Create video presentations

I recorded my first video presentation and demo using the screen recording and video editing software called Camtasia Studio for Windows.

It’s a great product that makes it easy to create videos that includes demos.  They also have a nice list of tutorials.

They offer a fully functional 30-day trial.  Here are my favorite features:

  • Automatically zooms and pans
  • Can have video of yourself
  • Records your screen
  • Formats for YouTube
  • Adjusts from your screens resolution to the videos
  • Easily edit out parts you don’t want
  • Makes sounds louder and evens it out
  • Can add pop-up words afterwards (callouts)
  • Can pause recording, or save and come back later

You want to use a good microphone, and what I found works real well is Scosche Increased Dynamic Range Noise-Isolation Earphones with tapLINE II Remote and Mic.

You may want to make a few setting changes on your PC for improved recording: Go to Sound -> Recording -> Properties -> Levels -> FrontMic (100) and Microphone Boost (+20).  Also check the boxes for Noise Suppression and Acoustic Echo Cancellation.

About James Serra

James currently works for Microsoft specializing in big data and data warehousing using the Analytics Platform System (APS), a Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) architecture. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence/MDM architect and developer, specializing in the Microsoft BI stack. He is a SQL Server MVP with over 25 years of IT experience.
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