I enjoyed this article on how to make the perfect screencast from the MakeUseOf.com. The only advice I’d add is creating a slideshow in OpenOffice, PowerPoint or Keynote and switching between that and what you’re actually recording. This will allow you to easily blend in components in the middle of the recording rather than having to do it after the fact. Of course, I’m a bit lazy when it comes to recording screencasts, preferring to do it all in one take.

All the other great advice in this blog entry from MakeUseOf.com’s Wez Pyke is right on target, however!

    • Jul. 17th, 2009 By Wez Pyke
    • To start creating a screencast, the you will need to first of all download an application that will allow you to record your screen. For Mac OS X, there are a few applications such as iShowU, ScreenFlow and Screenium
    • If you are a Windows user then I recommend using Camtasia Studio
    • A free alternative for both Windows and Mac OS X is Jing. Jing is a screen capture tool from the creators of Camtasia Studio but has been created specifically for screencasts.
    • the limit on a single recording is five minutes.
    • For Linux users, there is an open source project on Sourceforge called Xvidcap.
    • The first thing to do when creating a screencast for the online audience is to set your screen resolution to the lowest possible setting
    • The reason why we do this is so that we can record as much of the screen without losing too much quality when we compress the screencast after we have finished recording.
    • If you are going to create a screencast then invest in a standalone microphone or a headset.
    • it is a good idea to perform a test run, create the script and think about what you would say at certain steps and making notes so that you can best describe what you are trying to get across. If you are creating a long screencast,it is better to pause the recording a take a break for a few minutes because if you make a mistake that you can’t resolve when recording the screencast, you can start again from the recording before you paused.
    • When you feel that there is no more that you can explain to the user, end the recording by letting them know the ways that they can contact you if they need help.
    • when it comes to exporting our screencast, keep the dimensions to 100%.
    • When the file has been successfully encoded and compressed, I will then open it with QuickTime Player and add a logo at the beginning of the screencast as well as a link to my website so people who stumble upon my videos on video sharing websites know where they can find more of my stuff
    • upload to many video sharing websites because different people use different services so the more video sharing websites you upload your content to, the wider the audience you will reach.

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