Screencasting - 7 Quick Wins

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these are the bare bones of a presentation made for a screencasting session at a 2011 MELSIG event - Slideshare ha stripped out the embedded videos and reformatted slightly, but this is the gist of it ...

Why not see our screencast workflow article http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/guide/screencasting-workflow

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Screencasting - 7 Quick Wins

  1. 1. Screencasting - Barriers & Benefits Gavin Brockis
  2. 2. <ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formats & delivery channels? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Production skills and time </li></ul></ul>Barriers Benefits <ul><li>Access & Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Re-usability </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency </li></ul>
  3. 3. Screencasting - 7 Quick Wins Gavin Brockis
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Map your Workflow   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design for Context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep it Short (and sweet) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USB Microphones = Simple + Consistent  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the Pause ... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save time and look good with a Template </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize your Archive </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 1. Map your Workflow
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>Learning Objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target device / channel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audience - beginner or expert? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What constraints will these place on format and design? </li></ul>2. Design for Context
  7. 7. 3. Keep it Short (and sweet) <ul><li>Compact & bijou          Death by screencast </li></ul>(longer resources can often be divided up) vs
  8. 8. 4. USB Microphones <ul><ul><li>self-sufficient </li></ul></ul><ul><li>        - no soundcard required </li></ul><ul><ul><li>consistent sound  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>        - on different systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>plug & play </li></ul></ul><ul><li>        - easy to configure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>good sound quality  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>        - when used correctly </li></ul><ul><li>good mic technique pays dividends ! </li></ul>
  9. 9. 5. Use the Pause ... Shelly Blake-Plock using Jing for feedback
  10. 10. 6. Template - look good + save time <ul><ul><li>A template containing common elements and settings for resolution/format(s) helps: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standardize for team / institution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>improving consistency in look & feel </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define shared settings & materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid duplication of tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save time </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. 6. Example - ESU template
  12. 12. 7. Organize your Archive <ul><ul><li>Archive your master screencasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archive projects for future use & re-use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Self-contained archives for collaborators </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Tagging and Metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Audio tagging (slate) is a quick way to record production details and contributors </li></ul>
  13. 13. Results of good practice : <ul><ul><li>Concise , well planned screencasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Format , size & length suited to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>content </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>target device(s) and context </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action is fluid and easy to follow .  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio is good quality, natural and clear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistency in quality, look & feel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archive enables future use & re-use </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk free helpdesk: info@jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk

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