My friend Carin shared a video last night that had a style of video that, in turn, reminded me of Dan Nunez's video below. It's entertaining, but also informative. His points are definitely worth the few minutes to take it all in. That said, I'll challenge you to click with the idea of sticking around for only 30 seconds. (I think you'll stay on for the rest of it.)
I first saw Dan's 10 Commandments of Screencasting last year during an interview I did with Techsmith's The Forge online channel. Dan's piece comes in after my interview--at exactly the 15 minute point in the video. (If I did it right, then the video should just start playing at the correct spot when you push play.)
I think you'll enjoy this. If not for the great tips Dan packs in there, then watch it for its entertainment value.
Since I found myself smiling and marveling at Dan's segment pretty much all the way through it, I can't honestly say I caught where one commandment left off and the other picked up. But, I think this is pretty close:
- Hide the goods
- Consider using a user login that you use exclusively for your screencasts
- Consider what to put behind you when using camera video
- Choose the right desktop background
- Honor your resolution
- Don't stay thirsty
- Plainly state your intentions
- Give your video an appropriate name
- Shamelessly plug yourself
- Get some rest
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