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How I Made my Screencast



I’ve been asked by quite a few people, so … here’s how I made my Facebook Pages screencast:

  1. I used Jing Pro to record the screencast. There’s a free version – I whipped out $14.95 (have to pay it every year) for the pro version. Why? The pro version comes with that cool “webcam in screen” effect I used at the beginning and end of the screencast. It also records in MPEG-4 format, so I could easily edit it. It only records up to 5 minutes at a time, which is no problem – just record separate clips, then dump each clip into a video editing program (more on that in a sec).
  2. I plugged in a Samson CO1U USB Condenser Mic to get good quality sound on the speaking parts. It came out a little quiet – will need to play with that some more!
  3. Once the parts and pieces were recorded in Jing, I dumped each screencast clip into Apple’s iMovie, which is an easy-to-use video editor. I didn’t do much there – added a fade in and out to the beginning/ending of the screencast, spliced the clips together, added a bit of text … and removed all my goof-ups, extraneous pauses and “uhms” where I could. My goal was to get the screencast under 10 minutes so I could dump it to YouTube (and I was successful!).

And that’s about all! The combo of Jing Pro and iMovie worked great, the mic was easy to use … any questions? Anyone else used Jing Pro?

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  • http://www.colleenscommentary.net/ Colleen

    Thanks for sharing your “How To”, David! I’ve just started using Jing at work myself, and will probably use it for some of my non-profit volunteer projects, too (mainly to train our web masters on how to post different types of content).

  • http://www.colleenscommentary.net Colleen

    Thanks for sharing your “How To”, David! I’ve just started using Jing at work myself, and will probably use it for some of my non-profit volunteer projects, too (mainly to train our web masters on how to post different types of content).

  • http://www.misssophiemac.blogspot.com/ Sophie Mcdonald

    Hi David, I love your blog and have been using Jing Pro for some time now but can’t get the webcam syncing with audio. The webcam is seriously delayed behind the audio. I’ve tried everything the Jing support suggests but nothing helps. You don’t seem to have this problem so I was wondering if you have any suggestions?

  • http://www.davidleeking.com davidleeking

    Hi Sophie – thanks for the kind words! Not sure what’s happening with your video – could be any number of things, I’m guessing. I’ve never had that problem with Jing!

    My suggestion is to actually ask the Jing folks on their support site. I’ve done that once, and they were very responsive, and even followed up with me after the fact.

    Hope you get it fixed – that stuff can be VERY frustrating!