Basic Buildr Tutorial

About a week ago now someone commented on my Buildr review post about a possible tutorial on how to use Buildr. I thought about writing something up, but then I remember that I had purchased the MacHeist Bundle a few weeks back and that came with Snapz Pro x. So I decided to take a stab at screen casting. It turned out to be harder than I anticipated to get a solid pass through. The final video I published was still not of the quality that I would have liked but maybe if I decide to try it again I will get better at it. The hardest thing was getting the recording to look good on the flash video sharing sites. I ended up going with Revver. Not because of the monetary aspects, although that is nice, but because it seems to produce the highest quality output. Unfortunately that wasn’t automatic. I originally recorded the screencast at my full resolution, capturing pretty much everything on my screen. That was a huge mistake, that scaled down to 640×480 for the flash version did not scale very well. Apparently video is not like picture, where the big images squash well to small images. Ultimately I ended up recording a 640×480 window of my desktop and I think the quality is acceptable for a tutorial.

Enough rambling about how hard it was to produce this, here is the final product. Please let me know what you think.

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7 Responses to Basic Buildr Tutorial

  1. Maxim Porges says:

    Screencasting can be a pain.

    iShowU and a Turbo.264 are the best way to go. For best results, choose the “Medium, Good Quality, Low CPU” option, and record at whatever resolution suits your work. The resulting file will be huge. Downsize to an H.264 file using the Turbo.264’s default AppleTV settings, and the file will reduce to about 100th of it’s original size. It will be very slightly blurry, but extremely readable.

    Also, for editing in iMovie to get the quality where you want it, do this to save yourself some time.

    – max

  2. Maxim Porges says:

    Oh, I also wanted to mention that iMovie is a good place to record voiceovers with their built-in feature for doing so. That way, you can focus on doing when you run your screencast, and focus on speaking when you do your voiceover in post. Just a little trick I found useful, since I stutter a lot when having to think and talk at the same time.

    – max

  3. Daniel Roop says:

    @Max

    Thanks for the tips, If I decide to do any more screen-casts I will try out a few of them. I think i will definitely record a voiceover track next time, so the iMovie stuff will definitely helpful.

  4. Daniel Roop says:

    @Assaf

    Sure, I am not one for self promotion, so I didn’t think about doing this. But I will do it right now.

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