Show #21: The art and science of Screencasts.
In show #21 Bob and Pat interview Ian Ozsvald, founder of ProCasts on the art and science, mystery and drama of creating great screeencasts for your startup’s product or web site. Ian generously shares his expertise about how to target your screencast, techniques that make a huge difference, a range of free and non-free tools, ways to improve your video communication abilities and more. If you want to know how to create a screencasts that shines, this is the show for you!
Bob has a bit of advice – get out and meet up with your fellow startups. And Pat talks about Microsoft’s new Web Platform.
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URLs mentioned in this episode of the Startup Success Podcast:
- MeetUp. Especially http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/.
- Screencasts – what would you like to know?
- Audacity, Win/Mac/Lin, free, great audio recorder+editor, useful to record audio and to clean-up recorded audio: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
- GoldWave, Win, audio editor (Pat’s suggestion): http://www.goldwave.com/
- Sizer, Windows, free, lets you set position and size of windows for consistent recordings: http://www.brianapps.net/sizer.html
- MouseZoom, Windows, free, tells you the mouse’s co-ords, useful to lining up inbetween pauses in recording: http://www.neuber.com/free/mousezoom/index.html
- ShowMeDo: riendly open-source tutorial community, over 1000 screencasts, friendly place to learn and practice.
- SubTitle Workshop, Windows, free, helps you create subtitles for your video: http://www.urusoft.net/products.php?cat=sw
- TechSmith’s screencast.com is a clean hosting location for finished videos: http://screencast.com/
- Techsmith.com – Camtasia Studio, Jing and more..
- Blog series on Learning to Screencast, will become an eBook once the 9-part series is finished: http://blog.procasts.co.uk/2009/03/why-screencast-if-a-picture-is-worth-a-1000-words/
- The second entry of the series links to all the major screencasting tools including CamTasia, CamStudio (free), ScreenFlow, Jing (free), ScreenToaster (free): http://blog.procasts.co.uk/2009/03/choosing-your-screencast-software/
- Reference blog entry linking to all the interviews with screencasters that I know of, useful for background reading: http://blog.procasts.co.uk/2009/01/screencaster-interviews-and-articles/
- Community screencasting site run by John Basille, not mentioned in interview but a useful resource: http://scrast.net/
- Microsoft Web Platform.