Integrating movies into documentation

Subject: Integrating movies into documentation
From: Erika Yanovich <ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 14:41:38 +0200

Hello all,

I've recently started to look into this and I need your collective wisdom. Do you integrate video captures/demos into documentation and if yes, why. Is it considered more user-friendly than text? Do you replace existing text with video or you provide the video in addition? What type of explanations are best provided in video format?

I saw a few examples and must say that those examples that just show menu paths to a certain dialog box are useless IMHO as they can be replaced by a simple text line. Or am I missing something?

Do you embed videos in PDF or another online format?




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