Re: Re: Camtasia, Captivate, and other commercial or freebies

Subject: Re: Re: Camtasia, Captivate, and other commercial or freebies
From: Abby Klemmer <aklemmer -at- factset -dot- com>
To: "Bob Doyle" <bobdoyle -at- skybuilders -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2007 12:18:42 -0400

Hi Bob -

Okay, that clarifies things a lot! Looks like this project has a lot of
moving parts to it....

If you're still interested in creating chapters in Camtasia, you can still
do so even if you have one single, large AVI file to work from. You'd
basically import the AVI into Camtasia Studio, cut out everything _except_
what you want to go into Chapter 1, save it as a .camproj file, and
produce it as a SWF. That's chapter 1. Then create a new .camproj file,
re-import the large AVI file, and cut out everything _except_ what you
want to go into Chapter 2. Repeat the process. :-) When you're done,
you'll have several .SWF files -- one for each chapter -- and you'd launch
Camtasia Theater to stitch those together, create a TOC, etc. (The
Camtasia Theater part of the job is exceedingly fast & simple - hardly
takes any time at all.)

All that aside, I hope everything worksl! Let us know how it turns out.
Abby Klemmer
Knowledge Specialist
FactSet Research Systems Inc.

"Bob Doyle" <bobdoyle -at- skybuilders -dot- com> wrote on 09/06/2007 11:52:27 AM:

> Hi Abby,
> This is very helpful. We would like to have "chapter" headings in a
> table of contents.
> But our problem is that our original material consists of live
> presentations. They are typically meetings of one of our DITA User
> The last meeting of the Texas group made a camcorder video
> recording, then compressed it to a windows media file. It was a big
> file, but the presentation slide text was unreadable.
> Next week we will record Boston and Silicon Valley DITA meetings.
> The meetings will be attended remotely using a conferencing tool
> that is optimized for online learning called Elluminate ( http:
> //
> The speaker will do application sharing with Elluminate. So we will
> see not only a Powerpoint presentation, but also a demo of editing
> DITA files with the PTC Arbortext editor.
> Our current plan is to record with Camtasia.
> Where a segment is just a Powerpoint slide, we hope to replace the
> Camtasia video recording with a single slide image (to reduce the file
> Where a segment is a demo of editing in Arbortext, we will need the
> video to capture the mouse moves, etc.
> Does this make sense?
> If any tech writers are in the Boston area and would like to attend
> the demo at PTC in Needham, I attach the meeting notice below.
> Cheers,
> Bob.
> _______________________________
> Our first Fall meeting will be Monday, September 10, at PTC in
> Needham at 6:30.
> Speakers: Jay Dupont, Product Manager, and Paula Ploetz, Senior
> Technical Writer, PTC
> Topic: Content Migration to DITA at PTC.
> PTC will tell us how they migrated corporate documentation to DITA
> following the acquisition last year of Arbortext. This presentation
> will present a case study of how and why PTC's technical writers
> changed their process and learned new skills leveraging XML, DITA, and
> Content Management.
> The meeting starts with light snacks and networking at 6:30PM.
> The presentation starts at 7PM.
> We meet at PTC Headquarters in Needham, MA
> 140 Kendrick St
> Needham, MA 02494
> (781) 370-5000
> I found it hard to get to PTC, so I include a map.
> [image removed]
> Coming from the North on 128/95, take exit 19B to Highland Ave, go
> right (west), turn left on Hunting Road, then turn left over 128 on
> Kendrick Street.
> Turn right into the PTC campus,
> go straight through to the parking garage entrance on the right at the
> Coming from the South on 128, take exit 19A, turn left on Highland,
> go over 128 to Hunting Road as above.
> Please RSVP to me (editor -at- cmsreview -dot- com) so we can inform our hosts.
> Attend the meeting remotely?
> If you would like to test attending our meetings virtually, I will
> send you details on how to log in.
> ______________________
> Future meetings:
> October Meeting
> We will meet Thursday, October 18 at the DocTrain East Conference in
> Lowell, Mass, at the DoubleTree Inn.
> Speaker Amber Swope
> Principal Consultant Justsystems
> Topic Bookmap Tutorial:
> Designing, creating and using DITA 1.1bookmaps
> If you are publishing DITA content to pdf, the bookmap
> specialization in DITA 1.1 may be a good choice for you. Come learn
> about what the specialization supports, see a demo on how to design
> and create a bookmap, and discuss best practices for using bookmaps
> to generate output.
> Place Doubletree Hotel 50 Warren Street Lowell, MA 01852
> Time October 18, 2007, 5 - 8PM
> Reception 5 - 6PM
> Networking 6 - 6:30
> Presentation 6:30 - 8PM
> Dinner (dutch) 8PM at a restaurant in Lowell.
> Come to the general DocTrain reception at 5PM.
> We will gather for networking and Amber's presentation at 6:00
> Join us for a dinner after the presentation. Please RSVP and mention
> specifically if you would like to join us at
> dinner.
> _______________________________________

> On 9/6/07, Abby Klemmer < aklemmer -at- factset -dot- com> wrote:
> Bob -
> Have you tried using Camtasia to record long pieces in several
> segments (chapters)? That's been our strategy, and it's worked very
> well for us. We then stitch all the chapters together using Camtasia
> Theater (included in Camtasia Studio), and all the chapters play
> automatically in sequence. This eliminates the "one huge file"
> problem. It also has two added benefits:
> (a) Camtasia Theater creates a clickable table of contents so that
> users can navigate between chapters at will if they wish. This
> wasn't even in our original specs, but it's been a huge hit, and I
> suspect there would be riots if the feature were removed now.
> (b) Working with smaller AVI files makes things simpler in the
> Camtasia Studio authoring environment -- for example, you can tweak
> one part and republish the SWF without having to re-publish everything.
> Hope this is helpful!
> Abby Klemmer
> Knowledge Specialist
> FactSet Research Systems Inc.
> Bob Doyle wrote:
> > With Camtasia we have recorded presentations longer than an hour. Last
> > night David recorded a SecondLife meeting of DITA Users on the virtual
> > Island.
> >
> > But then the files are huge. (80MB for an hour) So we are now trying
to get
> > the visuals track to just be a succession of Powerpoint slides. The
trick is
> > to get the timing of each slide change at the correct point in the

> --
> Bob Doyle
> Editor In Chief, CMS Review -
> Founder, DITA Users -
> Former Technology Advisor, CM Pros - http://www.cmprofessionals.
> org/membership/cm-profiles/bob-doyle
> Contributing Editor, EContent Magazine -
> President and CEO, skyBuilders -
> 77 Huron Avenue
> Cambridge, MA 02138
> Tel: +1 617-876-5676 Skype:bobdoyle

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