Video

Webcam Comparison – Shooting video on a budget

Video production comes with a ton of choices. In this post, I’ll show you why my Logitech HD Pro Webcam was (eventually) an easy choice for my screencast recordings. One quick note…the specific HD Pro cam I bought in 2016 was the C920. Newer versions of the HD Pro and HD Pro Stream series cost about the same…

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Voiceovers for screencasting: 5 secrets (brief outline)

Here’s a quick outline of a presentation I gave to the Orange County chapter of the Society for Technical Communication in June, 2017. The Promise Audio is the easiest way to succeed or fail at screencasting and video. Anyone can quickly produce pro-level audio without going broke. Matt will show you tips for equipment, recording,…

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Behind the scenes: Adobe TCS video series

Having completed a 25-video series for Adobe on TCS application integration, I’m happy to announce a free mini course, consisting of 25 emails, 1 per day, with short director’s notes for each of the videos. In the notes I discuss the things I like (and like not as much) in each of the videos. They’ll…

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Strip silence from audio recordings with Adobe Audition

This week I’m sharing a great technique and a timesaving preset that I developed in Adobe Audition. Audition is part of the Adobe CC suite of tools, and is used for audio editing. When I do voice over, I like to record in one “take” That means that after reviewing and practicing my script, I…

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Guarantee Awesome Video By Choosing the Right Topic

Awesome video isn’t tough to create, and it doesn’t even have to involve a camera. Join me for a free 1-hour webinar to discover how choosing the right topic will help you create awesome video content. The first of three sessions will be on January 27, 10:30 am Pacific I’ll be presenting Guarantee Awesome Video By Choosing the Right…

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8 ways to rethink video and visuals in documentation

Death by PowerPoint is nothing compared to a slow and torturous Death by Documentation. We’ve all been forced at one time or another to listen to a speaker drone on and on, reading directly from a text-laden slide deck. But when’s the last time you took a hard look at the docs within your organization? Let’s face it…Powerpoint…

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ScreenFlow: Easy video editing

Scared to edit video? Too many moving parts? I can relate! Over the years I’ve tried everything from Adobe Premiere (a pro-level video editor) to the GoPro free video application. Unfortunately, while every product has its target audience, I wasn’t in the target audience for any of them! I needed something with teeth, that didn’t…

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7 Steps to Effective Screencasts

Thanks to everyone in OCSTC for coming out to see my presentation on effective screencasting. I was honored to see a fairly large turnout. Thanks also to Michael Opsteegh for suggesting the session for his Long Beach State tech writing students! The session was lively, and I think I went about 25 minutes over my expected…

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RECAP: Producing Effective Tech Comm Video class – Week 1 of 6

Interested in doing better tech comm videos? I teach a six-week course for the Society of Technical Communication that can help! This video is a recap of what we discussed.Thanks to everyone who helped fill this STC course to capacity! If you’re interested in attending the next session, please Rate, Comment, and Subscribe. Then, check…

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Presenter 10: Recording/Editing limitation

I have quite a few things going on right now…If you’re feeling impatient, feel free to skip to the bottom of the article. If not, read on! So I finally get my new audio setup (very exciting, and if you see any of my upcoming Adobe webinars, or my guest interview with Kristen Roarke @rourketraining and Rick Zanotti…

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Using Video for Technical Communication

I’m getting ready for my upcoming summer school session for STC on Tech Comm Video, so I figured I’d create a series of posts to share some of the high points with the TC2LS community. If you’re interested, the  class will be three-hour online sessions for six consecutive Tuesdays, and starts on Tuesday, August 5th.To…

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Free upgrade from TCS 5 to TCS 5.1

[Edited on July 11, 2014] Adobe released Technical Communication Suite 5.1 on July 9, 2014. The new version appears to be the same components, but updates Captivate to version 8, and Presenter to version 10. Per the Adobe announcement: Customers worldwide, who have purchased Adobe Technical Communication Suite 5 (including Adobe Captivate 7 and Adobe Presenter…

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