Sorry, no actual Fat Head post tonight. I’m in the process of creating the video tutorials for a software package I developed, and getting the technical flow of it right wasn’t fun. I use Camtasia Studio to record demonstrations of how to use the software, and while the video captures are crystal-clear, Camtasia is a mediocre video editor at best … and for some reason the final videos it produces are way fatter than they need to be. But I still need to do some editing in Camtasia to add arrows and text callouts so my users know which part of the screen to watch.
Premiere Pro is a terrific video editor but doesn’t doesn’t capture computer screens, and while Demo Builder produces nicely compressed video with the navigation controls and interactive buttons I need, it’s beyond horrible as a video editor. In short, to produce what I want, I have to use all three programs at various points in the process, plus Adobe Audition to record my voice-overs.
Getting a clean-looking video from one, to another, to yet another, then back again required about 14 hours’ worth of experimentation with frame rates, aspect ratios, compression codecs and all kinds of other technical nonsense. Fortunately, I finally figured it all out. If anyone ever creates a tutorial-making program that does everything well, from capture to editing to output, I’ll be the first in line to buy it.
So I’m too mentally wiped out to write. Time to go take a long walk in the night air and listen to a book. I’ll get back to being a smarty pants on Monday. (Or, as a Swedish friend of mine once put it, “A pair of smarty pants.”)