Mete Akcaoglu defines “sketchcasting” as:
… an attempt to merge the power of blogging with the “high-bandwidth” experience of talking and scribbling at the same time… it’s effectively a podcast with a whiteboard.
He’s created the YouTube channel Sketchcaster, and has eight examples posted there to date. He’s posted his sketchcasts over on sketch.basement.org. His sketchcast, “RSS For The Masses” reminds me a little of Lee LeFever’s approach with his “In Plain English” video series. It’s kind of amazing that RSS has STILL (as Mete states in this 2007 video) not “gone mainstream.”
These videos are essentially real-time screencasts, using a software program which supports line art drawing. I’m guessing Mete used some kind of touchpad, like a Wacom Bamboo. Watching these, I’m enthused to think about the iPad and the possibilities it could present for sketchcasting.
One of the most effective Sketchcast-like videos I’ve seen in the past few weeks is the YouTube video, “Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us.” This is narrated by Dan Pink (Author of “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us“) and was created by RSA Animate. It’s just under eleven minutes long, and is well worth watching not only to see the time-elapse sketchcasting method but also to hear Dan explain the basic thesis of his new book.
I think the stopmotion / speed-up effects of this video make it even MORE effective than a real-time sketchcast.
See the RSA Animate blog, RSA Comment, for even more examples. Do you know of a software program (for Windows, Macintosh, or iOS) which allows users to sketchcast? I’d love to be able to use an iPad app like Brushes and either record a real-time sketchcast, or record the pen strokes and then LATER record an audio track which is merged with the sped-up version of the drawing screenshots. Lots of creative possibilities here!
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