[SATLUG] July 12th, Thursday Meeting

Wes Henderson whendersonii at gmail.com
Thu Jul 5 15:49:42 CDT 2012

I spent far too long on that video as it was my first attempt at such a
feat; eventually I got it to a "good enough" point and decided to move
forward. But I definitely noticed that:

     * We need more script rehearsal
     * I should have turned off the mouse highlight while in the virtual
machine, I believe that would have been less distracting
     * Perhaps I should use some kind of static watermark
     * I need to set it to maximum resolution

I had not previously considered adding an introductory slide and need to
look into this further; I will also add the software name to the title.

Additionally, how do you feel about transitions? I am indeed editing my
videos to trim the fat (I removed 42 seconds of the boot process for DBAN),
but I did not actually add any transition. In this case I think it was fine
because it seemed seamless/unedited. But this may not always be possible.

On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM, Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org> wrote:

> On Jul 5, 2012, at 12:50 PM, Brad Knowles wrote:
> >> http://www.youtube.com/user/GeekyLiving
> >> <view-source:http://www.youtube.com/user/GeekyLiving>
> >
> > I'll take a look.
> Okay, having taken a first look, I do have some quick comments.
> First off, you've clearly selected a particular screen recording/casting
> program that highlights the mouse pointer, and this is good.  You can even
> zoom in on the mouse pointer to show more detail, which is great.  However,
> I would recommend that you record and upload the highest resolution video
> that you can, and let YouTube handle the creation of the smaller sizes.  I
> would target 1080p as the minimum resolution, if at all possible.  On the
> other hand, excessive mouse/highlight lag can make a video hard to watch,
> so you may have to balance the size and quality of the uploaded video with
> the power and speed of your machine.
> You're also working from a script, which is vital to making these sorts of
> things successful.  I would recommend having the talent rehearse the script
> multiple times, and do a few "dry runs", before you plan on starting the
> recording process "for real".  You want this to sound as natural and
> free-flowing as possible, and that usually only comes with practice.
> "Garbage-in=Garbage-out" applies as much or more to audio and video
> production as it does to any other process.  If you don't have a good
> quality audio recording to start with, there's nothing you can do to save
> that process.  You want a good quality microphone with good audio recording
> software.
> Since this is a screencast, you want to identify your target audience
> quickly and help them to identify whether or not your content will be of
> use to them.  You do this through creating the title for the screencast,
> which is much like writing a headline for a newspaper -- you've got once
> chance to grab them if you should happen to show up in their search query.
>  I would suggest identifying the platform and the key software you're using
> as part of your title.  So, instead of "How to Permanently and Securely
> Wipe Data from your Hard Drive", you could use something like "How to
> Permanently and Securely Wipe your Windows Hard Drive Using DBAN".  Anyone
> who knows what DBAN and how it works could skip the video, while anyone who
> knows that they want to achieve the goal but doesn't know this particular
> software might be enticed to watch.
> You also help your audience by having a good static thumbnail image for
> your video, which is usually the first frame.  This helps enhance your
> "Headline" subject, but optimizing one part of this process is no
> replacement for optimizing the other.  You need to do both.
> You've done a lot of things pretty well on this first video, but of course
> there's always room for improvement.  On the subject of video blogging,
> Mashable has a pretty good starter page at <
> http://mashable.com/2009/10/09/video-blogging/>, but the creation of
> screencasts is a somewhat different beast -- you're not using a video
> camera, and you're not going out in the field to record your video.  Their
> comments on a lot of the rest of the process should be more useful for you,
> however.
> Their guide at <http://mashable.com/2008/10/22/how-to-master-screencasts/>
> is much more on-target for you, even though it's a little older.  They've
> got lots of content on related subjects that I think you would find
> interesting.
> --
> Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org>
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