I’ve been exploring Captivate lately because I wanted to translate some screencasts for a project I’m undertaking. It turns out, Captivate doesn’t work so well for screencasting. Slide-based eLearning, sure. But when you have a lengthy software simulation, it fails because you can’t edit the audio while watching the video play. Really? Yes. Really. You Continue Reading »
On Tuesday, July 13, TechSmith is create 24 Screencasts About Camtasia in 24 Hours. It must be fun to do screencasts at 3 a.m. If you’re into screencasts (and use Camtasia), these sessions should provide a lot of good information. They’re streaming the screencasts live here and are also recording them to publish later.
One of my first recommendations for achieving a natural, believable voice is to employ more free narration rather than always reading a script. I recommended this because all the video tutorials on Lynda.com are narrated at the same time as they are recorded, and the less you read, the more natural your voice sounds. However, Continue Reading »
To embed video on a web page, you don’t need to upload your video to youtube, vimeo, or some other video sharing service. A lot of times in a corporate setting, uploading your videos to a third-party site isn’t appropriate or allowed. Does this mean you have to resign yourself to a basic WMV output Continue Reading »
A couple of months ago I created some documentation on Joomla for some web admins using Joomla to build country sites. After delivering the documentation, the users needed something more visual, so I set about creating screencasts. I created 30 screencasts to match the tasks in the documentation (which I transferred from InDesign to Mediawiki). I Continue Reading »
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. (By the Continue Reading »
Sometimes I can hardly believe I’ve gotten along for so many years as a technical communicator without a thorough understanding of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Flash. They seem critical to technical communication. Why Illustrator With vector images (which Illustrator allows you to create), your images in quick reference guides will look sharp and crisp. The Continue Reading »
Congrats to the winner of yesterday’s contest. (I added the winner’s name at the end of the comment thread of the last post.) Let the contest continue with Day 2′s cartoon, again drawn by the talented Ben Minson of Gryphon Mountain. The winner of this caption contest will receive a free copy of Camtasia Studio, Continue Reading »
For the next 12 days, I’m coordinating with various companies to give away a product a day, as part of a 12 Days of Christmas in June theme. This is an opportunity to try out new software that may be new to you, for companies to receive a bit of promotion, and to kick off Continue Reading »
Download MP3 (to download, right-click and select Save Target As) Length: 65 min. Screencasting Presentation Summary In this podcast, Collin Turner presents on “Screencasting — Workflow and Presentation” to the Intermountain STC chapter in Utah. Here’s the presentation summary: Screencasting (when applied properly) is a valuable tool whose popularity is gaining traction. Most available software Continue Reading »
Download MP3 (to download, right-click and select Save Target As) Length: 12 min. In this podcast, I cover the top 10 technical communication news items during the past month. This is a different type of podcast than I’ve normally done. The show notes below are excerpts of what I cover, but without any commentary.
September 2012 update: I wrote a new post detailing my process for creating video tutorials here: How to Create Video Tutorials — A Five Step Process. Creating video tutorials is no trivial task. When you sit down to create 20+ video tutorials for a project, you’re faced with dozens of questions. What screen size should Continue Reading »
I’m proud to announce that Camtasia Studio is a new sponsor for my blog. I’ve been using Camtasia Studio to create video tutorials for the past month, and I really like it. I was converted to voice tutorials rather than caption-based tutorials when a user told me he preferred voice 10 to 1. I also Continue Reading »