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A short presentation on screencasting; recording the movements on a computer screen. The presentation suggests two free software options for doing screencasts on windows OS.

A short presentation on screencasting; recording the movements on a computer screen. The presentation suggests two free software options for doing screencasts on windows OS.

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  • Kahn uses Camtasia Recorder ($200) + SmoothDraw3(Free) + a Wacom Bamboo Tablet ($80) on a PC.    Before he was famous he used ScreenVideoRecorder($20) and Microsoft Paint (Free).    http://khanacademy.org/faq.jsp

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  • 1. Getting starting with Screencasts Michael Paskevicius This work is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 South Africa License. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/za/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California 94105, USA.
  • 2. So what is a screencast?
      • A digital recording of a computer screen output often containing audio narration and/or subtitles
      • As opposed to a screen shot , a screen cast is a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on their monitor
      • Screencasts are useful for demonstrating and teaching processes which one does in front of a computer
        • To show how a task is accomplished in a specific software, desktop or web environment 
        • Useful to show how to perform a tricky yet often performed task or process 
  • 3. Screencasting to address a common issue
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    • How do I license my offline document or presentation using a Creative Commons license???
    Do I have to call someone?  Do I need to register? Do I need to get a license number?
  • 4. http://creativecommons.org/choose/
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  • 8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pvoie4ydSw
  • 9. http://www.microsoft.com/uk/msdn/screencasts/default.aspx Example
  • 10. http://khanacademy.org/ Example
  • 11.  
  • 12. Tips for creating screencasts
      • Be conversational
      • Know your audience 
      • Use appropriate language and terminology
      • Emphasize parts of the screen as you demo (by selecting text or mousing over areas of the screen)
      • Use a microphone
      • Limit avoidable noise ( don't be like this guy )
      • Don't be shy - this is a web 2.0 contributory world  
  • 13.   by   Watchcaddy   by   visual.dichotomy   Microphone A microphone is often built into modern laptops Whenever possible use a headset or microphone to ensure the best quality recording
  • 14. Software options
    • Camstudio - Web
    • CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)
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    • Debut Video Capture Software Web
      • Record from your webcam, screen or video input device. 
      • Record almost anything - anything you can see on your monitor can be recorded 
      • Record video and audio simultaneously
    • See 'Further reference' for more options
  • 15. Introduction to CamStudio Press to begin recording what is on your screen Pause the recording Stop the recording and save the file
  • 16. Before your first recording On the menu bar under 'Region', ensure that the region is set to 'Full Screen ' (if you want to record the entire screen) On the menu bar under 'Options', ensure that you have selected 'Record audio from microphone' (if you want to record your voice)
  • 17. Ready to go...
      • Make sure you have set up the resources you need for the recording.  (eg. open required webpages, start required programs)
      • Make sure your screen/program is in a familiar state in which a student might also find themselves
      • Press record     on CamStudio and bring the desired window for recording into focus
      • When you are finished the screencast, bring up the CamStudio window and press stop
      • Name and save the file somewhere on your computer
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  • 18. Live Demo
  • 19. Dealing with the output
      • These files are BIG! 
      • Commercial screencasting software will often offer advanced compression options
      • You need to be clever with the Open Source recorders
      • Video compression  software is expensive
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  • 20. Free compression: Upload the file to Youtube then download the compressed MP4
  • 21. OpenSource Compression Option Software homepage Tutorial: Start at Step 2
  • 22. Other examples of screencasting for inspiration
    • Cognitive Media - What motivates us
    • CommonCraft: Podcasting in Plain English
    • The Khan Academy
  • 23. Further reference
    • Screencasting 101 - slideshare presentation with podcast
    • Introduction to screencasting -  slideshare presentation  
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    • Wikipedia list of screencasting software programs 
    • Wikipedia comparison of screencasting software programs 
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