CloudCasts is a community website for hosting webcasts relating to Microsoft technologies.
The idea for the Cloud TV project is to create a great resource for developers and
provide the opportunity for people to share their ideas in the form of webcasts.
If you have any Webcasts or Screencasts that you would like me to add to the site,
I’d be keen to hear from you. Anything relating to Microsoft technology is suitable,
they can be simple intro topics, or advanced techniques.
You can contact me using the CloudCasts blog or via Twitter.
I like to think that the ideal length for a webcast is about 15 minutes, which is
about the same time as a coffee break. As you know, most developers don’t have the
attention span or free time to watch an hour long presentation, so it’s good to
keep thinks short and fast paced. If you have a longer topic, you can easily break
it down into smaller sections. If people like the first one, they will be back for
As for tools, I use Camtasia. It has good options to capture the screen and then
edit the webcasts. If you just want to record a few webcasts, there is a 30 day
trial version that will get you started, and some tutorials (webcasts of course!).
You can get Camtasia
You can also use Windows Media Encoder, which can capture the screen, but has limited
Windows Media Encoder is here.
• Plan before you record it helps to take a quick run through before you record.
• Aim to keep the time down to 10 - 20 minutes (it’s not easy), create two shorter
webcasts rather than one long one.
• The on screen player is 640x480, recording in 800x600 then producing in 640x480
seems to work well.
• It can help to record several shorter chunks, then edit them together, if you
get something wrong, you can start again easily.
• Recording the intro and summary is easier to do after you have recorded the content.
• Try to keep the microphone in the same position throughout the recordings; sometimes
you can get a very different sound levels.