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.
ScreenCasting and VIDEO Production
Good forums for discussions
WinMorph – WinMorph is a high performance morphing and warping software
Wink – Video tutorial creator and screen capture software
Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology.
Windows Movie Maker v2.1
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
Jing – record straight from the Web
ScreenToaster – free online screen recorder
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://photobucket.com/ (mixing video)
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://captiontube.appspot.com/ (YouTube adding captions free – login with Google user)
Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter
AviSplit is an application for cutting and rejoining AVI/DivX files
AviScreen is an application for capturing screen activity (ScreenCast) in the form of AVI video or images
VIDEO Intro makers
Animoto.com – create FREE videos from images and videos
monstertemplate.com – templates for Flash intros
Adobe AfterEffects – add effects for your intros
CamStudio settings (http://camstudio.org/)
640 x 360
856 x 480 = mid resolution
1080 x 720 (is roughly HD)
1280 x 720 = high def
Options: hide flashing rectangle during recording
Autopanning = true (speed about 40 or 200)
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
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
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
General notes and thoughts about screencasting software (mostly FREE) and how to setup for CamStudio for optimal performance and quality using YouTube.