The progression through the ranks of multimedia used to distribute continued in our Strategic Presentation class.
After photo-editing and audio recording, we’ve moved onto screencasting — a combination of the latest project with a visual aid.
The process of screencasting was relatively simple. Downloading Jing didn’t cause too many issues seeing as it was only 10 megabytes, and after a quick demonstration in class by Professor Bridges, getting it up and running wasn’t a hassle by any means.
The lack of an editing option made the process a bit more stressful seeing as the whole thing needed to be recorded in one shot, but it only took me a couple of attempts until I felt comfortable with the final product.
Uploading the screencast was a different issue.
My preferred method of distributing video is through YouTube, a website which doesn’t accept the format in which Jing creates videos. I thought I could solve this issue by converting the .swf file into an .mp4, but the conversion left the latter file without some necessary parts, at least according to YouTube.
From there, I followed Prof. Bridges instructions to upload to screencast.com, which wasn’t a hassle at all.
Screencasting could be useful in a number of different ways. An example in a field I’m interested in — let’s say i’m reporting on a basketball game and want to demonstrate to readers how the Golden State Warriors use the elevator door screen better than any team in NBA history.
With screencasting, I could record a few examples and voice over them simultaneously, drastically reducing the time I would use doing both separately.