Forge Episode 27 is now posted

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We talked with Jonathan Halls about video, and given his experience he knows a thing or two. Here are 9 tips that we pulled from the interview.

Jonathan pointed out “Video gives a lot of exciting opportunity that we’ve never really had.”

“We get benefits of saving money, saving hassle, saving time, so forth, at the same time it is avery useful tool for learning. Video is not always good for learning, we got to be honest about that. The reason more people watch CNN then C-Span, CNN keeps changing the shot to make it interesting.”

Jonathan offers up a few tips for getting good enough quality from shooting with your SmartPhone:
1. Set it on wide, and never ever use zoom
2. If you want to get real close, actually move the camera up real close
3. Built in microphones are extraordinarily limiting
4. When you shoot, be careful to hold it with both hands. Shaky cam is the first signs of amateurism.
5. Make sure the lighting is good. Want to see the eyes. When we look at people we look at their eyes.
6. Watch out for those little hums. If you have air conditioning in the background, that will be accentuated.
7. Don’t have one shot and hold it. If you’ve got someone walking through the door, take 3 different shots and cut them together.
8.Really think about what the visuals require for the learning, and get in there and make them happen.
9. Your camera is your viewer, and where you put your camera is where you put your viewer, the more we understand that the more we can start thinking about making engaging visual content.Snagit OneClick

After Jonathan, we talked with Tiffany Wood, product manger for Snagit. Did you catch what she said about the number of captures that have been taken since the release of Snagit 11? Over 400 million! That’s a lot of captures. Check out what else Tiffany has to say about the newest release of Snagit on Windows (Snagit 11.2)

Matt Pierce

Matt Pierce is a Learning & Video Ambassador at TechSmith. A graduate of Indiana University’s School of Education’s Department of Instructional Systems Technology, he has ten years of experience working in learning and development with a focus on visual instruction. He has directly managed the training, user assistance, video, and other teams for TechSmith. Teach him something @piercemr