Monday, May 26, 2008

DIL: At last!

I have managed to make a screencast using Camstudio, compress it with Windows Movie Maker and upload it onto YouTube.

Notes to self:
  • Keep things short and sweet, only 10 minutes if I want to upload to YouTube
  • Be organised and know what I want to say/do in advance - be concise
  • Be mindful of quality of end result. This video is over 40mb (20mb is the recommendation). But when I dropped it to 20mb, I lost the quality of picture.
  • Region size was 640 x 480 - next time I'll try 420 x 240 to see how that improves quality of picture.
Here is the screencast I made which explains how I have developed my ePortfolio.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t2dXPb9Wc8

8 comments:

Maïté Roy said...

Hi Sarah,

This post is very, very interesting. I have been following you for a few days only, but you made me learn a lot already.

I took a look at your portfolio last week. It's amazing how your video make it more alive. I had the impression of meeting you.

Thank you for sharing your experiments with us.

Maïté

p.s. My English might sound strange to you, I'm a French speaker.

Sarah Stewart said...

Hello Maite, thanks you so much for your comment. It is really great to get feedback like this - I am glad I have been able to contribute to your learning. Thank you for watching the video - I thought it was a bit tedious, so I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Getting the comment from a non-English speaker has made me put the Google Translate widget at the top of my blog - do you read this blog in English or French? Anyway, your English is 100% better than my French! :)

Sarah Stewart said...

I hope this is a true translation of the reply I have just made, Maite.

Bonjour Maite, vous remercie beaucoup pour votre commentaire. It is really great to get feedback like this - I am glad I have been able to contribute to your learning. C'est vraiment génial de recevoir des commentaires comme ça - je suis heureux j'ai été en mesure de contribuer à votre apprentissage. Thank you for watching the video - I thought it was a bit tedious, so I'm glad you enjoyed it. Merci pour regarder la vidéo - Je pensais que c'était un peu fastidieux, donc je suis heureux que vous enjoyed it.

Getting the comment from a non-English speaker has made me put the Google Translate widget at the top of my blog - do you read this blog in English or French? Obtenir le commentaire d'un non-anglophone m'a permis de mettre le widget Google Traduction en haut de mon blog - lisez-vous ce blog en anglais ou en français? Anyway, your English is 100% better than my French! Quoi qu'il en soit, votre niveau d'anglais est de 100% de mieux que mon français! :)

Sue Waters said...

Wondering now if I need to point out here is you want to keep quality than either Jing or Camtasia Studio is probably the way to go. Jing definitely keeps the quality which is why lots of people like to use it.

Sarah Stewart said...

To be honest, Sue, I am not sure that I have gained anything from this compared to making a slidecast (PowerPoint with audio), which I feel would achieve the same output as I have achieved here.

There are so many videos and screencasts already available, I cannot think of anything that I would want to tell people about that cannot already be found. And why would I want to waste my time re-inventing the wheel?

Thinking about what I want to achieve in my practice as an educator and for my personal learning, I think I will concentrate on getting my head around WMM. I really want to make some videos showing how to do clinical tasks.

In the meantime, I'll have another look at Jing and your information on how to embed Jing videos into my blog. If I can work out how to do that, I'll be 100% happy to use Jing.

I do have access to Camtasia at work, but as I do most of my online work at home, I wanted to try Camstudio because that is what is available to me here.

Bronwyn hegarty said...

Sarah your video is very interesting. You have a lovely commentary voice and you have now got me motivated to work more on my own e-portfolio. I have been very slack.

I prefer the video screen capture to a still presentation because we can see where you click and how you move between pages. The quality is a bit blurred but it did download quickly.

Sarah Stewart said...

Thanks for the feedback about the quality of the video, Bron - its always good to hear how the video downloads on another computer. I have a really good lap top and broadband so it is important to think about how a video looks on a slow computer with dial up.

Maïté Roy said...

Hi Sarah!

Thank you for the translation. I actually read your blog and watch your videos in English. My reading and listening are a lot better than my speaking and writing.

I heard of the Google Translate widget before, but never used it. It does translate quite well in fact, but I would not use it for an official translation. I think it's good for someone who understands the translated language a little bit, because it did not translate all the words. It's a very interesting tool.

Thank you.

Maïté