7 Pillars For Creating Great Video Screencasts

My Interview With Techsmith - Creating Great Screencasts

I had the great pleasure of speaking with Matt Pierce's team recently on The Forge about components for making great video screencasts.   In case you haven't yet visited The Forge, that's Techsmith's monthly video blog program, and a site that's well-worth reserving  a bookmark or an RSS feed for.  (I gotta say, too, I *love* the setup they have for live online interviews. I'm trying to get them to do a future program to talk about how they setup their hardware and software for online interviews. If it shows up on the agenda, I'll let you know.)

My segment was the first half of the 30-minute program; we listed the 7 components you'll want to pay attention to when creating video screencasts.  That is, screencasts that include live action video objects. (Think: Picture-in-Picture type presentations or cutaways that alternate between a screencast and a live action video of a speaker, for example.)

An Easy Way To Remember the 7 Pillars For Creating Great Video Sreencasts

You'll notice during the interview that I tee'd off with a little mnemonic to help remember the seven components we discussed in the interview. (I paraphrased it a little differently below from the video presentation… Simply because I like it better.) 😉

"Creating All Lively Content is Easy if you Search and Share"

Don't get too hung up on my poetry.  As they say, "whatever works," right? The main thing to remember is the list of seven:

  • Content
  • Audio
  • Lighting
  • Camera
  • Editing Software (video)
  • Screen Capture Software
  • Sharing / Distribution Platforms

Over the next several posts, I'll discuss each component in a little more detail.  In the meantime, check out the video for the big picture.  Oh, and make sure to stick around, too, for Dan Nunez's "10 Commandments of Screencasting." In addition to being packed with great info, Dan's presentation is hugely entertaining.

What Am I Missing?

Am I missing anything in my list? What else would you insist be included?  Let me know in the comments below.  Thanks in advance.


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Mel is the online training architect and screencasting wizard at Kareo, one of Forbes' 2013 list of 100 Most Promising Companies in America. He's also the creator of Digital-Know-How, a training website devoted to developing learners' skills for screencasting and web video course development. Mel is also the chief blogger of ScreencastingWizard.com; Mel's personal blog. The comments and opinions you read here are Mel's and not associated with any other company.
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4 Responses to 7 Pillars For Creating Great Video Screencasts

  1. Good stuff, Mel. Looking forward to the updates. And you were right, Dan’s piece was funny as @#$%

    As for incorporating live video, a tip I like to share is to make sure your video camera and screencast are set for the same resolution. In other words, if your camera is shooting 1280 x 720 video, use the same screen resolution (or at least the same aspect ratio) for your screencasts. This will make the transitions between both video sources more seamless.

    Thanks for all the great tips.

    • Mel says:

      My pleasure, Scott. And, as always, I really appreciate you chiming in with additional helpful tips, as well. It makes for a great information ecosystem. :)

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  3. jeffcampbell says:

    I have used many screen recording softwares but the best of them was screenpresso.

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