Add Videos to ShowMeDo

Adding a video to ShowMeDo

You must login and then you can visit my page to add a new video, create series and manage your videos.

What's the easiest way to start?

First you need to make a video (instructions are below), then you just login here, visit my page and click the 'Add a new video' button.

For your first video we recommend that you make one self-contained video rather than trying to build a series. It'll always seem harder on your first-time and it is better to do something achievable and get feedback from others before embarking on a larger project.

Why make a ShowMeDo video?

By sharing your knowledge you will help others to learn from your hard-won skills. So many skills are best shown visually and our ShowMeDos make that sharing very easy.

If your videos are for open-source tools then you'll be helping the open-source community. Of course you'll also gain kudos in the community for taking the time to share your valuable skills.

Our authors have explained how and why they made their videos over in our forum: How we make ShowMeDos (note we have deprecated the forum - our Google Group is the preferred place to ask questions).

What makes an ideal ShowMeDo video?

Educational videos - that's the point of our site. Knowledgeable authors share their skills with us to help us learn about new tools and techniques. Any material that teaches our users new skills will be interesting to us - please get in contact!

Need Help?

To ask questions come over to our Google Group.

For screencasting video tutorials see our Screencasting section.

Technical requirements

You'll find full details over in the wiki.

We have recently switched to using a lightboxed video rather than embedding the player on the video-page. This gives us considerable flexibility as far as video resolution is concerned. At the moment our default resolution is 776x582 pixels. This should allow videos made at 1024x768(XGA) to be watchable after shrinkage, but if time allows a bit of experimentation on this front usually pays off. And remember, if large portions of the captured screencast aren't showing anything, it's probably worth increasing your font-size.

If you have any special resolution requirements for your screencast, just get in touch.

Why work with ShowMeDo and not e.g. YouTube?

In a nutshell - our screencasts are high quality and Team Showmedo act as publishing filters, discouraging videos that do not meet our educational remit. So you shouldn't see any infomercials or low-grade trivia polluting the site.

Other services like YouTube specialise in real-world videos - their encoding scheme makes a real mess of screencasts (you often can't read the text). There is also no quality control on these sites - the information could be plain wrong!

As an author we can also offer you ways of talking to your viewers and they can tell you how much they liked the videos. We can work with you to offer new site features which you'd like to see...try talking to YouTube about new features that would suit you!

How to make the videos?

Note that we really want AVI, MOV or MPG videos and not SWF (Shockwave Flash). SWFs are a Royal Pain to convert to our streaming format so we do not accept them.

For Windows, see Make ShowMeDos with CamStudio for a 4-part ShowMeDo series guiding you through making your first ShowMeDo video tutorials and giving you the download links for the installer.

For Mac, see Setting up iShowU for use with ShowMeDo. Neil Clayton (author of iShowU) has generously given us a set of licences that we can give to new ShowMeDo authors - just get in touch via the above form if one would be useful for you.

There are full details and background notes over in the wiki: Making a ShowMeDo Video.

Cross-platform, nothing to install:

  • Screencast-o-matic is a Java web-start screencaster. It can record up to 15 minutes of video, doesn't require registration, runs straight from the web browser. It works on Ubuntu and Windows (and probably Mac).

For Windows we recommend:

  • CamStudio (both excellent and open-source) + CamStudio Lossless Codec (see our videos for local download links) - works on 2000-XP
  • HyperCam (ShareWare) with the Camstudio Lossless Codec (above) - HyperCam can grab a window and seems less prone to glitches than CamStudio, it also works on 2000-Vista.
  • CamTasia (using the TechSmith Screen Capture Codec (TSCC))
  • MouseZoom - tool to show mouse co-ordinates in a separate Window, useful when recording a long video in short segments which need to flow seamlessly. Freeware, tiny exe, nothing to install.
  • Sizer - tool to add a fixed resize option to each Window, lets you control the exact size and placement of Windows for your recording sessions. Freeware, tiny installer.

For Mac we recommend:

  • iShowU (excellent software and Neil Clayton has kindly offered free ShowMeDo-author licenses - see above)
  • Snapz Pro X

For Linux we recommend:

You'll find links and full details in the wiki.

Showmedo is a peer-produced video-tutorials and screencasts site for free and open-source software (FOSS)- with the exception of some club videos, the large majority are free to watch and download.

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Educating the Open-source Community With Showmedo

Although as important as the software it supports, education and documentation are relatively neglected in the Open-source world. Coders love to code, and explaining how best to use or improve the software tends to be deferred or even sidelined.

At Showmedo we believe the community can play a vital role here and also say thanks for the tools and software that make our lives easier. If you have a piece of software you love or a programming langugage you are enthusiastic about, why not make a screencast showing others how to use it? All the stuff you wish you'd been told, the tips, tricks, insights that would have saved you time and frustration.

Screencasting is easier than you think, and we're happy to help you. You can emailus for advice or just use some of the how-to screencasts on the site. This screencasting learning-pathis a good place to start.

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