November 18, 2006

Forget Screenshots - record your screen like a vcr

Have you ever had to prepare a tutorial for how to do something on a computer? Have you ever tried to demonstrate your new software or website? If you have, you've probably taken dozens if not hundreds of screen shots, or screen captures, to show your audience what they should be doing - or how your project would look. But there are limitations. Unless you take a screenshot on every single button press or mouse click - there is a good chance that somebody is going to miss something. And, there are some things - like animations - that screen shots just do not do justice.

Enter Camtasia Studio. Camtasia Studio is a software program that doesn't take screen shots - it captures in real time everything that is taking place on your monitor. Not only that - but you can also sync that with your webcam, microphone, or both - so you can talk your audience through what they are seeing, and even show them your hands as you type or do keyboard shortcuts. But the studio does more than just capture audio and video - it also lets you edit the videos as well. And you can export your video for the web - CD-ROM - or even you iPod. If you ever wanted to walk someone through something on the PC, without having to actually be there - this software could really help you out!

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