A review by Scott MacCrum
I have spent a bit of time today searching for screencasting programs whereby teachers and students can record what is on their computer screens into a film. I have previously mentioned Community Clips and Screencast-o-matic on this blog and have now found another wonderful program that lets you do the following very easily.
You can record your film and then with a click of a button you can switch between your PowerPoint presentation, Web browser and websites, you can change your webcam position on the screen and even take the webcam off the screen or make your face take up the whole screen, you can draw on the PowerPoint slides and web pages to show annotations when needed and you can do a whole heap more without having to 'jump around from program to program' whilst recording your film (as you can see from the screenshot below that shows the program).
You can then save your film as a .wmv file to give to other people on a USB stick or on your VLE/Fronter page. I really like this program because it does allow me to do these things quickly to explain an idea to other people. Have a look at it soon. You go to the website: www.presentationtube.com and then you just sign up for an account and after you have signed up then you download the program to your computer (so you can access it anytime without any internet needed). It will be handy for those subjects whereby you need to explain concept and topics to the class over and over again. This way, you say it once on the film and then the students can watch it anytime to remember how to do it.
PresentationTube offers a free video presentation recorder and video sharing platform to help teachers and students easily record and share quality video presentations in a new way. The video presentation recorder allows presenters to narrate and annotate PowerPoint slides and synchronize a variety of essential visual media, including webcam video, whiteboard, Web content, YouTube video, and desktop screen.
The recorder automates the process and ensures that teachers and presenters only need minimal technical knowledge and spend no additional time creating materials. PresentationTube is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer screen and create industry-standard video files. PresentationTube can also add screen captions to your recordings in seconds and with the unique annotation feature you can even personalize your videos by including a webcam movie of yourself "picture-in-picture" over your desktop. The platform uses YouTube API to upload and combine the video with scrollable slide thumbnails, allowing the learner to move to the respective video content and control both the progress and length of video presentation.