I've never seen so many bookmark a single site in such numbers as 10 Free Screen Recording Softwares For Creating Attractive Screencasts - must be a pretty popular site - maybe I'll subscribe...
And from much earlier this year, Library Journal netConnect has a two-post series from Melissa Rethlefsen on screencasting tools (free and fee), with a particular focus on how they can be used in libraries:
Over on Tame the Web, Mick Jacobsen describes how he decided to produce his screencasts not from the librarian point of view, but from the Patron Point of View (PPOV).
Makes sense to me!
Looking for an opportunity to present at ALA?
The RUSA MARS Hot Topics in Electronic Reference Discussion Group seeks panelists for its upcoming program at ALA Annual 2009:
“Casting a Wide Net: Using Screencasts to Reach and Teach Library Users”
Is your library using screencasts or video tutorials for user instruction? Maybe you use Jing for virtual reference, or you’ve created a set of short tutorials that demonstrate how to use your databases. We’d love to hear your thoughts on how this technology is (or isn’t) working at your library. The RUSA MARS Hot Topics in Electronic Reference Discussion Group is planning a panel discussion for ALA Annual about screencasting - our panelists will briefly share how they are using screencasts or video tutorials at their libraries, then discuss successes, challenges, best practices, and ideas for the future. Finally, we will take questions from the audience.
If you are interested in serving as a panelist, contact Sarah Lehmann, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Michelle Jacobs, email@example.com by June 1.
And here's the Screencastle output:
Have only skimmed it myself, but you might be interested in Analysis of web-based tutorials created by academic libraries, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 35, Issue 2, March 2009, Pages 126-131 (doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2009.01.010).
Abstract: This paper aims to analyse the characteristics of tutorials created by academic libraries. It evaluates a sample of 180 tutorials by applying thirty basic indicators referring to general characteristics, content, teaching methodology, usability and technology. The general conclusion is that most of the tutorials are at an early stage of development.
Conclusion: If academic libraries wish to increase their role in all aspects of education, they must provide high-quality tutorials.
I see the ANTS project is one of the samples.
Librarians at North Carolina State University have just published a nice flash tutorial called Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface. "What is a wiki? How does information get into Wikipedia in the first place? Who creates it? This short animation introduces viewers to what goes on behind-the-scenes so they can make the best use of what's on the surface. " Similar to the CommonCraft Wikis in Plain English, but with more of a lean towards academic considerations.
Wow, check out the Dalhouse University LibCasts page! Too many to count, most available in multiple formats, with an RSS feed and a dedicated search engine. Very nicely done! Camtasia Studio seems to be the screencasting tool of choice.
Ellyssa Kroski has an article that 's just been published in School Library Journal titled That's Infotainment, and it provides a really good overview of the current state of screencasting, with the following topics covered: What is screencasting?, Web site tours, Library functions, Software and database training, Slideshow screencasts (slidecasts), Staff training, Student assignments, Hardware, Software, The process, Distribution, Fast Tips, and More Resources.
One of the few complaints about the most recent version (6) of Camtasia Studio was the removal of the ability to output content as FLV files. Well, Techsmith appears to have heard the cry, and will be putting that export feature back in with their next update, due in March. Nice to have a company listen to its users.
Techsmith has just announced a premium version of Jing - Jing Pro. Features include the ability to record using MPEG-4, which means much higher quality (here's a very pretty example - compare that to the last video you saw on YouTube!), smaller video files, the ability to upload directly to Youtube, and the ability to strip the Jing logo from your finished product. Cost for Jing Pro is $14.95 / year.
But there's also still Jing "free" as well, sporting a couple of new features such as adding and customizing buttons for different output options (like Flickr), and the ability to resize the video using the embed code. Small but useful tweaks.
Remember that Jing is available for Mac and Windows, though Jing Pro does require a better machine for the MPEG-4 encoding:
Haven't played with Jing Pro yet myself, but hope to soon!
This is a really excellent piece of information - one of the shortcomings I've always had with screencasts has been the difficulty of tracking usage. If you can copy and paste, you can implement this.
You can also read the paper Paul delivered earlier this year in the most recent issue 48(3/4) of the Journal of Library Administration: Creation, Management, and Assessment of Library Screencasts: The Regis Libraries Animated Tutorials Project Page Range: 295 - 315 DOI: 10.1080/01930820802289342
Oh man, now I'm two versions behind since I'm still on Win2K here at the office (system requirements) :-( Techsmith has released Camtasia Studio 6, their most excellent screencasting tool (still only for Windows). Lots of new features detailed on their site.
The most useful one for me would be the independent audio & video editing: "When recording audio and video at the same time, it's hard to be perfect. So we've made it easier to fix mistakes. Simply decouple the audio and video tracks to edit them independently. And move audio clips between (and along) tracks to line everything up perfectly. Bottom line: fewer retakes and less time spent on editing."
As always, you can download a free 30-day trial of the product. Educational pricing is also available.
Update: Lon Naylor at Screencastprofits.com has a good review of the pros and cons of this new version.