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Choosing a Screencasting Tool

Checklist of key criteria for selecting a tool to create interactive software demos (so-called screencasts). Software demos are not only used on web sites but increasingly also as standalone tutorials or embedded within online help files and other sorts of software documentation.

Achtelig, Marc. indoition engineering (2009). Articles>Documentation>Software>Screencasting


Common Elements of Effective Screencasts

A screencast is a video of a computer screen combined with narration that complements the video. This paper seeks to understand the common elements shared by all effective screencasts. First, I explore what a screencast is, why screencasting is important, and some applications of screencasting. Then current multimedia literature is studied and applied to screencasting. A list of the common elements of effective screencasts is proposed, using current screencasting knowledge, cognitive psychology, and multimedia documentation as a basis. The applications and genres of screencasting, as well as novel approaches, techniques, and shortcomings are discussed as well.

Friedman, Joseph. Xchanges (2010). Articles>Documentation>Screencasting


Examples of Perfect Screencasts

Michael Pick’s screencasts on WordPress.tv are, in my opinion, perfect screencasts. They’re the best I’ve seen — and I’m not just saying this because the video quality is crisp and the audio is rich. Pick blends filmography techniques with screencasting. Instead of the typical screencast that focuses almost entirely on the screen, with a disembodied voice narrating at length around a cursor’s boring movement, Pick fills his screencasts with eye candy and motion, moving from visual to visual as he narrates, giving you a conceptual understanding more than a detailed nitty-gritty how-to.

Johnson, Tom H. I'd Rather Be Writing (2009). Articles>Documentation>Multimedia>Screencasting


Five Free Screencasting Apps for Creating Video Tutorials

With all the screencasting going on in the blogosphere lately, what with tutorials running rampant across all different video sharing websites…I thought I’d share a few screencasting tools for those of you looking for a free alternative to some of those higher priced utilities. This review covers both PC and Mac utilities, and not wanting to leave anyone out…one for those running Java.

Quinnelly, Travis. MakeUseOf.com (2008). Articles>Documentation>Software>Screencasting


The Harsh Truth about Screencasts

If you watch screencasts, you probably have seen some that are just worthless. How long did you stay to watch? Not long, I am sure. Why am I being so critical? Because it is true.

Schoen, Michelle. Virtual Assistant Demo Girl (2009). Articles>Documentation>Video>Screencasting


Make Yourself a Screencasting Expert

This article shares some useful tips for anyone wants to be an expert of screencasting, especially people frequently use screen recorder to create training and presentation video for education and business.

Chang, Tangyi. Wondershare (2009). Articles>Documentation>Video>Screencasting


Marktüberblick Screencasting Tools

Marktüberblick über empfehlenswerte Tools zum Erstellen von Software-Demos (engl. Screencasts). Software-Demos werden nicht nur für Marketing-Zwecke auf Webseiten verwendet, sondern häufig auch als Ergänzung zur Technischen Dokumentation von Software: z.B. als eigenständiges Tutorial oder auch als integrativer Bestandteil einer Online-Hilfe oder sonstiger Software-Dokumentation.

Achtelig, Marc. indoition engineering. (German) Articles>Documentation>Software>Screencasting


My Rules of Screencasting

Others have written about how to do screencasts most effectively. Like I said in a previous post, much of it is very useful. I just thought I'd add my own rules that I use when creating screencasts just in case anyone is interested.

Rae, Alasdair. Under the Radar (2009). Articles>Documentation>Screen Captures>Screencasting


Screencasting 101: the Definitive Guide!

Screencasts can be a great way of showing people with basic computer skills how to accomplish more-than-basic tasks on their computers. When done well, screencasts illustrate a technical and otherwise potentially confusing process in a way that’s easier to understand than text alone. You create a screencast by recording and narrating your on-screen computer activity as you accomplish any number of tasks.

Bohon, Cory. Prof Hacker (2009). Articles>Documentation>Multimedia>Screencasting


Screencasting as Art: Exploring Cinematic Techniques

Screencasting has a problem–it hasn’t evolved all that much over the 10 years or so since its inception. We still record the computer screen from a stationary position (dead centered) and we still present this flat, banal presentation to users sitting at their computers, which in and of itself presents problems (you’re looking at a computer screen on a computer screen–where does one end and the other begin).

Andrus, Brooks. BrooksAndrus (2009). Articles>Documentation>Video>Screencasting


Screencasting Primer

This primer is an introduction to screencasting. It covers the what, why, and how to get started. You will also find examples of screencasts and additional how-to resources.

Kanter, Beth. Wikispaces. Articles>Documentation>Video>Screencasting


Screencasting Redux   (PDF)   (members only)

In a continuation of a previous introductory article about screencasting, Archee continues the discussion by delving deeper into the history, benefits, usefulness, and future of this powerful technical communication tool.

Archee, Raymond K. Intercom (2008). Articles>Documentation>Video>Screencasting


Screencasting Strategies

In general, screencasting is a three-step process: capture of audio and video, editing, and production of a compressed deliverable. Camtasia combines all three functions in a single, integrated application, but in principle they're separable. I can imagine using Camtasia (or an equivalent) for capture, Premiere (or an equivalent) for editing, and Camtasia (or an equivalent) to produce a compressed .SWF file.

Udell, Jon. O'Reilly and Associates (2005). Articles>Documentation>Video>Screencasting


Screencasting: How To Start, Tools and Guidelines

Screencasting, or sharing your virtual desktop via video presentation, has exploded in popularity with the advent of podcasting, and gives you the ability to bring the classroom feel to a media presentation that can be delivered over the Internet. The medium of screencasting is readily available to everyone and with a few tools of the trade you can be ready to produce your own.

Hay, Adam. Smashing (2008). Articles>Documentation>Video>Screencasting


Screencasts: An Overview

Screencasts are quickly becoming one of the primary instructional tools used to train people on developing software skills. Because they show actual screenshots of the software and how it is used, they make a great compliment to written documentation and cater to viewers with a preference for visual learning.

HelpScribe (2010). Articles>Documentation>Multimedia>Screencasting


Screencasts: So What?

I attended a webinar about screencasts and read about how video might be a watershed skill for our industry, but the only reason I had gleaned was that YouTube is really, really popular.

Leach, Kristi. WordPress (2010). Articles>Documentation>Multimedia>Screencasting


Trying Out Picture in Picture in Screencasts

In a previous post, Adding the Human Element in Screencasts, I argued that adding a human element in a screencast (by human element, I mean someone you can actually see talking) increases the appeal of the video significantly. So I tested this out by adding a picture-in-picture (PIP) effect for two WordPress screencasts.

Johnson, Tom H. I'd Rather Be Writing (2009). Articles>Documentation>Multimedia>Screencasting


What Is Screencasting

A screencast is a digital movie in which the setting is partly or wholly a computer screen, and in which audio narration describes the on-screen action. It's not a new idea. The screencaster's tools—for video capture, editing, and production of compressed files—have long been used to market software products, and to train people in the use of those products. What's new is the emergence of a genre of documentary filmmaking that tells stories about software-based cultures like Wikipedia, del.icio.us, and content remixing. These uses of the medium, along with a new breed of lightweight software demonstrations, inspired the collaborative coining of a new term, screencast.

Udell, Jon. O'Reilly and Associates (2005). Articles>Documentation>Video>Screencasting

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