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Screencasting with the Mac
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Screencasting with the Mac

with Christopher Breen

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(Music playing) Hi! Welcome to Screencasting for the Mac. I am Chris Breen. In this course, we are going to look at the techniques I use to create screencasts, which are instructional videos and podcast. In this course, we will talk about two kinds of videos, traditional screencasts, which are essentially videos of the computer screen, with you narrating what you are doing on the computer, and scenecasts, which are shortish movies that include not only your images from your computer screen but also live action and still captures. In the coming videos, we will talk about the equipment you need to do this, software tools for capturing and editing your work, lighting techniques, ways of putting together scripts, your audio and visual presentation, and methods for editing and delivering the final product.

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Watch the Online Video Course Screencasting with the Mac
1h 51m Beginner Dec 17, 2009

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Screencasting with the Mac shows how, with very little investment, Mac users can create coherent and engaging screencasts. Chris Breen showcases the required gear, from microphones to lights, and tours today's most popular screen capture software. He shows how to create a polished script, maintain a strong presence both on and off camera, and capture video and audio streams. He then reviews the process of editing the screencast in iMovie and integrating live video, screen captures, stills, and music to make the presentation even more appealing. This course illustrates how screencasts are the perfect form for anyone—teachers, developers, even product managers—to distribute information or instructions.

Topics include:
  • Scripting a screencast
  • Capturing video and audio using a screen capture utility
  • Shooting live video
  • Importing assets and editing in iMovie
  • Recording a separate narration track
  • Exporting and distributing a screencast
Subjects:
Business Collaboration Elearning Education
Software:
iMovie
Author:
Christopher Breen

Welcome

(Music playing) Hi! Welcome to Screencasting for the Mac. I am Chris Breen. In this course, we are going to look at the techniques I use to create screencasts, which are instructional videos and podcast. In this course, we will talk about two kinds of videos, traditional screencasts, which are essentially videos of the computer screen, with you narrating what you are doing on the computer, and scenecasts, which are shortish movies that include not only your images from your computer screen but also live action and still captures. In the coming videos, we will talk about the equipment you need to do this, software tools for capturing and editing your work, lighting techniques, ways of putting together scripts, your audio and visual presentation, and methods for editing and delivering the final product.

Throughout these lessons, I'll present the material using the very same techniques that we are discussing, the idea being that if I tell you that technique X is a good one, I should be using the same technique to demonstrate how this is done. Obviously, we have a full-blown studio here with great lighting, cameras and microphones, and a bunch of people working on this behind the scenes. But even without that stuff, you can produce solid videos without spending a ton of money by using the techniques I am about to offer. Now let's get started.

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