I decided to do my screencast on Dulfy.net because it fits with the theme of my blog and I legitimately use it as a source of gaming information. I didn’t have any issues using the program, though I did find it difficult to narrate clearly and concisely without a script. When I did the podcast, I could plan ahead exactly what to say and then read off a script, but I couldn’t do that with the screencast because I had to keep looking at what I was doing. As such, I had to rehearse a few times and make a few mistakes (I had 4 takes) before I had something I was satisfied with.
I think this skill would be most useful for creating tutorials for computer programs because it allows someone to record exactly what they are doing in order to teach someone else. There are a LOT of tutorials for programs like Photoshop on Youtube, for instance, that use screencasting to teach the viewer. Screencasting is also used by gamers to record what they are doing and show it off later – usually a compilation of them winning against other players or, shall we say, “roflstomping dem noobz.” I have also used other programs such as Fraps to record games in the past in order to showcase new features in MMOs and put it on Youtube for other players to enjoy.
Using screencasting to record a guide for a blog seems a bit unusual outside the context of this class. If you want someone to see a blog, they have the chance to go through it at their own leisure, making them watch a video seems like a waste of time.
I hope everyone else has a fun time creating their screencast, I can’t wait to watch them all!