Making screencasts for training videos


making screencasts for training videos

For years now I've been reading how companies could be reducing their travel costs by investing in better remote training technology.

Yet, even when I was obliged some years back to run a technology transfer project from 30 engineers in the UK to 50+ engineers in India, we still bought the plane tickets and set up an elaborate project plan for face-to-face training.

I came back to this topic when considering quick-yet-effective ways for making screencasts of CogniDox functions in action and managing them from within CogniDox itself.

Starting with a search of the options available (and drawing on other people's research, such as this) we concluded the shortlist for us was Wink, Camtasia or Jing Project. The last two come from the same company (TechSmith).

The crux of the decision was that we were willing to trade off sophisticated editing features if it was easy-to-use and simple-to-learn. Jing came out best. You can record what you want to show and say, then save the SWF Flash video to a directory in CogniDox (via your PC). Very fast, very easy.

You can upgrade to a Pro license if you really want no watermarks, or need H.264 video formats, but we were happy with it as-is. You can also use their sister company (Screencast) if you want to host it, or export it to YouTube if you have the Pro version.

One thing - do take the time and effort to write your presentation out in long form. So much easier to read than to try to recall.

So, we got a tool that allows us to make and stream SWF Flash files with the minimum of effort and expense.

Maybe that solution to remote training isn't so distant after all?

Tags: Product Management

Paul Walsh

Written by Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh was one of the founders of Cognidox. After a period as an academic working in user experience (UX) research, Paul started a 25-year career in software development. He's worked for multinational telecom companies (Nortel), two $1B Cambridge companies (Ionica, Virata), and co-founded a couple of startup companies. His experience includes network management software, embedded software on silicon, enterprise software, and cloud computing.