Editing a screencast is simple if you use a few helpful strategies. Previously I’ve shown you the methods I use to prepare for a screencast, along with techniques for recording a screencast. In this video I show you exactly what I do to edit and export a screencast, step-by-step as I take you through the whole process.
I cover a lot in the video tutorial, but here are some screencasting tips to keep in mind during the editing and exporting stage:
- Edit out the footage you don’t want in your screencast. Screencasting software makes this process easy. As you’ll see in my video, I take a long pause when I’m trying to gather my thoughts, or when I’m about to try another segment again. These pauses give me convenient editing points. I can easily edit out the pauses or anything that doesn’t belong, leaving me with a smooth, flowing final result, with no indication of stumbles.
- Add “call-outs” when necessary. These are short effects where the software magnifies the mouse pointer, so you can easily see what’s going on around the pointer. It’s a great way to draw the viewer’s attention to a detail in your screencast, and a call-out is especially necessary if viewers will be watching the final version on small screens. One warning about call-outs: they can be very distracting if you use them too often. How do you know when there’s too many of them? There’s no rule of thumb; you just have to use your judgment. If it feels like too many, then it probably is.
- Export a full resolution, full quality master version of the screencast, and save it for your archives. I use the animation codec for this because it’s good for motion graphics work, and a screencast is essentially motion graphics. Once I have the master, then I use separate encoding software to transcode the master to a web-friendly version. Which software do I use to transcode my screencasts for the web? I personally use Apple’s Compressor, but because I know that not everyone has Compressor, in the video tutorial I demonstrate the process using MPEG Streamclip (free encoding software that works on both Mac and PC).
- Upload the small version of the screencast to the web, and retain the large master original in your archive.
Remember, don’t be afraid to pause while you’re recording your screencast, because you can always edit out the pauses later. I do this all the time, but the end viewer can’t tell because I remove the pauses before the screencast gets in front of them.
Those are some tips to get you started, but the full version of this video will take you through the entire process. I show you step-by-step what I do, including the above tips. Once you’ve seen all three parts of my screencasting mini-series, you’ll be able to make your own.
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