Using Camstudio to Screen Record Video Tutorials

Using Camstudio to Screen Record Video Tutorials.

Camstudio was the first screencasting program that I ever used.  It’s also one of the only ones I know of that will record in AVI format, allowing you to edit the video with Windows Movie Maker.  For future installments of the Monday Night Update, I may incorporate some screen grabs from the web or from my computer, and this will do the trick.  The tutorial linked above shows how to change the default settings of Camstudio for the best recording possible.

How to add PowerPoint on blip.tv

I know SlideShare is a really cool service, but I honestly did not want to create yet another account to share my stuff.  Since I have a Blip.TV account, I figured there had to be a way to get PowerPoint slides up on blip.tv.  After experimenting yesterday, here’s the process that I found that actually works.  It’s not easy, but it works.

1.  In PowerPoint 2007, Choose Save AS–>Other Formats, and then save the file as a Windows Meta File  (.wmf).

This will save each slide as its own metafile in a parent folder.  In my case, I had 66 slides, so this saved 66 .wmf files.

2. Next, open Windows Movie Maker, and import the .wmf files you just created into a Movie Maker collection.  Then drag all the slides down into the movie timeline to add to a movie.

3.  Theoretically, you could add audio or voiceover there if you like, and you could also extend each slide to match your voice over, but I just opted for pasting in my slides.

4.  When you are ready to render your project, Choose File–>Save Movie File.  Choose the My Computer option for playback on your computer.  I chose the Other Settings Option, and the quality appears to be fine and of a reasonable file size.

5.  Finally, upload your new movie to your blip.tv account.

Granted, the process is probably not as easy as SlideShare, but once you do it, its a relatively painless process.  I really think the ability to add audio (music) or a voiceover can make the slides a little more interesting.  I also Iike the idea of having all of my video and powerpoint content in one place, and blip.tv satisfies that need.