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Screencasting Tutorial

start

You've never made a screencast but you having something to share

goals

You'll know how to make great screencasts on Windows, Mac and Linux and upload them to ShowMeDo

Background Knowledge

The main instructions for adding a screencast to ShowMeDo are the ones you need to read. All the necessary background on the type of videos we need in the site is there, along with links to all the right tools and screencasting applications.

The short story is - we want original content that teaches users about open-source tools and subjects.

Casting Your Knowledge, With Style

This series aims to get you into producing your own screencasts. I explain the types of casts, why you might want to make them and how to set up your virtual recording studio. I then move into the high-level planning of the capture process, offer tips about presentation tools, starting and ending your talk, a little about postprocessing and then cover where and how to distribute your talk to o [...]

Making the Screencast

Techniques

The wiki has pages for editing on Windows and editing on Linux using open-source tools.

ProCasts has blog entries on choosing your screencast application and editing your screencast. The series is 9-parts in total and contains a lot of techniques for making clear screencasts.

If you'd like to hear how others make screencasts, including several of the main ShowMeDo authors, see this collection of screencaster interviews.

Windows

CamStudio is an excellent open-source tool for Windows, there are further CamStudio notes for configuration in the wiki.

Make ShowMeDos with CamStudio

We use the excellent (and free!) CamStudio 2.0 to make many of our ShowMeDo tutorials on Windows. Here I show you how to install and use this excellent tool so that you can get on with sharing your knowledge with all our visitors.

Camstudio 2.5 putting in background music

For this video I'll show you how to put in background music to your narration of you CamStudio movie using Audacity and VitualDub.

Alternatives are HyperCam (shareware) and CamTasia (commercial, includes excellent editor). TechSmith offer a CamTasia First Steps pdf.

Mac

For the Mac there are several applications including iShowU, ScreenFlow and Snapz Pro.

Setting up iShowU for use with ShowMeDo

In case you don't know, iShowU is a Mac OSX application to capture screencasts in realtime. This video goes through the steps required to setup iShowU for use with ShowMeDo.

Linux

The main tool for recording on Linux seems to be RecordMyDesktop.

Screencasting in Linux

In this series of videos we'll demonstrate some of the basics of making screencasts in Linux. In addition, we'll show how to encode your original video file into another video type and illustrate some basic editing techniques. Many of these techniques are used to make our Inkscape screencasts at screencasters.heathenx.org and here at ShowMeDo.com.

ubunt recordmydesktop setup

This movie will show you how to setup recordmydesktop for recoding screencapture movies of your desktop. You can use it to record any programme you have on your system to create tutorials or help desk etc. http://recordmydesktop.iovar.org/about.php You get it from the above URL

Screencasting On a Linux Machine

Although it is harder to screencast from a Linux box, things are improving. We show how the open-sourced, catchily titled vnc2swf can be used to capture Linux demonstrations to flash format.

Web-based

Several tools now exist for recording screencasts via the Internet. Typically these are Java applications, they start from the web-site, you use them to record your desktop and then they present the recorded video (available for downloading) in their site.

The main tools are ScreenToaster, Jing, ScreenCastle and Screencast-o-matic.

Audio

Pop Filter

Pop Filter

Pop filters are used in professional audio studios to attenuate plosives and sibilants, as well as avoiding accidental spit ruining your expensive microphone. But even veteran audio experts create their own home made pop filter. A pop filter brought to you by an audio hardware company ranges US $30 - $200. With enough tools (which you can get at a home tool depot ) you can create your own pop fil [...]

Audio editing

Sometimes your audio won't be brilliant and some edits are required. The commercial screencasting tools typically have a built-in editor but the free tools don't. Audacity is a great open-source audio editor, learn how to use it to fix volume, edit out breaths and lip smacks, make 'esses' softer and remove background noise:

Editing audio using Audacity

Editing audio using Audacity

TechSmith asked me to create a video on using Audacity to edit narrations. Since the use of Audacity will be useful to many I've uploaded it here too. The screencast covers removing background noise, breathing and lip smacks, dynamic range compression, volume normalisation, fades and de-essing using the volume control. Created by Ian from within ProCasts.

Adding the screencast to ShowMeDo

Now all you need to do is record your screencast, do any editing and then visit My Page (see the navigation bar at the top of each page) to Add a Video.

All screencasts are previewed before being published so expect to wait a day or so before your first video is released. Once we've published a few you'll be granted self-publishing rights. This ensures that only the good material gets released (because we don't want any spam in ShowMeDo!).

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You've never made a screencast but you having something to share

goals
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You'll know how to make great screencasts on Windows, Mac and Linux and upload them to ShowMeDo

Background Knowledge
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The main instructions for `adding a screencast to ShowMeDo <http://showmedo.com/addVideoInstructions>`_ are the ones you need to read.  All the necessary background on the type of videos we need in the site is there, along with links to all the right tools and screencasting applications.

The short story is - we want original content that teaches users about open-source tools and subjects.    

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Making the Screencast
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Techniques
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The wiki has pages for `editing on Windows <http://wiki.showmedo.com/index.php/Video_editing_XP>`_ and `editing on Linux <http://wiki.showmedo.com/index.php/Video_editing_Ubuntu>`_ using open-source tools.

ProCasts has blog entries on `choosing your screencast application <http://blog.procasts.co.uk/2009/03/choosing-your-screencast-software/>`_ and `editing your screencast <http://blog.procasts.co.uk/2009/03/editing-your-screencast/>`_.  The series is 9-parts in total and contains a lot of techniques for making clear screencasts.

If you'd like to hear how others make screencasts, including several of the main ShowMeDo authors, see this collection of `screencaster interviews <http://blog.procasts.co.uk/2009/01/screencaster-interviews-and-articles/>`_.

Windows
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CamStudio is an excellent open-source tool for Windows, there are further `CamStudio notes <http://wiki.showmedo.com/index.php/Configuring_CamStudio>`_ for configuration in the wiki.

.. series:: 065, 119    

Alternatives are `HyperCam <http://www.hyperionics.com/hc/>`_ (shareware) and `CamTasia <http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp>`_ (commercial, includes excellent editor).  TechSmith offer a `CamTasia First Steps <http://download.techsmith.com/camtasiastudio/docs/cswalkthrough.pdf>`_ pdf.

Mac
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For the Mac there are several applications including `iShowU <http://shinywhitebox.com/home/home.html>`_, `ScreenFlow <http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm>`_ and `Snapz Pro <http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/>`_.

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Linux
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The main tool for recording on Linux seems to be `RecordMyDesktop <http://recordmydesktop.sourceforge.net/about.php>`_.

.. series:: 182, 123, 010    

Web-based
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Several tools now exist for recording screencasts via the Internet.  Typically these are Java applications, they start from the web-site, you use them to record your desktop and then they present the recorded video (available for downloading) in their site.

The main tools are `ScreenToaster <http://www.screentoaster.com/>`_, `Jing <http://www.jingproject.com/>`_, `ScreenCastle <http://screencastle.com/>`_ and `Screencast-o-matic <http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/>`_.

Audio
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Audio editing
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Sometimes your audio won't be brilliant and some edits are required.  The commercial screencasting tools typically have a built-in editor but the free tools don't.  `Audacity <http://audacity.sourceforge.net>`_ is a great open-source audio editor, learn how to use it to fix volume, edit out breaths and lip smacks, make 'esses' softer and remove background noise:

.. video:: 1380

Adding the screencast to ShowMeDo
=================================

Now all you need to do is record your screencast, do any editing and then visit My Page (see the navigation bar at the top of each page) to Add a Video.    

All screencasts are previewed before being published so expect to wait a day or so before your first video is released.  Once we've published a few you'll be granted self-publishing rights.  This ensures that only the good material gets released (because we don't want any spam in ShowMeDo!).    

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