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Many people like the idea of creating a screencast for people learning new technologies.
Sue Waters has led
a discussion over at Aquaculture WA
, where one writer disputes the usefulness of this technique. Sue lists and compares some of the technology / strategies. The main goal of her colleagues was to upload powerpoint to the web, and have the voiceover work as well. Slideshare will show this kind of presentation on the web, but without audio.
: ideas for how to create and present :
What about a combination of
slideshare for the powerpoint
, and eg
odeo for the Voiceover
(odeo lets you embed individual mp3 files with a player, unlike podomatic which allows only the entire podcast to be embedded elsewhere). An example of this approach can be found eg. at
Conversations in ACE
. Double system could be confusing for presenters, but can be effective.
Other screencasting articles
Beth Kantor gives a good coverage of the topic
. (Beth also has
more info on the subject
, plus a
Robyn Good is always worth reading up
for comparisons of different softwares and strategies.
is a screencasting expert, and has suggested
a portable version involving PDF and mp3 files
early versions were similarly low-tech
Free or open source
One free screen recorder,
, would be worth trialling. (Has issues re size of output);
free software called wink
, which i think allows voiceover, and exports to Flash (though it could be a bit clunky).
There is a very new
web-based screencasting tool called screen-cast-o-matic
Here's Leigh Blackall giving a demo of how to use CamStudio (thanks Leigh):
Click To Play
Capture Cam Pro is not free
, but i've heard it recommended;
One crowd has taken the camStudio code, and
created a commercial product
Captivate, from Macromedia / Adobe, allows this kind of screen cast, with additional input from the viewer (so that viewing is active / interactive, rather than passive / memory).
Someone known as "Common Craft" (a guy called Lee) put together this alternative kind of screen cast (
as a video in BlipTV
); an interesting way to represent screen elements with paper and scissors.
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help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"