I made it! I am on the other side of creating a set of screencasts to help students and patrons navigate IU Archives Online. It was quite a journey, and I learned a LOT along the way. Let me list a few of those below:
- The tool you use is essential. Try out a few options available to you, whether it be Jing, Kaltura, Adobe tools, it’s important to “shop” for the tool that offers everything you need. Because I needed to get screencasts that could have closed captions added to them, I used Kaltura, but it entirely depends on your needs.
- Be patient. I started with a script, then as I kept recording I veered away from my script to a more impromptu strategy. I made a few blunders and had to recast often. I finished screencasts and found I needed to redo them. In the end I ended up with a solid set of screencasts but it sure took practice and patience.
- Find your groove. I initially created a word-for-word script that I tried to follow, but I ended up needing much more flexibility in the structure of my screencasts. I ended up with more of an outline to hit major points and stepped away from a script. It worked for me, but something else might work better for you.
Finally, I have included one of my screencasts in case you want to check it out!