Screencasting, with Dotto
Products mentioned in this video
My Screencasting Webinar
Logitec C920 Camera (I said the 930 in the demo, but I actually use the 920)
Behringer XENYX X1222USB Audio Mixer
Electrovoice RE20 Mic
(I also recommend the Blue Yeti)
Cowboy Studios Lighting Kit from Amazon, plus GreenScreen
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Another Great Video. Can I ask which Mac Pro version do you use. Also it's great to be able to see your face with the video and it gets better as
you are able to move around so the audience can see the relevant content. Also it is very useful when you are able to zoom in and out of items.
The main thing is that we the audience learn a lot from you and some day I hope to follow in your footsteps.
Steve, appreciate former responses to my questions and here's one that may sound odd. I like to record videos in my office as I like the backdrop of my books and equipment behind me. But in the summer it's blazing hot in there so I tend to take my laptop into the cooler rooms which are not great backgrounds. I sometimes want to green screen it with the computer desktop as the backdrop but is there a way to green screen it and impose a photo of my office in the back of me (like I'm actually recording from my office) and also have the computer desktop on the screen as well (in Screenflow). I'm really new to green screening and Screenflow and am just testing it out. The question might be confusing but this is what I'd like to put together: record in front of a green screen in a cooler room than my office. Take a photo or screen shot of my office. Superimpose a .jpg of my office behind me and then to the left of me have my computer desktop. I know you don't have all 3 elements in your videos but am wondering if that is doable. Thanks much for such a great, informative channel.
Forget USB...get a MacMini with line level in with a Dbx 286 mic preamp with a Sennheiser MK4 mic...USB is a CPU hog...line level is a dedicated audio input. AnLogitech C920 will do fine for a lot less than the C930.
Hi Steve, this was very helpful! I would love to see more on Screenflow. Thanks for really spelling out what is needed! I have made a ton of short videos but now need to tie all of the aspects of my course together and this could be the missing link! kidsmusicplayground.net
I see your video is from 2014 . My question:
I need for educational videos, the same what you have, but for windows7 and 4k or full HD ,can you help me with that?
I do not mind to spend money if I need to, but buy it once and no monthly charges like with Premier .
I'm mostly in Davinci resolve, but I "did" Vegas, Avid ..
Thank you very much in advance
First of all, GREAT vids! And, yes, I believe seeing your mug in the cage makes for a more intimate and interesting presentation. Yours are by far the best combination of technology, presentation, and personality available in youtube. And finally, I'd LOVE to see a demo of ScreenFlow.
P.S. - I'm still looking for a castle to storm...
Like the background of your presentation, tools and method. The most important thing is your knowledge of the material and being able to present it. Great work. Look forward to watching your other videos.
Hello, I am a trades instructor and I'm now sold on screen casting. I have typically created customized videos for online delivery but I agree with you that there is a personal connection using this technique. Thanks for sharing.
Hey Steve, Happy 2017. I just ran across this video and it's great as well as some of your others that I've seen. And yes, integrating your face into the presention, makes for a much better presention. In my opinion. Thanks for all you do, when I makes some money, I fully intent to show my support. I'm excited about my new Boogie Board Sync and it's integration with Evernote. I'd love to see what you think? Thanks again. I tell everyone about your videos.
Mr. Ditto, I enjoy your shows, even your old t.v. shows. I would like to suggest that you need to light your green screen properly. The edge definitions around you could be a lot shaper and the green hue on your cheek can be reduced or even eliminated. Thanks for continuing to build our knowledge.
Hey Steve, i'm gonna buy those lights you recommend but i have a question ¿You have those lights on your back or in front? ¿Doesn't bother you too much the heat from the lights? Or even doesn't bother giving light directly to your eyes?
The basic setup for lighting a subject is called "three point lighting". TWO FRONT LIGHTS: (1) A Key light (dominant, 45 degrees off camera axis), (2) Fill light (to fill in the shadows the Key light creates) and (3) BEHIND THE SUBJECT: a Back light on the subject. The Back light's purpose is to give the subject a sort of "halo", separating him from the background and giving depth. Be sure and have some kind of control over the backlight to avoid spilling it into the lense of the camera. Ideally you should have a separate bank of lights for the green screen, but you can use the overflow wash from your Key and Fill light, as long as the light is EVEN. For Webcasts, the actual lighting elements are fluorescent and produce very little heat, as opposed to the TV/Film way of using tungsten/halogen elements which can cook you. On getting light into your eyes: Each element should be at a high enough angle to avoid shining directly into your eyes, but expect some getting used to having a little. I HIGHLY recommend Steve's suggestion to invest in a high end mic, This may sound funny to you, but good audio makes the video look better. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Broadcasting.
I don't know how relevant this video is compared to today but I did enjoy and learn from it. I'm thinking of starting a couple of scree casting or webinars. This was helpful. I converted to Macs and curious about editing either with iMovie or screen flow. Which is better? Thanks for providing this video and an answer if you see this.
Hi, I really enjoyed your overview. I am wanting to screencast my power points for my students. I do believe that there is a more intimate relationship when students can see my face while I am explaining what is on the power point. We have students that are homebound for one reason or another that I want to be able to reach more personably. Any advice that you can give me would be appreciated.
hey Steve et al, for those that haven't downloaded Screenflow yet (for Mac only, so Windows guys) there is a cracking deal in the Mac App Store just now for Version 6 - $35/£25
wow! it's the steal of the week
I can't believe you shot this with Logitech C920...!!! I know photography and videography is all about lighting but I am having a hard time believing that an 80 dollars camera can produce this quality video.
How's the Salt n Pepper Fox,
loved the Webinar yesterday, but I've got a question for you regarding the email you sent out today with your Promised Resources (fantastic service big yin)
I'm confused over 2 pieces of equipment that you recommended - the Presonus Tube PreV2 Mic Preamp & the FocusRite 2i2 or 2i4
Do they do serve 2 different purposes? Or ...ehm... not?
Also, I often (but not enough...yet) record video straight onto my Panasonic V720 Camcorder - usually using a Lavalier lapel mic or Rode Shotgun Mic. Should they go through a PreAmp before hitting the camera or can the sound be cleaned up once the video is uploaded onto my Mac
Oh my wee heid is bursting with so much great information
All the best from a rainy Scotland
+Stuart Harris Hey Stuart, the Preamp is necessary in my setup because the levels out of the Electro Voice Mic are low,.
The Focusrite is an all in one solution replacing both the preamp and mixer in many cases.
As to your recording, perhaps a pream would help on your sound input, there are mobile versions available, but regardless you should strive to record good quality sound, it is very difficult to clean it up in post.
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1) Fantastic tutorial, thanks Steve. 2) I had quite a flashback when you showed the old Dotto on Data logo in another vid (and loved what I saw of that show too). 3) How do you deal with negative/inane YouTube comments? Thanks again!
I just ran across your channel here and really was amazed. I'm just getting into doing video tutorials and screen casts for my membership training site. Compared to yours...I've reached FAilURe!
I'm using a Windows 8.1, 23" pavilion desk top, with Camtasia studio and a Snowball mic. Thinking of learning Audacity to improve audio. I use a DSL Nikon to shoot with if not using my computer camera. I do separate audio and video. I created a lapel mic form a Iphone 5 earplug set, just cut the earplugs off. :) Record using iphone also. (Rode)
I would be totally super grateful for any input or help with all this. I know I will be watching you closely. Great voice by the way.
I'm having trouble with mine sounding as if I've forgotten to breath! Also tends to be somewhat all over the place?!? Not smooth at all.
So I have lots going against me. And I'm up for the challenges ahead. One question I have is when doing video presentation...Does the script or audio record first or do I record the presentation and then create a voice over for it? Or is it best to go through and do both video and audio at the same time?
I'd like to have better results using green screen. I see you have very good results! Anything you can advice me on or connect with me later with would be super fantastic!
ps. here is a recent effort: https://youtu.be/rnMNCo_c90M
Thanks for sharing, Dotto. I will definitely check out ScreenFlow as well as fiverr. Seeing your face makes a world of difference and really sets your broadcast apart from others. By the way, I really miss your tv show :) As a teacher I have started screencasting some of my tech lessons and have been using Quicktime on a macbook pro.
I am wondering what is a good microphone and thought you would have the answer, I would like one for giving feedback on UserTesting as I think the built in MacBook Pro microphone isn't quite enough, it looks like I'll have to spend a fair bit. My search led me to find a video of you published seven years ago. I'm not in the U.S and have never seen your TV show.
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Thanks for ur response, i have an laptop screen with 1920*1080 resolution.
How can i make a "clean" board with paint, it seems not easy, i dont want to have either windows toolbar or paint toolbar...i hope u see what i mean...
And what about the exportation property do u use ? Is it AVI, MPEG ...the sound quality export property too..
+Khaled Azrak No on the upscaling, clear text comes from the Screencasting SW I use, I record at 1920X1080 and all the details are here
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Steve I love your videos they are right up my street. We do pretty much everything web based these days and are just looking at replacing the laptops with Chromebooks. I know you have used Screenflow and you mention Camatasia but do you know of anything useful we could use on a Chromebook?
+Jon Jenkins There are a few web based screen capture utilities, but I have not tested them so I can't really recommend, but a google search will bring up a few that look interesting including screener and screen-cast-o-magic
You talk a lot about what to do in the MAC world, but many of us (or at least me) live in the Windows 7/8 world. Could you please give equivalent software for the PC world? You did for Screenflow/Camtasia, but not for webcam settings. That would be really helpful. Thanks, love your channel, Michael
+Michael Singer Thanks Mickael, I am not planning on covering more in the Windows world at this point, Most of my demos are web based so should be relevant in both worlds. And to be honest, unless I can figure out an economic model to justify the extra cost of producing Windows demos, I will be mac based for the foreseeable future,
Actually the reason I had to do the Webcam settings demo is the Logitech drivers are great in the Windows world and you can do all the colour balancing and settings just with the driver, but in the Mac world we needed to add a piece of software.
Thanks for reaching out!
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