Free screencasting tools and resources

I found a great resource on PBWorks about screencasting (a digital recording of computer screen output often containing audio narration) in addition to some tips for creating the content.

Screencasting is great for short tutorials when it is easier to show than tell.

The page lists a number of free tools for capturing and annotating screen images and short screen recordings: Jing, Screen Toaster, and Screencasto-matic. These tools allow for embedding of your presentation on your blog or website.

If you need to create a screencast that is longer than 5 minutes you might still need a for-cost solution: SnagIt or Camtasia Studio have lots of features.

Can’t wait to try these out!

Have you used any of these tools? What did you think?

Five free video converters

Lifehacker has a list of the five best media converters voted on by readers of the popular blog. The favorites?

1. Super (Windows)

2. Format Factory (Windows)

3. Media Coder (all platforms)

4. Handbrake (all platforms)

5. FFmpeg (all platforms)

Remember that the Media Lab in 302 has Premiere CS4, which will convert most formats as well.

WordPress.tv: Visual tutorials all in one place

If you’re just getting started with WordPress, or want to learn how to do more advanced features, WordPress now has a video section with visual tutorials that are nicely categorized. To get started, learn how to write and publish a post.

WordPress.com allows you to set up a free blog, though many people go beyond blogging to create portfolio sites and web magazines.

10 rules for video journalists

Check out these 10 rules for video journalists by Travis Fox of the Washington Post.

I like No. 8: Sequence your video with a variety of detail, tight, medium, wide shots as well as cut away shots. 50 percent of shots will be tight, 25 percent medium and 25 percent wide.

Happy shooting!