The World of Video Making
So a couple of years ago I learned how to use Jing. I was quite fascinated with it when I first learned how to use it; however, my teaching assignment at the time did not really need me to create many videos. Having taught online before though, I recognized the immense usefulness in being able to take a screen shot of something you were working on and add labels, arrows, and the like to it. One great feature of Jing is that you can create videos of whatever is on your computer screen (or a portion of your screen) and record your voice while your screen is showing. Later you can edit aspects of the video and easily share it in multiple platforms. The free version (who doesn’t love free?) allows you to create videos up to five minutes in length and then stores them on a screencast account for you. It then gives you a web link you can share for people to view it. If want to learn more about how to use Jing, I suggest watching some of these videos.
Another video creator I discovered the past few weeks is Camtasia. This program appears to be created by the same makers of Jing, but it has many additional features Jing does not. For instance it allows you to put yourself into the video as a “talking head” in a small screen in the corner of your video, if you so desire. (I know many people do not like to do this, but if you are creating videos for an online class and you wanted them to “connect” with and see you while viewing the lesson, this option is there. Personally, I will not be utilizing that feature much myself, but it’s there.) One of the advantages to Camtasia is the editing options. They are more complex, allowing for multiple audio and video tracks of information which allows the creative users almost limitless possibilities in the quest of producing a captivating video. It also allows you to place a hyperlink into the video itself. I have not actually tried that feature myself, but it sounds quite useful. Since I was introduced to the program two weeks ago, I have dabbled with some of its features and created my first video this past week. I will be teaching my first online class at the college level this coming fall, so I anticipate producing numerous videos over the next few months. If you would like to read a more thorough review of this program, click here. Of course, there is a catch with this program, and that’s the price tag. It’s a whooping $299, but if you are fortunate, your school maybe already purchased it.
In another week’s post, I will discuss YouTube videos–both as ones you can watch and ones you can make. That’s another viable option as well, but if you want the best video possible, then I suggest Camtasia.