Name: [002] Ian Ozsvald
Member: 105 months
Authored: 181 videos
Description: I am the co-founder of ShowMeDo (see http://showmedo.com/about), author of `The Screencasting Handbook <http://thescreencastinghandbook.com>`_ and the founder of the professional screencast production company `ProCasts <http://procasts.co.uk>`_: .. image:: http://procasts.co.uk/media/procasts_sma ...

Make ShowMeDos with CamStudio [ID:065]

a series of video-tutorials by Ian Ozsvald

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.

Video Tutorials

1. Downloading CamStudio 2.0

Download CamStudio 2.0 (here) and the CamStudio Lossless Codec (here) and get them installed on your machine (time required: 5 minute download, 5 minute install). Many of our screencasts here at ShowMeDo are created with this wonderful (and free!) package. CamStudio lets us make perfect-quality videos of our Windows desktops. You need both the CamStudio exe and the Codec zip file. Install the [...]

2. Configuring CamStudio

Having installed CamStudio you need to run through some easy configuration changes (time required: 10 minutes). These are the important options: Video options: CamStudio Lossless Codec v1.0 (Configure: GZIP level 1), Set Key Frames Every set to '5' via the Time Lapse slider Audio Options: Recording Format 22.05Khz mono 16 bit, Compressed Format MPEG 3 at 22050 Hz, Mono, 4000 Bytes/sec Ti [...]

3. Screencasting with CamStudio

Making a ShowMeDo video is very easy - press the Record button, do your stuff, then Stop. That's all there is to it! Once CamStudio has written the AVI file you are free to edit it, make another take or get on with submitting it to us. Here I recap the main CamStudio settings then walk you through making a video and show you where the finished AVI file will appear. Uploaded on 9th April 2007 [...]

4. Editing and Submitting

Submitting your video is easy. First you need to make contact with us via our Submissions Form and we'll give you instructions for uploading your video. We also need a title and some description text and then we can publish your tutorials! In this video I also talk about video editing and compressing the AVI file to make it easier to upload. Links: 7-zip compressor, video editing notes in the [...]

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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.

Kudos and Thanks for Ian

Learning Paths

This series lies on the following learning-paths. Learning-paths are a new initiative at Showmedo, to start structuring our content better. You can find out more here.

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