ScreencastingWizard’s 2012 Top 10 Articles

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December 29, 2012

Like you, I find it helpful to take a snapshot at this time of year to see the “top 10” articles here that you and other readers visited most in the last 12 months.  It’s also interesting to take a look at the keyword search terms that helped folks get here.  (As a matter of fact, yes, there’s probably a bit of narcissism that plays into it.)  😉  But, there’s also a bit of me wanting to see where I could make adjustments to my content in 2013.

Top 10 posts of 2012 (articles published in 2012)

From all the articles I authored in the last 12 months, it’s clear that the “best screen capture software” series fared the best.  I’ll risk reading a bit more into this and say that it’s probably from folks wanting to understand where best to put their money as the demand grows overall for knowledge about how to create video-based content.

My takeaways:  Series type articles are very popular.  Also, once someone has committed on a particular path for the software they want to use, I should have some information readily available that will help folks make the best and most effective use of the screencasting software they purchase.

  1. 6 of the best screen capture software – compared (episode 1)
  2. 7 great tips for making video from PowerPoint
  3. Best screen capture software comparison series – CamStudio vs. Screenr (episode 6)
  4. How to fix video stuttering and buffering problems. Where do you host non-public videos?
  5. Techsmith’s Camtasia Studio 8 – now truly the rockstar in video screen capture for Windows
  6. Best screen capture software comparison series – Screenflow (episode 4)
  7. How to encode video and screencasts optimally for the web – part 2
  8. What format should you use when you make video for the web?
  9. Best screen capture software comparison series (episode 2) – Camtasia Macintosh
  10. Best screen capture software comparison series (episode 3) – Camtasia Studio

Top 10 posts of 2012 (all time)

The snapshot below of the top 10 most read articles of all time (i.e., includes articles published in prior years) suggests that organizing content (via storyboarding templates) and transforming personal content to web video type presentations remain all time popular topics of interest here.  But, interesting too, is the continued interest in topics related to displaying content through YouTube.

My takeaways:  Continued focus in 2013 on production and post-production (editing) “how tos” that help give you an edge in the quality of your digital content and transformation of personal content.  Perhaps you’re one of my friends in the Baby Boom generation and are coming to realize — as I’ve always maintained — that you have a lot of pent up knowledge from all those productive years in corporate america.  Believe it: There’s an audience for the stuff in your head.  I happen to believe there’s a lot of hidden knowledge that’s roaring to get out.  Also, I should increase some offerings in helping you understand how to leverage some of the wonderful things YouTube has been doing in the last year.

  1. Three simple storyboarding templates to organize your content creation projects
  2. How to remove the YouTube logo with ModestBranding
  3. 6 of the best screen capture software – compared (episode 1)
  4. How to embed a non-watermarked YouTube video
  5. How to link to a specific timecode in YouTube videos
  6. The poor man’s wireless microphone: How to use a digital voice recorder as a walkaround microphone
  7. Creating screencasts on the iPad just got a step closer
  8. 7 great tips for making video from PowerPoint
  9. Best screen capture software comparison series – CamStudio vs. Screenr (episode 6)
  10. Include a SWOT with your new year business planning

Top Keyword Search Terms For

From a quick analysis of the top 10 keyword search terms folks used to find, those related to storyboard templates were, by far, the most popular.  Interestingly, storyboard template and swot analysis were also popular last year.

My takeaways:  More free tools and other downloads in 2013 that help folks organize and structure their web-video production efforts.

  • storyboard template
  • youtube modestbranding
  • swot analysis
  • youtube timecode
  • screencast ipad
  • best screen capture software
  • whiteboard presentation software
  • camtasia studio 8
  • mel aclaro
  • buffering problems streaming video

What do you think?  What other takeaways would you suggest I tack on to my list for 2013?

Techsmith Screenchamp 2012 Winner – Best In Category

winnerBest In Category: “Wildcard” Is…

(Ahem.) Yours truly.   😎

The thing I liked particularly about the Techsmith/Screenchamp Best In Category contest is the fact that the winning videos were chosen by a panel of non-Techsmith affiliated judges.  And, I have to admit that it’s pretty gratifying to be recognized by a body of my peers for something I did professionally.  (Usually I’m just getting yelled at about something I did UN-professionally.  :mrgreen: )

Click here to watch the entire show on Techsmith

Screenchamp 2012 Judges

This year’s judges included:

Rushton HurleyRushton Hurly (@RushtonH).  The lead speaker and trainer for Next Vista for Learning.  Among other distinguished accomplishments, Rushton is also the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at

Steve Garfield


Steve Garfield (@SteveGarfield).  A videographer and video blogger based in Boston, Massachussetts.  He is lauded as one of the internet’s first video bloggers, having launched his own video blog in January 2004.  Steve is also the author of Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business.

Scott SkibellScott Skibell (@ScottSkibell).  A professional screencaster, Scott is the founder of through which he helps individuals and organizations create videos, screencasts and eLearning.


Okay, with all that said…

My having won one of Techsmith’s Screenchamp Best In Category awards isn’t the reason I continue to champion Techsmith’s products.  Rather, it’s the fact that they listen — and aren’t afraid to listen to criticism if it means feedback that will help improve the product line.

In fact, if you take a gander at my video entry then you’ll recognize it is one in a series of reviews about various screencasting softwares.  And, this one was actually a bit critical (though constructively so) of Techsmith’s Camtasia Studio (version 7) product.

But, to their credit, this didn’t stop Techsmith from trumpeting it as loud as any of the other category winners.  In fact, especially poignant to me wasn’t really the fact that this video was selected as a Best In Category winner, but rather it was The Forge host Matt Pierce’s (@PierceMr) statement at about the 09:44 point in the video above where, in response to a judge’s observation that my video’s content was actually quite critical of Techsmith, Matt in turn says,

“…(T)here’s something really refreshing about having that honesty… And I know as an organization that makes it so much easier to respond to that…”

(Of note:  It’s worth pointing out that, since having published that video review, Techsmith soon rolled out Camtasia Studio version 8 — which included upgrades that directly nullified each of the points about which I criticized version 7.)

It’s yet more evidence of the culture of listening that makes me gush about the Techsmith gals and guys.  (*Sniff* *Sniff*) See why I’m such a fan?

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