Movies of Software: On the heels of Jon Udell’s Wikipedia screencast, I got to wondering how to make my own. I found this O’Reilly article by…Jon Udell, where he talks about the concept of screencasts, and links to several examples.
In the software world, we spend a lot of time describing how things work. To echo Michael Kinsley’s lament about music and film, why should those descriptions use only text, possibly augmented with screenshots? Why don’t we present, and quote from, live experiences?
So how do you do it on Windows? Windows Media Encoder 9. I’ve been having a blast creating some of my own of the same quality as Jon’s. They’re WMV only, but still very cool to make and they obviate hundreds — if not thousands — of words of documentation each.