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Software

Adobe Captivate - $899 retail (Educational Discount Available)

  • Full presentation/slideshow capabilites, not just screencasting -- includes advanced interactive features
    • Pop-ups
    • Rollovers
    • Buttons
    • Changes of state via layers
  • Produces SWF and MP4 file types
  • Advanced editing features -- animations, audio, video, text
  • Interfaces well with other Adobe products
  • Quizzing features
  • Three modes for screencast -- viewing, trying, testing

Articulate Storyline - $1398 (Educational Discount Available ($700))

  • Full presentation/slideshow capabilites, not just screencasting -- includes advanced interactive features
    • Avatars
    • Drag and drop
    • Buttons
    • Changes of states via layers
  • Produces one file that automatically adapts to any device operating system -- universal access
  • Advanced editing features -- animations, audio, video, text
  • Can import from PowerPoint
  • Quizzing features
  • Three modes for screencast -- viewing, trying, testing

Bandicam - $40/license

  • Not a lot of advanced features
    • Pause/Resume
    • Set recording area by dragging box
  • Records video and moving images really well
  • Extended video recording times
  • Produces .avi file type
  • Easy to use
  • Trial version watermarks files

Screencast-O-Matic - Free & Fee ($15/year)

  • Web app
  • Free webhosting on proprietary site
  • Free version
    • Watermarks files
    • Limited to 15 minutes
    • Integrates with YouTube
  • Pro Version - $15/year
    • No time length restrictions
    • Advanced editing features including cutting, inserting, cropping, transitions, and panning and zooming
    • Separate audio & video recording
    • Whiteboard options
    • Integrates with YouTube, but also allows uploads to Google Drive, Vimeo, and other hosting solutions

TechSmith Camtasia - $299 (Educational Discount Available)

  • Free trial available
  • Easy to learn
  • Simple to use editing function for video and audio
  • Produces videos in multiple output formats
  • Integrates very easily with PowerPoint
  • Quizzing and other advanced options available
  • Multitrack editing available

TechSmith Jing - Free

  • Free webhosting on proprietary site
  • 5 minute limit
  • Allows video recording and screenshots

TechSmith SnagIt - $50 - (Educational Discount Available)

  • Provides a simple way to take screenshots
  • Lots of options for capturing specific windows, scrolling web pages, drop down menus, and much more
  • Short learning curve
  • Many editing options including cropping, video integration, drawing tools, callouts, and much more

 

 

Hardware

PC v. Mac

 

Desktop v. Laptop

    • Do you need to travel?
    • May be more cost effective to get better equipment in desktop format

Look at software specifications

    • What processor is recommended?
    • How much RAM (memory) is recommended?
    • How much hard drive space do you need to install the program?
    • How much hard drive space will you need to store files?
      • What is the average file size for the length of video that you will create?

Microphone

    • Do you feel more compfortable with a headset or a freestanding microphone?
    • Do not generally need to invest in a studio microphone to get decent quality these days
 

Hosting Solutions

Self-Hosting

  • Devices that can use the files depend upon your server type.  E.g. iOS devices cannot use the files if you only have a flash server
  • You control the files
  • Anlaytics are what you make them
  • Ability to restrict videos
  • Unlimited video length/file sizes
  • No upload or bandwidth restrictions

Vimeo

  • Free or Pay
  • Cleaner User interface (not as cluttered)
  • Pay (Plus)
    • Ad Free
    • 5 GB upload per week
    • Ability to restrict videos
    • Automatically adjusts video type to device
    • Not on your servers/not in your control
    • Better analytics than YouTube

YouTube

  • Free
  • Ads
  • Well-known
  • Adjusts to devices
  • 15 minute video length
  • Not on your server
  • Private channels available
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