About Matt Dyer

Matt is an informational developer who is as interested in technology as he is in grammar. His favorite punctuation mark is the semi-colon.

Improve Your Screenshots by Framing Your Image

Some images have a natural border, while others require you to decide where an image begins and ends. For instance, if you use Window capture, the captured window is its own frame. With a Region capture, you decide where an images borders are. Depending on why you're using a screenshot, sometimes more context means more information. Other times, cutting out the surrounding context makes a screenshot stronger. Consider these three images. They are all variations of the same screenshot, each Continue reading

Wanted: Usability Test Participants for Amazon Gift Cards!

Update: Thanks for the all the responses! We have our volunteers and we're no longer recruiting. Your participation helps us improve Screencast.com. Feedback on our products helps us improve them, so TechSmith is looking for Screencast users to participate in usability tests of Screencast.com. The tests are one-on-one sessions that would take an hour of your time. You can participate in them from your own home or office, with a phone line, PC computer, and broadband internet connection. Continue reading

Screencast.com now has Commenting

You've been asking for it and today Screencast.com's new Commenting feature goes live - just in time for Back-to-School. Now instructors, teachers, and trainers have a great new tool for initiating conversations about their videos, PowerPoint presentations, and more. "Click here to learn":http://www.screencast.com/answers/tutorial.aspx?id=409 all about Screencast.com's Commenting feature. We've also "included some tips ":http://www.screencast.com/answers/tutorial.aspx?id=407 to help account owners Continue reading

Selecting a File Format

Delivering screencasts on the web is a relatively straight forward process--create your video, upload it to Screencast.com, and then share it via links, embedding, or email invitations. Screencast.com is great for the last two steps, but we have some tips for the first step as well. After you've recorded and edited your video, you produce it to a specific file format. The format determines two very important parts of your viewer's experience: quality and playback. File format and quality Continue reading

Using Screencast.com: An example case study

One of the great things about the redesigned Screencast.com Help Center is our new tutorials--separate pages where we can embed video, use big graphics, and really get into the details of how to use Screencast.com. One of the things we've done is put together an example use case of how someone might use Screencast.com (in this case, a professor at a community college). This may not be you, but we hope that by laying out how (and why) someone else is using Screencast.com you might get some ideas Continue reading

RSS/iTunes Overview

I'm pretty excited about the new Help Center here on Screencast.com. The new format makes browsing for information simple and the addition of longer tutorials means that we can provide you the information to get the most out of Screencast.com. Here's an example of the kind of tutorial you'll find in the revamped Screencast.com Help Center. RSS/iTunes Overview RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts. RSS Continue reading

Recording System Audio with Jing–Windows Edition

Note: Updated information is located on the Jing Help Center, here. "How do I record my system's audio when I make a video?" We hear that question a lot, and if there was a simple answer I'd be shouting it from the rooftops (which I'm sure no one in the TechSmith office park would appreciate). There's actually more to this question than meets the eye (cue robot transformation noises). By default, Jing for Windows uses your system's specified recording device. (Mac users, I haven't forgotten Continue reading