Apparently the work and discussions around the imminent K-12 Online Conference have energized several (Darren and Chris in Winnipeg, for two) to begin screencasting. Several free and commercial screencasting tools are listed on the K-12 Online Conference tools page.
Darren commented today in a skype discussion that his 8 minute screencast made with SmartBoard Recorder software (available free btw) was over 200 MB in size, and he needed help getting it smaller. I suggested using QuickTime Pro, which I have, but it costs $30 and Darren doesn’t have it already. As an alternative, I suggested the free (but unfortunately Linux and Macintosh-only) program FFmpegX. FFmpegX is open source (free) and will basically encode any video format into any other format, even to Flash.
Does anyone know of a similar open source program that has a Windows-port, or if there is a Windows port of FFmpegX? Darren is wanting to significantly reduce the filesize of a QuickTime movie screencast. When I used QuickTime Pro earlier this week to convert a file to MPEG-4 with QuickTime Pro, it cut the file to a tenth of its original size! The uploaded version to YouTube was poor quality, however, so I’m thinking YouTube must like uploaded Quicktime (.mov) files rather than MPEG-4.
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