Screencasting – The New “Hammer”
I imagine way, way back when the hammer was first invented, that it was a hard sell. After all, rocks and heavy sticks had been doing well enough for centuries at performing the tasks needed for constructing huts and various items around one’s yard.
Eventually the hammer came to become appreciated for its versatility and for how much faster it could get the job done. Now entire cities have been built using them. Nobody uses the old rocks and heavy sticks for much anymore.
Screencasting — creating screen recordings with audio — has come along now, and at the moment it is still a hard sell. After all, email and pictures have been doing well enough for two entire decades at performing the tasks needed for communicating people’s needs and ideas around one’s digital domain.
Eventually, Screencasts will come to be appreciated for their versatility and for how much faster they can get the job done – at communicating people’s needs and ideas! Soon, entire knowledge centers will be built using them. Nobody will rely upon only email and still pictures that much anymore!
Screencasts are useful for:
- Teaching people things
- Sharing what you’re doing with friends and family
- Sending quick explanations of how to do things
- Sending quick explanations of what seems to be going wrong
- Creating a series of videos that you can market as a course, workshop or training program
- Sharing what you have happening on your desktop or in a program you’re working in at any time.
- Capturing slide shows of favorite pictures, with music and/or an audio commentary added in while it is playing.
- Showing what you’ve been doing as a time-lapse recording.
- Creating commentary on websites you’ve been visiting lately.
- Grabbing bits from the web on current events that you can assemble later into a scripted program using editing software.
- Creating software reviews with audio commentary added-in live as you run through the software’s features.
- Creating software tutorials with audio commentary added-in live as you run through the software’s techniques.
Etc – Etc! I’m certain this much has started your creative juices flowing!
I’m a huge fan of Screencasts, so I’ll be helping you to make them! Read on!