Camtasia is great software for recording audio/screen presentations. Here are some tips and standards we've used:
- Change the recording options to record to ''AVI format'' (the CAMREC format can lose audio/video sync over a long recording)
- Recorded movies should be 800x600 or less unless there is a specific reason to record larger. Using the smallest capture size possible improves the readability and reduces the file size.
- All videos should start with an announcement of what is being demonstrated (e.g. "This is a demonstration of the Device Capture System introduced in Cashwise 3.7)
- Don't record the application window; set one of your screens to 800x600 and record the screen. This ensures that any popup windows or menus remain within the recorded region.
- If recording other than the primary screen, select 'region' and select then entire alternate screen
- Hide any toolbars or other desktop clutter.
- Run a short test to be sure that audio/video are working before recording a long demo
- Files should be recorded to AVI format. Recommend settings:
Video Codec: TechSmith Screen Capture Codec
Audio Codec: MPEG Layer-3 Codec
Audio Format: 32 kBit/s, 24000Hz, mono, 3KB/s
- Before delving into details, give a high-level description of the purpose of the feature and a high-level description of the components of the feature.
- Consider dividing the topic into multiple videos if it is possible that someone might wish to view topics separately
- Try to keep videos under 10 minutes long
- Don't script out the content. If necessary, create a brief outline to ensure each important facet is discussed. It's hard to listen to scripted speech.
- If you realize that some topic is missing from a video, record an addendum rather than re-record the whole thing (unless there is a mess of addendums)
- Keep a reasonably fast pace. A video says even more than a thousand words. The viewer can always pause or rewind.
- Try to keep the content timeless; e.g. do not say things like "this is a new feature".
- Try to spend more time on abstract concepts, gotchas and special cases that might not be readily apparent rather than mundane descriptions of the obvious.