How To Do Videos

I hope everyone’s new year is off to a good start.

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, there was an issue with the video – it inadvertantly cut off about 45sec too early – and I’ve re-uploaded it and it seems to be working just fine now.

Last week over at Friend-of-the-Blog David Ziser’s Digital ProTalk, David shared a link with us to get a free copy of screen capture software, Camtasia. Now, it’s a few versions old but it’s free and it still has all of the features that you could need to produce your own video tutorials. I had used a trial of this version a couple of years ago and saw a lot of possibilities with it. And now I’m pretty psyched to get my hands on a full version.

If you’re unfamiliar with what Camtasia is, it’s an easy-to-use piece of software that allows you to record all action on your computer screen. You can choose to record only a set region of your screen or the entire screen for use in creating any number of things. Once your video is recorded, you can open it up in Camtasia and edit out mistakes, insert other video or audio clips, and there are a number of different output options when it comes time to export your videos. In addition to Camtasia, I picked up a Logitech QuickCam Chat so I can record narration for the videos and, perhaps, record live video introductions down the road.

After exporting, I will be uploading videos onto my new YouTube Channel and then embedding them into my blog. I do this for two reasons: first, YouTube doesn’t limit the number of videos you put up and they’ll handle all the bandwidth for usage; second, I can upload videos up to 100MB without worrying about loading up my server space.

I’m going to try to put together at least one video per week on a variety of topics including Photoshop, Lightroom, Acrobat, and maybe even some PowerPoint since we’ll be doing some videos for work as well.

If you want to take advantage of this free offer go to this link and get your license code by January 7th.

Comments:
  • Hi Jason,

    Just to let you know that this site no longer loads under Internet Explorer. It may be a conflict with plug-ins… Safari for Windows is fine

    Mike

    January 2, 2008 at 7:08 pm

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