- Download and install CamStudio, open source Screen Recording software.
- Most of us here use a dual-monitor setup. This is an ideal situation because you can record one entire screen. Set your screen resolution to a video-friendlier size, like 800x600. You'll also need to set your primary monitor to the screen that you want to record.
- In CamStudio, set the "Region" to "Full Screen". I also like to set the View to "Buttons View" in case the CamStudio control panel ends up in a portion of your video.
- Sanitize your desktop and whatever you'll be recording. That means the profanely named files on your desktop will have to be stowed somewhere else for now. Close extraneous applications, too.
- Record your video. Don't worry about mistakes, just get good footage.
- Download VirtualDub. "Install" this by downloading and extracting the zip file. Run auxsetup.exe to perform some basic setup. Then create a shortcut for "VirtualDub.exe" and place it somewhere convenient.
- You'll need an MP4 encoder if you want to finish uploading to YouTube before strange hair starts growing out of your ears. You may already have one -- the Windows DLL required is mpg4c32.dll. I had a hard time naviagating the Windows Media download site at Microsoft's site, but I found what I needed by running the installer at http://www.freepctech.net/files001/wmtools-comp.zip
- Open the video file generated during your CamStudio session.
- Use VirtualDub to delete sections of the video as needed. "Set selection start" and "Set selection end" under the edit menu are your friends here.
- Set your compression to mpeg 4 in Video->Video Compression.
- File -> Save As AVI to finish up.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
How to Record Help Videos Using Open Source Tools and Youtube
We've just begin using this method for recording How-To videos for the MerusCase Knowledge Base. It's a little involved, but sometimes nothing works better than "show me how".