Have you ever needed to create a video that required screen-capture recording? As an educator, I have managed to do this using Quicktime Player's "New Screen Recording" option. This allows you to record everything on your screen. Unfortunately, this includes recording the area of interest (good!), plus your messy folders and an embarrassing background photo on your desktop (bad).
There are a few free video-capture tools out there, but I find that the resolution is poor, especially if you want to zoom up on particular aspects of the screen.
Recently, I discovered a relatively affordable software called iShowU. Although I am not intentionally a Macintosh-snob, this software is only for Macs. There are three tiers of functionality: iShowU ($20) , iShowU HD ($30) , and iShowU HD Pro ($60). I bought the middle one. Demo versions are available for free, but they have a subtle watermark on them.
What do I love about iShowU HD?
1. You can select what part of the screen you want to video-capture.
2. If you have watched training videos before, the mouse and mouse-clicks can be difficult to appreciate and follow. This software automatically creates a "click" noise and animates the click with an expanding green circle halo. These audio and video cues are critical to keep the viewer's eyes focused on your teaching point. Go to the 00:45 mark in Training Module #1 below to see the mouse-click feature in action!
3. When you type anything on the keyboard, the software automatically displays these letters/numbers simultaneously at the bottom of the screen for emphasis.
4. The resolution of the videos are amazing.
I am in the process of creating English-language and Vietnamese-language training videos on using a medical decision software PEMSoft. In case you were curious, here's how they were made:
- Video captured using iShowU HD
- Audio captured using Quicktime Player ("New Audio Recording" feature) - Each sentence is a separate audio AIFF file.
- Matched video with audio on iMovie
- Exported video without audio into Flash CS4 - to create simple animations and overlay text
- Re-imported Flash-edited video back into iMovie where it was re-matched with the audio
- Uploaded into Youtube from iMovie
Training Module #1:
Basic Navigation and Utilization of PEMSoft
Training Module #2:
Phoenix Resuscitation Calculator
Disclaimer: I do not have any financial ties with this software company. Just a fan.