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What are Screencasts Useful For?

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!

Best Color Depth?
16-Bit Color Vs. 32-Bit Color Explained!

Use 16 bit color for screen recording and that will bring the file size down quite a bit. It also will allow your computer to work more efficiently! But let me explain first what “32-bit color” vs. “16-bit color” (and 24-bit color) really means! Then you may make your decision based upon what’s “really going on” under the hood!Continue Reading

Best Settings for Creating Time-Lapse Recordings in CamStudio

First, look at this post and Nick’s response. In it, Nick emphasizes the requirement to have the “Capture Frames Every” TIMES the Frame Rate to be equal to 1000. (thus 1000 milliseconds, thus 1 second). As you see in the above post, the most important setting change was from: Capture frames every: 500 mS…Continue Reading

Using Virtual Dub With Time-Lapse Video Recordings

You can use VirtualDub (free!) to change the frame-rate for playback to anything you like. Step 1 – load the video Step 2 – in either “Full Processing” (you’re changing compression also) or “Direct Stream Copy” (you’re just changing the frame rate) modes, under the “Video” menu select “Frame Rate” Step 3 – Under “Source…Continue Reading

Optimizing Your PC Display Settings for Camstudio and Screen Recording

This video was in response to a viewer of the “Camstudio Settings” video (“Larry” mentioned in the beginning) who was having trouble getting adequate framerates for recording games, but it is useful for anyone trying to get better framerates. Keep in mind, that for normal tutorial videos using only a slide program and an application…Continue Reading