Making movies of software

In the same way that blogging has radically democratized basic web publishing, I expect that Windows Media Encoder -- along with counterparts that I hope become broadly accessible on other platforms -- will democratize the use of screen videos. The medium needn't be available to professionals only. Lots of folks need to describe, demonstrate, or document the behavior of software, and this is a powerful way to do it. [Full story at O'Reilly Network]

In the fourth installment of my Primetime Hypermedia series, I show how making a screen video can be almost as straightforward as taking a static screenshot. I continue to be fascinated by this medium. The ability to capture, narrate, and share software experiences -- as I did recently here and here -- enables an important mode of communication that we've barely begun to exploit.

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