Podcast: Using Video in Training and Documentation, Interview with Todd O'Neill
Duration: 20 min.
In this podcast, rich media specialist Todd O'Neill explains how to add video to your training and documentation deliverables. Many technical writers are intimidated by the learning curve, equipment costs, and software they think they need to create video, but actually you can create engaging videos with minimal equipment (e.g., $150 for a Flip video camera) and using software you probably already have (e.g, Windows Movie Maker or iMovie).
In this podcast, Todd lays out the basics for those who know nothing about video. He explains the equipment you need, techniques for minimizing editing time, ways to publish the video online, filming techniques to focus on, and creative ways to package your video for your users.
For more information, see Todd O'Neill's blog at http://doingmedia.net.
Note: I recorded this podcast at Doc Train 2008 in Vancouver, Canada.
About Tom Johnson
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