Don’t tell me – show me!

Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick

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

Presentation Overview

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.

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