I am presenting at the ASTC (Australian Society of Technical Communicators) Annual Conference in Sydney on the 18th October 2014.
This article gives a summary of my talk and links to useful resources and example videos referenced in my presentation
Videos and screencasts have now become the new way of documenting procedures and giving explanations. Instead of writing instructions and illustrating with screen captures, a video can be made quickly and efficiently and viewed on a variety of devices including smart phone and tablets as well as PCs and laptop computers. Videos are now easy to make and share using software like Camtasia. Live action HD video can be recorded with a smart phone, and does not require dedicated video equipment.
Charles explores the different styles of videos for instruction and documentation and discusses the pros and cons of using narration, subtitles, file formats and screen sizes. He will also show how images and simple animations can be used to make effective video.
By the end of this presentation, attendees will understand how Camtasia software and smart phone video cameras can be used to quickly produce videos for online help and “just-in-time” training.
Resources (links open in a new tab)
- Camtasia Software – Main page
- My PowerPoint slide handouts from the presentation:
Don’t Tell me Show Me – Slides (2 slides per page)
Don’t Tell me Show Me – Slides (6 slides per page)
- Presentation text prepared from my speaker’snotes: Dont Tell me – Show me – Charles Cave Oct 2014 (PDF)
- The first video I showed – how to remove the assembly (YouTube link)
- The second video I showed – how to change the washer (YouTube link)
- Demonstration videos showed how to search the Stanton Library Catalogue for new items:
- Audacity audio editing software – Audacity page
- Camtasia Tutorials – screencast videos on using the features
- Techsmith Fuse software
- Reflector software for displaying iOS device on Windows – AirSquirrels web site
- I saved videos from YouTube using the program documented it in this article.
- ASTC Conference Main Page
- The photo is of Stanley Kubrick – my favourite film-director.