How to Make a Great Quick-Reference Guide

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A quick-reference guide is a perfect way to provide your users with a wealth of quickly accessible information in an easy-to-digest, engaging way. . What is a quick-reference guide (and why is it important)? Thankfully Snagit makes it super simple to create a quick-reference guide.

The Green Screen Effect – TechSmith Tips

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TechSmith Tips is a weekly series that will focus on tips in screencasting, video editing, and more. You may have heard of these terms before and they all refer to the same idea. The technique has been used heavily in many fields to remove a background from the subject of a photo or video – particularly the newscasting, motion picture, and video game industries. The post The Green Screen Effect – TechSmith Tips appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

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Get the Big Picture with Panoramic Screen Capture

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A popular term in photography, panorama refers to a wide view of a large area, spanning multiple directions. The post Get the Big Picture with Panoramic Screen Capture appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. The Panorama: An Ancient Tradition Now in the Digital Age. The word originates from the Greek words pan , meaning “all”, plus horan , which means “to see,” or “look.”.

Get the Big Picture with Panoramic Screen Capture

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A popular term in photography, panorama refers to a wide view of a large area, spanning multiple directions. The post Get the Big Picture with Panoramic Screen Capture appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. The Panorama: An Ancient Tradition Now in the Digital Age. The word originates from the Greek words pan, meaning “all”, plus horan, which means “to see”, or “look”.

All About Pixels

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You may be familiar with the term 1080p when referring to a computer screen or TV. 4K (easy term for a resolution of 3,840x 2,160) is four times as pixel dense as 1080p, thus a much sharper picture. Pixel depth refers to the number of colors a particular pixel can produce. So while a higher resolution will make your picture sharper, a higher color depth will make it more vivid. The post All About Pixels appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

DevCorner: Using Simplified User Interfaces (SUI) in Help Content

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An example of SUI (pronounced “sue-ee” by the TechSmith User Assistance team). As an instructional designer at TechSmith, my job is to create and deliver helpful content for anyone that wants to learn our software. TechSmith has committed to rapidly releasing software updates – which is great because our users get the functionality they need quickly. Also, these assets can be used by other teams at TechSmith. Meet SUI.

Capturing your past with Technology: Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems

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This week, TechSmith will be making a showing at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, the largest family history conference in North America. Annotate captures to emphasize particular parts of source records, including adding references. With other TechSmith tools, like TechSmith Fuse , even non-screen content is easy to gather, annotate and share. Again, TechSmith Fuse to the rescue! Use it to take a picture, bring it into Snagit, annotate, and share!

7 Ways Screencasting Makes Work Easier

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I work on the TechSmith website. Answering these questions via email is a bit like trying to describe a specific element of a picture to someone standing on the other side of a curtain. Recorded meetings make it easy to reference what was discussed.

Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Communication: How to Use Both to Absolutely Dominate Remote Work

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Here at TechSmith, I used to coordinate the work of several outside consulting agencies. Quick reference guides. Picture this: You’re on a tight deadline and you need a couple of final questions answered before you’re finished. Screen capture software such as TechSmith Snagit.

The Tool You Need to Create Awesome Visual Instructions

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This post will break down two ways of creating visual instructions using TechSmith’s screen capture software Snagit. It’s important to give the big picture before you drill down into the details. Once printed, they make great handouts for learners to keep and refer back to.

Snagit for Google Chrome in Your (Google) Classroom

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This post is part of a series around using TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome with Google Classroom. Rather than emailing documents and suggestions back and forth, students can quickly grab a picture of the website or presentation theyre building and leave comments with annotations. Students can also refer back to the instructions if they forgot a due date, the grading process, or just to hear their assignment again.

Fuse Application Plus More…For Genealogy

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Earlier this spring I started my career with TechSmith and was assigned to the Fuse team as a Software Test Specialist. This template allows me to include pictures of my ancestors to enhance the presentation of their details. Taking Pictures in the Wild. Then, I transferred the photo to Snagit and 1) Cropped the picture 2) Created a faded edge on all four sides, and 3) Labelled each sister.

Dev Corner - Brian Dishaw

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Just picture an eighties montage with me in front of a computer programming to Dancing Queen. I also needed to add a reference to the MSTest framework. Brian Dishaw is a lead developer at TechSmith. Prior to joining TechSmith, he graduated from Michigan State University with a degree from the Lyman Briggs college with a focus in microbiology and computer science.

How to Create a Video Storyboard

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You can even refer to your storyboard as you edit your video to see what pieces need to go together, how to cut the clips, and where to insert other assets. In the still image above (taken from an awesome video from TechSmith Academy ), this storyboard goes so far as to show the type of clothes the subjects are wearing, their facial expressions, body postures, etc. The post How to Create a Video Storyboard appeared first on TechSmith Blog.

How to Edit Videos: The Not So Complex World of Video Encoding

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This is because encoding is only half the picture. The container, often referred to as the file type, is displayed in the suffix of a file’s name (e.g. Ultimately, the goal of H.265 is to provide a standard that offers greater compression (smaller file size) with better picture quality than is offered by current encoding standards. It’s an exciting prospect to imagine, smaller video files that load faster with better picture.

9 Ways Screen Capture Will Make Your Life Easier

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Unlike traditional pictures or videos recorded with a camera, a screen capture program is necessary to grab an image or recording of on-screen activity. Save important things you might like to refer back to later. The post 9 Ways Screen Capture Will Make Your Life Easier appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. It’s happened to all of us. You see something on your computer screen that you want to share with a coworker. Perhaps you copy the URL and paste it into an email.

The Ultimate Guide to Easily Make Instructional Videos

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Sometimes referred to as “how-to” videos, the best ones are carefully planned and have a professional touch. Later in this guide, I’ll show you the right questions to ask to get a clear picture of your audience. How to Make Tutorial Videos | Camtasia | TechSmith. If you want to learn even more about planning a great video, check out this video from TechSmith’s video learning guru, Matt Pierce. Some people get really creative and draw elaborate pictures.

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What is a screenshot?

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A screenshot, sometimes referred to as a screencap or screengrab, is an image that shows the contents of a computer display. Screenshots let you capture exactly what you’re seeing on your screen to share with others or reference later. But how can a simple picture of your screen be so vital? Afterall, a picture is worth a thousand words! appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

How to Create Job Aids that Skyrocket Your Team’s Performance

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Job aids, like this office floorplan reference, can be laminated and placed on a wall, printed out and kept near a desk, or a JPG on the company network. Particularly in customer-facing roles, having employees refer to a job aid might not be the image you want to portray. Reference. According to research from TechSmith and Cebr , two-thirds (67%) of people understand information better when it’s communicated with visuals.

Camtasia Studio 7 - Overview Video + Behind The Scenes

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One of the common questions we hear at TechSmith is "How do we make our videos?" When that was figured out, we recruited the services of Ann Morgan, graphic artist here at TechSmith, to begin more formally sculpting out the visual elements of the story (sans stick figures, thankfully). Ann used the master drawings she created as a reference for what she would draw on the whiteboard. In less than 24 hours you'll be able to kick the tires on Camtasia Studio 7!

Recording PowerPoint Presentations like a Pro: Geetesh’s 13 Tips for Creating Great PowerPoint Slides

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Microsoft PowerPoint and TechSmith Camtasia have long been friends. Also, if you are sharing finished videos via YouTube, you must make doubly sure that you are not using any pictures, backgrounds, videos, or music scores that may be considered as a copyright violation. Make sure you refer to any charts, pictures, or other visuals in your script. Did you know that, until recently, PowerPoint lacked the option to save a presentation as a video?

4 Essential (and Easy) Video Metrics You Should Be Tracking

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There are other data points that we’ll look at that can paint a better picture of what is happening. Is the video being used as a job aid or reference guide? Or, if the video is being used as a job aid and referred back to often, is video the best way to provide the information? . When you use Watch Time with other stats, like Plays, you can start to paint a picture of what your viewers are doing when watching your videos.

5 Tips for Better Screen Captures

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Screenshots (also known as screen captures) let you capture exactly what you’re seeing on your screen to share with others or to reference later. Try resizing your picture or screenshot in an image editing program instead. The post 5 Tips for Better Screen Captures appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. They can be extremely helpful when you need to show something that would otherwise be difficult to explain in words.

How to Edit Videos: The Not So Complex World of Video Encoding

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This is because encoding is only half the picture. The container, often referred to as the file type, is displayed in the suffix of a file’s name (e.g. Ultimately, the goal of H.265 is to provide a standard that offers greater compression (smaller file size) with better picture quality than is offered by current encoding standards. It’s an exciting prospect to imagine, smaller video files that load faster with better picture.

How to Edit Videos: The Not So Complex World of Video Encoding

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This is because encoding is only half the picture. The container, often referred to as the file type, is displayed in the suffix of a file’s name (e.g. Ultimately, the goal of H.265 is to provide a standard that offers greater compression (smaller file size) with better picture quality than is offered by current encoding standards. It’s an exciting prospect to imagine, smaller video files that load faster with better picture.

You’re Setting Up Your Video Project Wrong: The 7 Subfolders You Need

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Pictures. Pictures. Again, you never want to have your editing software reference a photo from somewhere else on your computer. The post You’re Setting Up Your Video Project Wrong: The 7 Subfolders You Need appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. You got the dreaded error: “Media Cannot Be Found,” “Media Offline,” “File Missing,” “Reconnect Media to Continue,” or some variation.

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9 Simple Hacks to Write Better Knowledge Base Articles

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Once you’ve decided on a specific strategy for your article, it’s time to start painting the picture. The post 9 Simple Hacks to Write Better Knowledge Base Articles appeared first on Welcome to the TechSmith Blog.

What is Distance Learning? The Complete Guide (2020)

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” It refers to a method of education delivery that happens in real-time. For those working full-time jobs, continuing education was once out of the picture. TechSmith Relay helps you create simple, accessible videos so your lessons are engaging and students are more successful.

Text, Images, or Video in Your Technical Communication?

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1 – Markings often found on products that can refer to the legislation that makes it mandatory to deliver user instructions in print. If you find specific procedures that are too difficult to explain clearly with text or pictures only, then video may be of added value. The only thing people like better than a picture is a moving picture. Otherwise, don’t use video when your user often needs to reference specific information.

How to Document a Process in Just a Few Clicks

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This image shows an example of a screenshot of the PowerPoint interface which has been updated to a simplified user interface graphic, showing where to click to insert a picture. For example, try not to use version numbers in software, dates, or references that could quickly become irrelevant. The post How to Document a Process in Just a Few Clicks appeared first on Welcome to the TechSmith Blog. Ever been asked to train a colleague?

How to Edit Video (With Step-by-Step Video)

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Jason Valade, Master Trainer at TechSmith, will give you some of the basic concepts and walk you through how to edit a video. Sign up for the TechSmith Academy (it’s free!) He is a master trainer here at TechSmith, and we’re grateful for him, Jason welcome.

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3 Examples of Effective How-To Videos (And How to Choose the Best One)

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That short explanation is all you need to help people see the bigger picture behind your static information. And some people refer to them as a training video. However you refer to these videos, a good instructional video can’t be underestimated. The post 3 Examples of Effective How-To Videos (And How to Choose the Best One) appeared first on TechSmith Blog. Do it yourself (DIY) and how-to video content is booming.

Computational Thinking in Teaching and Learning

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This term, first coined by Jeannette Wing , a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, refers to several key ideas of thinking that are essential to computer science. I wrote a small web application that runs from my classroom computer which allows students to snap a picture of their work and upload it to my computer, anonymously if they choose. The post Computational Thinking in Teaching and Learning appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

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How To Edit Video- Normalize Audio Clips & Volume

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Mixing” as it’s referred to in video production, is the art of blending your audio tracks to deliver a seamless audio experience, which can be achieved when you edit video. You could create a picture perfect video, but poorly mixed audio will distract your viewers’ attention. The post How To Edit Video- Normalize Audio Clips & Volume appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. Have you ever watched a video where the music was so loud you couldn’t hear the voice over?

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5 Ways to Save Time During Elearning Course Revisions

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In this way, you can work out a plan to complete the elearning course revisions with the complete picture in mind instead of having to constantly devise a new plan as new information comes your way. You can refer back to your notes and communications to remind them of the original request. The post 5 Ways to Save Time During Elearning Course Revisions appeared first on TechSmith Blog. Do you tend to spend a bit more time than originally planned on elearning course revisions?

What You Need to Know to Get the Best Audio

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Here is the lav mic that we use at TechSmith for interviews. Although many people refer to this process as soundproofing, what we’ve actually been discussing is acoustics. Here you can see TechSmith’s recording studio; we used a combination of a few different types of foam to get the best overall audio experience. You could create a picture perfect video, but poorly mixed audio will distract your viewers’ attention. Audio Best Practices.

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Office 365 Video: Your Corporate YouTube

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I exported them from Camtasia as h.264 (sometimes also referred to as.mp4). hint: there’s a picture of that video buried in one of the images in this article – see if you can find it!) The post Office 365 Video: Your Corporate YouTube appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

Introducing.the Camtasia Small Business Test Drive!

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They have proven very useful both as reference for clients to use after one-on-one training and for remote virtual training. The pixels captured on a screen are important because we can track receipts, pass on funny cat pictures, explain ideas, and understand the people we work with every day. That way, he has the reference later when he goes to make the fixes. Andrea Poole is a customer content specialist at TechSmith.

7 Questions To Ask Before You Hit Record: A Pre-Production Checklist

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But how clear is that picture? A few questions to consider when building your picture of your audience: What are their professional interests? Are there any references to avoid that might not translate well across cultures? The big picture.

Snagit: What's In My Tray?

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So I was delighted when TechSmith contacted me, called me a POWER USER* -- which made me feel as if I had superpowers and should be wearing a cape -- and asked if I might like to talk about some ways I use Snagit.