ... and the other extreme gets into gigabyte range. meaning its pretty useless on the net, and costs an inordinate amount of resources. We even got a speaker with an English accent etc etc ... and it all ended with a loud thud...

Sometimes a simple querry on the net (for instance on ProZ) can do wonders

smo

[Edited at 2007-07-04 13:30]


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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Interesting! Jul 4, 2007

Vito Smolej wrote:

...you can do anything between a plain old PPT with the text being read (for those who can not read)...


Imagine - proofreading a PPT with an eloquent voiceover in your own language. How many non-native speakers would ever dare have the effrontery to ask "Are you sure you say it like that in your language?"

Chris


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xxxkingmarsh
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Thanks ! Jul 5, 2007

Thanks for the example. That is so nice!

Here is another example by DemoCreator. It is something about troubleshooting of PowerPoint 2007
http://www.sameshow.com/democreator/sample.html


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