ScreenCasting Video information

Some of my general notes about producing screencasting videos for YouTube, etc. using CamStudio and other products. There are settings at the bottom that describe the best settings for CamStudio and sending screencasts to YouTube.

CamStudio

ScreenCasting and VIDEO Production
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Good forums for discussions
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http://www.tinkernut.com/forum/video-recording-software/what-screen-recording-software-do-you-use

Groups
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http://groups.google.com/group/thescreencastinghandbook

Editors
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http://www.bobyte.com/AviTricks/index.asp
Download: http://www.bobyte.com/AviTricks/GetAviTricks.asp

WinMorph – WinMorph is a high performance morphing and warping software
http://www.debugmode.com/winmorph/

Wink – Video tutorial creator and screen capture software
http://www.debugmode.com/wink/

Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology.
http://www.fraps.com/

Windows Movie Maker v2.1
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/moviemaker2.mspx

http://screenr.com/ (up to 5 mins with sound and connection to Twitter)

I really like Screenr.  If you haven’t tried it out yet, you should give it a whirl.  Here’s what I like best:

* Screenr is super easy to use and there’s nothing to download. You just click the record button on the website and you’re recording your screen activity and your narration.

* The image quality is pretty darn good.  You can even watch the screencasts back at HD-quality and they look great.

* Screenr gives you multiple ways to use your screencasts.  It works with Twitter and the screencasts play as Flash on the web.  You can also upload the screencasts to YouTube.  And you can even download the videos as MP4 files.  They also look nice on the iPhone.  All these options give you a number of ways to reach your learners.

* My favorite…there’s no branding on the downloaded MP4 files.  Since you can download the videos, you’re free to use them as you wish.  That means you can use it in your elearning courses without looking like one of those MLS soccer players.  Go Sounders!

* And of course, Screenr is free.  Free is always good.

TipCam – Record and share your screen in a video, it also has a zoom facility
http://www.utipu.com/app/

tipcam

Jing – record straight from the Web
http://www.jingproject.com/

jing screencasting

ScreenToaster – free online screen recorder
http://www.screentoaster.com/

BBFlashBack (and Express) – Record a window, region or full screen. BB FlashBack Express free screen recorder has an easy to use interface that makes it a breeze.
http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/bbflashbackexpress/home.aspx?cc=true

http://photobucket.com/ (mixing video)
http://animoto.com/
http://jaycut.com/ (create videos)
http://www.onetruemedia.com/ (photos and videos into awesome slideshows)
http://editorone.ideum.com/ (timeline based video editor)

For Ubuntu – RecordMyDesktop
http://recordmydesktop.sourceforge.net/downloads.php

Video Captioning
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http://captiontube.appspot.com/ (YouTube adding captions free – login with Google user)

Converters
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Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter
http://www.formatoz.com/

AviSplit is an application for cutting and rejoining AVI/DivX files
http://www.bobyte.com/AviSplit/GetAviSplit.asp

AviScreen is an application for capturing screen activity (ScreenCast) in the form of AVI video or images
http://www.bobyte.com/AviScreen/InstAviScreenPro.zip

AUDIO
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http://remixer.clubcreate.com/v1/scion/launch.html?scion
http://aviary.com/tools/myna
http://www.looplabs.com/

http://www.jamglue.com/

http://madringtones.org/
http://www.chirbit.com/
http://www.soundation.com/

Publisize
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http://showmedo.com/

VIDEO Intro makers
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Animoto.com – create FREE videos from images and videos
monstertemplate.com – templates for Flash intros
Adobe AfterEffects – add effects for your intros
http://www.videocopilot.net/products/opticalflares/features/plug-in_overview/

Settings
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CamStudio settings (http://camstudio.org/)
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640 x 360
856 x 480 = mid resolution
1080 x 720 (is roughly HD)
1280 x 720 = high def

Set watermark…
Options: hide flashing rectangle during recording

Autopanning = true (speed about 40 or 200)

Video options:
Techsmith capture codec or divx (256 bit rate on config)
Or can use Camstudio Lossless Codec v1.4 and use LZO compression
best compression under config
100 quality
key frames = 200
cap frames every 40ms (or 33 and 30fps)
playback rate = 25 fps

Or can use:
Key frames 30 frames
Capture frame every 50ms
Playback rate 20 fps

Audio
22.05Khz Stereo 16bit
PCM compression (or LAME MP3 needs to be downloaded)
22050 Hz 16 bit stereo

To convert to smaller size use MediaCoder: http://www.mediacoderhq.com/dlfull.htm

Kaltura – Open Source Video Platform

Kaltura – Open Source Video Platform

Easily add full video capabilities to any site at little or no cost
Kaltura offers a wide range of unique online video management solutions:* Self-Serve Packages – free downloadable video packages, online video player & video editor for wikis, blogs and leading web platforms
* Business Solutions – advanced, affordable, hosted video management platform, tailored for your specific needs

The Prince II exam is changing…

Prince II the project management standard prevalent in the UK is changing. The new exam will not focus on the tedious three hour exam that you have to sit through (I had to do it and it was not enjoyable). Even though this exam is an open book exam, it’s still fraught as the answers can be subjective and generally you do not have enough time to prepare your answer.

Read my PrinceII tiddlywiki information with all matters relating to PrinceII. This is a downloadable and editable wiki that can run on your own PC for PrinceII information at your fingertips! I have also created a PrinceII product process matrix that helps to understand what documents are required and which process in PrinceII creates and maintains them.

This video helps to explain both the current weaknesses in the exam system for PrinceII plus the reasoning behind the new exam structure.

SSMM – Slide Show Movie Maker

This software will create a full AVI slideshow (up to 2Gb in size) with sound/music, etc. The ssmm slideshow movie maker software has plenty of clever effects and is totally free. There are plenty of fade effects and overlays; there’s even a full online video tutorial (which does not have any sound”This will easily create the perfect slideshow for your family with all the effects and background music you could want.”

You could of course convert the AVI file to another format and burn to CD and post to your granny if you wanted.
This software runs on all Windows operating systems and requires audio in WAV (16-Bit Stereo 44,1 Khz PCM) format.

The Machine is Us/ing Us – What is this Web2.0 thing?

I’ve been looking at the finished web2.0 video on YouTube titled: “Web 2.0 in just under 5 minutes“. This title caught my eye, and I was not disappointed when I saw the video. Very neat and hits home very quickly what web2.0 and social engineering and interaction is all about.

It has some really good video techniques and shows details very quickly cramming in a lot of information in a very short time frame. Well worth a look if your interested in what’s happening in the web space at the moment.