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Presented 29 October, 2009 at Western New England College D'Amour Library Techno-Smarts Series

Presented 29 October, 2009 at Western New England College D'Amour Library Techno-Smarts Series

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  • Screencasting Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Class of 2011 Reference Assistant Westfield State College Ely Library Patrick Hartsfield
  • Screencasting: Overview
    • What is it?
    • Why now?
    • What can I do with it?
    • What does a screencast look like?
    • What products are available?
    • What is the process to make one?
    • What are some best practices?
  • Screencasting: What is it?
    • Basic definition:
      • A video recording of your computer screen
    • Term credited to Jon Udell
      • “Heavy Metal Umlaut”
  • Screencasting: Why now?
    • Increased computing power and storage
    • Complementary hardware availability
      • Microphones
      • Webcams
    • Accessible software tools
      • Windows Movie Maker
      • iMovie
      • Flash
  • Screencasting: Why now?
    • Faster Internet connections
    • Easy-to-use distribution methods
      • Course management systems
      • YouTube
      • Screencast.com
  • Screencasting: What are the uses?
    • Tutorials
    • Lectures
    • Demos
    • FAQ
    • Problem reporting
  • Examples
    • Heavy Metal Umlaut ( http://jonudell.net/udell/gems/umlaut/umlaut.html )
    • Developing a good Research question / thesis statement
      • ( http://hdl.handle.net/1880/46628 )
    • Linking to Full-Text Articles
      • ( http://www.lib.wsc.ma.edu/tutorials/linkfulltext/linkfulltext.htm )
  • Screencasting: Programs
    • Windows
      • CamStudio (open source)
        • http://camstudio.org/
      • Jing/Jing Pro (also for Mac)
        • http://www.jingproject.com/
      • Captivate
        • http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate/
      • Camtasia Studio
        • http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp
  • Screencasting: Programs
    • Mac
      • IShowU
        • http://store.shinywhitebox.com/home/home.html
      • Snapz Pro X
        • http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/
      • ScreenFlow
        • http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm
  • Screencasting: The Process
    • Seven basic steps
      • Dry run
      • Storyboard
      • Script
      • Record the video
      • Record the audio
      • Edit
      • Distribute
  • Screencasting: The Process
    • Dry Run
      • Capture the task without audio, but…
      • Talk through what you’re doing
    • Storyboard
      • Watch the dry run and break it into scenes
      • Scenes should be short and focus on one task
  • Screencasting: The Process
    • Script
      • Write a script for each scene
      • Read it aloud for timing
    • Re-record the video
      • No audio yet
      • Do it all in one take or break it up by scene or group of scenes
      • Multiple takes allows for later editing
  • Screencasting: The Process
    • Record the audio
      • Watch the video while recording
      • Use either the screencasting software or another audio recording program
        • Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)
      • If using a separate program, import the results into the screencasting program
  • Screencasting: The Process
    • Put it all together
      • Find the best takes and combine them using the editor of your choice
        • Camtasia
        • iMovie
        • Movie Maker
      • Export the results
        • Flash
        • QuickTime
        • mp4
  • Screencasting: The Process
    • Distribute it
      • Course management system
      • Departmental web site
      • Screencast.com
      • YouTube
  • Screencasting: Best Practices
    • Brevity
      • Tutorials should be 2-3 minutes long
      • Break longer presentation into more manageable chunks
    • Be methodical
      • Stay focused on the topic
      • Avoid extraneous movements
      • Speak clearly and at a comfortable pace
  • Screencasting: Best Practices
    • Make it interesting
      • “Call-outs”
        • Pan & zoom
        • Spotlights
      • Add a quiz or survey
    • Simplify the environment
        • Limit the recording area
        • Clean up the desktop
  • Screencasting: Best Practices
    • Make it easy to use
      • Add text to the presentation
      • Increase the mouse cursor size
  • Thank You http://www.lolcats.com/view/28759