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59 Tips for Creating Engaging Screencasts

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Have you ever wondered what techniques you can employ to create a great video? We conducted a focus group and discovered the vast majority of “what” creates an engaging video happens before you ever click the Record button inside Camtasia Studio! Have you ever wondered what techniques you can employ to create a great video?

From flat to phat: New Camtasia feature drops the needle on screencasts

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Welcome to the pre-release beta of the newest Camtasia feature, with some automatic goodness: Camtasia Rap-ify (For Windows and Mac). Create your video as you normally would, adjusting sizes, adding callouts, clips – editing everything as you normally would. The post From flat to phat: New Camtasia feature drops the needle on screencasts appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

5 Screencasting Tools You Need to Create a Great Microlearning Video


Screencasting software is a necessary addition to any video microlearning toolbox. The ability to capture what's happening on your screen is not only useful for software walkthroughs, but allows you to quickly and easily create simple motion graphics videos using presentation programs like Keynote and PowerPoint. Why use a Screencast instead of built in video exporters? still use a screencasting tool to capture your vids. There is a wide selection of screencast software out there, both free and paid solutions. Works on both Mac and Windows.

New version of Camtasia for Mac bends time and space

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Camtasia for Mac 2.1 delivers clip speed , the #1 feature request from Camtasia for Mac users-- as voted by our user community. For some thoughts on why this is a useful feature to have in screencasting software, jump down below the video. Get Camtasia for Mac 2.1: Download a free trial | Upgrade free if you own Camtasia for Mac 2.0. You read that right.

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The 12 Days of Screencasting - On the Sixth Day.

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We're half way through our "12 days of Screencasting. Today's tip is from screencast expert and veteran Scott Skibell. On the sixth day of Screencasting, Scott Skibell gave to me. For the 12 Screencasts of Christmas, I wanted to make sure I shared a gold nugget and not just a lump of coal. The object then appears to float over the screencast. All together now. "On

Today is the Day! Meet Camtasia for Mac!

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I'm really happy and pleased to finally be able to share Camtasia for Mac v1.0 We built Camtasia for Mac from the ground up. I hope you enjoy the product as much as we enjoyed creating it. I wanted to show you what is new in Camtasia for Mac as well as answer some question I've been hearing lately. Want to see Camtasia for Mac in action? with you! Getting Started.

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13 Tips for Recording Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

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It’s just a matter of plugging your iOS 8 device into a Mac running Yosemite and then firing up a tool like Camtasia for Mac or TechSmith AppShow. These tips will help you get great results the first time you dive into iOS screencasting. When you plug your device into your Mac and launch a mobile recording app (e.g., Prepare your iOS device. Clean up clutter.

5 Screencasting Tools for Online Learning

DigitalChalk eLearning

When creating an online course or any sort of demonstration, you may need to capture your computer screen. We’ve narrowed it down to a few of the best screencasting applications to help you build your online course a little easier. With Screencast-O-Matic , you have the option to record through your browser with one click or through the downloaded application.

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24 Screencasts About Camtasia in 24 Hours. Starts Now!

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It's time to kick off our marathon of 24 Screencasts about Camtasia in 24 hours! Matt Pierce, our Customer Engagement Manager, is the host of the videos so you'll see him in most of the screencasts we make. 11:00 am: Creating a Good Story, Bil Moore. Noon: Using Screencasts Effectively in the Classroom - Dan Spencer. Doug Troxell, Camtasia for Mac developer.

Count Down to 24 Camtasia Screencasts in 24 Hours.

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You'll have a chance to win copies of Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac as well as some fun things like microphones, books, TechSmith t-shirts, mugs, the coveted TechSmith spork and more! We'll have a wide selection of books that are perfect for any screencaster that you could win, including: Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath. Microphones? Check!

Camtasia for Mac - Sneak Peek, SmartFocus

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I'm going to let you in on a few secrets as we get closer to the launch of Camtasia for Mac on August 25. Up first is a sneak peek of one of the new features in Camtasia for Mac - SmartFocus. Camtasia for Mac will also include TechSmith's patented SmartFocus technology. It's great for creating dynamic screencasts or to highlight a particular section of your screen, or create a fly-over effect, or focus your viewer's attention for greater detail. Check out this quick screencast. So, Tags: Camtasia for Mac News TechSmith 475 157 479 38

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How to create a DIY green screen video effect (aka chroma key)

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Tips & How To's Camtasia for Mac Screencasting Tips and TricksAchieving a good green screen effect used to be difficult and expensive. But no longer. In this post, I'll show you how to make your first green screen video on the cheap. We'll take a look at the various elements you need to consider: backdrop, software, camera, lighting.and how you can probably pull off your first green screen production for $30 or less. Before we get started on the how.let's talk about the why. Why would you ever want to use a green screen effect in your video? To what end? Continue reading.

How to Produce Great Screencasts

Rob Hubbard

I’ve been creating a lot of screencasts recently for the goal-based learning systems that we develop, so I thought I’d give you a run through of the equipment I’m using and the workflow I’ve adopted. The screencasts show users how to use the functions of the goal-based learning system. Equipment: Mac. I divide up the functions so each screencast is short.

Become Better at Screencasting: Tips from Anton Bollen

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This year at Screencast Camp , things were pretty low key for me until it actually started. So you’ll see a little rust in this episode, but regardless, our guest, Anton Bollen, TechSmith German Evangelist, provides some great tips about becoming a better screencaster. Anton’s Screencasting Tips for becoming a Better Screencaster. The show wasn’t without incident though.

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New from TechSmith Labs: AppShow brings iOS screen recording to Mac

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AppShow makes it easy to record an iOS device and create a compelling video. Create marketing videos for an app. To run AppShow, you need: a Mac with Yosemite. The post New from TechSmith Labs: AppShow brings iOS screen recording to Mac appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. News & Events Apple AppShow Mac Mobile news and events Release Screencasting Today we officially launched TechSmith AppShow as a technical preview within TechSmith Labs. Why use it? You might use it to: Show how to use the features of an app. Help people discover new apps. Why Labs?

15 Great App Preview Videos and a Free Tool for Making Your Own

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Back in June, Apple announced that developers would be able to create and upload a 30-second demo to their App Store listing. Not all developers have created a video for their app yet, so you might not see many in the store yet. It’s software that runs on a Mac and captures the screen of your iOS device. I also wanted to include an update on AppShow , now in open beta.

Walk Through Your Syllabus in a Video

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Instead of using class time, create a video that explains your syllabus. For Educators camtasia Camtasia for Mac Camtasia Studio Education educational technology flipped classroom Higher Ed Screencasting Snagit Snagit on Mac VideoWalking through the syllabus is a necessary task at the beginning of every class. Students need to know where to find resources, how you’ll be evaluating them, and to hear you set the tone for the learning ahead. But often it takes up a good portion of the first class – valuable time that could be spent learning. What Do I Need?

Audio Best Practices

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Which basically means creating a spike in the audio that is captured on both the audio recorder and camera. It’s essentially the same idea, you are creating a noticeable spike in the audio that you will be able to easily line up later in your editor. Tips for Recording Audio for Screencasts. Nothing turns off viewers faster than a video with bad audio. Watch it on YouTube.

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24 Screencasts About Snagit in 24 Hours. Starts Now!

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It's time to kick off our marathon of 24 Screencasts about Snagit in 24 hours! Tiffany Wood, the Snagit Product Manager, is the host of the videos so you'll see her in most of the screencasts we make. 11:00 pm: Taking Snagit from Work to Home: Planning a Wedding with Snagit and Getting Crafty - Katie Lewis, Product Marketing Manager, and Betsy Weber, Chief Evangelist * Midnight: Snagit for Mac - Paul Middlin, Lead Snagit for Mac Developer * 1:00 am: What is a SNAG file and what can it do for you? Here we go! Tune in live here. What do they have in common?

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How to Successfully Add Music to Your Videos

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Adding background music to any video you create in Camtasia will add a whole new dimension to your content. All of my tutorials are of course made with the amazing Camtasia for Mac ! Tips & How To's Audio Camtasia for Mac Camtasia Studio customers Screencasting Tips and Tricks VideoGuest Post by Mike Russell, Creative Director at Music Radio Creative.

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Leave Clear Instructions for Substitutes

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Rather than spending hours writing up lesson plans for them to try to follow, why not create video instructions for substitutes and your students to watch together? Plans will be clear and the sub can focus on creating a great learning experience without worrying about how to interpret the directions. For Educators camtasia Camtasia for Mac Camtasia Studio Education educational technology flipped classroom Higher Ed Screencasting techsmith fuse Tips and Tricks VideoWhat do I need? TechSmith Fuse and/or Camtasia. Your plans for the day you’ll be absent. Watch it here.

Show Students How to Login

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Rather than answering these questions every day, you can create a short video to show students how to log into anything when they forget. Sam Houston ISD, Dr. Roland Rios has built up a library of useful how-to clips created by student tech interns. See an example of how to create and name a Google Doc. For Educators Education educational technology flipped classroom Higher Ed Screencasting Snagit Snagit on Mac Snagit on Windows Time Saver VideoShare a how to login video at the beginning of the term so you can refer them back to it. What do I need? At Ft.

Camtasia Small Business Test Drive: Week 2

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This week each business created their first (or in some cases, second or third) screencast and sent us an exmaple. Thomas Ro is a developer at Ciesa and one of their heaviest users when it comes to screencasting. Since the narrative style tends to be similar between each screencast, an actual script isn't necessary. Our screencasts tend to be done in takes.

TechSmith AppShow – A Better Way to Show Off and Record iOS Apps

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Which is one reason we’re so excited to be building TechSmith AppShow , a new software product for Mac that will make it easier than ever to create screencasts of iOS devices. With iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite (now in beta, expected this fall), anyone will be able to capture their device screen directly to a Mac to record iOS Apps, with pixel-perfect clarity and smooth motion.

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Crafting a Good Story for Your Product Video (free ebook)

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I started with a long history of screencasting. I discovered over the years, that in education as well as in advertisements, screencasts are just not good enough on their own. Instead we have to utilize many forms of video to create a better and more engaging experience for our audience. Creating a good story is a lof of work. ”—that it was as simple to create.

Tech-tastrophe – Save Yourself From Presentation Tech Failures with Betsy’s Tech Presentation Failure Prevention Tips

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And all I could think of is that if he had made a quick screencast of what he wanted to show on his website, his presentation would have been fine. If he had a screencast, he would have had a presentation regardless of the Wi-Fi situation. Create a back up. Create a back up of your back up. Make a screencast (using Camtasia or Snagit !) Not because of his slides.

Recording Skype and Google Hangout Video Calls

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As a video creator, especially with screencasts, I am always looking for ways to enhance my content and improve the engagement of my viewers. We can capture the video conference interviews and then bring them into the videos I’m creating. This video you create might just be for review purposes. With technology like Skype and Google Hangouts though, I don’t have to. Video.

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Introducing.the Camtasia Small Business Test Drive!

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Starting last week, we challenged four small businesses in the Lansing, Michigan area to "test drive" Camtasia Studio and/or Camtasia for Mac in their business setting for four weeks. Each week, they will share the experience with us through written responses, screencasts, photos and video. Where is Ciesa at with screencasting? Where are you at with screencasting?

Camtasia Small Business Test Drive: Week 3

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What's been the initial reaction to their finished screencasts, both internally and from their clients? Have you thought of new ways you might use screencasting in your business? Thomas: Our training-oriented screencasts feature a lot of in depth demonstration on the use of our sites and technology. I see adding screencasting to our list of tactical communication vehicles.

Camtasia Small Business Drive: Netvantage, Week 4

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In the final week of the Camtasia test drive, Netvantage Co-Founder Adam Henige reflected back on their month of screencasting. Camtasia's ease of use makes training modules very easy to make, so we're actually exploring the possibility with a few corporate partners of creating subscription online marketing materials for niche industries (see sample below). Netvantage. netvantage.

The 10 basic online tools every trainer and online facilitator should know

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

10 online tools in the backpack of every trainer and facilitator Twitter - microblogging Diigo - or any other social bookmarking service LinkedIn - for networking and groups Padlet - a brainstorm wall Youtube - search and make your own channel/playlists Yammer - and other smart tools to create private conversation groups Screencast-o-matic - and other screencasting tools Bigmarker - webinar tool for free Google - and Google plus Ning - or another paid online platform/LMS Do you know and work with the tools mentioned? A short description below. One alternative is

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Animation Easing: What is it? How do I use it?

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Screencasts and videos are no different. Check out the example below that was created in Camtasia Studio. Easing in Camtasia for Mac. You might not know it, but if you are working in Camtasia for Mac and have added animations like zooms, pans, tilts, or movement to objects on your timeline, you’ve likely been using easing all along. Easing in Camtasia Studio. Click OK.

Don McAllister, Behind the Scenes, and ScreenChamp Awards

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Don has been making screencasts since 2005, when he formed his membership site teaching about all things Mac and iOS, ScreenCastsOnline. In addition to making screencasts for his site, Don creates tutorials for top Mac and iOS software vendors, including The Omni Group, Boinx Software, Smile Software, Cultured Code, 37 Signals and many more. Yeah, us too.

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5 Mac Apps to Make the Life of an E-learning Professional Easier


Let me introduce five free Mac apps I cannot imagine doing without. Sip When creating a course, having to strictly adhere to the customer’s design means you have to keep to the specified styles and measurements, and it is usually required that you use the provided color palette as well. The ones I found to be the most useful are the ability to automatically create a palette complementing a color of your choice, and to edit the selected colors right from the quick access panel in the Mac menu bar. Second, there is both a Mac and PC version. First, it is free.