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Sixteen Suggestions for Successful Videoconferences   (PDF)

Offers protocols, procedures, and rules of etiquette for conducting videoconferences.

Smith, Gary M. Intercom (2000). Articles>Collaboration>Teleconferencing>Videoconferencing


Sony HDV HC1 High-Definition Camcorder

Introduces the high-definition Sony HDV-HC1 digital camcorder for technical/professional communication practice.

Karlin, Erin and Amy Tehan. Studio for New Media (2006). Articles>Document Design>Video>High Definition


The Spiritual—Functional Loop: Animation Redefined in the Digital Age   (peer-reviewed)   (members only)

Can animation bring life to the computer? Can the computer take animation to a new horizon extending from cinema and visual art? This article starts with a scrutiny of the conventional definition of animation and its connection to the continuum of liveliness, followed by an examination of the two furthest points on that scale: lively movement, which is spiritual; and inorganic movement, which is functional. The author shows that, in the digital age, movement of various degrees of liveliness can be significant and meaningful through a wide array of motor—sensory functions. This brings about a new notion of materiality, which constructs an innovative meaning of animation. The author then argues that, when combined with the unique functions of the computer, animation can find a shortcut between the two extremes of liveliness: spirituality and functionality. Therefore, the field of animation could benefit from an expansion of its digital attributes. Finally, the author discusses a corpus of artefacts created in different historical periods and different media that exemplify the spiritual—functional loop.

Chow Ka-nin, Kenny. Animation (2009). Articles>Multimedia>Video


Stephanie Bryant on Videoblogging

Bryant talks about videoblogging as a tool for promoting yourself or for communicating with others. She explains the equipment she uses and the process for producing videoblogs. Her book, Videoblogging for Dummies, is available from her website: www.mortaine.com. Bryant also discusses interesting ways lawyers can use videoblogging to educate their clients.

Bryant, Stephanie and Tom H. Johnson. Tech Writer Voices (2007). Articles>Interviews>Video>Podcasts


Strategies and Roadblocks to the Inclusion of Community Expertise in Academic Research

This talk presents a case study which followed a graduate course in public policy. This course attempted to construct knowledge around a community based problem in collaboration with community members. The talk covers both the successes and difficulties of this research project.

Swan, Susan. EServer (2000). Presentations>Lectures>Streaming>Video


Strategies for Using Compressed Video Effectively   (PDF)

Interactive media for distance training require special presentational strategies. Compressed video, an interactive medium using fiber optics, has unique characteristics which users must know. The video creates a lack of direct eye contact and a sense of separation. The compression creates flattened images and extremes of colors. Effective presenters in this medium must plan concise, horizontal graphics. They must schedule short, varied activities with limited use of uninterrupted lecture. And they must plan frequent interactive activities--such as questions, group work, and demonstrations--for an effective session.

Connors, Patricia E. STC Proceedings (1996). Articles>Multimedia>Streaming>Video


Stripped Bear

An introduction to Usability: What's The Use? by Shaun Fensom from Manchester Digital, followed by a short primer to usability by Paul Rouke, User Experience Director at PRWD.

Fensom, Shaun and Paul Rouke. Vimeo (2009). Presentations>Usability>Streaming>Video


Talking-Head Video Is Boring Online

Eyetracking data show that users are easily distracted when watching video on websites, especially when the video shows a talking head and is optimized for broadcast rather than online viewing.

Nielsen, Jakob. Alertbox (2005). Articles>Multimedia>Video>Eye Tracking


Talking-Head Video Is Boring Online

Eyetracking data show that users are easily distracted when watching video on websites, especially when the video shows a talking head and is optimized for broadcast rather than online viewing.

Nielsen, Jakob. Alertbox (2006). Design>Web Design>User Centered Design>Video


Technical Communication and Clinical Health Care: Improving Rural Emergency Trauma Care Through Synchronous Videoconferencing   (peer-reviewed)   (members only)

While debates continue over the effectiveness of innovative communication technologies to bring information and services to populations that have been underserved by such new technologies, a federally-funded program at the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC), Burlington, Vermont, has enabled trauma specialists to link with rural emergency room health care providers through a synchronous videoconferencing (telemedicine) network. Analysis of patient histories and surveys completed by the participating physicians after each use of the computer conferencing system as well as interviews and observations indicate that the FAHC consulting trauma specialists and the remotely located physicians felt the linkups do not interfere with standard ER procedures, that communication was at least adequate for all consultations, and that the consults improved the quality of care, for over half of the cases. Furthermore, interviews with rural ER physicians indicated that they saw the program operating as the first stage of FAHC's management of a patient to be transferred to that facility.

Doheny-Farina, Stephen, Peter W. Callas, Michael A. Ricci, Michael P. Caputo, Judith L. Amour and Fred B. Rogers. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication (2003). Articles>Scientific Communication>Videoconferencing>Biomedical


Technical Communication in the 4th Dimension

A discussion of how to plan for the use of time in video documentation projects.

Miller, Harry. Microsoft (2009). Articles>Documentation>Video>Screen Captures


Technical Illustration And The Video Camera   (PDF)

A video camera is an excellent tool for preparing technical illustrations and procedures. A video tape of a procedure provides chronological information. It provides visual images that can be used as the basis for technical illustrations. Visual images and details are recorded permanently so that they are not forgotten. The research information can be passed on to another author. A case study illustrates how a video tape can be used to document a procedure and produce electronic illustrations.

Schneider, Livingston S. STC Proceedings (1994). Presentations>Graphic Design>Video>Technical Illustration


The Technical Writer – The Movie

Why would someone make a movie and call it The Technical Writer? I did a quick rundown of similar titles from a movie web site, but I couldn't detect much of a pattern.

Kyle, Charlie. MetroVoice (2003). Articles>Multimedia>Video


Ten Tips for Talking Heads

Andy Warhol once said that everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes. So when that time comes don't screw it up - follow these 10 tips for broadcast success, whether you're talking to Matt and Katie via satellite uplink or your employees via a Webcast.

Yewman, Dave. Presenters University. Articles>Presentations>Streaming>Video


The Terrain of the Long Take   (peer-reviewed)   (members only)

This autobiographical essay examines my inclination towards the use of the long take in documentary film and video. I discuss how my documentary practice is dominated by the take in duration; the ways in which I use the time of the frame to draw closer, in an intuitive way, to the profilmic; and how the long take makes visible the complexities of living through the representation of landscape, space, and time. I describe the process of framing my subject, what the long take signifies in the moment of its capture, as well as what the duration of my frame might express to an audience in search of meaning. I also consider the possibility that the long take is an autobiographical impulse, derived from the experience of inhabiting a landscape that is itself both time and space.

Kissel, Laura. Journal of Visual Culture (2008). Articles>Multimedia>Video>Documentaries


This Is Scholarship   (peer-reviewed)

The 2006 MLA task force leaves the specifics of re-defining scholarship and creating new evaluation procedures open to interpretation in local contexts. But the document does not point to existing examples of online publications that might represent an expanded conception of scholarship and help guide departments in rethinking their evaluation procedures and criteria.

Braun, Catherine C. and Kenneth L. Gilbert. Kairos (2008). Articles>Research>Tenure>Video


Time Remapping in Final Cut Pro, Part 1

This installment of Cut Lines is Part 1 of a two-part tutorial about Time Remapping in Final Cut Pro (FCP). We’ll take a quick look at Constant Speed Remapping and the mechanics that go into FCP creating it so that you more fully understand why your results look the way they do. My hope is that this understanding will enable you to visualize what the effect will look like before you even apply it, making your workflow faster and your creativity more enhanced.

Baiser, Ben. Event DV (2008). Articles>Multimedia>Video>Final Cut Pro


Time Remapping, Part 2: Variable-Speed Time Remapping in Final Cut Pro

When I teach Time Remapping in the Apple classes I lead, we all work on the same clip. But I often find that giving this overview of the tools right off the bat helps my students grasp how to control Variable-Speed Remapping faster and easier.

Baiser, Ben. Event DV (2008). Articles>Multimedia>Video>Final Cut Pro


Tips and Tricks for Effective Lecturecasting

Lecturecasting is all the rage these days. And whether you are lecturecasting specifically for a class (either online, face-to-face, or any combination thereof), or are putting your lectures out to the wider public on a platform such as iTunes U, it takes a lot of work to get your lecturecasts to the point where they are effective vehicles for your content.

Watrall, Ethan. Prof Hacker (2010). Articles>Education>Video>Podcasting


Tips and Tricks for Including AVI (Video) Demos in Your Online Tutorial   (PDF)

This presentation focuses on creating video demonstrations of software for online tutorials, using AVI files, and Inserting these files into Windows Help or HTML.

Rosenberg, Nad. STC Orange County (1998). Presentations>Documentation>Multimedia>Video


Translating Videos for an International Market   (PDF)

Smith explains the process of translating videos. The article includes sidebars on video terms and advice on choosing a video translation firm.

Smith, Jackie. Intercom (2002). Design>Multimedia>Localization>Video


Trending Towards Mobile

In this videocast, I talk with Neil Perlin at hyperword.com about the trend toward mobile outputs for help and other information deliverables. Neil had just given a demonstration of a mobile output from Flare, and he mentioned to me that mobile was a direction he wants to specialize in. We recorded this video in the Expo hall at the STC Summit in Dallas.

Johnson, Tom H. and Neil E. Perlin. I'd Rather Be Writing (2010). Articles>Interviews>Mobile>Video


Typography In Motion

In most designs typography is used to present information in a rather static way — after all, it has to be read by users. However, it doesn’t have to be like this. What effects can be achieved if typography is set in motion? What happens if letters are suddenly floating, jumping and dancing around while sentences are actually interacting with the readers? Where motion is involved, video is necessary. Below we present some excellent examples of typography embedded into movies and videos — be prepared, “dynamic” typography can be breathtaking.

Friedman, Vitaly. Smashing (2007). Articles>Typography>Video


Using Cable Access to Learn Video Production   (PDF)

Today's information seeker wants instant enlightenment--at the push of a button. And, thanks to TV-conditioning, s/he wants it packaged with action, sound, and pizzazz—like an episode of 'Nova.' The national information superhighway will provide the delivery vehicle for information in video format. You and I will provide the material—if we know how to produce it. Our demonstration will include television programs produced by Dallas STC members and explain how you can learn videography at your local public access facility.

McWilliams Johnson, Mary. STC Proceedings (1994). Articles>Web Design>Streaming>Video


Using Videoconferencing Technology to Communicate Globally

Over the last 40 years globalization has soared and companies and many countries that have failed to adapt to this change have seen a decrease in overall revenues. As globalization has increased, interesting problems have surfaced. One of these problems deals with how businesses and individuals communicate across global boundaries. Throughout this paper I will examine the use of videoconferencing technology as a communication medium to communicate globally.

Wood, Matt. Orange Journal, The (2010). Articles>Communication>Technology>Videoconferencing



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