Aug 302010
 
So…What is Screencast.com?

Screencast.com is online storage for your video files. It retains the original file format and quality and allows you to share with everyone or restrict viewing by adding privacy settings.

If you are creating screen casts with tools like Jing, Camtasia, iShowU or ScreenFlow then this is a product worth looking into if you plan to share them employees or clients over the web.

How do I get Started with Screencast.com?
  1. Go to http://www.screencast.com/default.aspx
  2. You have the option to sign-up for a free account or purchase to the Pro account by clicking Buy Pro.
What Will it Cost Me?
  • If 2GB is enough then chose the free account.
  • The Pro account costs either $9.95 USD per month or $99.95 for a year and gives you 25GB of storage.
What platform is it available on?

As you are uploading files to Screencast.com it does not matter if you’re using a Mac or a PC.

May 312010
 
So…What is Jing Pro?

Jing Pro is the paid-for version of Jing (the free tool talked about it last weeks toolbox tip).

So here are the extras you get with JingPro:

  • The ability to save files in MPEG-4 format.
  • The option to use your webcam so you can appear in the video.
  • Easy upload to YouTube.
  • Unbranded video (with the free version, everyone will see the “Jing” logo on your recording).

Note though you still only get 5 minutes of video recording time, if you need more then you will need to look at other tools such as Jing Pro’s big brother Camtasia.

How do I get Started with Jing Pro?
  1. Go to http://www.jingproject.com/pro/
  2. Click the button on the right side of your screen to purchase Jing Pro.
What Will it Cost Me?

JingPro will cost you – $14.95 USD per year

What platform is it available on?

Jing Pro works on PCs and Macs.

May 242010
 
So…What is Jing?

If you’ve got something to share and words are not enough, then show it using Jing.

You can use Jing to:

  • Capture snapshots and annotate then to highlight the area you are referencing.
  • Record what’s happening on your screen in real-time including your own voice over (note – video time limit is 5 minutes).

These are perfect to use when giving step-by-step instructions to a client or employee or to explain a difficulties you are experiencing.

How do I get Started with Jing?

  1. Go to http://www.jingproject.com/
  2. Download the free software
  3. Install the software

What Will it Cost Me?

Nothing, it is absolutely free.

(There is a paid for version, with more features which you can read about next week)

What platform is it available on?

Jing works on both Macs and Windows.