On the Growing Accessibility of Screencasting

  Learn How To Screencast! 
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From Beth’s blog, I liked the following excerpt from her Screencasting Primer. It gets to the heart of the matter on tools to use for video demonstrations of software or web sites:

I started off using the free video editing software that came with my PC and Camstudio and a $10 microphone. Later, as my skills improved I invested in Camtasia (approximately $300) which is considered the gold standard for screencasting and a decent USB microphone. Other PC users have told me they use SnagIt ($40) which captures screen and audio and an entry level video editing programs like Adobe Preimere Elements or Sony Vegas which retail for approximately $100. Many people who work on the MAC platform use Snapz for screen capture and pull it into Final Cut Pro for editing. A new MAC tool called "IshowU" is gaining popularity.

We use Camstudio at our shop. However we found that we could NOT use youTube
or any of the other hosted services and keep the screen resolution
acceptable. And it gets old really fast to look at fuzzy screens
zooming in and out. So our videos are a combination of video and flash
and are self hosted.

Example video here on adding an article to Tendenci. And on that note, here are the Tendenci help videos and the Tendenci software update blog.

Designathon/Codeathon 2.0 – Austin April 14th-15th

Warning – geek posting today. Via whurley and silona, if you are a programmer and want to dig into some fun non profit projects, consider attending the Codeathon in Austin on April 14th and 15th.

Designathon/Codeathon 2.0 — Help build open source web apps for non-profits!

This April, put your stunning design skills to use for charity! Designathon/Codeathon 2.0 is the second in a series of volunteer events based in Austin, Texas to help build usable, accessible, open source web tools for use by the non-profit community.

Full text of the email after the jump.

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