Creating eLearning with Screencasting SoftwareNikki Massaro Kauffman
Captivate TipsCapture shots manually and take more than you need.When working with multiple authors:Document preferences for mouse, highlights, etc.Consider using reviewing tools.Consider text-to speech feature when:Someone else may need to make updates.You lack a quiet place to record audio.
Captivate Pros & ConsClosed-Captioning, Audio Editing, Import PowerPoint Slides, etc.Mouse position and type can be edited after being recorded.Captivate 4 has text to speech feature to add audio quickly.In Captivate 3 and older, exports as 3 files which must stay together.Audio is associated individual frames. It is difficult for audio to span several frames.Cumbersome process to transfer to a podcast format.
Captivate SummaryGreat for projects that require editing screen capturing.Best tool for accessibility. Easy to add close captioning and audio.Best choice for demonstrations and interactive tutorials of applications.
Jing TipsDownload Jing FREE for Mac or PC at http://jingproject.com/
Jing is great forScreenshotsTutorialsTroubleshooting
Jing Pros and ConsFree!Works on both Macs and PCsEasy to download, learn, and useAllows for both image capture and video (screen) captureRecording cannot be cut or edited.If you mess up, you have to start over from the beginning.Recording stops automatically at 5 minutes.
Jing SummaryGreat for beginners: little time and money invested to get started.Great for image capture. Good for Macs.Best when producing content fast is most important.Can upgrade to JingPro or Camtasia if editing and robust features are required.
Camtasia TipsFor PowerPoint, slow down animations by 3.Decide which production settings (Web, CD, Blog, iPod) you want before recording and editing so sizing is right.
Camtasia TipsUse PIP:To place the presenter with the material.To compare two views of an object or process side-by-side.To zoom in or pan out.To review a previous concept.
Camtasia Pros & ConsPC or Mac versionsCan be used to export as a single file.Video, Audio, PIP, Zoom-n-Pan, Callout, etc. tracks are part of the overall timeline.
Mouse and cursor can't be edited after recording.No text-to-speech feature.
Camtasia Final ThoughtsBest tool for projects that have more audio/video in them than straight screen demonstrations.Best tool for producing the same content in multiple media, such as Web, CD, Blog, iPod, etc.Great for usability studies.Good for capturing gaming and other video.
Screencasting TipsOne topic per video (6 min or less).Write script/written documentation first. Script can be pasted later for captioning.Open programs before recording.Have a title slide, objectives slide, and closing slide.Consider sharing your work with colleagues!
Screencasting ResourcesAdobe Captivate 4: The EssentialsCamtasia Studio 5: The Definitive GuideCamtasia Studio 5 Tutorials: http://video.techsmith.com/camtasia/5/edu/quickstart/enu/default.html Captivate Training (Recorded via Connect): http://ets.tlt.psu.edu/learningdesign/node/401
Screencasting ResourcesFirst Walkthrough: Fundamentals of Camtasia Studio: http://bit.ly/Ih7ym Jing - The Missing Manual: http://bit.ly/B6lxJLynda.com Captivate Tutorials: http://its.psu.edu/training/lynda Screencasting Wiki: http://tinyurl.com/screencastwikiThe Visual Lounge: http://visuallounge.techsmith.com
How to OrderThe following are available at Penn State Computer Store:Captivate 4 Win License @ $100 and Media (No License) @ $7.50Camtasia Studio 6 Win Box @ $157.63 or Mac Box @ $88.62The following is available for download at http://www.jingproject.com:Jing (Mac or Win) Free!Jing Pro @ $14.95/year
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