Monday, 1 February 2016

Thing 9: Video

Making videos have interested me since I was young especially animated videos. I used to seek out the 'making of' programs on television for documentaries and I even remember watching a documentary on Disney.

I love watching the story boards and cut scenes that come with the special edition of DVD's. Sometimes you even get how the props, costumes and makeup was done for the film.
The closest I have come to doing a video is to doing an AMV. I have wanted to make my own AMV  (Anime Music Video) since I saw my first one.

I have watched a lot of screen captured game play and how to videos. I have never screen cast myself but I have watched my brother do it.

I had a vague plan written out about what I wanted to do.

For Thing 9 I wanted to screen cast something that would be useful in a library setting. I have some reading software that I have used for my undergraduate in college. There are just a few issues that have to be ironed out that I before I can do so.

First is that the laptop with the software is my very first computer and is 12 years old. It no longer has battery life and is not connected to the network or internet. Until recently my younger brother was borrowing it until his new laptop arrived.

Secondly I had to find a screen cast software that did not require the internet to use. I managed to find a software called Jing, which allows you to record. Even though it still asks you to create an account and connect you can still use the software and ignore the pop-up, just don't close it or it will close the entire program.

Next Jing had to be downloaded to my portable hard drive and transferred it to the laptop with the reading software, Kurzweil 3000. Jing was then installed on to the laptop. Both Jing and Kurzweil 3000 were tested out and conflicting programs and applications were closed. (My partner helped me with this) I had to also borrow a gaming headset for a microphone from my partner.

I made the Title slide for the video in PowerPoint and then chose the sample documents I was going to use and wrote out exactly was to be said. Then I recorded the video until I was satisfied with the end product...or not.

Turns out that Jing does not record the sound from the computer. The free version of Screencast does not either but the pro version does unfortunately this is a yearly subscription based model.

After looking at several different software I could not find one that would record both the microphone and the speakers. So I will be using the computer speakers for my video.

I ended up using Camstudio and then editing the video in YouTube. The computer did not work well with the software.

Part 9: 23 Things Course RudaĆ­ 23.
Tasks: Record a screen cast, upload onto Youtube and share on your blog, add subtitles and write a blog

1 comment:

  1. Hi

    I used to use Jing when I started screencasting first, but I soon moved on. The main limitations in the free version is that the videos can not be longer than 5 minutes (which might be fine for some users) and that the file type (I think it is based on "flash") does not play nicely with some computer set ups.

    At least the free version of Screencast-O-Matic has a 15 minute limit, and the videos can be formatted in MP4, which is much more useful.

    I'm surprised by your comments about SOM not picking up audio from the computer. It works fine for me. I have never tried it on a laptop, so perhaps it's the built-in aspect of the mic that is causing the issue....I use an external mic for my casts (although it really shouldn't matter whether you use the built-in or external mic). You mentioned the age of your computer and that might be a contributing factor in your case.

    Having said all that, what you have produced is very good. I like that you got audio on there by demonstrating screen-reader software instead of doing your own voice-over...clever!

    Well done.

    The Rudai23 Team