Presentation Screen Recording

I am doing some research and preparation for some presentations I want to do at work and then record for later (re-)use.

I believe the gold standard is still TechSmith Camtasia, but that’s not exactly the cheapest product to set up. It looks like their other product, SnagIt, does an equally good job if only recording is needed, but it is still not free.

I think I’ll give the freeware CamStudio a try; it looks very bare-bones, but the recording quality seems to be pretty good. If smaller files are needed later, post-processing in Camtasia is still an option.

I also thought I’d find a countdown timer, because I have a terrible sense of time once I am presenting. I have dual monitors, so I could easily hide the timer on the second screen and then share the main screen.

There are lots of free timers, but I lean a little sceptical with regards to countdown timers that need 2.5MB to install. I mean… really? Strictly speaking Orzeszek Timer at 109kb is probably also a bit large, but it gives me a little more confidence that it’s probably nothing more than just a simple timer.

Tomorrow I’ll set some time aside for a practice run with all my tools and my topics. I bet I will have to do some refining before Wednesday.

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