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John am Rhein

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does anybody know of any software that can create Powerpoint-like presentations, but including video clips, possibly even with sound?

 

The video clips could be actual camera footage or (more likely) recordings of a computer screen while someone demonstrates how to use a piece of software.

 

I've seen a few things like that on YouTube, but how are they created?

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does anybody know of any software that can create Powerpoint-like presentations, but including video clips, possibly even with sound?

 

The video clips could be actual camera footage or (more likely) recordings of a computer screen while someone demonstrates how to use a piece of software.

 

I've seen a few things like that on YouTube, but how are they created?

 

Use camtasia to record and edit your demonstrations. Its pretty simple and easy to use. You can get a trial copy here.

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Cheers. Have you used it much?

 

We're using it at the moment to build a help system for a video project. Its simple and easy to use and you can output it in a range of formats [embed in powerpoints, publish on the web, distribute via mobile etc]. The graphics/animations side of things are quite limited but you can do a lot of this work using other tools and then import the assets into the editing environment. As with any other authoring tool, the quality of the output is dependent on the person who creates the content but I'd definitely recommend it.

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Sounds perfect.

 

We're rolling out our system to increasingly far flung places and it's becoming more and more impractical actually visit the users and show them how to use it. Sending them a video presentation is probably a good way of bridging this gap.

 

We've used it on previous projects and it has definitely helped. I know this is very obvious but be very careful of going down the 'showing the system' route. In-house development people have a terrible habit of showing people features of a system when they create movies rather than helping them use it. We've adopted a fairly consistent approach to our work so far:

 

1. Start with a very basic overview clip - 90-120 secs

2. Identify key tasks

3. Take them step by step through how to perform

 

Try and keep the how to tasks to 2 mins max and give them the option to print instructions.

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2. Identify key tasks

 

That's exactly what we need. We have 5 key business processes that users need to be able to work through. Eash of them is currently semi-documented in a screenshot-by-screenshot list with brief English language explanations at each stage. Replacing that with a moving demo of the screen would be a big improvement, IMO.

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