Do you often find yourself sitting at your computer noodling through a solution to a challenging technical problem only to find that the next time you need to perform the same task, or even worse, the next time you need to show someone how to perform it, you have totally forgotten the steps to success you had painstakingly sleuthed out? Well say hello to your new best friend, screen capture or casting. By simply capturing the activity on your screen and a voice over as you work through a solution, you can now walk the viewer through complex concepts more efficiently, helping you explain any subject with more depth and understanding.
Here at Placemaking Group we often use screen casting to record walk-throughs on the back end of our custom CMS system, “elfCP”. We are able to perform specific tasks in the admin panel for a client’s website and record the process with voice over tips and direction. This streamlines and simplifies the training process by showing the client exactly what to do step by step onscreen. The best thing is that the videos are then available for them to reference whenever they need a refresher course on completing a certain task or a when a new employee takes over the responsibility of completing it.
Here is an example of a walkthrough we created for one of our clients using the built in QuickTime Player screen recording feature.
Think about how you could utilize screen casting to your advantage in the business you are in; maybe it is demoing a new piece of software you have created, or maybe it is simply showing your employees how to fill out their electronic timesheet correctly, speeding up productivity and clearing up confusion … the possibilities are endless and exciting!
Looking for a screencasting application? For the little video above, we used the built in screen recording function in QuickTime Player, which works great, and if you have a Mac running 10.7 or above you most probably have it right there in your Applications folder for free!
Here are a couple more options to check out if you want to start your screencasting adventure and dont have Quicktime already installed:
- Jing (Windows/Mac, Basic: Free, Pro: $14.95 per year)
- ScreenFlow (Mac, $99)
- CamStudio (Windows, Free)
- Screencast-o-Matic (Windows/Mac/Linux – Free, Pro: $12 per year)
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Like the look of our ELF content management system, contact us for a more thorough walk-through and see how it could work for your site.
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