Screencasting and the Tools

After posting about my first (sloppy) screencast, I emailed Jon Udell via his blog to ask about his tools. An impressive sidenote- he responded directly less than 2 hours after I sent, as compared to a feedback form on say a phone company or other mega corporate site staffed with hundreds where they reply with an automated message teling you someone will respond in 72 hours… and that reply is for the most part cut and paste flaff.

Anyhow, Jon uses Camtasia Studio 2 as well, writing:

For most stuff I’m using Camtasia Studio, which enables me to do a fair amount of editing (not as much or as easily as I’d like) and produce pretty well-compressed SWF.

WME is fine for capture, about as effective as Camtasia, but obviously lacks the editing and SWF production aspects. I hadn’t heard about Swish, that’s good to know about.

Ultimately there are three separable parts:

1. capture
2. editing
3. production

These can be bundled into one package (as with Camtasia) but need not necessarily be. When I find a more useful editor, I’ll probably switch that component.

My screen quality went south since I was trying to squash down the Flash file size, but since it streams, I guess I can leave it as is.

In addition, among the WP pingbacks (and phoeey to those who cry about Trackback being DOA) is a post from Information Wants to Be Free that mentions a list of other tools. Judging from the other comments, screencasting is a bubbling meme, but I sure hope we can aim further than narrated tours of software.

I have something new on the side burner to publish, perhaps later today.

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  1. I saw your “sloppy” screencast when you first published it and was inspired to do one of my own. My is not only sloppy, but also choppy! Anyway, the link by the name will take you to the screencast along with some notes. I used a program from Macromedia called Captivate or at least the free trial.

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