Daniel VÃ¶lkerts wrote:
Great video, how did you create it?
I used Windows Media Encoder (free) to record an 800x600 region of my
screen. I recorded the audio with a Logitech USB microphone that I got
from Amazon for about $20. I uploaded to Blip.tv for free. Blip.tv will
host it for free and eventually they will convert it to flash and host
both versions. That way there will be a low quality but accessible flash
version available too.
The only difficult thing about it was that it took about 20 takes to get
it the way I wanted. And each take took about 5-10 minutes to set up
because I had to reset the Windows Firewall and Instant Rails. I spent
most of a weekend working on it off and on.
In the end I’m glad I took the time to get it right. The first take ran
for about 15 minutes or more with me babbling about all sorts of stuff.
By the last take I was sort of on autopilot and I think it flows a lot
better because of it. I wanted something that was quick and easy to
watch so someone could get the gist without investing a lot of time. The
last 4 or 5 takes were just me attempting to get under the 5 minute
You should definitely consider creating some screencasts too. It costs
nothing to create them or host them if you run Windows. On other
platforms it is also free or very cheap to record them.
I plan to do many more. I have another posted to my blog now and I have
another ready to post. The next one I’m getting ready to record is about
basic Ruby/Rails debugging. I spun my wheels a lot at first because it
wasn’t obvious to me how to debug. Once I took the time to figure it out
it was simple.
I look for subjects where I wish I had an experienced RoR developer
sitting next to me when I tried to figure them out. Then I just imagine
that I’m playing that role for someone else. The biggest challenge is to
keep it simple. I tend to want to go off on tangents and talk about all
sorts of crap. But then when I watch the end result I realize that I
don’t want to hear all that crap. I just want the video to get to the
point. The process helps me get to the point quicker. I wish I could do
that in my writing, but for some reason I don’t spot the cruft in my
writing nearly as well as I do in my screencasts