Congratulations ScreenChamps!

Introducing…our 2011 ScreenChamps!

Be sure to watch the full episode of The Forge for in-depth comments from the judges on what they thought worked well and could be improved across each category. There was also some good conversation in the chat room. And you can still view all 15 finalist videos if you haven’t seen them yet.

Entertainment Category Winner
Backyard FX FINALE Sword Stab Tutorial


Garrett Fallin,
Grand Island, NY

Film, TV, and Video editors, creators, and enthusiasts.

Teach viewers how to recreate popular digital effects from their favorite movies, TV shows, and videogames.

Tools Used
Quicktime 10 screen capture, Youtube, canon T2i, Rhode Shotgun Mic, After Effects CS5, and Final Cut Pro 7.

Watch on Vimeo

Judges’ Comments

  • So gross; I loved it.
  • Clear audio.
  • Mix of live action and screencast content helped me engage with the people and content.
  • The how-to showed me exactly what they did.
  • The pacing was good for people who know the tools; too fast for those who don’t.
  • Now I’m gonna go kill people…on video!
  • Category advice: consider what’s entertaining to the audience

Education Category Winner
Apple Distinguished Educator Application


Reg Nakoneshny,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Application to Apple computers Distinguished Educator program

Watch on Vimeo

Judges’ Comments

  • Something that other teachers should try to aspire to.
  • Really liked technique of framing content within devices
  • I want to know how he did some of those effects!
  • Category advice: chunk information, title and transcribe for SEO

Industry Category Winner
The new Facebook module on your Jimdo page


Kerstin Ebert,
Hamburg, Germany

People who use the website building tool “Jimdo”

Show users how to integrate and set up the Facebook module on their “Jimdo” website.

Tool used
Camtasia for Mac

Watch on Vimeo

Judges’ Comments

  • Kept it short, picked great music
  • Fun approach made the tool seem accessible
  • Worked well as a teaser, which could lead to a more in-depth tutorial
  • Category advice: choose & mix music carefully, cut out fluff, use natural-sounding voice

Best in Show Winner
Aussie Football ScreenCast Presentation


Richard T.Whybrow, Essendon, Victoria,

Anyone, sport enthusiasts, families

Inform people about some of the key skills used to play Australia Football (AFL) and have a bit of fun along the way.

Tools used
Jing, ScreenChomp, Snagit, ScreenCast, iMovie11, Quicktime, PC & Mac

Watch on Vimeo

Congratulations to our four winners, 15 finalists, and a huge thank you to all who submitted videos and voted. This has been a ton of fun for us at TechSmith and, we hope, for screencasters everywhere.

People have asked whether we’ll do the ScreenChamp Awards again next year. We’d like to hear your thoughts on that question. Please fill out this 3-question survey with your thoughts, and be entered to win a copy of Camtasia! (Already have Camtasia? You can gift it to someone who might become the next ScreenChamp!)