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. 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. Keep your eyes on the TechSmith blog, YouTube channel (subscribe to make it easy) , Twitter , Facebook , we’ll even be posting it on LinkedIn if that’s your thing.

Introducing the TechSmith Social Media Team

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You might be a subscriber to our blogs , interact with us on Twitter , and/or check out our Facebook pages every once in a while… but you’re still wondering, who are the people behind all this social media magic, and what’s in it for me? I am the Online Community Specialist at TechSmith. I serve as a TechSmith champion to maintain, grow, and work with a variety of communities who are engaged with TechSmith products and services online. Stay social!

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Get the Big Picture with Panoramic Screen Capture

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Facebook recently announced support of 360 photos , which allows users to manipulate 360 panoramas. 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. A popular term in photography, panorama refers to a wide view of a large area, spanning multiple directions. The word originates from the Greek words pan , meaning “all”, plus horan , which means “to see,” or “look.”.

Chomp, chomp chomp! Welcome ScreenChomp and TechSmith Labs!

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I'm happy to share with you a new iPad app that we've been working on at TechSmith. The videos produced in ScreenChomp can be downloaded as MP4 files, making them easy to share on ScreenChomp.com, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, Blackboard and other video hosting platforms. Like ScreenChomp on Facebook here. We're also launching TechSmith Labs. TechSmith labs will be the place where we can foster innovative products and features. Import and rotate pictures.

Get the Big Picture with Panoramic Screen Capture

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Facebook recently announced support of 360 photos , which allows users to manipulate 360 panoramas. 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. A popular term in photography, panorama refers to a wide view of a large area, spanning multiple directions. The word originates from the Greek words pan, meaning “all”, plus horan, which means “to see”, or “look”.

PD with Pictures: Using Screencasting to Save your Sanity!

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This is when the TechSmith tools become a true sanity saver for me. Pictures (Not Words) in a Preso. There are people in my network I’ll never meet; however, part of my job is to provide teachers and their students with help when they need it. Check out her website: www.itechjess.com Find Jessica on LinkedIn and Google+ or follow her on Twitter. The post PD with Pictures: Using Screencasting to Save your Sanity! appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

Rethinking Professional Development with EdCamp

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Social media is one way. Outlets like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn help individuals connect to larger networks around various topics. If you’re not familiar with EdCamps, picture a traditional teacher conference with a published schedule, featured strands, and a keynote each day. Why does TechSmith care? TechSmith is committed to helping educators grow professionally.

Real Estate: Stay Ahead of the Game with Visuals

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Encourage your clients to picture a finished home instead of an empty house. This way, potential clients can tell how furniture will fill up the space, what fits where, and more easily picture how they’d finish the space. Stacey Harmon , a social media strategist who specializes in real estate marketing and branding, advocates visually highlighting important areas in certain forms while in negotiations. Easily share to Facebook, Twitter, and Evernote too.

Chalkstar to Rockstar Gift-away!

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Back in August , TechSmith Education announced a new weekly podcast titled Chalkstar to Rockstar: Revolutionary Ideas in Learning. You can do it in a blog post, on our Facebook or Google+ page, or on a napkin (just send us a picture). Head on over to the TechSmith Facebook post or the Google+ post to enter. appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

How (And Why) to Consistently Use Brand Colors In Videos

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More than likely, you’ll be handling one of three types of color brands, or maybe all three: Company Branding: This will be consistent for your company, YouTube channel, and across all platforms of social media, print, and videos. I love this tool as it is automatic and gives a big picture view of what colors look like next to each other in a palette. TechSmith Camtasia’s Theme Manager also has a preview section with an annotation sample and a lower-third sample.

Deliver Outstanding Customer Service with Screen Recording

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With more power (and more choices) than ever before, customers can shop where they want, but they can also easily share about their experience with others via social media, or by leaving ratings or reviews on public websites. At TechSmith, we use Snagit for our “quick-and-dirty” videos; i.e. our simple screencasts that don’t require extensive editing or professional polish. Screen recordings work well for social media customer service, too.

Enjoy May Snagit Stamps and Camtasia Studio Theme Sets!

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I use Snagit daily to quickly snag funny pictures to send to coworkers and friends or to easily create fun messages. Share your latest and greatest creations by sending us a tweet @TechSmith , commenting on our Facebook , or visiting Pinterest. appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. Hooray for May! If you’ve been looking forward to our monthly release of new Snagit stamps, Camtasia Studio theme sets, and Camtasia Studio music tracks, you’re in luck.

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. example.mp4 OR example.mov ) While MP4 and MOV are not the only formats used to house H.264 video – there a number of others – they are usually the best choice because they are preferred by video hosting sites like YouTube and Vimeo along with social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. 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. Make a meme for use in an email, or for your company’s social media channels. Send us a message, tweet, or comment on Twitter or Facebook. The post 9 Ways Screen Capture Will Make Your Life Easier appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. It’s happened to all of us.

How To Edit Video: Reducing File Size

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Because of this, MP4 is very popular for web-based delivery including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The short answer is that frame rate indicates how many frames (think: pictures) are shown per second to the viewer. Let us know how it goes on Facebook or Twitter ! The post How To Edit Video: Reducing File Size appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

ScreencastCamper Profiles 2013: Scott Skibell

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Get happy: TechSmith ‘s annual ScreencastCamp is just a couple weeks away! His non-work related website is SkillCasting.com and he can be found at the usual social media sites. It’s really more about combining digital elements, be it pictures, websites, videos and even traditional presentation materials together, so we can communicate more effectively. I find the overlay more engaging than simply using a Picture-in-Picture feature.

10 Tips to Effectively Use Videos in eLearning

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Videos can provoke discussions, invite learners to analyze and think, be re-watched as many times as needed, contain smaller chunks of information which are easier to absorb, emotionally engage people, include websites, pictures, maps, captions, and so much more. Make sure the videos are downloadable from multiple e-locations, like your school’s intranet, on your Facebook’s group page, or even on YouTube.

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. example.mp4 OR example.mov ) While MP4 and MOV are not the only formats used to house H.264 video – there a number of others – they are usually the best choice because they are preferred by video hosting sites like YouTube and Vimeo along with social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. It’s an exciting prospect to imagine, smaller video files that load faster with better picture.

Bridging the Gap Between Online and Traditional College Courses

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He continued to experiment with length, content, even picture-in-picture (PIP) , to put a human touch on the video. He begins every presentation with a slide showing the “big picture,” or the overall concept the course will cover. To keep up with Brian, follow him on Twitter , LinkedIn or Google+. The post Bridging the Gap Between Online and Traditional College Courses appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

How to Make Great Corporate Training Videos

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Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat all encourage people to watch and share short, informal videos. In a role play video a scenario is acted out to help viewers picture and better understand the way a particular interaction should go.They are good for training viewers on how to handle things like sales calls, technical support processes, and other social interactions. I’m sure when you think about your video a clear picture emerges in your mind.

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. example.mp4 OR example.mov ) While MP4 and MOV are not the only formats used to house H.264 video – there a number of others – they are usually the best choice because they are preferred by video hosting sites like YouTube and Vimeo along with social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. It’s an exciting prospect to imagine, smaller video files that load faster with better picture.

5 Ways Screen Capture Can Help Online Students Succeed

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If a picture’s worth a thousand words, how much more is a video worth? Students may lose interest or may not take full advantage of the opportunities e-learning provides for networking, another key factor in your academic and career success. He may be reached on Google+ , Twitter , and Facebook or follow his blog, Edventure Calling. The post 5 Ways Screen Capture Can Help Online Students Succeed appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

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The End of the Road for me at Adobe. 2012 and Beyond.

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In my mind, I had always hoped that one day Adobe would take notice and say, hey that RJ guy is doing some nice things with Social Media and would do great Evangelizing our more important flagship products. Today Social Media makes all the difference. 3) I’m also writing a short eBook on what I learned at Adobe and why I believe companies need passionate Evangelists, especially in today’s Social Web, where most purchases are inspired by peer recommendations.

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How to Document a Process in Just a Few Clicks

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This is an example of a screenshot that could be used within process documentation, illustrating how to log in to Facebook Business Manager. 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. 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- Normalize Audio Clips & Volume

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Services like YouTube and Facebook will block your content if it has an active copyright. You could create a picture perfect video, but poorly mixed audio will distract your viewers’ attention. Let us know on Twitter or Facebook. 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? What about the other way around?

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10 Ways to Use a GIF at Work Right Now

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Before GIF, you had to use two pictures: a before picture and an after picture. Social media teasers. Want to tease a concept or solicit feedback on social media? Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn support the posting and viewing of GIFs in the feed.

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. 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. Services like YouTube and Facebook will block your content if it has an active copyright. You could create a picture perfect video, but poorly mixed audio will distract your viewers’ attention. Audio Best Practices.

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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.

Understanding Image File Formats

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TechSmith Snagit will present you with options such as.png, jpeg,tiff,gif or.pdf. Some examples include Photoshop’s.psd and TechSmith Snagit’s.snag file formats. Most photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr will accept higher resolution photos and convert them to a format that works well on their platforms. When I say these terms I am referring to using a point and shoot camera to take pictures where the subject is being enlarged.

How to Win with Video for Small Businesses

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At the time of writing, Simply Business have seen the following results off the back of this guide: 198 Facebook ‘likes’. Miss one part and you could be missing an important piece of the big picture. For an even bigger win, consider how you can coordinate with your social strategy to really leverage both your content and link building efforts. This can be done through adding social buttons and an embed code around the video frame itself.

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10 Overlooked Benefits of Using eLearning Infographics

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They won’t think twice about posting the eLearning infographic on their social media page or sharing the link. You might even include a ‘Share on Facebook’ icon to make it even easier and convenient. Do you struggle with balancing written eLearning content with pictures? About the Author: Christopher Pappas is founder of The eLearning Industry’s Network, which is the largest online community of professionals involved in the eLearning Industry.

50 Tips for Better Video

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You may want to make a different version of the video for Facebook, YouTube, etc., When showing a PowerPoint presentation with a person speaking, don’t frame them in a floating box (picture-in-picture). Email, Twitter, Facebook, and other apps can all ruin a great recording when they pop up alerts on your screen right in the middle of an important point. The post 50 Tips for Better Video appeared first on TechSmith Blog.

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5 Popular Ways to Increase Conversion Rates with Video

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Throughout this post I’ll share some examples of how TechSmith has successfully used videos in several ways to increase conversion rates. Just so we’re clear, at TechSmith, we use Eugene Schwartz’s five levels of awareness. And in our personal lives it gets even worse with the 24-hour news cycle, social media, smart phones, infotainment systems in cars … well, you get the picture.

4 Reasons Why Visual Communication has a Big Impact

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This is happening EVERYWHERE–newspapers, websites, social media, instruction manuals, and emails. When it comes to social media, a study by Adobe found that Facebook posts that include images produce 650% higher engagement than regular text posts. Brand guidelines pulled from the TechSmith style guide. The post 4 Reasons Why Visual Communication has a Big Impact appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. The use of visuals continues to grow.

11 Ways to Use GIFs at Work Right Now – Today!

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When you think of GIFs, you probably think of the funny GIF you saw on Facebook or Twitter recently. Before GIF, you had to use two pictures: a before picture and an after picture. GIFs for Social Media Teasers. Want to tease a concept or solicit feedback on social media? Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn support the posting and viewing of GIFs in the feed. Perfect for the workplace social platform, such as Slack, Yammer, or Flowdock.

How to Make A Video Email Signature

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Kim is another member of the TechSmith sales team, and she does a great job staying friendly and focused in her video below: When you finish recording your video, you’ll need to decide where to host it. To create a video thumbnail (pictured below), take a screenshot of a frame in your video and resize it to thumbnail size. Find us on Facebook or Twitter. The post How to Make A Video Email Signature appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.