ScreenCast

I decided to use Screencast-O-Matic for capturing my screencasts. I’ve used this application in the past and feel very comfortable with it. With the free account you can record up to 15 minutes. With the professional account (I think the fee is $15/year) you aren’t time restricted and you can do some simple editing (like cutting out and trimming). Normally, when I create a screencast I have to be efficient with my time. I try not to do too many redos and I’m not concerned with perfection. Otherwise I would never get anything done!

Here are my three screencasts. I created my starter slide in word and saved out to either an html file or a pdf. For two of the casts I used a web browser as the presentation platform and for one of the casts I used a series of images (from the iPhone) saves as a pdf and used Acrobat as the presentation platform.

My strategy:

  • go through the steps, creating accounts, clicking, etc.
  • write out the steps as a script (mostly as a checklist)
  • set up the screencast software and make sure that all the presentation screens show up
  • record and edit if necessary
  • upload to YouTube

The cast using the iphone took a bit more planning since I used screenshot images taken from the phone. I had to do a couple of run-throughs to make sure I had all the images needed to tell the story.

Uploading images from your Desktop to Flickr (http://youtu.be/6YEazmrQu_c)

Uploading images from your IPhone to Flickr (http://youtu.be/8BUBiZHp-pw)

Creating a map from your Flickr Images (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-en2SnFV9c)

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4 thoughts on “ScreenCast

  1. Holy Moly did you nail this thing! So clear, so easy to follow, such good ads for Flickr! It was particularly effective how you reviewed the steps at the end of each screencasts-helped cement the idea(s). Thanks, too, for explaining why the viewer’s view (?) would be different than that on the screencast. For example, you explained why the background would be different and how you “set to anyone.”

    The mouse follow worked well, too. Does Screencast-O-Matic allow for video actions, annotation, etc. That might be pretty helpful if the viewer is using a mobile device. You did, however, explain the “get the job done and move on” aspect of various applications. I like Screenflow as it’s lives on MY machine rather than somebody else’s server.

    At any rate, thank you for the new information. I may have to give up Picasa for Flickr…

  2. Don is right, you sound like a natural screencaster/educator. 🙂 I also appreciate the reviews at the end of the screencast; I wish I would have thought to do that. I think that would be greatly appreciated by a Flickr newbie. I also really liked that your second screencast was an iPhone tutorial; very cool use of the camera’s desktop images. This was quite instructional for me. The third tutorial featured a very fun idea that I knew nothing about; thank you for sharing. 🙂

    I have just a few ideas for possible improvement:

    Perhaps you could include more of an introduction- a welcome, a statement of who you are, or possibly a musical interlude…?

    I thought your mouse was a bit wiggly at times (for example, around 0:17 and 2:23 in the first screencast), but maybe that is just something I noticed.

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