Camtasia alternatives and other media tools for screencasting

Camtasia is one of the best and most complete set of tools out there for capturing a recording of your screen (called screencasting) but comes at a cost of $313.99 per person (as of this writing). While you might be able to afford it for a few licenses, if you want to give access to this tool to your whole staff, the cost can really add up. Here are some recommendations for (mostly) free media related tools — for those on a limited budget: Greenshot — Simple to use, comes with an editor to annotate still screenshot (no video). Kind of like … Continue reading

Video and Audio Formats for the Web

Publishing audio or video media on the web? When creating audio or video for publication on the web, here are some guidelines to ensure that yours can be heard and viewed on all computers, tablets  and smartphones. The only assumption is that your target audience isn’t still on dial-up. Audio for Web File Format: MP3 Standard Quality (for speech): 22 kHz, 64 Kbps/mono High Quality (for music): 44.1 kHz, 128 Kbps/stereo Super High Quality (for full range of music): 44.1 kHz, 192 Kbps/stereo Offline Source Files: Should be saved in WAV format, 44.1 kHz, 16-bit, stereo (also known as CD quality) — or … Continue reading