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Ramel Sherman
Shooting A Computer Application Tutorial
on Jan 9, 2009 at 1:46:24 am

Hello Everyone,

I plan on using a Sony EX3 to shoot a tutorial for a computer application. We will have to shoot the application in use on the computer monitor. I'm curious what is the most popular/economical/easiest way of shooting this right now?

I'm assuming there is software that will allow you to record your monitor. Is this a feature in FCP?

Do people actually shoot the computer monitor the whole time? And if So what lighting setup should we use? I've also heard the shutter to the camera should be adjusted.

Thank You and Happy New Year To All.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Shooting A Computer Application Tutorial
on Jan 9, 2009 at 7:13:41 pm

If the machine running the app is a mac, use Snapz Pro from Ambrosia. On a PC, Techsmith's Camtesia is the popular choice. These are screen-recording software and work really well. If the computer is using an LCD screen, yes, you can capture off the screen using a camera. For shooting off a CRT display, you would need your camera to have what Sony calls "clear scan", an adjustable shutter that can be synchronized to the monitor's refresh rate. Otherwise you get a bar drifting down the screen over and over.

One other means to get this is to hook a scan converter to the VGA output between computer and display, or the VGA out of a laptop. The scan converter sends an NTSC compliant and recordable video signal to a VCR or what have you. Audio captured separately.

Each method has strengths and weaknesses, useage depensd on your budget and program goals.


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Stephen Smith
Re: Shooting A Computer Application Tutorial
on Jan 9, 2009 at 9:43:31 pm

I would use screen capturing software. Aharon Rabinowitz wrote two articles you should read. Click on this link ( http://magazine.creativecow.net/downloads.php ) and download "04-The Portable Media Issue" of Creative COW magazine. Check out the article by Aharon Rabinowitz called "How To Persevere Detail in Mini-Media Movies.

Also, at the same web page download "01-The Premiere Issue". Aharon wrote a fantastic article called "Creating Tutorial Podcasts". This will most likely have every thing you want to know about the subject.

Best of Luck






Stephen Smith
Salt Lake Video

Check out my DVD Money Making Graphics & Effects for Final Cut Studio 2


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Ramel Sherman
Re: Shooting A Computer Application Tutorial
on Jan 11, 2009 at 10:32:14 pm

Thank You So Much.

Great Articles!...Until Flash is available on the iPhone I'd stick with Quicktime.





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Stephen Smith
Re: Shooting A Computer Application Tutorial
on Jan 12, 2009 at 5:21:05 pm

No problem, happy to help.



Stephen Smith
Salt Lake Video

Check out my DVD Money Making Graphics & Effects for Final Cut Studio 2


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Rich Rubasch
Re: Shooting A Computer Application Tutorial
on Jan 31, 2009 at 2:10:38 am

Screenflow on the Mac is the best...it absolutely rocks. And it's a Telestream product and they get it.

SnapZ has been around for a while and I like it but Screenflow is the modern version of that somewhat tired app.

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media



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Stephen Smith
Re: Shooting A Computer Application Tutorial
on Feb 4, 2009 at 3:54:29 pm

[Rich] SnapZ has been around for a while and I like it but Screenflow is the modern version of that somewhat tired app.

Thanks for making me aware of this product but why is it better?



Stephen Smith
Salt Lake Video

Check out my DVD Money Making Graphics & Effects for Final Cut Studio 2


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Tracy Peterson
Re: Shooting A Computer Application Tutorial
on Feb 9, 2009 at 6:06:39 am

I've used a scan converter for all computer video capture, simply because I don't have to fear the refresh rate or risk reduced frame rate from software lag. I also know I'm getting the full screen image.

I've used software before and it can be great for instructional purposes, but if you are using this for broadcast or any other higher end application, I'd go with the scan converter.

Software capture is great for web application or videos where you are going to compress a lot and maybe reduce frame rate.

Tracy Peterson
http://www.onetwomany.com


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