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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 Screencasting Presentation Transcript

    • 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