Tasks are the main building blocks of user assistance documentation, such as with Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA). Tasks provide step-by-step instructions describing to users exactly what to do and the order in which to do them. It may be far more effective to *show* users exactly what to do and the correct sequence through video in combination with written descriptions and still graphics.
All across the Web, video has become a powerful learning tool. For video to be effective for online documentation and training, users need a way to search it with precision. As content creators can segment video sequences in a systematic way and tag these sequences with IDs. Consequently, video is much easier to manage, remix, search, and reuse video segments across document sets. In fact, companies can create an end-to-end system that works in tandem with your current documentation system – all with open tools and standards.
In this session, we talk about the following:
* How to capture video with either screen-capture tools or video cameras
* How to take advantage of the MPEG-7 multimedia description standard and SMIL
* How to create the major components of a text/video integrations
* How to integrate video with your current documentation
* How information architects collaborate with videographers
* How easy it is for technical communicators to insert video segment references into source using standard authoring methods