RE: Technical writers and multimedia?

Subject: RE: Technical writers and multimedia?
From: "Darren Barefoot" <darren -dot- barefoot -at- capeclear -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 15:58:41 +0100


In my current role, what could generally be described as "multimedia"
takes, maybe, 15% of my time. I've written scripts for recorded
presentations and live webinars, done voice-over for tutorial videos (my
mellifluous tones aside, it's an Irish company and I was the only one
with a North American accent--I can just hear those Texan customers
asking "who's the Canadian guy?" when I describe what this tutorial is
"aboot"), and created flash marketing-ware.

As a point of interest, I'm seeing a lot of companies using a
quick-and-dirty Net presentation tool like Webex ( to
cheaply create compelling multimedia content. We use Webex to record
presentations and host them on our Web site. You have to download a
component to view them, but they seem to stream pretty well. Some
examples are at if you're
interested. Thanks. DB.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: bounce-techwr-l-65243 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
> [mailto:bounce-techwr-l-65243 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com] On Behalf Of
> David A. McMurrey
> Sent: 08 August 2002 15:29
> Subject: Technical writers and multimedia?
> I teach technical-writing courses at Austin Community
> College. In trying
> to upgrade our courses, we're considering a course that shows
> people how
> to develop simple multimedia training/tutorials with
> applications like
> Premiere, Real products, SnagIt, etc.
> But how much are technical writers involved in producing
> multimedia-based
> user documents? I don't see many signs of it in job ads.
> -- David McMurrey

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