Monday, March 10, 2008

Project Play: screencasting

For sure, screencasting is spiffy; I can envision many library uses -- the ones listed in the Project Play posting are good examples. As we spend a lot of time showing people how to use the catalog and other services on the computer, screencasting could help a lot. I know that folks on our staff are already playing with Camtasia, and doing rather more sophisticated things than one can do with the freeware.

Alas that I didn't think of anything worthwhile I would screencast. I played with Screencast-O-Matic just to try it, but thought the result was pretty dull. Were I a practicing reference librarian, OTOH, I might have more readily thought of some useful instructional demos. In order to be worthwhile, a screencast should be done for a good reason, and thoughtfully prepared with good planning and at least of smidge of creativity.

1 comments:

Ron Starc said...

My Screen Recorder Pro will work better for you. It is an excellent screencasting tool. Records your screen and audio from the speakers or your voice from the microphone - or both simultaneously. The recordings are clear and look great when played back on your PC or uploaded to YouTube. It will record directly to AVI, WMV, MP4, or FLV. Just perfect for creating tutorials, demos, and presentations. Plus, java is not required and there are no limits on recording length. Also, the recordings play back on any device.