All these notes directly from Chris' presentation...
- Prepare your computer...
- clean up the desktop, remove distracting wallpaper
- decide what you want to capture and resize windows if necessary
- close unnecessary windows
- prepare the screens, examples and files you want to use
- turn off distractions such as message popups, notifications, etc
Quick and easy, or taking your time to make a quality screencast.
Think through the story or narrative of what you are trying to create...
- Prepare your physical environment...
- find a quiet spot to record
- avoid rustling papers, squeaking chairs, barking dogs, passing traffic, etc
- use a good desktop microphone, or headset/mic set if possible
- if you include video of yourself, check for good lighting, framing, etc
Think through all of these. Good quality mic is necessary.
- Prepare yourself...
- design the lesson you plan to give
- think about what you will say and how you will say it
- keep it short, sharp and to the point
- your lesson should be as long as it needs to be, but no longer!
- use a script if you feel you need one
- rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!
Rehearsing is very important
- Now go!
- speak clearly and articulate your words
- find a speech rate that works for you, not too fast, but not too slow
- describe what you're doing on screen and match your descriptions to your actions
- keep your mouse still unless you're actually doing something with it
- be yourself!
- be prepared to do a couple of takes! It's rare to get it right first go
- watch your screencast back and evaluate your effort. if you think you can do better, do it again!
Snagit for Chrome - install app and extension
Ability to capture a screen shot and share the url to it.
Short videos, animated gifs, Longer videos go to youtube...
Create a still snap, annotated
Create a simple video - 10 seconds
Screen Castify - add extension only
WOW - I need to explore this further - appears to be incredibly easy to use either...
SNAGIT app - buy $30 ish