Re: Mini-lesson creation with audio and video

Subject: Re: Mini-lesson creation with audio and video
From: Abby Klemmer <aklemmer -at- factset -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 09:57:46 -0400

Hi Rob -

Something I haven't seen addressed in any of the responses that may be
important to you: Camtasia lets you "zoom and pan" on areas of the screen
during the video-production process, whereas last I checked, Captivate
does not have this functionality. I find this useful, as sometimes I'm
focusing on the "big picture" and other times I want to focus in on a
small toolbar or dialog-box and have the user able to see what I'm doing.

I use Camtasia, and with respect to file-size I've found that this works
well: I record several smaller "chapters," that together make up a larger
video, then export each AVI as a SWF. Then I use Camtasia Theater to
stitch all the SWFs together into a multi-chapter movie with a clickable
table of contents on one side. With several smaller files, instead of one
enormous file, loading-time isn't such a big deal.

Hope this helps!
Abby Klemmer
Knowledge Specialist
FactSet Research Systems Inc.

Rob Hudson wrote:

Hi all,

I'm working on some 5-6 minute lessons on basic Word and Writing
skills that I'd like to record and post on my web site. I'm debating
between Camtasia and Captivate.

I imagine that I'll be mousing on a screen and talking over the video;
I won't be recording my face or my head.



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