Screencasting Practice & Feedback: 00003

Plan

  • Demonstrate lessons-learned about alternate input methods and redefinition of the Emacs interpretation of modifier keys
  • Utilize a lower-third instead of text-boxes
  • Talk louder

Execution

Preparation

  • Pretend you are going to a job-interview, or on a date, that is recorded for everyone to see, forever
    • Perform all personal preparations that you normally would for example
      • Brush your teeth
  • Applied Revlon PhotoReady Prime + Anti Shine Balm Clear
  • Lights and camera and microphone
    • Set them up
    • Tested them
    • Hooked up camera and turned it on
    • Adjusted white balance
    • Set left light pointed at me; right light pointed at ceiling
    • Adjust left light to give face warmth (versus ghost appearance)
    • Microphone is on and input volume maxed out
  • Turn off HVAC
  • Mute Phone and Pushbullet
  • Close other applications
  • Verify microphone woks
  • Verify recording on correct monitor
  • Write rough script
  • Pour glass of water

Execution

  • Showed off Emacs mug and encouraged FSF support

Post Production

  • Removed makeup

  • Save in new folder with name same as post
  • Dragged in jingle
  • Dragged in banner 1920×1080
  • Now it is row 1: WNW 512×512 logo
    • Drag it over to start of recording so it doesn’t show up on the banner page, stretch it for the whole recording
    • Make it 25% opaque
    • Scale it 50%
    • Place it top right corner
    • Move it10 arrow clicks left and up
  • Now it is row 1: banner, video/sound
  • Row 2: jingle, screen recording
    • Make it occupy bottom right quadrant, high up though, so the lower third will look right. Leave scale at 100% so the size will always look right
  • Line them up
  • Starting ending transition on banner, FLASH and ripple
  • On “Screen Recording”
    • Don’t show mouse pointer
    • Do show keystrokes
  • At start of video, add L3,
  • Add a text box 7 second after L3
    • Paste in title of post
    • Georgia font
    • Make font size so it fits in box and looks right
    • No backdrop
    • Resize the box so it is just big enough to hold text
    • Reposition box so that it is centered on the page
    • Resize to disappear at the right time, so make the text disappear about a second before L3 disappears
  • Start listening
  • Corrections made (3-4 hours, good to learn, painful to do, great motivation never to say and do these things again)
    • “So”
    • “Um”
    • “And”
    • “You know”
    • Long pauses
    • Stuttering
    • Hesitating
    • Repeating
    • Not looking into camera
    • Sing-songy
    • Why tell the story exactly as I experienced it? The story was important to me that doesn’t mean it is important to anyone else. What is important to anyone else is the information.
    • The purpose of a screencast isn’t for me to figure out what is important, it is for other people to figure that out.
  • File, Export, Project Dir, Web-High, Scale 100%
  • Prepare blog post
    • Title is name of post
    • Body is Source and comments here:
    • Add link later
  • Watch entire exported video
  • Upload to YouTube
  • Get link of video and post blog post
  • Update video with link to blog post
  • Verify social outlets published
  • Manually post to Reddit and remember to reply to comments

Outcome & Feedback

  • Script
    • Good because I focused on key points
    • Missed a key point and added it to blog post as addendum
    • First version was totally not what I wanted; 2nd version seemed great, really needed the 3rd version
  • Audio volume was perfect
  • Lighting was great
  • Blogged on essence of screencast in an attempt to provide best of both words
    • Title prepended with (Blog and Screencast)
  • 10m might be too long
    • Nick suggested adding a table-on-contents
  • 7h of work for 10m of content
  • Detailed notes make new production simple, easier, and faster
  • Feel smarter about Screenflow
  • Speaking slowly has the good quality of being more accessible to non-native English speaks combined with the ability to speed-up video with YouTube
    • There is an additional benefit
      • It is easier to make corrections on slowly spoken video
      • Corrections to quickly spoken audio and video require millisecond-spanning corrections which are tedious and difficult and boring
        • Further motivation not to make the mistakes in the first place