Inserting images into Learning House forum posts

Karen Pautz
EDU 571, August 2013

Screencast samples: YouTube and Screencast.com

I used the free trial download of Snagit (www.techsmith.com/snagit.html) to make this screen capture.

I wrote a tentative script (although it's very difficult to read from a script and work the computer at the same time) and made a basic, homemade storyboard. I made countless takes.

YouTube is the standard video server, used by millions, but its compression algorithm makes text on screencasts look jagged and distorted. After much experimentation and Googling, I ended up changing my computer's screen resolution to 1024 x 768 to make the text as large as possible. You can see the results below (but scroll down for what I think is a better solution).

 

 

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Below is the exact same video file made with Snagit, but this time uploaded to Screencast's servers. I registered for a free account on Screencast (my storage space and bandwidth is limited). Screencast doesn't compress the files, so you're seeing (at least in full screen) the same video that came off my computer. I much prefer it for screencasting. It looks better within the confines of the browser window, and when shown in full screen.

Once you get used to the workflow on Snagit or any other screencast software, it becomes reasonably easy to put together screencasts. I think I'll be using Snagit and Screencast.com to make quick little tutorials for students on how to use particular software applications that give them trouble (I'm thinking of you, Owlnet!)